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Why You Should Eat Pineapples More Often

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When you think of Hawaii, you envision hula skirts, volcanoes, and pineapples, right? Although pineapples often connote tropical Hawaii, the fruit traces its roots to Paraguay. The pineapple takes its unique look from the fact that it is not one whole fruit per se but a fusion of 100-200 individual berries around a central core. Each spiny scale represents a berry.

The pineapple is a stellar fruit source for vitamins, minerals, and fibre. When the craving for something sweet hits, a pineapple can slake that sweet tooth while providing a number of very healthy benefits.

Vitamin C

Of the health benefits pineapple has to offer, Vitamin C is the most abundant. Raw pineapple can give 131 percent of your daily Vitamin C requirement, much more than oranges can. One 100-gram serving equals about 98.6% of one’s RDI (Recommended Daily Intake). Two slices or 164-grams can already satisfy half of your daily fruit requirements.

Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant that helps the body fight free radicals. This vitamin is known to help prevent or suppress colds, cough, and flu. As an antioxidant, it helps the body fight free radicals that encourage the formation of cancer cells.

Vitamin C is also a major factor in the production of collagen. Collagen is what keeps your skin young and elastic and preserves the integrity of your blood vessels, organs, and bones.

Vitamin C plays numerous vital roles in the body, a fact that underlines the importance of getting a substantial amount of this nutrient into our diets everyday. Pineapples are one of the best sources of this vitamin. The health benefits Vitamin C alone brings are worth incorporating this fruit into your diet often.

Bromelain

Pineapple is one of the richest sources of bromelain, an enzyme that has these four healthful properties:

Natural anticoagulant

Bromelain in pineapples can reduce unnecessary blood clotting by breaking down fibrin, a protein responsible for blood clotting. Two clinical trials with bromelain have significantly reduced the effects of angina and thrombophlebitis, showing that the enzyme has blood thinning attributes.

Mucus Thinner

As a mucus thinning agent, bromelain can be of benefit to people suffering from asthma and bronchitis.

Digestive Aid

People who make it a habit of eating pineapples after a huge protein meal are doing themselves a good digestive favour. Bromelain in pineapples help process hard-to-digest protein food like meat by breaking down the protein components into simpler substances like amino acids and peptides. People older than 35 may experience a reduction in their protein-digestive abilities, so enjoying pineapples as dessert may prove to be a wiser choice than the standard cake, chocolate, or ice-cream.

Anti-Inflammatory Agent

Bromelain can be an effective painkiller and anti-swelling agent. It has been used effectively in post-operative treatments and treatments of bowel conditions that include swelling and ulcers. It may also improve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. When topically applied to wounds, bromelain can help heal fast.

As cancer is believed to be an offshoot of chronic inflammation, bromelain is often touted to be anti-cancer marvel because of its anti-inflammatory property. Although not a cancer cure, bromelain has been discovered to enhance the effectiveness of chemotherapy treatment on mesothelioma tumour cells making up a type of aggressive cancer acquired through exposure to asbestos fibres. Researchers are hoping that bromelain’s qualities may translate to other cancer-fighting options.

Most of the pineapple’s bromelain enzyme resides at its core so make sure to include that important part when eating the fruit.

High Fibre

Pineapple, as with most fruits, contains a lot of dietary fibre. Fibre or roughage is a digestive essential that can help prevent colorectal cancer and aid in weight management as well.

Manganese

Strong bones and connective tissue rely on manganese, of which pineapple can supply almost 75% of your RDI. Post-menopausal women may stand to benefit from pineapples as manganese, along with other minerals, can help prevent the development of osteoporosis among this particular high-risk group.

Vitamin A, B1, B6, Beta-Carotene, Copper, Potassium, Zinc, and Folate

As macular degeneration is common in aging individuals, beta-carotene and Vitamin A in pineapples can help stave off this condition. In conjunction with zinc, copper, folate, and Vitamin C, beta-carotene may also aid in boosting fertility.

Vitamins B1 and B6 work with manganese to reduce stress and improve energy.

Aside from all these nutrients that benefit our health, the pineapple is low in calories, sodium, and cholesterol, all factors that make this a heart-healthy fruit. Eating some slices of pineapple a day can help your body fight dangerous free radicals, improve your immune system against diseases, boost your energy and metabolism, strengthen bones, and revitalise your hair, nails, and skin to keep your well-being in optimal shape. Besides, pineapples just taste wonderfully sweet. So what’s not to love?

A slice of pineapple (or two) a day may just be what you need to keep the doctor away.

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Getting Your Child To Be More Physically Active

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After binge-reading a pile of medieval fiction, I am so grateful that we now live in convenient times. I don’t have to labour for hours to get a meal on the table; current drugs can wipe out illnesses that used to threaten whole families; we have gadgets to make life a thousand times easier…just a few modern wonders people of the 15th century would have killed for.

But life has certain basic truths…one, that there are always two sides to a coin and two, most everything has its price. The other side of modern convenience is a population bred on extremely decreased physical activity, the price of which is the ubiquitous rise of heretofore uncommon diseases such obesity and diabetes. What is most unfortunate is that these diseases aren’t restricted to middle-aged adults. We have been seeing a disturbing trend of childhood obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease over the past decade.

With the prevalence of screen-based technology for entertainment, children have become more sedentary. The rapid global rise of E-sports can attest to this. Games such as League of Legends and DOTA have actually paved the way for a whole new industry of sit-down “sports.” Because a computer game often holds more allure than real sports that demand physical work, a lot of children today prefer to sit it out and lead a very sedentary existence. We, as parents, have more work cut out for us. We need to fight this technology trap that has been robbing our kids of their desire to engage in physical play.

How do we motivate our child to be more physically active? This is a question that has plagued us parents more today than it ever did just thirty years ago.

Enforce a Three-Hour Screen-time Rule

Entertainment has become more of a sit-down activity with the proliferation of screen gadgets that seem to do everything but spew out the popcorn. Strictly three hours max (lower if you can swing it) should be the total time your child can spend lolling around watching TV or playing video games. A gadget curfew may just force them to find more wholesome alternatives to keep themselves stimulated.

Find a Physical Activity Your Child Enjoys

This may entail a little experimentation to find the best fit, but your child is likely to engage in physical play if he enjoys what he does. Make sure that the activity is age appropriate. Never force your eight -year-old to do a 3k run, unless he absolutely wants to or bring a twelve-year-old to lift some weights at the gym. Instead, find game sports like football where he may form new friends and consequently become more likely to stick to the activity. Even simple biking around the neighbourhood is a decades-old way for your kid to have fun and keep fit and healthy.

Be Active Yourself

A couch potato breeds not an active child. As a parent, you are the child’s primary role model, so walk that talk. Lead an active lifestyle yourself so your kids can mimic your example. Find an activity you and your child will enjoy. Try camping, hiking, or even setting aside an hour for one-on-one basketball at your garage. Find a form of exercise your whole family can enjoy and bond over. An active family is a happy, healthy one.

Give Toys that Get Kids to Move

Encourage more movement by getting toys that do so. The old skip rope, hula hoop, trampoline, and ball are tried and tested fitness equipment. That is why they even have these in gyms.

Schedule Exercise

Make active playtime a part of your child’s daily schedule. Don’t cram his week with activities that leave him too tired for running, jumping, or rolling around the lawn with his friends. Factor in rest time as well as muscles need to recover. Violin lessons right after football may not be a good idea for instance if done regularly. You may have a burn-out situation if the mind is not made to rest as well.

Pace Activities

Not all physical activity needs to be vigorous. For kids aged 5-18 years old, activities can range from moderate to intense, depending on their fitness level. It is important to tell your child to listen to his body. Play is not a “no pain, no gain” activity. The child should know when to rest and when he can keep going.

For your child to lead a healthy life, healthy habits must be encouraged early on in his life. An active lifestyle, a balanced diet, and the value of sleep should be the tenets you teach him to form his foundation for lifelong health.

 
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