Does your gut feel like it’s about to pop from fullness? Are you uncomfortable, or even in pain from all that gas? Try pineapple juice for bloating! This juice recipe is packed with incredible natural compounds to get the bloat out and help you feel a whole lot better.
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What Causes Bloating?
Bloating is that uncomfortable, even painful feeling of pressure or tightness in your abdomen. It can even be accompanied by a distended belly. Nobody likes it, but what causes bloating? There are several causes that can get your gut all puffed up (1):
Gas and constipation are common causes of abdominal bloating. Causes of these can be:
- Food Intolerances – Lots of people have problems digesting certain foods, like dairy, beans, and wheat. When they eat those target foods, the body can produce gas and a lot of it.
- Bowel Obstructions – Be it from scar tissue, tumors, inflammation from Crohn’s disease, or hernias, anything that doesn’t allow the movement of your poop can lead to bloating.
- Gut Bacteria Overgrowth – This condition is when colon bacteria get into the small intestine, throwing off your gut’s internal balance.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome – This, and other functional digestive disorders, causes issues with digestion, often resulting in gas, constipation, and bloating after eating.
For countless women, as many as 3 out of 4, bloating during their menstrual cycle is a monthly phenomenon. Estrogen is the culprit here, causing water retention as well as intestinal gas (along with progesterone). Even if you’re not physically bloated, the estrogen receptors in your gastrointestinal tract can make you feel bloated.
Less common causes of bloating revolve around certain medical conditions.
- Gastritis/Enteritis – This inflammation of the stomach or intestine is typically caused by a bacterial infection or by chronic alcoholism.
- Cancer – Cancer of organs in the abdomen can cause bloating.
- Insufficient Pancreatic Enzymes – Without these enzymes, digestion is negatively affected and can cause bloating.
- Abdominal Fluid Buildup – Otherwise known as ascites, this bloating buildup is typically caused by liver disease, but could also be associated with heart or kidney failure.
How Does Pineapple Help with Bloating?
For the most common cause of bloating (digestive issues), anything that reduces gas and constipation may improve symptoms. Reducing inflammation in the digestive tract can also help. So, how does pineapple help with bloating? It aids in the digestion of the foods we eat and drink, thereby reducing the incidence of bloating (2). Let’s see specifically why pineapple juice for bloating is a good way to go!
Bromelain for Bloating
Bromelain is not one but an entire group of proteolytic complex enzymes that break down proteins in and on the body. Bromelain for bloating can work in a few different ways (3):
- Help break down foods in the digestive tract that can cause gas and constipation.
- Prevent the development of “bad” intestinal bacteria whose overproduction can lead to bloating.
- Reduce the severity of colonic inflammation in people with medical-induced bloating of the GI tract.
More Good for Bloating Ingredients
This recipe does more than bring the power of bromelain to help your belly. I’ve included three more good for bloating ingredients that each bring their own benefits to this juice.
Mint not only brings freshness to this recipe, but it also is a powerful bloat-buster! This tasty herb is packed with menthyl salicylate and menthol. Both are known for their calming effects on the gastrointestinal tract, allowing painful digestive gasses to pass (4).
Ginger has been used in traditional medicine since 400 BC for everything from the common cold to dementia and is commonly used to relieve a variety of gastrointestinal ailments. Within this gnarly-looking root are over 400 chemical compounds that are the secret to the potency of this natural remedy. Ginger promotes gastric emptying, the impairment of which is a significant contributor to digestion-related bloating (5).
Lemons may improve digestion thanks to citric acid, which is shown to boost acid secretion in the gut (6). An increase in this important acid helps your body properly break down the food you eat, reducing gas and constipation related to bloating.
THE Best Pineapple Juicer!
I made these Beat the Bloat Juice Shots using the Nama J2. It’s hands down the best pineapple juicer in its class. You don’t even have to cut them up! Keep reading to see why I love this juicer so much!
The Nama J2 hits all the high points of any great juicer: easy to use, good yield, and quick to clean. What sets this juicer machine apart from the rest is its 5 1/4-inch hopper. All you have to do is fill it up, close the lid, and walk away! If it fits, you can juice it! Even whole pineapples are no match for the Nama J2!
Its huge hopper, along with the auto-cutting blade, results in you needing to do very little produce prep. This feature allows you to do other things while it juices, saving you significant time. I typically clean up my area while it juices, so then all I have to do afterward is clean the juicer itself, which, thanks to its well-designed parts, is a super fast task.
On top of all this is a great 4-year parts/15-year motor warranty. Nama really knows how to back up their technology! I unquestionably recommend the Nama J2 for any home juicer, from newbies to daily users. It’s one I use regularly and absolutely love it!
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More Digestion Juice Recipes to Try
Build an entire repertoire of digestion juice recipes to fight the bloat, starting with these other tasty juices!
- Reduce inflammation in your gut to help reduce bloating with this positively purple juice recipe!
- Bring the taste of the Mediterranean with this fennel orange juice and say Ciao! to bloating!
- Tackle constipation-induced bloating with this dragon of a juice!
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