Pineapples contain the enzyme bromelain, which aids in the digestive process and can have anti-inflammatory effects. Because of this enzyme, pineapples are helpful in relief from gastrointestinal problems, improving circulation, and ridding the body of harmful toxins. Pineapple can also be used to eliminate calluses and dry skin and to prevent wrinkles.
The first step to using pineapple as a natural remedy is to buy a fresh pineapple; this is because processed or canned pineapple becomes mostly ineffective in regards to its natural healing powers. Fresh pineapple juice can be consumed three times a day, before meals. If pineapple juice is not available, a slice of fresh pineapple with each meal also helps one achieve its natural health benefits.
Pineapple juice is also an effective way to reduce digestive problems. By mixing fresh juice with a soothing herbal tea, many symptoms of stomach upset can be greatly reduced.
The natural ingredients found in pineapple are often found in many facial and skin creams. For dry skin, it may be effective to apply mashed pineapple onto the skin and let it sit for about an hour before scrubbing dead skin away.
Pineapple is a very acidic fruit, which means it can also have a negative effect on parts of the body. Because of its acidity, if too much pineapple is consumed, oral problems such as cavities and gingivitis are more likely. By practicing good oral hygiene, these problems are less likely to occur.