Normally, I would not be suggesting to have fruit juices as part of your, or your kid's, daily liquid intake -- but the juices I'm getting ready to write about have some amazing potential health benefits!
I keep Grape Juice and Pineapple Juice in my pantry almost all the time now since reading up on some of their uses.
I do buy organic -- I don't want pesticides in what I drink or eat! Yuck! My brand of choice is usually Lakewood. They are organic and NOT from concentrate.
The benefits of grapes (Vitis vinifera) has actually been known and valued for over 6000 years! The Egyptians introduced the use of grapes and grapevines in medicine. The sap from grapevines was made into ointments to treat skin and eye conditions.
Grapes and their ripened fruit juices were used to control a variety of ailments, like nausea, constipation, cholera, smallpox, liver disease, and even cancer! Wow!
Here are some other benefits of Grape Juice:
~May protect heart health
~May help prevent memory loss in older adults
~May manage blood glucose and diabetes
~May have anticancer properties
~May help mitigate prostrate issues
~May promote gut health and digestion
~May help prevent flu and enteric viruses
~May help you burn fat
~May protect and nurture your skin
~May detox your body
My two favorites of this list are that it may promote gut health and digestion PLUS help prevent flu and enteric viruses!!! **Enteric viruses are those that effect our digestive system because the follow the oral-fecal route of transmission.
For more information on why grape juice is so good for you, go here. I used this article for information and it is backed up with great science!
Now, on to Pineapple Juice! Besides the benefits I will mention, I like to mix it with coconut water for a quick Electrolyte fix! Which comes in handy on hot days or in the case of a digestive illness where you want to make sure you, or a loved one, stays hydrated!
I love what this article says about Pineapple Juice:
Pineapple juice has a number of excellent health benefits, including boosting the immune system, improving growth and development, eliminating inflammation, and protecting heart health. It is also good for balancing mood, improving muscle function, increasing fertility, and speeding up digestion. Pineapple juice has also shown potential in reducing the risk of cancer."
Like WOW!! God created so many good and wonderful foods for us!
It is rich in Bromelain, which is a digestive aid! It is key for the digestion of protein. It also has Vitamin A, B vitamins, C, Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, Sodium, Iron, Carbohydrates, some sugars and fiber! It is so packed with goodness!
Some other benefits are:
~Lowers Blood Pressure (That bromelain I mentioned? That's the stuff that helps lower our BP!) Potassium also helps because it is a natural vasodilator! So freaking cool!
~Boosts Immunity HELLO Vitamin C!! The study mentioned in the article I shared, showed that children who drink Pineapple juice daily showed less occurrence of viral and bacterial illnesses and if they did contract one they recovered faster!
~Regulates Mood Swings!
~Relief from COUGH! Wow -- this is my main reason for having it on hand, that and the immune boosting properties!
~Anti Cancer Potential
~Improves Muscle Function
~Prevents Asthma (another reason I have it on hand!)
~Improves Metabolism & Manages Weight
WOW-zers! This is one amazing fruit!!
How soon will you be going out and grabbing some of these two amazing fruit juices???
Just make sure it is pure, organic and NOT from concentrate! You can definitely juice your own Pineapple at home too!
Here is a recipe for a yummy smoothie using Pineapple! It makes 4 servings.
*2 Cups pineapple chunks
*2 Cups Coconut milk
*1 Banana, cut into chunks
Blend well and serve!
Here are some recipes for homemade Electrolyte Drinks that are easy to make at home. So easy and useful during hot weather and the fall/winter too -- anytime you need some hydration to help
In one gallon of water add:
~Juice of 1 medium lemon or 2 small limes
~5 Half droppers of Young Living Mineral Essence
~1/2 tsp Himalayan (pink salt)
~Honey to taste --- start with 1 TBSP
Combine equal parts Pineapple Juice and Coconut Water
1C Water, I use distilled
1/2 tsp Baking soda
1/2 tsp Salt, Pink Himalayan or Sea Salt
Honey to taste, start with 1 tsp
You can flavor with Young Living Vitality oils, the new Vitality Drops from Young Living or some fresh fruit.
For all of these, make sure your water is filtered or buy distilled. I'd use a glass container to store it in if making a large quantity.
A glass drink dispenser would be perfect! Keep it in the fridge for when you need it!