With cold and flu season lurking around the corner, not only am I stocking up on the comfort foods I want when I am sick
, I'm also stocking up on some natural remedies like ginger ale
for tummy aches and canned pineapple and pineapple juice for sore throats.A friend told me about this remedy a long time ago. She swore that pineapples and pineapple juice were the best things for sore throats, and she was right. It doesn't cure the sore throat per se, but it sure does help alleviate the pain and tastes a lot better than those nasty throat sprays. Also, pineapple juice is natural and healthy, and doesn't contain aspartame the way a lot of lozenges do.
Pineapples contain an enzyme called bromelain that has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce the irritation at the backs of our tongues and in our voice boxes. On top of that, pineapples contain plenty of vitamin C, which helps to boost your immune system. So when your throat starts hurting, drink some pineapple juice or eat some fresh pineapple. It helps!
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