Our Famous Pineapple Ginger Cleanse
Those of you who have been following my blog over the past few years have seen this Pineapple Ginger Cleanse before. It’s simple to make and very effective in clearing out your digestive junk and helping get your tummy back flat.
Here are the Facts:
Pineapples contain Bromelain: The U.S. National Library of Medicine lists bromelain as a proteolytic digestive enzyme. When taken with meals, bromelain aids in the digestion of proteins, working to break proteins down into amino acids. There are many other benefits, however. Read more.
Ginger also aids in digestion: As a digestive aid, ginger can reduce appetite through its regulatory effects on blood sugar and serum cholesterol. A 2006 article in the “British Journal of Nutrition" cites raw ginger as having a regulatory effect on blood sugar, cholesterol and lipids. There are many other benefits, however. Read more.
1 bottle refrigerated pineapple juice (59 ounces shown)
1 lb ginger
spouted measuring cup (or funnel)
chef's (butcher) knife
cheese cloth (dish towel shown)
Peel and finely chop 1 lb. of fresh, raw ginger: Use a potato peeler and you’ll need a very sharp butcher’s knife for chopping. The more finely chopped, the easier the ginger will be to blend.
Add ginger to blender with an equal amount of pineapple juice: Cover the blender and begin blending on low, graduating to high power. Let blend for 5 minutes or until mixture is smooth.
Place a cheese cloth or kitchen towel over a bowl and pour pineapple-ginger mixture onto cloth: Proceed to squeeze juice from the pulp, into the bowl. When all juice is squeeze from the pulp, discard pulp.
Then, transfer pineapple-ginger mixture from bowl into pitcher: Use a spouted measuring cup or funnel to make the transition easier.
Add the remainder of the pineapple juice from the bottle to the pitcher: Stir well. You may also reuse the pineapple juice bottle to keep your mixture fresher, longer.
24 Hour Results:
Try to eat as light as you can from now on. Skip breads, heavy starches, dairy, and sugar, when possible.
Drink 8 ounces of this juice with every meal and right before bed. Alternately, you can drink a 16 ounce glad right before bed, if you're not able to drink the juice throughout the day.
This juice will be very warm and spicy going down and you’ll feel the ginger working in your stomach.
After a tall glass of this at night, you may find yourself rushing to the restroom first thing in the morning but that’s good!
Continue to drink this juice as long as you wish. There is no cut-off for the cleanse.
I suggest you make a weaker version with just 1 pound of ginger or less, once you have sufficiently rid your intestines of built-up waste, and keep it as part of your regular diet.
Further Information and Commentary:
For those of you who suffer from heart burn, indegestion, or acid reflux, this juice is very helpful. Most of us think we suffer from these things because we have too much stomach acid, but that’s not true at all! These things occur when our bodies are not making enough stomach acids. The pineapple juice and ginger will help digest and breakdown your food by introducing additional acids to your system.
Being born and raised in the West Indies, a weaker version of this juice is a large part of our indigenous diet and helps us digest the massive amounts of starches we prepare as part of our meals. I’ve been drinking this stuff all my life, so you can trust me on this one!
The reason you are blending and not juicing the ginger is because ginger creates very little juice when run through a personal juicer.
You may be able to find fresh pressed ginger juice at your local Whole Foods market, if they have a person making fresh juices there.
If you have a juicer, feel free to juice a fresh pineapple! I have a juicer but opted for bottled juice out of sheer laziness.