Article last updated: February 2018 by Oskar Faarkrog, ISSA Certified Trainer
More than half of the people that I’ve consulted with over the past 2 years have chronical problems with constipation (find it difficult to take a poop) and bloating (stomach get’s big after eating meals).
Having digestive problems is extremely common for skinny-fat men, because the way you digest food is a good representation of your overall health, and the same goes for the way you look.
The medical term for chronical constipation and bloating is called Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
A lot of you reading this have Irritable Bowel Syndrome without knowing it. I know because I had it for my entire life and thought that it was normal to spend 30 minutes each morning on the toilet and looking like a balloon full of air the entire day.
Well, it may be normal, but it’s not optimal.
In this article, I will explain how I cured irritable bowel syndrome.
Let’s get started:
How I Cured Irritable Bowel Syndrome With Pineapple
Here’s what I do everyday to keep my bowels moving smoothly while eating almost all of my favorite foods: I eat a slice slice of pineapple with breakfast and my Irritable Bowel Symptoms symptoms are +90% gone.
I got this tip from a random thread that I stumbled upon on reddit a long time ago while googling around for Irritable Bowel Syndrome-relief:
This person recommended pineapple, and I’m a guy of action, so I ran to the grocery store right after reading it and got a pineapple.
The next day I ate a slice of pineapple with breakfast, and to my surprise I spent no more than a few minutes on the toilet and felt light the entire day!!
I continued with this for a few weeks, and the trend persisted: pineapple completely transformed my digestive system.
Here’s another reddit reader who added pineapple to her diet and thereby eliminated her irritable bowel symptoms:
Now, the big question is: Can science explain the usefulness of pineapple for treating irritable bowel syndrome?
Potential Anti-Inflammatory and Digestive Benefits of Bromelain (Found in Pineapple)
According to whfoods.org, pineapple contains bromelain which has anti-inflammatory and digestive benefits.
Pineapple also reduces excessive coagulation of the blood and certain types of tumor growth and healthcare practitioners have reported improved digestion in their patients after adding pineapple to their diet.
Finally, pineapple is also a great bodybuilding food since it’s high in potassium, and potassium helps you achieve that “vascular” look where it looks like your veins are popping out of your body.
6 Awesome Meals I Can Eat After Adding Pineapple To My Diet
After adding pineapple to my diet, I’ve not only improved my digestion and vascularity, but I’m also able to eat a big variety of great meals which I previously couldn’t.
If you’re a long time Irritable Bowel Syndrome-sufferer and you’ve tried an elimination diet, you know how much of a relief it would be to be able to eat your favorite foods without getting constipated and bloated.
The kind of meals you can eat on an elimination diet are pretty much TASTELESS and boring unless you stock up on special spices and sauces from health shops and cook all of your meals.
The problem with IBS elimination diets is that you start looking at food as fuel and you eat for function rather than pleasure.
That’s a huge problem because food has always been something that brings people together for enjoyment, and missing that enjoyment means giving up an important part of your day.
Contrary to what some fitness gurus would like you to believe, food is not just fuel. Food is used for pleasure after doing hard work and it brings people together.
Luckily, pineapple saved me and I can now eat a huge variety of food, including low fat dairy products. (All dairy used to give me bad acne, constipation and bloating, but now I can eat low fat dairy products without issues).
In other words, pineapple has improved my life quality a lot by making it much easier to eat out and having a varied diet where I look forward to my meals instead of dreading eating the same cleans foods over and over again.
You can see 6 of my recent meals below…
(1) Salmon and Guacamole on Rye Bread
(2) Double Burger and Peanut Butter Smoothie
(3) Home Made Double Burger
(4) My Favorite Polish Meal: Pierogi Ruskie and Kielbasa
(5) Pistachio Cake
(6) Rib-Eye Steaks and Sweet Potatoes
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While eating these meals is delicious, I want to emphasise that I don’t eat huge burgers and pistachio cakes all day everyday.
I eat healthy clean meals such as rib eye steaks and sweet potatoes 80% of the time, and then use the remaining 20% to eat whatever I want.
Besides that, I eat moderate portions throughout the day and reserve big feasts such as the burgers above to after a 1.5-2 hour workout because your body’s digestion is heightened after a rigorous workout.
With that said, I do still get constipated and bloated once in a while, but it’s so infrequent now that it doesn’t bother me.
Will Pineapple Alone Cure Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
After reading this article, you may be convinced that eating pineapple alone will fix all your digestive issues, but that’s unfortunately not the case.
When I added pineapple to my diet, I was already living a healthy life style which means I exercised daily, ate foods that my body does well with 80% of the time, managed my stress well.
No amounts of pineapple can make up for huge lifestyle flaws such as lack of exercise, eating too much food on a daily basis and being chronically stressed and burned out.
To find the diet rules that will work for you, I suggest that you keep an open mind and experiment.
A good place to start is to add that slice of pineapple to your breakfast, eat light meals throughout the day, exercise 60 minutes daily, cut out wheat and high fat dairy products, and then see how you feel after a week.
Besides that, also consider reducing your protein intake to 80-130 grams a day, since foods high in protein can be difficult on the digestive system.
And that’s about it. This article explained exactly how I cured irritable bowel syndrome, so I hope you found it useful.
Be proud but stay hungry,