Recently, one of my girlfriends discovered that all of her wisdom teeth are impacted. Naturally, everyone had their wisdom tooth story to scare the living daylights out of her — the doctor left part of my tooth in there, I swelled up like a chipmunk for a week or my personal favorite – my own experience – I had a psychotic reaction to the general anesthesia. (I never do anything halfway.)
But! I hardly had ANY swelling. How could that be?
I drank pineapple juice the whole week before my surgery. I can’t remember who offered this wisdom, but pineapple juice is anti-inflammatory. It is the only natural source of bromelain, an anti-inflammatory and protein-digesting enzyme (which is also good for arthritis!). Never mind that I woke up screaming at the doctor that he was a jerk for not telling me about it. (He said he’d heard about it, but doesn’t tell people. What the #$%&?)
So if you’re about to lose your wisdom teeth, drink up – the worst thing that can happen to you is you drink delicious pineapple juice for a week and it doesn’t do the same wonders for your swelling. It will still be just as delicious – my favorite kind of medical advice.