A Banana a Day...

 
After Reading this,
you will NEVER look at a banana in the same way  again!

Bananas Contain
three natural sugars -  sucrose,
fructose and glucose combined with fiber, a banana
gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy..  Research has
proven that just two bananas provide enough energy  for a strenuous 90-minute
workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading
athletes. But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can
also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions,
making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression:

According to a
recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst  people suffering from depression, many
felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain
tryptophan, an amino acid
that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax,
improve your mood and generally make you feel better.

PMS:

Forget the pills -- eat a
banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can
affect your mood.

Anemia
:

High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the
blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure:

This unique
tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the
perfect way to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug
Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for
the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power:

200 students at a
Twickenham (Middlesex England
) school were
helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and
lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the
potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation:

High in fiber,
including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to
overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers:

One of the quickest
ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey.
The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted
blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system..


Heartburn:

Bananas
have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try
eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness:
   
Snacking
on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning
sickness

Mosquito bites:


Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected  area
with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at
reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves:

Bananas are high in B
vitamins that help calm the nervous system..

Overweight and at work?

Studies at
the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging
on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients,
researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs.
The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to
control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two
hours to keep levels steady.

Ulcers:

The banana is used as
the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and
smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in
over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation
by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control:

Many other
cultures see bananas as a 'cooling' fruit that can lower both the physical and
emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant
women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.


Seasonal Affective Disorder
(SAD):

Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the
natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking:

Bananas can also help
people trying to give up smoking. The B6 and B12 they contain, as well as the
potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of
nicotine withdrawal.

Stress:

Potassium is a vital
mineral which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and
regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate
rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the
help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes:

According to research
in 'The New England Journal of Medicine', eating bananas as part of a regular
diet can cut the risk of death from strokes by as much as 40%!

So, a
banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an
apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrates, three times the
phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and
minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods
around. So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, 'A
banana a day keeps the doctor away'!


Footnote
:
 

If your roses
are covered with Aphids, drape banana skins over the branches, It's amazing, but
in a day or less, they are GONE!
I've tried it, and I couldn't believe it,
no more aphids, as long as I save my banana skins for the rose
bushes!

It
also releases endorphines that make you sleepy...good about an hr before
bedtime


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