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Going Bananas

 
After  Reading THIS, you'll NEVER  look at a banana in the same way again !!! 

Bananas.  Containing 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, a type of protein that the body converts into  serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make  you feel happier. 

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 haemoglobin 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 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) 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 crisps. 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, 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 by strokes by as much as 40%!  

Warts 

Those keen on  natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a  piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out.  Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape! 

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 carbohydrate, 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!" 
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