Thursday, July 10, 2014

Day 1737 - Bananas

Bananas, bananas, bananas

When was the last time you had a banana?  You may decide to buy a crate of them after reading this.  Bananas contain vitamin B6, manganese, vitamin C, potassium, dietary fibre, protein, magnesium and folate.  That's just for starters.  They also have high levels of tryptophan which is converted to serotonin (insert happy dance here) which means they help combat depression.  They are fantastic for energy and to sustain blood sugar levels so are perfect before major sporting events or prior to a workout (I recommend that my cheerleaders take them to comps to eat 20 minutes before they go on the floor). Bananas protect against muscle cramps, build strong bones, improve your mood, reduce PMS symptoms, reduce swelling, protect against type II diabetes, aid weight loss, strengthen the nervous system and help with the production of white blood cells.  They strengthen your blood and relieve anemia, plus they are officially recognised as being able to lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke.  Wow.  Bananas a good hey? But wait .... there's more ....

They are rich in pectin so aid digestion and also cleans toxins and heavy metals from the body.  They also stimulate the growth of good bacteria in the bowel and produce digestive enzymes to assist in absorbing nutrients. They are high in fibre to help with constipation and if you've got the runs they are soothing to the digestive tract and help restore lost electrolytes.  Did you know they are a natural antacid as well? Oh and they actually relieve stomach ulcers by coating the lining of the tummy against acids.

Are you impressed yet?

Keep reading ....

They help increase calcium absorption, make you more alert and smarter, stabilise blood sugar, reduce nausea, assist with nicotine withdrawal and are high in antioxidants.

Oh ... and don't throw away the peel!  Rub the inside of the peel on mozzy bites to relieve itching and irritation.  You can also use the inside of the skin to remove warts! Just place the inside of the banana peel against the wart and tape it into place. That inside of the peel can also be used to shine up your leather shoes, handbags and belts.  Woot!


That's a whole lot of good from one piece of yellow fruit.

Next time I drive through Coff's Harbour I WILL NOT complain and moan with disappointment about the "not-very-big-banana".  I've seen the light. The banana is big. 

Information Source: Food Matters TV 

For more great information about the goodness of bananas head to Balance Me Beautiful where Editor Lily looks at 21 Surprising Benefits of Bananas. 

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