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Thursday, June 11, 2009

~~~ Going Bananas ~~~

Banana Research - VERY INTERESTING!

A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class told his class about bananas. He said the expression "going bananas" is from the effects of bananas on the brain.
Read on:

Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!!

This is interesting.
After reading this, you'll 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, 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 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 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
( in England ) 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 &Tobacco Use: 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, the reby 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!"
PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time!

I will add one here; want a quick shine on our shoes??
Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...
polish with dry cloth.
Until Later
Hugs And Kisses


niartist said...

Donna - I never knew so much about banana's! LOL! If I'm ever on Who Wants to be a Millionaire, and the question is about banana's, I'm sure to win, and I'll owe it all to you! :) Seriously though - I never knew that they were good for ulcers, or even more, WARTS!?!?!?!? Love holistic remedies - so I'm printing this out! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Good Morning Dear Donna! I have missed you so!!!!!!

I love bananas! If my children found out bananas were good for PMS they would stock up on them for me! (LOL) Thanks for sharing!

Donna Marie

Renee said...

Great info! Thanks.

The Muse said...

oh the mysteries of fruit!

Kat said...

And I just thought they tasted good! I'm going to start making DH eat them every day - he has acid reflux and high blood pressure. Bananas have got to be cheaper than that "little purple pill"! Kathy

Anonymous said...

Wow, just Wow!

Anonymous said...

Hey Donna!!! I have to look up that info on The Vampire Diaries! I just love anything about Vampires! You should catch up on True Blood. There are 12 episodes in the first season! It's a darn good show!

I hope all is well! How's your adventures going? Where are you now?

I miss you!!!!
Donna Marie

Tootsie said...

well...maybe I should eat some! They are not my favorite...but seem like they should be!

Ginger said...

Who would of "thunk" it. lol.
I love bananas, but only if they are almost green. Once they get ripe they give me a stomache.

Sharon said...

Hi Donna -
Thanks for stopping by my place. I've been out of the loop so long, I'm having trouble getting back in. Hope you have a wonderful wedding! My daughter is getting married this summer as well. We really should be home helping her. Two more weeks and we'll be there to help. Talk to you later!


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