Not only does the banana taste wonderful, it also has an abundance of sucrose, glucose, fructose and potassium. It is rich in fiber and contains 5 times the vitamin A found in apples and 4 times the pectin. The banana is able to boost energy, and is a safe preventative against many ailments. Below is a list of reasons why you should have a closer relationship with the banana.
Rub the inside of the banana skin on the affected area. In most cases it will reduce swelling and irritation.
Seasonal Affective Disorder or, SAD:
Bananas contain the natural mood enhancer, tryptophan.
Bananas give an instant, sustained boost of energy. Eat two bananas to produce enough energy for a 90 minute workout.
Studies show that if you are in a high pressure job, chances are you tend to binge on comfort food caused by panic induced food cravings. Try eating a banana every two hours to control blood sugar, keep levels steady, and keep the cravings away.
Eat a banana to help calm nervousness, they are high in B vitamins.
Bananas neutralize stomach acid. They reduce irritation of the stomach by coating the stomach lining.
You can keep your blood sugar up to avoid morning sickness by snacking on bananas between meals.
The quickest way to get rid of a hangover is to drink a banana milkshake. Peel 2 bananas and place in blender. Add honey to taste and milk to desired consistency. The milk will help re-hydrate your body while the banana and honey raise blood sugar levels and sooths the stomach.
The banana contains enough vitamin B6 to raise blood glucose which in turn should affect your mood.
Bananas are high in iron and encourage hemoglobin production which helps in cases of anemia.
Boosting Brain Power:
Research has shown that the potassium in bananas can help in learning and brain stressing projects by making one more alert.
The banana is a natural antacid. Simply eat a banana next time you have heartburn.
Because the banana is so high in fiber it can help restore normal bowel activity.
If you are trying to quit smoking, the potassium, magnesium, B6 and B12 in bananas can aid in the recovery of nicotine withdrawal.
Some people rub the inside of the banana skin on the wart several times a day. Others say to lay a small piece of banana still inside of the skin, face down against the wart and held in place by a band aid or surgical tape. Either way, the wart will be eliminated.
This may not be a health issue, but it will make your shoes look great. Rub the inside of the skin on your shoes and buff it off with a clean, soft cloth to shine.
Originally posted 2009-03-24 10:33:07.