We all have a biological need to stay warm, and fight against any type of germs that can harm our bodies. As it gets colder outside, it is important to arm our kitchens with foods that will help not only help us stay warm but also fight germs. Bananas are a good example of what should be in every the kitchen. They are a multipurpose fruit that provides a lot of our daily nutritional needs without adding a lot of calories. Bananas can be enjoyed alone, as a snack like banana chips, or along with something else such as with cereal or a smoothie.
Bananas are a great source of vitamins and minerals. They are mainly celebrated for their potassium. This mineral works within the human body to improve symptoms associated with high blood pressure and cardiac complications. Studies have shown that cardiovascular health is linked to consumption of this mineral. It is an important mineral because of its ability to regulate sodium within the body. Bananas also contain natural sugars: sucrose, fructose, and glucose. These sugars, along with fiber, provide an instant boost of substantial sustainable energy.
According to 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%. One banana contains 467mg of potassium providing protection to the cardiovascular system. Bananas contain fructooligosaccharide, a prebiotic substance (one which encourages probiotics) that enhances the body’s ability to absorb calcium. Bananas combined with the African herb orinol have been used to treat cataracts. Bananas help relieve certain health conditions and discomforts, such as high blood pressure, heartburn, PMS, depression, anemia, constipation, hangovers, morning sickness, SAD, smoking.
• High blood pressure – as mentioned above bananas are high in potassium and therefore are a great food for lower high blood pressure.
• Heartburn – the natural antacid that bananas have provides soothing relief.
• PMS – Vitamin B6 helps regulate blood glucose levels, which also affect mood.
• Depression – is cause by the lack of serotonin. Bananas have tryptophan, which convert to serotonin, which helps alleviate depression.
• Anemia – is a big problem in this country. Bananas help with the production of hemoglobin in blood and are very high in iron. Researchers have identified that potassium in bananas helps brain power, allowing those who consume to stay alert.
• Constipation – fiber is good for digestion and adding it to your diet can help restore normal bowel movement safely and naturally.
• Hangover – when taken in the form of a milkshake form and sweetened with honey, bananas are a great hangover cure. The milk soothes and hydrates your system, the honey helps build up depleted blood sugar levels, while the fruit calms the stomach.
• Mosquito Bites – Bananas have natural anti-itch properties, so using the inside of the peel on bites can help reduce irritation and swelling.
• Morning Sickness – Pregnant women often have their blood sugar bouncing around, which can cause morning sickness. Snacking on a banana can help bring relief.
• SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) – Bananas contains tryptophan, which is a natural mood enhancer, and can help reduce feelings associated with SAD.
• Smoking – B6 and B12, along with magnesium and potassium, help the body recover from the symptoms associated with nicotine withdrawals.
There are so many ways to enjoy this multipurpose fruit; it is truly a must in every kitchen. It will be useful to your overall health, now and in the future.