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Seabrez



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PostPosted: March 6, 2005 10:45 AM    Post subject: Benefits of Bananas Reply with quote

Thought this was real interesting......


Check out all the benefits of BANANAS, including quitting smoking!



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 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 the perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, that 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!

Rose Bushes:
Blend one skin (soft Part) with blender full of water and pour on base of
Rose Bush. Promotes healthy roots and new growth. You can also use up those
over ripe bananas and skins on staghorn fern which really flourish when fed
bananas.

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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PostPosted: March 6, 2005 12:45 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

Deb,

Really enjoyed this post. Even saved it! The roses bushes, fern, and myself thank you. We're all going to try it!! Very Happy

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PostPosted: March 6, 2005 1:25 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked Wow, who knew? I was NEVER a big fruit eater...except in the last few months. I can eat apples, pears and bananas all day...in fact, I actually crave them. This is so contrary to my lifetime habit, that there must be an underlying cause. It's possibly from either quitting smoking, quitting drinking, or both. anyway, I really am a fruit freak now. This must be what makes those chimps so smart!

Hey, don't let the food retailers know about this! The price will go up from .39/lb to $39/lb if they find out it has all these benefits. We'll just keep it our little secret here at woofmang.

Excuse me now, I have to go practice my Carman Miranda imitation.
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PostPosted: March 6, 2005 2:05 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pam,

I want to shop where you do!!!.....cost here is $.48/lb. I know exactly what you mean about the lifestyle change. Same here....ever since I quit, I can not get enough salads, fruits and fresh veggies. I take several different vitamins and a multi....and have long before I quit. Even with the vitamins, I still crave the fresh fruits!!!!! I'm going to check in to those smoothies Margaret mentioned on another thread. Turning into a "health nut"!!!! Very Happy I even am impatiently waiting for warm weather to get on the bike. Plus in a couple of weeks going to start exercising. (Something in the past I avoided like the plague! Cool ) I'm seriously thinking about buying an herb and vitamin book for one of my rewards.

Quit smoking and reap a whole absolutely "NEW" attitude, outlook, and life!!! Life is GOOD!!!! Plus the sun is shining today. Life is really good!! Very Happy

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PostPosted: March 6, 2005 6:37 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, thanks for sharing. I love banana's and now even more!! Going to get one right now Laughing I love this kind of info. Makes me feel so smart when I do groceries. Very Happy
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PostPosted: March 6, 2005 8:06 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

Deb email that article to me pretty pleaseeeeeeeee. That wa a good one.
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PostPosted: March 6, 2005 9:00 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info, Deb. That's really interesting. I, too, am eating lots more fruit and veggies than I did as a smoker. It's so good to be feeling healthy.
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PostPosted: March 7, 2005 4:18 PM    Post subject: Re: Nanners Reply with quote

That was really interesting, can you tell me where this article came from? My sister works with a stroke foundation and she is interested in reading more about this, possibly to feature in their newsletter.

Thanks!!
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PostPosted: March 10, 2005 12:35 AM    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy Thanks Deb,

I don't like banannas by themselves but will eat them in things like smoothies or in pancakes. I know from now on though, I will try to put them in those things more often. Thanks.

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PostPosted: March 10, 2005 1:55 AM    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks...I love banana's. Now I love them even more. Smile (I copied that too)

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