[tabi] Health Tip

  • From: "Charles Atkins" <catkins@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2009 12:31:18 -0400

Subject: Two Bananas a Day Keep all Doctors Away






        Never put banana in the refrigerator!! 

        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 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 

        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 

        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 (K) and magnesium 
(Ma) found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine 

        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 

        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! 
        Shine your shoes:Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly 
on the shoe...polish with dry cloth.......


        Shine your face: Mix banana with honey and a bit of lemon juice, make 
paste, apply on your face (beware of skin allergy- so make a test doze first), 
keep for half an hour every day before sun-rise and wash out... and Your face 
will shine like fresh banana.... 

        Amazing fruit, really the banana, bringing consolation to the whole 
humanity.... .....and rather cheap.....So get going...


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