Going Bananas Over Bananas




By Kyla Miller, R.H.N.;

Bananas are very common all around the world. They are native to tropical South and Southeast Asia, but today, are cultivated throughout the tropics. They come in a variety of sizes and colors when ripe, including yellow, purple, and red. In North America, we are most familiar with sweet yellow bananas. We eat them as babies and continue right through into adulthood. Not only do bananas taste awesome, but they also have some pretty amazing health benefits.



Health Benefits

Anemia = Bananas are relatively high in iron, which helps the body’s hemoglobin function.
        
Heartburn = Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body. If you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness = Snacking on bananas between meals can help to keep blood-sugar levels up which in turn helps to avoid morning sickness.

Quitting Smoking = Bananas can also help people who are trying to give up smoking. The vitamins B6 and B12 they contain, as well as potassium and magnesium, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Reducing Depression = Bananas contain tryptophan, an amino acid that can be converted to serotonin, leading to an improved mood.

Normalizing Blood Pressure = Bananas are extremely high in potassium, yet very low in sodium, thus having a perfect ratio for preventing high blood pressure.

Constipation and/or Diarrhea = Due to their fiber content, bananas help to restore a normal bowel function. In addition, it is common for diarrhea to deplete your body of important electrolytes. One of the most important electrolytes is potassium, in which bananas contain high amounts.

Nerve System = Bananas are high in B vitamins that have been shown to improve nerve function.

Mosquito Bites = A natural remedy to mosquito bites, is to rub the inside of a banana peel on the area. It can be very effective in reducing itching and swelling.

Stress Relief = Bananas are high in potassium, which helps normalize the heartbeat and regulate the body’s water balance. During periods of high stress, our body’s potassium levels tend to be rapidly depleted. Eating bananas is a healthy way to re-balance them.

Stroke Risk = According to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can reduce the risk of death by stroke by as much as 40%.

Kidney = Bananas contain especially high amounts of antioxidant phenolic compounds, which are necessary for effective detoxification of potential carcinogens.

Have a Balanced Approach

Even though bananas have many health benefits, they consist mainly of sugars (glucose, fructose and sucrose). If you have blood sugar problems, they should not be eaten. In order to normalize the insulin response caused by the sugar, it is best to eat them with a bit of protein instead of on an empty stomach. Additionally, bananas are so popular, that rain forests are often destroyed just to make way for banana plantations. Keeping this in mind, let us always strive for a balanced diet and not over-consume one source of food.

Since summer is coming, we thought we’d show you have to make a simple delicious vegan banana ice cream. Enjoy!



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Banana Soft Serve Ice Cream

Ingredients:

2 Medium bananas (frozen)
1-2 pinches of cinammon
Coconut Milk (optional)
Blend, and the serve! It's that simple!

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Your questions: Do you know of any other health benefits derived from bananas? How often do you eat bananas? (post your comments below)

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About the Author : Kyla Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com. She has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Kyla is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and is currently studying to become a Reiki Master.

5 comments:

  1. When I was pregnant I ate one banana every day. I rarely skipped a day. The reason being is that I would get muscle cramps in my leg. They got so bad before that it would hurt my leg for two days or more after one. I heard from some one that if you eat a banana it will keep the spasms from happening. I read some where that the potassium helps the blood flow correctly through the muscles. Which in turn will prevent muscle spasms.

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  2. Thanks for sharing your experience. Isn’t it fascinating to think about all of the amazing health benefits and remedies provided to us by nature? We truly have been given everything that we need in order to be healthy.

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  3. It really is amazing! As I grow and find who I am I also find that there are natural ways to help some of my ailments. I am not one to take much medication anyways, I don't really take it much at all. I took Zoloft for 3 months before it started making me sick. I decided it wasn't really doing what it promised to do anyways. I have not gone on a new pill though. I am trying out some more natural things now. And it's working better so far.

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  4. I love your info and will be making this often, soo simple, thanx

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  5. Thanks for the kind words Patti. It is because of readers like you that inspires us to write. ~ with love.

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