Thursday, January 29, 2009

Very Very Very Random...I mean VERY!!

This randomness could be a result of all the randomness on Facebook! Actually, my friend Shalita told me to look up all that a banana is good for - she said she heard that a banana could get rid of a wart (we were discussing this because Noah has a wart and I was asking if you could put wart remover on a kid)...ANYWAY...so she told me to go home and Google it...That was weeks ago and I'm just getting to it...BECAUSE, my friend Missy has a blog about Honey and Cinnamon and all it's good for (halfway through her blog I thought she was joking but she's not!) So, then I remembered...Hey I've got some researching to do myself and found this...Just in case you wanted to know!

How good is a Banana?

Anaemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of haemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anaemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect food for helping 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 an English school were helped through their exams 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.

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.

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 heart-burn, 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 – such as bananas – every two hours to keep levels steady.

PMS: Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer, trypotophan.

Smoking: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking, as the high levels of Vitamin C, A1, 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 normalise 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 re-balanced 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%!

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.

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-chronic ulcer cases. It also neutralises over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

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! (I'm gonna try this!)

all of the above was taken from: http://archives.chennaionline.com/food/healthandnutrition/gbanana.asp

Banana anyone?!?

6 comments:

Trace Car Driver said...

well what do ya know? i've had a banana like every day this week! trace loves them so we usually share! glad to know all they are good for, thanks! =)

bretsgirl said...

I guess I need to start eating one everyday...not for any one particular reason, but it seems they are really good for you!! Thanks for all the research!!

Shalita said...

That banana is one amazing fruit! Let me be the first to say my wart has never returned and it has been years!

I am so proud of you for being the little research girl!

care-in said...

I'm so glad you posted this. I think you should do this on a regular basis!! Call it, "Page's What's It Good For"

-C said...

So, I just heard of this new diet ... the banana diet. You eat a banana for breakfast and then you can eat anything else for the rest of the day before 8pm. No lie. Evidently banana growers are running out of bananas or something. BUT, the featured this on the daytime "Doctors" show and called it a bust ... just like the grapefruit diet and the pineapple diet that made their rounds years ago. LOL. So we've both had bananas on the brain lately. :)

Missy said...

Logan has a wart too! Boys must be icky ;)
I am going to try the banana thing...only his is under his lip. Oh well, deal kid!

That makes me laugh that you thought I was kidding!
DISCLAIMER though, I don't consider the honey and cinnamon thing a diet. Just good for you.
I still have to eat healthy blah blah.