Eat bananas and eat more bananas for better health

I hope the title has not given you a negative meaning.  I really mean that you should eat plenty of bananas;  don’t stop with one.  OK?

Banana is a wonderful fruit and yet we use  the name as an idiom in a derogatory way like “banana republic” (an ill managed country)   and “going  bananas” (go crazy/silly) or “go banana” etc.

If only you know and you will  know all about banana by reading this article, you will never look down upon this fruit at all and on the contrary glorify it to the skies.

Do you know, bananas contain three natural sugars –sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fibre?  A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.  You would have seen our cricketers swallowing some pieces in the middle of the game.   Someone tells me that it prevents cramps as well.

Research shows that  just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous  workout of ninety minutes. Thus it is  the number one fruit all athletes and other games players  prefer.

Further, it can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet. You will never undergo any kind of depression if you eat it daily; it contains  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. It’s good to eat a couple of bananas  before you go to meet your girl friend !

It contains vitamin B6 and regulates your  blood pressure.

Your brain would function better and more effectively. Some 200 students wrote their exams successfully  and were very alert in the exam hall after they had had a couple of bananas before the exam  started.

Banana is also a grandma medicine to cure constipation. Don’t go in for any laxatives.  One or two bananas would set your stomach right.

Do you suffer from hangover after heavy drinking night? Take one banana milk shake  and  sweetened with honey and you would be a fit person for the day.

Mosquito bites could be healed  by rubbing the inside of a banana skin on the affected area; instantly you would feel free from irritation.

Are you a smoker?  Do you want to give up smoking? The B6 and B12 contained in a banana would help the body recover from  the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

According to another research carried out in New England, eating banana routinely  as part of a  regular diet can cut the risk of death  by strokes by as much as 40%

If you want to get rid of 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.

A bun and a banana is a wholesome lunch  for several laborers who work for some eight hours carrying heavy loads or doing hard work.  And they don’t need anything else.

So,  banana is a natural remedy for many ills.  When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrates, three times the phosphorous, 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  foods around.

Therefore, don’t you think it is time we gave up using those damaging idiomatic  phrases and replaced them  with a  phrase  like   “A banana a day, keeps the doctor away !”

I wish to thank my colleague  Anil Bhat for providing quite a bit of the above  information on the subject  in our Army Signals  network.  Please forward this article to as many colleagues as you can.

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