Topic: Going Bananas?

I just had to share this with all:

A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class told his class about
bananas.  He said the expression "going bananas" is from the effects of
bananas on the brain.

Read on: Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!!

After reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way
again.

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
system.

Overweight: 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 &Tobacco Use: 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 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%!

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!

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!"


PASS IT ON TO YOUR FRIENDS PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so
happy all the time!
I will add one here; want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE
of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...polish with dry
cloth. Amazing fruit.

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Re: Going Bananas?

My bad, Marion as I have never liked bananas, maybe I will them a try, could change my whole world except I couldn't live in a tree, I get vertigo! Excellent article.

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
Any suggestion I offer is intended as friendly advice based solely on my own experience. Please consult your doctor for professional guidance.

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Marion,

You sent this just in time, I am in the process of buying a house and everything was going swimmingly when all of a sudden the whole deal turned into a royal mess and I could really use a banana for the stress and ulcers and high blood pressure and for the hangover I will have when I get my hands on a good bottle of wine!

Patty

p.s. You might get lucky with the weather in Chicago, today was quite balmy for mid-October. If not, you can always eat a banana for the SAD.

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Lainy....keep us up with the progress and the world change.  They did not say how many bananas per day and....is one supposed to eat one for each symptom?  I just thought it was another interesting article.  Who knows, it may just have some positive results but I am  hoping that this article was not meant to promote the banana industry.

Patty:  If the banana will accomplish all of it: house deal goes through, the ulcer does not cause any problems, you blood pressure is on an acceptable level and your hangover is cured.....well, then I am off to the store for my purchase of bananas.

Now, if it causes the weather to be balmy in Chicago for my next visit then, I will buy stocks from Del Monte and Chiquita. 
Marion

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Marion,

Thanks for that. Truly a superfood ....

Katie

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My doctor was all about me eating bananas when I had severe bowel problems. Too bad I hate them so much.

Cancer is a word, not a sentence.

36 year old patient with buckets of hope

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I can eat a banana, but only if it's cut into slices.  which if done by my mom, the banana tastes so much better when someone else slices it!

- Suzanne

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OMG Suzanne, that is the only way I will eat a banana, sliced with a little sugar sprinkled on it. Oh, wait, I also like it with a little ice cream. Too funny, I thought that was one of my weird secrets that only pertained to me!

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
Any suggestion I offer is intended as friendly advice based solely on my own experience. Please consult your doctor for professional guidance.

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BAKED bananas!!  With ice-cream!!  YESSSSSS!!  big_smile

"Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician."

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Okay, I think I'm way weirder bananas with peanut butter & honey and/or potato chips. Maybe even made into a sandwich!

"One Day At A Time"

All of my comments and suggestions are just my opinions and are not a substitute for professional medical advice.   You should always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care providers.

Re: Going Bananas?

Hi Darla, isn't that Elvis's favorite sandwich>>>

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
Any suggestion I offer is intended as friendly advice based solely on my own experience. Please consult your doctor for professional guidance.

Re: Going Bananas?

I think so, or something close to that.  I actually saw him in Vegas back in the day when he was still thin & good looking.  smile

"One Day At A Time"

All of my comments and suggestions are just my opinions and are not a substitute for professional medical advice.   You should always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care providers.

Re: Going Bananas?

Now you know Darla, he is not gone, he has only left the building!

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
Any suggestion I offer is intended as friendly advice based solely on my own experience. Please consult your doctor for professional guidance.

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Left the building--to go get more bananas?

Re: Going Bananas?

Lainy,  I know he only left the building, but I have to try to remember him the way he was before,  not how he was when he left!  smile  Louise, if he went for bananas, I hope he remembers the peanut butter, honey & chips, too! smile

"One Day At A Time"

All of my comments and suggestions are just my opinions and are not a substitute for professional medical advice.   You should always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care providers.

Re: Going Bananas?

marions, that reminded me of a "funny" story that happened to me years ago.  it has to do with carrot pulp and it was supposed to be a cure of sorts for wounds.  welllllllll, i had injured my leg when i went running through my house to get something (in the dark right after i had rearranged the furniture) and hit an unmovable coffee table at full speed.  sooooooooo, my new zealand friend informed me that carrot pulp was just the fix i needed.  so, i applied some to my leg and put some tape over it.  the next day i left for a church retreat in the local mountains. 

i managed to get blood poisoning (got some ink from a ditto machine into a paper cut on my finger) and was taken to a hospital   the er doc asked if i had any other wounds and if they were slow to heal  (looking for diabetes i think).  that's when it hit me that i still had carrot pulp taped to my leg.  when the doc saw the carrot pulp .... i thought he was going to call for the guys in the white coats.  he proceeded to fire a lot of questions at me as to just what kind of church i was involved with.  i don't think he believed me when i told him that it had nothing to do with the church. 

next the church members questioned me, then people where i worked.... i decided that i wound not try that "treatment" a second time. 

i can't remember if the carrot pulp helped at all and but whatever was done to treat the blood poisoning did help. 

love,
barb h

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Oh Barb....I thought to check on the board one more time before tuning out for the day (it was not the greatest to begin with) and here comes your posting.  Thanks so much.  I was laughing so loud causing my kids to check on me.  Well, they are laughing too.  Thanks for making my evening.
Hugs
Marion

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