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Why Banana Peels Are Actually Good For Your Health

Why Banana Peels Are Actually Good For Your Health

All this time we’ve been eating the insides of bananas when it is the peel that is three times more fortified with nutrients. Next time you instinctively motion to fling that slip hazard into the trash can, think twice. Close your eyes, pinch your nose, and try a bite of the bitter, stringy skin. If you can muster the taste and texture then here are the health benefits you will reap, no matter how una“peel”ing it might seem.

1. lt lowers your cholesterol

Your cholesterol can be lowered by increasing intake of fiber, which decreases risk of heart attack or stroke, and is a study-proven option for bolstering any diet. Banana peels contain more soluble and insoluble fiber than the more traditionally eaten fruit inside.

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2. It provides lots of electrolytes

Anyone who played sports as a kid knows that if muscles are cramping then bananas are what you eat before the big game. The potassium (and electrolytes) in the fruit contributes to muscle building, metabolizing of carbohydrates, and the regulation of acid-base balance throughout the body. Banana peels are equally proficient at supplementing potassium.

3. It makes you happier

Banana peels possess high levels of serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter sourced from tryptophan. Serotonin is most commonly regarded as a chemical that governs a body’s mood balance. A deficit can lead to depression and a surplus can lead to giddiness.

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4. It makes you sleep better

Your sleeping troubles can be answered. Tryptophan is commonly prescribed by doctors as a supplement to treat sleep disorders. Insomnia got you down? Don’t peel the banana. Just eat the whole thing.

5. It decreases your waist line

Banana peels are low in calories and abundant in fiber and nutrients that your body needs making them an ideal supplement source for anyone aiming to stay slim.

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6. It helps prevent cancer

If you are looking for an additional method to help prevent cancer then look no further. Banana peels are rich in antioxidants and they are comprised of compounds that guard cells from threats of mutation, which typically lead to cancerous tumors.

7. It strengthens your red blood cells

Red blood cells dispatch oxygen to body tissues constantly. Banana peels include nutrients that strengthen red blood cells by ensuring oxygen distribution and minimizing red blood cell breakdown.

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8. It keeps your eyes healthy

Your vision is critical. Banana peels can optimize the health of your eyes because of their high levels of lutien. Lutien is a compound that aids in night vision capability and it helps prevent cataracts and macular degeneration.

9. It boosts you immune system

Banana peels are so rich in fiber they aid in creating probiotic bacteria, or “good bacteria”, in your colon leading to efficient detox and a better immune system.

10. You need to make sure you only eat organic banana peels

Eating banana peels raw is the easiest, most bitter, and stringiest way to absorb all of its fiber and nutrients but they can also be boiled to soften up the texture and make the taste more palatable. Or, you can drop them into a blender and turn them into liquid. The most important thing to note is that if you do begin consuming banana peels remember that you want to buy organic. The slightly cheaper alternative will be covered in pesticides and insecticides, which will defeat the purpose and impose unintended harms.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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