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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 December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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