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Eat Banana And Make Good Use Of Its Skin For Better Health

Eat Banana And Make Good Use Of Its Skin For Better Health

Why Eat Bananas?

Bananas are one of the world’s most popular fruits for a reason – they are easy to carry around, require no preparation, and they taste great! Even better, they come with many health benefits included. Read on to find out why they make such an awesome choice for an everyday snack, and how to use the peel once you’ve finished eating the delicious flesh inside. You can use the humble banana to feel better, look better, and maintain your health. Best of all, these tips are all quick and easy to follow.

Health Benefits Of Bananas

Bananas give you an all-around boost
Bananas contain natural fruit sugars that work quickly to raise your energy levels, which is useful if you are taking part in sport or vigorous exercise and feel yourself flagging. The riper the banana, the higher its sugar content. If you wish to keep the sugar content of your bananas low, store them in the fridge as this will slow down the ripening process. Bananas can also help you maintain a good mood. They are a source of tryptophan, which is a precursor to serotonin. As serotonin is a neurotransmitter that naturally occurs in the brain and is associated with positive feelings, this is a definite advantage! Diet is an important factor in lowering your risk of depression, and fresh fruit and vegetables is a vital aspect of maintaining your mental health.

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Bananas are high in potassium
Potassium is an incredibly useful mineral. Research suggests that maintaining a steady level of potassium in your blood protects you from a number of conditions including stroke, heart attack, and high blood pressure. Potassium may also be effective in reducing leg cramps. Eat a banana every day to enjoy these ongoing benefits.

Bananas contain antioxidants
Antioxidants assist your body in removing free radicals, which at high concentrations are associated with an increased risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. Eating fruit and vegetables every day is an excellent way to reduce the quantity of free radicals within your body.

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Bananas may help you lose weight
Bananas are high in fiber, which can help you to feel fuller for longer. In turn, this means you are less likely to snack mindlessly between meals and are more likely to make sensible dietary choices. They are also a relatively low-calorie food, at around 100 calories per medium-sized banana.

Don’t Forget To Use The Skin!

Most people simply eat a banana and throw away the peel. Don’t do this – the skin can be used in so many beneficial ways, and of course it is totally free! Did you know that banana peel can help relieve pain, maintain skin hydration, help treat warts, soothe bug bites, and whiten your teeth? Check out the video below for step-by-step instructions:

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Lastly, A Quick Recipe To Try

If you would like a new and exciting way to enjoy bananas, why not try making some quick frozen banana ice cream? It’s dairy-free, gluten-free and is very simple to make. Simply chop up two bananas and freeze for a few hours. Once they have frozen solid, pulse them in a blender at a high speed. After around a minute, you will notice that the bananas take on consistency that closely resembles soft-serve ice cream. Add a tablespoon of vanilla syrup and a few chocolate chips and you have a healthier alternative to store-bought desserts. If you are trying to eliminate sugar from your diet, add in a few berries instead for flavor. This is a wonderful recipe for a hot summer’s day, and is so straightforward that even young children can have fun making it with appropriate adult supervision.

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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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