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13 Amazing Health Benefits Of Red Banana (Better Than Yellow Banana!)

13 Amazing Health Benefits Of Red Banana (Better Than Yellow Banana!)

While most people in the West are familiar with the traditional yellow banana, the fact of the matter is that their red-skinned cousins actually offer you a bigger variety of health benefits.  Red bananas – also called Red Spanish or Cuban bananas, Colorado bananas or Lal kela – are native to India and Southeast Asia, but are now also grown in Australia, New Zealand and many places in the Pacific Islands. However, they are growing more popular in the West as people discover just how healthy they are.

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    1. Increased Immunity

    A red banana is rich in both beta-carotene and vitamin C (to the tune of 16% of your recommended daily allowance). These powerful antioxidants are able to help boost the immune system and make it easier for your body to fight off bacteria, viruses, and other harmful microorganisms in order to stay healthy and have fewer problems like colds and flu.

    2. Boosted Energy Levels

    A red banana contains three different varieties of natural sugars: fructose, sucrose and glucose. Because some of these sugars are broken down quickly and other slowly, eating this fruit will give you both a burst of quick energy and then slow, sustained energy throughout the day.  This is what makes it a perfect breakfast food.

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      3. Improves Digestion

      Because it is so rich in fiber, a red banana is also a great choice if you have digestive problems like constipation. Fiber helps to improve the function of the entire digestive tract and pushes the food through it more efficiently, reducing your chances of suffering from the pain and discomfort that constipation can bring with it.  Regular bowel movements also help to reduce the risk of colon cancer.

      4. Treats Heartburn

      Constipation is not the only gastric problem that a red banana can help with: it can also help if you have problems with heartburn. Red bananas have an anti-acid affect and can soothe down even a very upset stomach. If used regularly, it can even take care of chronic heartburn once and for all.

      5. Improves Vision

      Vision is precious, but it is often taken for granted until it is somehow compromised. However, a diet which includes red bananas on a regular basis supports good visual health as it is rich in vitamin A, which the eyes need to function at their best.

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      6. Good for the Heart

      A red banana is also a great choice for a heart-healthy diet. This is because they are rich in potassium, which counteracts the negative effects of sodium and lowers high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart attacks and other forms of heart disease – as well as incidents like strokes.

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        7. Treats Anemia

        Anemia is a serious condition in which the body does not have enough iron to make hemoglobin, the part of the red blood cell which carries oxygen from the lungs to all other parts of the body. Red bananas can help treat anemia because they are rich in the vitamin B-6 which the body needs to build hemoglobin in the first place.

        8. Helps Smoking Cessation

        Quitting smoking is a great healthy lifestyle choice, but it is also a difficult one on both the body and the mind.  However, red bananas can help this process. They are rich in both potassium and magnesium, which helps the body to deal with the effects of nicotine withdrawal and makes it easier to break the cycle of addiction.

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        9. Aids in Weight Loss

        There are several reasons why a red banana is good for weight loss. First, it is low in calories: a single banana is only 90 calories. Because it is incredibly high in fiber, it will give you a feeling of fullness and make it easier to cut down on calories without suffering from hunger pangs.

        10. Boosts Metabolism

        A red banana can also serve as a great boost for your metabolism. This is because it is a rich source of vitamin B-6, which helps support healthy metabolic function. And if your metabolism is functioning well, this means that it is not only easier to lose weight but also to keep energy levels steady throughout the day.

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          11. Elevates the Mood

          Believe it or not, red bananas can actually help not only your physical health but your emotional health as well.  How?  The vitamin B-6 is needed by the body to transform tryptophan into serotonin, the “feel-good” hormone that can help with problems like depression.

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          12. Delicious Flavor, Texture and Aroma

          Those who have eaten a red banana often report that they have a taste of raspberries, but that they give off the aroma of strawberries instead. Their flesh is sweet and creamy. These are considered benefits because they make the bananas more attractive and thus easier to incorporate into the diet.

          13. Easy to Use in a Variety of Dishes

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            Apart from all the health benefits listed above, a red banana has the added benefit of being easy to use in a variety of dishes, making it no challenge to add them to your diet.

            While a red banana is delicious if eaten fresh, their flavor is even better when baked or sautéed. If you like desserts and sweet dishes, these fruits taste great when paired with berries, apples or citrus fruits like lemons and yogurt.  If you prefer savory dishes, it goes well with meats like pork or chicken, black beans, cream and chili peppers.

            So go ahead — try a red banana today!  You can find plenty of recipes available online. These fruits are becoming more widely available as they increase in popularity and their  benefits make it a truly great dietary choice, especially if you are interested in a healthy, natural lifestyle.

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            Last Updated on February 18, 2019

            13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with It and Enjoy the Ride

            13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with It and Enjoy the Ride

            Fear. I spend my life talking about fear — fighting fears, fixing fears and understanding fears. And yet I doubt I get 10 calls a year from people saying “Mandie can you help me fix my fear?”

            Why is this so critically important to you?

            The realization for me is that fear is not the fundamental driving force in your life it’s what regardless of whether I’m talking to a doctor, a teacher, a CEO’s, a senior citizens or teenager – every single one of those conversations has a direct correlation with your world.

            Fear can range from the overwhelming desire to look away or stop in your tracks to literally fleeing your country and the life you knew. In this article, I will share you with 13 tips to face your fears and enjoy the ride.

            1. Know That Fear Is Real, but Can Be Overcome

            Right now around the world people are facing fear — real fear. Fear that I pray my children and I will never experience. Does that lessen my fears or your fears in your relativity safe 21st century life?

            When I look at the world we all live in, I find that fear like so many other emotions can mean so many different things to so many different people:

            • The child who has to be physically dragged to their first day of school.
            • The man facing the judge.
            • The woman with her hand poised over the buttons over her phone because she has to walk down a dark corridor late at night alone.
            • The man as the surgeon says “count backwards from 10 Mr Smith.”
            • The woman that’s told “We are sorry, we can’t help you.”
            • The man that faces the empty circle of a gun and prays for his very existence.

            These and a million more (Portrayed in every kind of movie, book or song you could imagine) are what make us human. We face fear and somehow move forward or are stopped in our tracks.

            Like the rabbit in the headlights of the car that veers off through the field away from the tyres of the car or stays still praying for salvation. Like someone will save them. Sound familiar?

            Fear is huge. Fear is everywhere and yet fear can be overcome, controlled and can even be a power for good.

            2. Accept Your Fear

            Firstly if you aren’t facing the barrel of the gun, atrocities that make the news or impeding death, that’s a good start. However it doesn’t mean your fear is any less real.

            We are quick to say “I can’t moan, my life is not as bad as X.” While in theory, that’s honorable your appreciation of Mr. or Mrs. X’s horrific life won’t change anything directly. So accept your fear is relative to you.

            And here’s what can be done.

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            3. Get Some Perspective

            I found myself asking anyone that would answer “what is your worst fear”. The answer that intrigued me the most came from my daughter (15 years old and she usually has a copy of Fight the Fear – my book – in her school bag so she can help someone else be as positive and confident as her. No matter what life throws up.)

            And her fear, surprised me — heights. I pointed out that we live in a sprawling bungalow (one storey) and the highest she goes is two storeys’ at school! She laughed but added, fear isn’t like that Mum. I know it’s not a real fear, but it’s like when you stand on a chair and feel unsafe.

            That girl will go far. Because she truly gets fear.

            We know something is scary and yet we still do it. Why? Because we have a perspective to the fear. When you lose perspective, it can feel too big, and too scary.

            So look around you to get some perspective on your fear:

            • Are you really at risk?
            • Will this kill you?
            • Which leads us on to..
            • If the worse was to happen what would it be?

            4. Hold a Hand

            As a coach, it is my job to holds someone’s metaphorical hand and help them face a fear.

            Like the child petrified of the thunder storm or the teen that can’t get back in a car again after failing their test, your job as a parent is to reassure, encourage, enable and motivate someone to face something that ideally they never would choose to again.

            We know many of our fears aren’t real. However, it is only when someone guides us with love, respect, lack of judgement and safety are we able to get through fear. And trust me, you can get through your fears. I’ve seen it so many times.

            Ask yourself:

            • If the worse were to happen, what would that be?
            • Could that really happen?
            • If the worse did happen, how would you recover?
            • If the worse were to happen, what would you need to do next?

            By seeing fear as not the end destination but part of being human, you can see through it’s wily evil ways and move forward.

            5. Know Whose Hand You Hold Either Physically or Emotionally

            This helps with fears for the rest of your life.

            Think of someone you can always rely on (and ideally you won’t just answer yourself because that adds a lot of pressure to your existence!) And you will find that you’ve already found a way to get through fear.

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            The beauty of this is that it means that fear becomes part of life not something to be feared and shied away from.

            It means you know you can turn to your friend, partner, colleague, parent, sibling and say “Right I need to deal with this, and I’m going to need you to help me.”

            For one moment, think about it from the other person’s view point. When we get to help other people we feel valued, loved, respected and lots of other positive emotions and we get a good dose of positive chemicals setting off in our bodies too.

            Your fear, and your determination to fight it, helped someone else too. Now that’s cool right?

            6. Understand That There Are Some Things Fear Will Never Touch

            I like to find role models in life — people who have faced heroism, history changing moments, war, atrocities, miracles, life saving inventions.

            Not everyone was looking for greatness, however they all found it. And one of my favourite books to date is written about Alistair Urquhart, the forgotten highlander. If this doesn’t get turned into a film in the future, then no man’s story is likely to.

            Alistair went through the most horrific experiences in the 2nd world war. If you think of one of the awful things that happened back then in our world, Alistair went through at least 3 of them! Asked afterwards how did you cope? He talked about how whatever they did to his body, no matter how they starved, tortured, threatened or mocked him, they couldn’t have his mind. In his mind he was free.

            Of all the people’s voices I’ve heard in my head over the years, this is one of those statements that reminds me anything is possible if you have faith and hope.

            Look for the things in life that fear can’t touch. They will create confidence and faith for the future, whatever you face. And they will give you a sense of why being you is awesome.

            Of all the billions of people on this planet, no one will have an answer identical to yours!

            7. Process Your Fears to Carry on with Life

            Being brave is not about sticking your chest out and smiling regardless of what hell you endure. It is about finding a way to emotionally process your fears to be able to keep going.

            I have a tool kit of things I can rely on – tools, strategies, techniques. They include people to hug or talk to, music. hobbies, walks on the beach and even my favourite food. It sounds mad but at the times where I have questioned “how will I get through this?” I’ve found immense joy in doing the most unlikely of thing that makes me smile.

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            It may be a short lived moment of happiness. However, it reminded that nothing stays the same and I can find away.

            One client told me that it was crazy when it felt like their world was falling around their ears to run a bath to the brim (you don’t waste water) get the best bath oils, light too many candles, lock the door and drink a glass of bubbly (champagne is only for special occasions.)

            Did that moment fix the disaster that my clients life felt? No, however it gave them a moment of calm and the brain is far quicker to find solutions, resolve and motivation to keep going when you do that.

            It may feel like madness to do something you love, however it can be a powerful way to help you find solutions to the fears you face in life.

            8. Assume the Worse

            If you read the statement from the client above. Notice how they assumed it was wrong to fill the bath up to the top? How bubbly is only for special occasions?

            Think how naughty they felt to be doing something that was not allowed?

            • Think about what age it may have made them feel?
            • Think about how they feel about champagne?
            • What special moments it’s been a part of in their lives?

            And you can see how the assumptions they made about their “right” to have these things was not healthy.

            When I drag the assumptions out of people’s words for them to see, they are often struck by how negative the words make them feel.

            Don’t assume your words aren’t impacting on you. You can go through fear and actually enjoy the ride when you take the time to understand how you are letting words get to you.

            9. Take a Fear That Feels Insurmountable Right Now.

            If you were to repeat it to me out loud, what would you say?

            Would you have blame on yourself in there? Would you assume others can do it and it’s just you? Would you feel small, unsuccessful, useless, unworthy?

            Usually, when you do this exercise, you are able to spot the untruths that run wild in your head convincing you that you are doomed. And rarely when we are faced with our assumptions is there is a lot of evidence to them.

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            10. You Are Not Defined by Your Fear

            One fear does not define your life – be mindful of that. It is likely to lead you to thinking of all the times you’ve succeeded and bring a moment of calm, confidence and faith back to you.

            11. Go with Fear

            When you learn to go with fear, you could find yourself actually having fun, no seriously – having fun.

            I have a few amazing clients I’m working with right now who would describe themselves as life long worriers, or pessimists. In the past that has served them well, enabling them to keep safe, steer clear of risks and even develop strategies in the event of disasters. However, now they find it’s becoming hard to break the cycle and they really want to because it’s holding them back.

            Notice how they’ve found their hidden fears and want to face them?

            One client said “I knew this was going to be tough, and I knew I couldn’t fight it alone and I knew you would be the one to help me.” Before I sat an incredibly successful, confident, capable business owner with a family and a social life to die for.

            However, I’ve learned that the most successful looking lives can hide things that impact on life, success, love, happiness and business.

            We didn’t start with the fear that they felt was holding them back, we broke the fear down, and found lots of little obstacles that had been deemed as “life” and “unchangeable” and “that’s just the way it is” by developing awareness to the little steps on the road to their obstacles to happiness and success they were able to tackle them in a different way.

            12. Discover Great Skills in Your Scary Moments

            And in that clients words “I came here to work with you to grow my company, and my own personal skills. I didn’t expect to get the children to be cleaning up after themselves and my partner being more attentive! It all feels a little magic.”

            The moral is that out of the scariest of moments, we can find great skills we didn’t know we had. Find better, healthier, happier ways to live and find ways to enjoy life more. (And have a bit of magic!)

            What a great place to be in ready for the next fear that thinks it’s going to get in the way of you, right?

            13. Own Your Fear

            Think back over these tips and come up with at least one example for each one. Write them down. Put them on your phone. Turn them into a piece of art. Turn them into a poem. Frame them. Go for a fast walk across the fields, beach, down town and repeat these things in your head to the sound of your feet on the ground.

            We rarely take the time to appreciate how far we have come, how much we can achieve or what we are capable of – by really owning the tips in this article you will have given your brain a big fat dose of “Damn right I can do this!” and the motivation and accountability to say “Let’s find a way” through any fear.

            You can’t help but feel good when you see that can you? And fear doesn’t stand a chance, does it?

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