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7 Benefits of Bananas You May Not Have Known About

7 Benefits of Bananas You May Not Have Known About

As one of the most available fruits in the world, bananas are everywhere! From grocery stores to gas stations, every turn you take you’ll most likely encounter this common fruit.

For years it has been pounded into our heads that bananas are a good source of potassium and are monkeys’ favorite food. It is understood that bananas are green when they are unripe, turn yellow when they are ready to be eaten, and turn brown when forgotten, rotten and spoiled. We know they come in bunches and grow on trees, so what else is there to know about bananas? The details! We all know the basics of bananas, but do we know their unexpected benefits? Here are some bonus facts about the benefits of bananas you didn’t know about.

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Banana Benefits for Your Body

  • Potassium: Okay, so you remember your parents telling you that bananas provide potassium – what does that even mean? Well, potassium is good for your body because it helps regulate your blood pressure, which maintains a properly functioning heart. Obviously this is critical information to know because bananas keep your heart beating. The potassium found in bananas also benefits your bones. By helping to suppress calcium excretion, bananas reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis and brittle bones as you age.
  • Fiber: Did you know that bananas are also an excellent source of fiber too? To aid in maintaining a healthy digestive system, bananas help food move smoothly through your digestive tract, improving the flow of your bathroom visits. As an added benefit – of course – the fiber in bananas also helps relieve the symptoms of heartburn too.
  • Vitamins and Minerals: With high levels of Vitamin B6, bananas are essential to producing healthy blood. Not only do they contain good levels of Vitamin C, magnesium and manganese, they also contain a compound called cytolcin. This compound is believed to have the potential to increase white blood cells, which enhances your immunity. In short, bananas provide your body with vitamins and minerals that fight cancerous cell changes.
  • Ulcers Beaters: Not only do bananas help fight against cancer, they also help to protect against stomach ulcers too. Other compounds found in bananas create a thicker, protective barrier in the stomach that defends against hydrochloric acid. Bananas also contain protease inhibitors that eliminate specific bacteria in the stomach that cause ulcers to form. What’s the moral of this bonus benefit? Fill your tummy with bananas to prevent holes from forming.

Banana Benefits for Your Mind

The benefits of bananas are not isolated to only the internal functions of the body. The benefits of bananas also extend to your body’s exterior as well as the essence of your being.

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  • Skin: Just like your skin, banana peels are useful too. They can be used to treat skin conditions like psoriasis and acne. Blended together with other ingredients, banana peels can also add moisture to your hair, restoring lost nutrients for a natural and radiant shine.
  • Energy: In order to stay productive and engaged, your body needs energy right? Well, bananas definitely provide that for you. Their natural compounds infuse the body with energy that is frequent, steady and consistent. With this stability, your energy helps motivate your body to lose weight – It’s true! Bananas help you lose weight.
  • Improves Your Mood and Reduces Your Stress: The best bonus benefit of bananas that you didn’t know about is how they affect your mood and stress levels. Bananas are a good source of tryptophan, a chemical when released in the body converts into serotonin. With proper serotonin levels, bananas help improve your mood, reducing your stress. Therefore, eating bananas will help you gain a more positive, stress-free outlook on life.

Do not be fooled by the common misconceptions that bananas are only good for levels of potassium. As you can see, the benefits of bananas that you didn’t know about are pretty unique. It’s no wonder why monkeys love them so much – they really do more than just taste good!

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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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