Friday, September 7, 2007

A Banana A Day...And More

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The above cartoon cracked me up. Credit goes to

My Older son sent an e-mail to me regarding the health benefits of bananas. (Thanks Jon!) I am totally into berries, melons and tomatoes right now, also seeds and nuts, but I think I will buy some bananas on my next shopping trip. Who Knew?

If anyone noticed on their RSS feed that this banana post went up about..oh...I don't know- 80 times, it is because it wouldn't transfer from the e-mail without glitches. I was wondering about "the facts" and so I googled some info regarding this e-mail. It turns out that one site said the info wasn't proven and then other sites seem to support the info. Either way, I would think bananas would be good for most people and this e-mail has directed my focus back toward bananas. (great for on the run - don't have to wash- just peel and eat) Another thing I found interesting (again, I don't know the actual research on it) and that is that oranges and bananas can help prevent childhood leukemia and here is the link to that article.

Also, I came across this interesting site: Health alternatives 2000 by a chiropractic physician, Dr. Decuypere. It contains user friendly charts for the nutrients in fruits, nuts and vegetables along with other interesting articles and links to other resources. I have already bookmarked this site- Thanks Dr. Decuypere! :)

I worked with an ER Doc who once told me to NEVER mention the word Chiropractor when I was in the same room with him. (he was frustrated about a particular patient) I have never been to one, but I do have friends that believe they have improved health resulting from their chiropractic treatment.

I do think there is good that comes from alternative medicine (within certain guidelines) and a more holistic approach. I think that some old "wives tales" hold true in the application of healing. I strongly advocate prayer because there IS "power in prayer". Others might say positive thinking, etc, but either way we know that there is a strong mind/body connection.

I would also like to add that there are many wonderful benefits to aloe juice but I will save that for another post.

Also, this morning I was over at the Throckmorton's Other Signs blog where in today's post about CNS QNS (abbreviation) this Doc discusses the fact that the scientific methods for gathering data regarding certain studies are slanted toward effecting a particular outcome and not necessarily for the good of all. (he says it more clearly)

Sorry about the small type. So, without further ado, the banana e-mail as follows:

This is interesting. After reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again.

Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.

But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also
neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes: According to research in "The New England Journal of Medicine, "eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around. So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"


PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time! I will add one here; want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...polish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit.


Bohemian Road Nurse... said...

I strongly believe in the power of prayer, too.

SeaSpray said...

Yes, BRN...but do you believe in the power of bananas? :)

I am teasing- I believe prayer is key and can facilitate healing along with all kinds of wonderful life changes, altering circumstances for the better. Even though we don't necessarily understand at the time- in the grand scheme of things it always works out for the better.

The 'House said...

I am the cartoonist of the above Damn You Banana cartoon. I want to thank you for posting my cartoon; as far as I know, you are one of the first to do so in a blog, and it really made me proud today to find that. I've been depressed over the last six months, and this one little thing has really, really made me feel good. So, thank you. I look forward to reading the rest of your blogs now.

SeaSpray said...

Hi House - I LOVE that cartoon. I should bring it in to show my gyno doc. It's HILARIOUS! LOL1 :)

I am sorry to hear that you've been depressed. That's not an easy place to be... but things can and do turn around. That is the beautiful thing about life...we never know what good thing... neat surprise is waiting for us around the corner.

Thank you for stopping by and c'mon back. I have lot's of humorous stories... that I think you would appreciate. :)

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