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Get Happy by Going Bananas

Updated on March 27, 2012

There are many ways two or three bananas a day can fill your happy bucket. Not only is it fun to say the word banana, it is fun to type too. Filled with deliciously sweet firm-creamy flesh, bananas grow individually packaged in their own easy to open yellow wrapper. In the practice of color therapy, even their bright yellow coloring is known the induce happiness and humor.

Bananas contain tryptophan, an amino acid that the body uses to make serotonin, a chemical produced in the brain that improves your mood and increases your happiness level. Rich in vitamins B6, B12, potassium, and magnesium, bananas help people trying to give up smoking recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal. Banana’s high levels of B-vitamins are also known to improve nerve function. Bananas can reduce stress by providing potassium that normalize the heartbeat and regulates the body's water balance. Experiencing high stress lowers our body's potassium levels rapidly, bananas help to raise those levels back to normal..

Containing three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose when combined with fiber, gives an immediate, continuous boost of energy. Research has shown that consumption of only two bananas is capable of fueling an intensive 90-minute workout. Subsequently providing increased energy and the ability to prevent and recover from a large number of illnesses; bananas are the number one fruit of choice for today’s leading athletes.

Heartburn victims rejoice, bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so try eating a banana next time a fire rises up from within. Expecting mothers can snack on bananas to keep blood-sugar up and avoid constant morning sickness. Bananas are the only raw fruit that can be eaten to reduce and repair the damages cause by chronic ulcers. Substances found in bananas help activate the cells that make up the stomach lining, producing a thicker mucus barrier protecting against high levels of stomach acids. Protease inhibitors are compounds found in bananas that have been found to assist in eliminating ulcer causing bacteria.

These are just a few ways how bananas can improve your health and make you happy. Bananas also improve health in these areas as well: Anemia, Constipation and Diarrhea, Eyesight Protection, Healthy Bones, Healthy Kidney, Blood Pressure, and Stroke Risk.

While doing my research I found an amusing use for the peel of a banana, apparently it has been reported to reduce the itching and swelling caused by mosquito bites.

Adding a bananas to your apple a day diet can definitely keep the doctor away!


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      DePuy Pinnacle Recall 6 years ago

      Bananas do improve our health in the prevention or promotion of: Anemia, Constipation and Diarrhea, Eyesight Protection, and Healthy Bones.

      I used to eat a lot of bananas even after I have had my DePuy Pinnacle hip implant. I did my best to safeguard my health. Now there's news on a possibility of a Pinnacle recall. All I can do now is hope that everything turns out alright. Though some people have considered to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the defective device.

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      M Selvey, MSc 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      So many calorie-based diets say to eliminate bananas because they are among the high-calorie fruits. Seems to me, it is calories worth spent in exchange for their benefits. And, you are right, they are a happy fruit!

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      christalluna1124 7 years ago from Dallas Texas

      Wow, I love bananas, but never knew they had so many benefits. I usually eat about three pounds a week. The great thing to me is thats about what they cost.

      warmest regards,