Health Benefits of Bananas for Hypertension, Constipation and More
Health Benefits of Bananas for Hypertension, Constipation and More
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Just adding one banana to your diet can do so much for your body! Bananas have three types of sugar, and they are full of fiber, which is why professional athletes eat them before a game. They will not only give you energy, but they will solve many simple health problems. Bananas are one of nature’s super fruits, so keep reading to find out what they have to offer you, and why you should eat at least one every single day.
Many people suffer from hypertension due to lack of potassium and excessive consumption of salt (find out why you should change your salt). Potassium binds salt and removes it from the body, so eating potassium-rich bananas could lower your blood pressure, and they are pretty tasty too! Try eating one banana each morning and see if this helps your blood pressure find an ideal level.
2. Lower Stress Levels
Stress will increase your metabolism, which causes potassium levels to plunge. Eating a banana each morning and evening can help regulate your heart and the amount of water in your body.
3. Support Eye Health
Bananas contain some vitamin A, an important vitamin when it comes to your eyes. You need sufficient levels of vitamin A every day to decrease your risk of developing night blindness, not to mention for everyday vision. Women need about 700 micrograms each day, and men need 900 micrograms. An average 6 inch banana has about 10 micrograms of vitamin A. It also contains beta-carotene and alpha-carotene, which your body will also convert to vitamin A. Although eating one banana won’t give your body all the vitamin A it needs, this is a great way to get a good start on your RDA each morning!
4. Constipation and Gas
Bananas contain a special compound called pectin, which encourages the removal of heavy metals and other toxins from the body. Bananas are also a great probiotic, which stimulates the digestive process. All of these factors will keep things in your lower intestine moving along, which will prevent gas and act as a mild laxative. Could you wish for any better home remedies for constipation than bananas?!
5. Helps With PMS
Vitamin B6 has a positive effect on blood sugar levels and often helps to lessen the symptoms of PMS, and bananas are rich in this important vitamin. Vitamin B6 can help reduce bloating and help to lessen those annoying mood changes. Try eating a banana each morning and night to relieve those PMS issues.
6. Helps With Depression
Bananas contain a compound called tryptophan, which helps to increase that feel good hormone serotonin. Although eating a banana won’t cure severe depression, eating one banana twice per day can really help when you have the blues. Find out more ways to treat depression naturally.
7. Weight Loss Aid
If you find you have trouble losing weight or keeping weight off because of your sweet tooth, bananas just might be the answer to your problem. Bananas are super sweet tasting, and at 90 or so calories, they can easily fit into any diet plan or daily meal plan. Bananas are full of water soluble fiber, which means that when that fiber hits your digestive tract, it absorbs water and slows your digestion. Food will then sit in your stomach for a bit, making you feel fuller, longer. Try eating a banana before lunch or dinner and see if you eat less come mealtime.
8. Supports Normal Heart Function
Eating a potassium-rich banana every morning will send that electrolyte mineral into your blood, and then into your cells, which will help manage the water levels in the cells of your body. This will keep the electricity flowing through all systems in your body, including the system that regulates your heartbeat. A potassium deficiency can give you an irregular heartbeat and cause serious health problems.
9. Helps You Detox Your Body
You may have been trying a tea cleanse already, but while a cup of the right tea is not always at hand, a banana makes a good pick to insure a continued detoxing all through the day. This fruit is full of potassium to cleanse the liver, as well as fiber to keep things moving. What else could you ask for?
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