Bananas are by far one of the most well-known fruits around the world. They are great for breakfast or just a little snack and while they are delicious, they also carry so many beneficial nutrients that are excellent for our health.
Here a 5 mind blowing health benefits of bananas and will give you a good reason to keep eating or start eating this delicious fruit every day.
Energy bars, sports drinks, and even energy drinks are everywhere but I can guarantee that while they may give you energy, they also make you crash. And they are definitely not as healthy as a good old banana. A banana is a super healthy energy source and it’s natural sugars are balanced with its soluble fiber, which gives a slow and stable release of energy. They are also a great snack to battle mid-afternoon slump.
Heartburn and Ulcers
Bananas are a great way to help with the reduction of heartburn, by enhancing the protective mucus layer and balancing your stomach’s pH, it helps relieve pain quickly. Also, fiber in bananas will help move food through your digestive system fast, preventing acid reflux. Eating a banana regularly can help protect you from getting stomach ulcers. Bananas will thicken the mucus barrier in the stomach which will protect hydrochloric acid from causing any damage. They also contain protease inhibitors that can eliminate bacteria in the stomach which cause stomach ulcers.
You would be surprised to know that a banana’s skin, that you usually toss out, actually has some health properties and is known to assist with the treatment of acne and psoriasis. All you have to do is instead of tossing the peel out right away, take and rub the inside of a freshly peeled banana skin over the affected area, gently. Leave the residue to be absorbed, the fatty acids in the banana skin will relieve a ton of skin conditions while also having a strong moisturizing effect.
A lot of us don’t get enough fiber in our diets and fiber is crucial in helping food travel smoothly through the digestive system. Bananas are an amazing source of fiber, instead of taking laxatives to treat constipation, eat several bananas, they are a healthier and tastier alternative. Bananas are also very rich in fructooligosaccharides (FOS), which is feed the important bacteria that live in your digestive system who help our bodies absorb nutrients more effectively. If you struggle to eat banana’s, try a smoothie or juice.
This yellow fruit is a great source of an amino acid called tryptophan which converts to serotonin when inside your body. Good serotonin levels improve your mood and reduce stress. It can also help to regulate your sleep patterns.
Tryptophan is essential because your body can only get it through your diet. Bananas are one of the easiest ways to give your body more tryptophan. This also makes bananas a great snack for when you are stressed at work.
There you have it, 5 reasons you need to start eating banana’s today. Did you know all of these already? Do you know any other health benefits of bananas that aren’t on this list? If so, share them in the comments!