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Fresh from my friend Gail, who got it from a friend who got it from we don’t know! We DO KNOW that a professor at CCNY (City College of New York) came up with it – Here it is:

A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class told his class about bananas.  He said the expression “going bananas” is from the effects of bananas on the brain..  Read on:

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Just A Bunch Of Bananas

Never , put your banana in the refrigerator!!!
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 US 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
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200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school ( England ) 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 chips. 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 &Tobacco Use: 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!”

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Nature’s Perfect Fruit

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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
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Thanks to my  favorite guest contributor Gail, our Ten Tips Thursday is taking a break from the hundreds of uses for WD-40 and is all about CUCUMBERS.  As you will see, they are way more than just a salad ingredient!

 

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CUCUMBERS

  1. Cucumbers contains most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains vitamin B1, B2, B3,B5, B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Iron, Potassium and Zinc.
  2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber.  Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick  pick-me-up that can last for hours.
  3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the surface, it will eliminate the fog and provide a lovely spa-like fragrance.
  4. Are slugs and grubs ruining your planting beds?  Place a few cucumber slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long.  The chemicals in the cucumber  react with the aluminum and give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and drive them from the area.
  5. Looking for a fast and easy way to minimize cellulite before going out or to the pool?  Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumber along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer, reducing the visibility of the cellulite.  Works great on wrinkles too.
  6. Want to avoid a hangover or a terrible headache?  Eat a few slices of cucumber before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache-free.  Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins, electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium avoiding both a headache and a hangover.
  7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge?  Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explorers for quick meals to stave off starvation.
  8. Realize you have an important meeting or interview and realize you don’t have enough time to polish your shoes?  Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but will also repel water.
  9. Out of WD-40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge?  Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the squeaky hinge and voila the squeak is gone.
  10. Stressed out and don’t have time for a massage, facial or visit to the spa?  Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a pot of boiling water, the chemicals and the nutrients of the cucumber will react with the boiling water and will be released in the steam, creating a soothing and relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students taking final exams.
  11. Just finished a business lunch and realize that you don’t have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemicals  will kill the bacteria in your mouth causing bad breath.
  12. Looking for a a green way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel?  Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, it won’t leave streaks and won’t harm your fingers or fingernails while you clean.
  13. Using a pen and made a mistake?  Take the outside of a cucumber and slowly  rub to erase the pen writing; also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls.

Wow – What a little gem the cucumber is!!!

 

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The Almighty Cucumber

Check out the many uses for lemons – https://pbenjay.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/ten-tips-thursday-got-lemons/  AND – https://pbenjay.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/sooooo-when-life-gives-you-lemons/

 

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