Why you should be bananas for bananas

I know that I have been sharing a lot of food tips recently, but summer is the time to experiment with new meals to promote a healthier rest of the year! And now that the solstice has made it official, we can spend our summertime with another one of nature’s lesser-known super foods – bananas.

How many times have you told a loved one to eat more bananas when they complained about muscle cramps? It’s true, these yellow fruits do prevent muscle cramping, but they also provide oodles of other natural benefits to your body. Check it out. 

Bananas turn that frown upside down. As the original smiling fruit, bananas are chalked full of the nutrient folate. This chemical acts as a serotonin booster, which can help regulate the effects of depression and even reverse them.

 Bananas help deep clean out your body. We constantly hear all this hype about detoxing our bodies. Why not do it naturally? Bananas are rich in pectin, a fiber that acts like Jell-O to toxic compounds in your body. Pectin sticks to the harmful toxins, like extra fats, ammonia or mercury, and allows your body to flush them out with the pectin through urine or sweat. 

Bananas keep your stomach from rumbling. There are few worse things than a mid-morning starving stomach. Lucky for you and me, bananas again are here to save the day. First off, these yellow superheroes are a great grab-and-go snack that prevents a pantry raid that could (and usually does) end in unhealthy food choices. Bananas also contain prebiotics, which are non-digestible starches that feed the good gut bacteria. Since the good gut bacteria will be busy snacking on some nanners, your body will feel full and satisfied longer. The good gut bacteria also help regulate digestion.

Bananas act as your muscles’ pit stop crew. This is where the “helping prevent cramps” stuff comes in. Bananas are like your one-a-day workout vitamin packed with magnesium, iron and potassium. Iron helps your body get oxygen to your cells, especially hard-working muscle cells. Potassium acts as your muscles’ post-workout revamp, helping your muscles recover, develop and prepare to workout all over again. Magnesium works as a protein synthesizer, which helps you build lean muscle. This nutrient also plays a large role in contraction and relaxation of muscles.

Bananas knock you out. And after a hard day’s work, a banana will also help you sleep better. This fruit also contains tryptophan, which serves as a precursor for melatonin. Melatonin promotes relaxation and regular sleep. So if you’re suffering from restless sleep, you might want to consider peeling a banana before you hit the hay.

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