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Banana Power

6 May

Banana Power – A natural remedy for many ills

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 the 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
200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school 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 fibre, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

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 trypotophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

Lethargy
One of the quickest ways of curing lethargy and fatigue 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.

Heart-burn
Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body so if you suffer from heart-burn, 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.

Weight Control
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 crisps. 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.

PMS
Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

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-chroniculcer 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, trypotophan.

Smoking
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, there by reducing our potassium levels. These can be re-balanced 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 you see 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.

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Wheatgrass: Superfood for a New Millennium

4 May

Li D SmithBeing alert and alive turns you into a happy walking, talking ball of energy. You will also feel much better. Complete rejuvenation of body, mind and spirit is possible when vitality is high.

Scientists agree: you are your best healer. Studies show that you can overcome chronic health problems including high blood pressure, asthma, depression, certain types of cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis with good nutrition and sensible exercise.

All living things need energy to live. Both animals and plants need a supply of raw, live food to provide them with this energy. Radiant energy of sunlight and chemical energy of organic compounds are the two sources of energy available to living systems. Green plants, algae and some bacteria are able to convert this energy, through photosynthesis, into chemical energy that they can use. Stored as simple sugars, it provides the necessary energy for important metabolic activities essential for growth, repair and maintenance. Energy is created in every cell, everyday. Each cell requires nutrients, with some being used as “fuel” for cellular respiration.

Wheatgrass is a natural energizer that really works. In wheatgrass, photosynthesis takes place in the chloroplasts, miniature solar converters inside the plant cells. The chloroplasts contain the pigment chlorophyll, which is able to absorb light in the blue, violet and red parts of the spectrum. Green light is not absorbed, but reflected. This is why wheatgrass appears green.

If you are not as fit and healthy as you’d like to be, consider drinking wheatgrass juice on a daily basis. Wheatgrass juice is the all-in-one solution to radiant health, energy and rejuvenation!

Wheatgrass, which is the young grass of the wheat plant, captures an enormous amount of radiant energy via photosynthesis. Chlorophyll constitutes 70% of the solute in wheatgrass and has been extensively tested for its extraordinary healing powers.

Generous amounts of vitamins are also present in fresh, healthy wheatgrass. The antioxidants, A, C and E are abundant, as are minerals of key importance such as magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc and potassium. A glass of the green-juice supplies you with almost all of the 102 known elements (that is, if it is grown in optimal organic soil). It is a complete food!

Author Li D Smith of “Wheatgrass: Superfood for a New Millennium” was born in Luxembourg and raised on a farm in South Africa, married an artist and enjoys painting and writing.

Great health doesn’t require bags full of expensive supplements. An abundance of positive energy, and a glass of wheatgrass juice is often all you need to set the scene for a healthier life.

The following are links to Li D Smith and Richard’s bio and book pages,
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Author Li D Smith
Wheatgrass: Superfood for a New Millennium

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