Bananas are among the most popular and most widely consumed fruits worldwide. They are delicious, but they are also very healthy.
Bananas contain three natural sugars- sucrose, fructose and glucose, and they are also rich in fiber. This makes bananas a perfect snack and an energizing breakfast. Eating two bananas provides enough energy and stamina for a 90 minutes workout.
Health benefits of bananas
Bananas contain a protein called tryptophan, which, when consumed, is converted by the body into serotonin, which is sometimes called “hormone of happiness” because it makes a person more relaxed, calm and improves mood. This hormone is essential in treating depression.
This fruit contains iron, so it is recommended for persons who suffer from anemia. It is believed that bananas can regulate blood pressure, cure hangover, constipation, heartburn, motion sickness, stress, PMS, and many more.
Bananas are also recommended as a substitute for a sweet snack for those who want to lose weight. However, they are more caloric than other fruit, so they should not be consumed in excess. In addition, they do not pose a risk of decay for the teeth, because they do not stick to the teeth and are brushed or even rinsed away rather easily.
Bananas for the hair
A banana hair mask is easy to make at home and it makes the hair shinier, stronger and I provides more volume. It is made from two bananas, peeled and mashed until there are no lumps. The mass is combined with three tablespoons of mayonnaise and one tablespoon of olive oil and applied directly to the hair. The mask stays on for half and our, after which it is rinsed away with lukewarm water. Those who are bothered by the smell of mayonnaise can add a few drops of an essential oil to the mixture.
Bananas for the skin
Banana peels are usually discarded because they are not edible. However, they can be used for purposes other than eating. They contain lutein, which is an antioxidant, and they are also very rich in potassium. they can be used to treat many skin ailments, from warts, psoriasis, acne, insect bites, and poison ivy.
Treatment of skin ailments with banana peel is very simple. The inside part of the peel is rubbed against the problematic area for several minutes, and if the treatment is repeated several times a day the problem will go away soon.
Plantar warts can be removed by attaching the inside part of a banana peel to the wart with a duct tape each night for a couple of weeks. The wart is supposed to go away after that period.
Banana peel insides rubbed onto insect bites or poison ivy rash will reduce pain and itching, as well as redness, swelling and other signs of irritation.