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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: 200 students at a Twickenham 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-packe d 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.
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!’





Don’t forget they’re radioactive and shit so they might just turn you into The Hulk too!

girlgrowingsmall:

veganmovement2012:

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: 200 students at a Twickenham 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-packe d 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.

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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The Truth is,

I’m lost, and I’m scared.

I’ve never felt so powerless over something in my life.

I don’t know how to help.  I don’t know if I can help.

I’m making promises for a future that may never be a reality.

I’m sinking so much emotionally into this, and it’s totally out of my control if it works or not.

But I CAN’T not do it.

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Quebec man on verge of completing 11-year, 75,000-km walk around the world

CAPTION: Jean Beliveau, who left home 11 years ago to walk around the world, expects to complete his improbable journey this weekend. A map details his journey as Beliveau speaks to reporters after he arrived back in Canada at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., on Sunday January 30, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

MONTREAL - He nibbled on bugs and snakes, he bunked with escaped murderers in Africa and he had a close encounter with a puma in a South American desert.

Now, a Canadian who spent the last 11 years walking around the globe, is almost home.

Jean Beliveau plans to reach his hometown of Montreal on Sunday after walking more than 75,000 kilometres through 64 countries.

Beliveau, 56, embarked on the 4,000-day mission to promote peace and raise awareness about children facing violence. In return, he experienced an adventure that opened his eyes to the world.

"Imagine the guy who left 11 years ago with a very naive mind and now he’s coming back with a big intellectual baggage," Beliveau said in a phone interview Friday as he marched toward St-Eustache, northwest of Montreal.

"I don’t see nearly my own country and province (the same way) as before."

Beliveau, who was forced to raise his voice several times to be heard over the roar of passing traffic on the Quebec highway, said he’s happy to finally be back among familiar surroundings.

"It’s funny to hear this sort of crazy slang of French-Canadians," joked Beliveau, who should not be confused with the legendary Montreal Canadiens forward.

The former neon-sign salesman, who left Montreal on his 45th birthday in August 2000, said he faced countless hurdles along the way — and many occasions when he considered giving up.

And at times, he even feared for his life.

One night in South America’s Atacama Desert, he woke to the growl of a puma that approached him as he snored in the darkness.

Beliveau, who did not have a tent, was bundled in a sleeping bag under the stars and could only hear the big cat. He said he froze and eventually the puma left him alone.

"The noise was so scary," he recalled. "I can say I was lucky about all these sorts of things, about danger."

During his quest, Beliveau was also taken in by escaped prisoners — including a man in Africa who admitted to killing two people. He said it wasn’t his job to judge the criminals.

"These guys, they gave me food and places to stay," said Beliveau, who relied on others and was surprised by the generosity of people around the world.

He sampled strange foods, including snakes and insects in Africa and dog meat in Korea. He also tasted spices so hot that “you burn.”

After arriving in Vancouver in January, Beliveau trekked eastward through punishing blizzards and tsunamis of slush sprayed his way by passing snowplows.

"I said (to myself): ‘Welcome to Canada, this is what you’re made for,’ " Beliveau said.

He said his next calling is to repay a huge “emotional debt” he owes to his family, who encouraged him to keep going during difficult times.

This weekend, he will meet his five-year-old granddaughter Amira for the first time and he will also be reunited with Laury, his 10-year-old granddaughter whom he has met just once.

Beliveau will also reconnect with his spouse of 24 years, Luce Archambault, whom he saw about once a year during his travels.

"We will enjoy it," he said of the reunion with his family, especially Archambault. Aside from regular chats on Skype, the couple last saw each other face to face in January when Beliveau arrived in Vancouver.

Archambault said Beliveau only told her about his plan to circle the globe three-and-a-half weeks before he left, even though he had been preparing for the trip for more than six months.

"It was a big secret, he didn’t tell either me or his family," said Archambault, who initially thought he was trying to end the relationship.

Beliveau, who was fed up with his nine-to-five job, assured her that this was not the case.

"I was not angry — the project excited me," she said, adding that Beliveau plans to do some public-speaking engagements and to write a book.

"The end is close and I feel so excited. It’s wonderful — as long as he doesn’t get in his head another project like that."

Beliveau wouldn’t recommend that just anybody follow his exact, gruelling path, but he hopes it will motivate people to push their own boundaries.

He said Terry Fox inspired him to do something different with his own life.

"I said, ‘If Terry Fox wanted to (run) through Canada on one leg, then I can do the world with good health,’ " he said.

"There are many, many ways to express ourselves."

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/quebec-man-on-verge-of-completing-11-year-75000-km-walk-around-the-world-131874013.html

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