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The Amazing Health Benefits Of Eating Bananas Everyday

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  • The Amazing Health Benefits Of Eating Bananas Everyday
  • They Are One Of The Most Tasty Fruits You Can Eat But Did You Know Just How Good They Are For Your Body?


Why You Should Be Eating Bananas Every Day

When it comes to healthy food you usually think that it is not going to taste great.

In fact you may think you need to sprinkle something on top to make it edible.

This is not the case when it comes to bananas which simply taste fantastic.

But can something so tasty be good for you - there must be a catch, right?

Actually there is no catch. Bananas are not only amazing for your body and you can add them to your milkshakes yoghurts or even ice cream.

Let's take a look at the health benefits of bananas.

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1It Acts Like An Energy Bar

Bananas are high in simple sugars and carbohydrates meaning that they have the ability to provide a quick boost in energy.

That means they are perfect to eat just before a high intensity workout.

It's also why you see tennis players eat them in most breaks.

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Bananas also contain a high amount of potassium which can help prevent cramps in your muscle.

The other vitamins and minerals found in bananas will help replace any electrolytes that have been lost from the body during the workout via your sweat.

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2Helps Relieve Stress

No-one likes to get stressed out but unfortunately it is an unavoidable part of life.

Whether it's at work, school or at home stress usually creeps up on you when you least suspect it.

Rather than trying to avoid stress a better plan is to figure out how to deal with it when it inevitably comes.

That's where bananas can help.

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Bananas have the potential to help destress you in any given situation.

This is because bananas contain the amino acid tryptophan that is used in the body to manufacture the hormone serotonin.

Serotonin is essential for combating low mood levels and it helps with depression, anxiety and stress.

Bananas also provide around 27mg magnesium in your body which improves that quality of your sleep.

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3Helps To Improve Digestion

Because they are simple and easy to digest for the body bananas will make you bowels stronger and more functional.

They can help with gastritis or heartburn from acid reflux as your body can quickly digest them without any issues or pain with the gastrointestinal tract.

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The starch from the bananas is not digested in the intestine and in fact it enters the large intestine where it encourages the growth of beneficial bacteria.

This beneficial bacteria makes the stool bulky and prevents constipation.

On this basis if you want to lose extra weight, start including bananas in your diet.

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4May Help Prevent Cancer

Bananas contain high amounts of vitamin C which in turn serves the body as an antioxidant, that as oxygen-free radicals, fight against harmful compounds that have the ability to cause cancer in the future.

Bananas are also rich in natural fibers which help make your intestines strong and help prevent constipation.

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For the prevention of colon cancer, this is essential.

Eating a banana or other mixed vegetables like green beans everyday is a great way to help your gut health and prevent yourself from having a diagnosis of colorectal carcinoma.

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5Helps Reduce Hypertension

A typical banana contains approximately 420 mg of potassium.

This is a large proportion of your daily recommended amount.

Potassium has a lot of benefits to your body but one of the most notable is that it leads to the reduction of high blood pressure.

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The sodium and potassium levels play a huge role in regulating blood pressure.

Because bananas contain potassium and almost no sodium they will reduce the amount of fluids in your body which in turn lowers blood pressure.

The organ responsible for this regulation of blood pressure are the kidneys.

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6Can Help Lose Weight

If you consume less calories than you burn you will lose weight.

Bananas are high in fiber, which will make you feel more full and satiated after you have eaten them.

In fact, high amounts of fiber in your diet will suppress your appetite and make you eat less, meaning you will consume less calories.

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The fiber from bananas also help stop your blood sugar levels from going to high because they are slowly consumed.

This means your body will be more responsive to insulin which can help people with type 2 diabetes and help people avoid diabetes and high blood pressure.

If your body becomes desensitised to insulin your pancreas starts to secrete more of it which induces fat deposition and makes you obese.

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7Improves Your Heart Health

Recent studies have shown that people who consume 4000 mg or more of potassium per day have a dramatically reduced risk of heart disease and stroke compared to those who only consume approximately 1000mg daily.

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In addition to the amazing benefits of potassium that bananas can provide, they also have high levels of vitamin B6, vitamin C and fibers that can help prevent clogged arteries and improve your heart health.

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8It's Hard To Eat Too Much

Whilst you should never eat too much of anything it is a difficult thing to over consume bananas.

We have seen that they contain high amounts of potassium and having an optimal amount of potassium in your body can have massive benefits for your heart and cardio vascular system.

Nevertheless, having too much potassium in your body can also be a bad thing and lead to heart failure and arrhythmias which are fatal.

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The good news is that it is extremely difficult to become overloaded and get potassium toxicity from eating bananas.

You would have to eat over 400 to get into dangerous territory.

Not only that but given the high amounts of fibre bananas become very filling, very quickly.

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9Helps Against Anemia

Anaemia is the condition where you lack enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to your body's muscles and tissues.

The lack of hemoglobin in the blood to carry oxygen means that you feel tired and weak throughout the day.

There are a number of of types of anemia including chronic disease anemia, low iron during pregnancy, renal anemia, postpartum anemia and anemia of the kidneys.

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Bananas can help prevent the disease because they provide the body with much needed iron that is necessary for the production of hemoglobin.

The vitamin B6 also in baananas helps normalise blood glucose levels in anemic patients.

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10A Great Source Of Potassium

We have established that bananas are great source of potassium but how much potassium should you aim to have on a daily basis?

The average adult human body requires a daily intake of between 3,500 and 4,700 mg of potassium per day.

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Eating 2 medium size bananas will provide just under 900mg which is a significant amount of your recommended daily allowance.

Other source of potassium include steak, potatoes, beets and watermelon but few of these can compare in terms of being a quick and convenient snack that tastes fantastic.

But this article is about bananas and their benefits so carry on reading to find out more of the amazing benefits of this unique yellow fruit.

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11Low Amounts Of Fat Or Cholesterol

For those looking to lose weight or eat a low fat diet bananas are an ideal food to include in your diet.

Because of the high amounts of fiber, bananas will make you feel more full and therefore you will consume less calories.

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In addition to this fantastic benefit, bananas have very low (trace) amounts of fat and no cholesterol.

This makes it the ideal snack to eat at lunch times as the y provide lots of energy and you don't gain any fat.

Its' a win win situation.

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12Even The Peels Offer Health Benefits

How often do you eat the banana skin? Did you even know that you can eat them?

It's not very common to eat the skins but they are totally edible and in some parts of the world it is very common to eat.

Similarly to the actual banana fruit the skins provide a good amount of vitamin B6 and B12 as well magnesium and potassium.

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The peels, especially unripe peels, can actually increase you antioxidant levels meaning that you have more protection from harmful free radicals in your body.

Remember that the skin of the banana may have come into contact with lots of other surfaces of even people and animals. Make sure to give the peels a good wash before consuming and remove the stem.

Try the in a smoothie if you can't handle eating them straight.

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13Great For Your Skin

Although known for being a superb source of potassium there are also many other minerals and nutrients bananas provide that sometimes get overlooked.

One medium sized banana can provide approximately 13% of your daily manganese requirements.

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Manganese is the element that is essential for your body to produce collagen.

Collagen helps protect your skin and other cells from free radical damage which in turn keeps your skin glowing.

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14Supports Exercise Recovery

There is a reason you see top athletes eating bananas and its not just because they taste great.

Bananas are referred to as the perfect food for athletes due to their high content of easily digested carbohydrates (simples sugars) and minerals like potassium and magnesium.

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When you participate in high intensity exercise where you sweat a lot your body loses a lot of electrolytes. It is important to replenish with these nutrients as quickly as possible in order to minimise your recovery time.

By eating bananas and restoring your potassium and magnesium levels quickly you reduce and even avoid the onset of muscle cramps and soreness that many typically go through after rigorous exercise.

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15Convenience

Bananas taste great and provide a number of vitamins and minerals essential for optimal health.

But an often overlooked factor of why you should be eating them everyday is because you can!

They are so convenient!

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Bananas are sold everywhere, they are cheap to buy, easy to store and easy to take with you at a moments notice.

They don't need to be wrapped up (they already have a skin) and they don't become messy to eat like so many other fruits.

There really is no excuse to start including them in your daily diet!

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Bananas Are Magical

Bananas have got to be one of the most amazing fruits ever produced in nature.

From their convenience to their amazing health benefits not to mention their delicious sweet taste they should be a staple in everyone's diet.

So start incorporating bananas in your diet today and your body will thank you for it.

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