A Natural Remidy to help fight Depression and SAD

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   Posted 3/9/2006 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everybody, I've come across a natural remedy to help fight depression,SAD,stress and lots of other stuff as well.(eating bananas)                     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.
Forget the pills -- eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates
blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
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 way 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.
High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel
action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD):
Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood
enhancer tryptophan.
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.
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, thereby reducing our potassium levels.
These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.
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%! So, a banana reall! y is a natural remedy for many ills. 
When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the
carbohydrates, 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!"

Diagnosed with epilepsy and ulcerative colitis in 1979,
Been on meds ever since.

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   Posted 3/9/2006 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Interesting but I have crohn's disease and banannas always make me sick so I can't eat them.

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   Posted 3/9/2006 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear about your Crohns, I have Ulcerative Colitis (similar to Crohns) and Epilepsy and it worked for me.
As you know, not everything works the same on everybody ~ that's too bad.
Good Luck with your Crohns.
Diagnosed with epilepsy and ulcerative colitis in 1979,
Been on meds ever since.

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   Posted 3/22/2006 7:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow I didn,t know bananas did so much for the body, thats very interesting and helpful to me.i have alot of the things you have mentioned,so I'm going to start eating alot of bananas.I'm not kidding!Thanks so much for the info.

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   Posted 3/22/2006 8:09 AM (GMT -6)   
yes, and bananas are good for constipation for those that have medications that cause this.... eyes

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   Posted 3/22/2006 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
okay that was already posted....never mind

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