Fruity Life Hack: Why Bananas Are Fuel For the Good Life

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Isn’t it just awful when that 2pm energy crash kicks in?

You’ve still got about 3 hours left in the workday (which could easily turn into 4 if you can’t get past this midday dead zone).  Usually, we find ourselves running to Mr. Coffee, and see if he can add some octane to our fuel crisis.  Though unfortunately, this tends to result in being stricken with the 3-5 o’clock jitters …and we still feel drained.

The common misconception is that you simply need to feel less sleepy.  But in fact, this isn’t the case.

There is a difference between feeling awake and feeling energized.

This is why, instead of chewing on badly filtered, day-old coffee at 2pm, I crack open ye olde lunchbox –and retrieve a beautifully designed pod of tasty, filling energy –conveniently stored in a clever peel-away package, which only Nature could devise: a banana.

It’s so simple, yet it’s ingenious.  Many of us (guilty as charged) had originally thought of bananas as a food we were stuck eating in grade school –because mom was overly enthusiastic about coercing us to eat our fruits and vegetables.  Turns out, she was on to something.

Apples aren’t the only fruit that can help you avoid the doctor’s office.

 

How Bananas Are Fuel For Good Health

Ok, so here’s a fun fact: did you know that bananas actually share 50% of their DNA with humans? 

Sure, this fact might merely be anecdotal in terms of understanding the health benefits that bananas can provide, but it sure is interesting.  However, when comparing bananas to other fruits –they carry an overall above average composition of nutrients.

For instance, The World’s Healthiest Foods lists bananas as one of their top picks, and for good reason.  While they might not have an extremely high amount of just one vitamin or mineral, they’re basically the nutritional ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of fruits.  Here are just a few nutrients that are the densest in bananas and how they have been rated for value:

  • Vitamin B6 – Very Good
  • Vitamin C – Good
  • Fiber – Good
  • Potassium – Good
  • Biotin – Good
  • Copper – Good
  • Manganese – Good

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These higher-than-average concentrations of nutrients can provide you with a major kickstart to your energy levels.

But simply having energy isn’t the only factor that promotes ‘the good life’.  Having good health and wellbeing means that yourmind and body are shipshape, and you’re feeling quite chipper.

So, here are just a few ailments that our little yellow friends can remedy and why, according to WHFoods.com…

  • Heart problems – potassium and fiber
  • Upset stomach and ulcers (making them the go to choice for even hangovers!) – Unknown, but bananas “activate the cells that compose the stomach lining” and also reducing acidity.
  • Diarrhea – soluble pectin fiber
  • Eye problems from age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) – Vitamins A, C, and E
  • Osteoporosis – through probiotics and other nutrients that reinforce cells in the stomach and intestines, the body can absorb more calcium from dairy products.

Also, according to MedicalNewsToday.com they found that bananas can also help fight against…

  • Blood pressure problems
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • And diabetes.

There is also one aspect about bananas that has been found to be particularly useful in these everyday modern lives we have.  Do you remember how I was talking about how bananas are basically Natures pre-wrapped energy pods?  Well here’s why.

 

How Bananas Are Fuel For Success

This fruit does seem to be a thing of legendary power –and while this might largely be the case, there is one myth that has been going around.  It is true that bananas contain tryptophan, which converts to serotonin after absorption …and yes, serotonin is a proven mood lifter.

However, serotonin in the blood isn’t the same thing, as serotonin in the brain, and we now know that banana-supplied serotonin doesn’t make it past that blood-brain barrier.

However, that’s NOT to say that bananas don’t have the capability to lift your mood!

In fact, bananas are still one of the best ways to improve your spirits, your energy, and even your focus.  How so?

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Do you remember when I mentioned that bananas contain a high-concentration of B6 a little bit ago?  Well, that’s the key.

One of the major benefits of having a strong B-complex is the fact that it’s a massive energy booster.  B-vitamins are usually the telltale reason why you had only planned on vacuuming the living room today –but decided to do the dishes and sweep the kitchen, while you were at it.

But not only do bananas contain B6, according to SFGate.com’s Healthy Eating guru, Joanne Marie –they also contain thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and folate: all B-vitamins.

Yahoo Health also provides another bit of insight into why bananas can boost our energy levels –and success-building productivity with it.  Because bananas are high in fiber and fructose, you get a forward push without the crash:

“When you eat a banana, you’ll get a quick boost from the fructose as well as sustaining energy from the fiber, which helps prevent a blood sugar spike and ensuing drop in energy and mood.”

So in reality, eating a banana (rather than draining a day-old Cup o’ Joe) can provide you with enough energy and mood sustaining nutrients that will catch that second wind in your sails and actually keep you going.

Want to fast track your career?  Go bananas.

 

How Bananas Are Fuel For Happiness

Of course, the ‘good life’ isn’t just about your health and career… even the Debbie-downers and Johnny-rainclouds in this world can be healthy as a horse and sitting on fat piles of cash.

So, the question: can bananas makes us happier?

In fact, it seems as if they can.  Before, I said that banana-supplied serotonin does not make it past the blood-brain barrier.  The cool part is that B6 is actually one of the most foundational building blocks for the synthesizing of… wait for it…

Serotonin.

According to Ross Bonander of PsyWeb.com, the banana’s richness in B6 makes it a mood booster –going as far as to say, that it can help someone avoid becoming depressed:

“Therefore, eating bananas can fight depression, just not in the way it is sometimes alleged. Rather, by eating a banana a person is giving their body the tools to make the chemical that is needed to help maintain their mood and possibly avoid depression.”

In addition, a major mood boost isn’t the only capability that bananas possess.  According to MasterYourLifePower.com, a B-complex (especially B6) has the ability to help people control ADHD and improve focus.  Amazingly, they also claim that B6 shows a very strong (nigh almost obvious) causation to preventing lung cancer in nonsmokers and once-smokers… of course, smokers are going to be caught in the crosshairs of lung cancer…

…but can they really be serious?  How much ‘prevention’ are we talking here??

It turns out that this source wasn’t the only one tooting this trombone.  Kathleen Doheny, of WebMD.com, gave some mindblowing facts from a recent study, which basically said that 56% -yes, that’s a five and a six- of people with high levels of B6 had a “reduced lung cancer risk”.

Thus, for smokers who feel as if they’ve been puffing for so many years that quitting wouldn’t make a difference at this point –there is now a way your lungs can have a real fighting chance.

Not only will bananas help you with focus, but they will give your brain the supplies it needs to naturally boost its own serotonin, and it will reduce your chance of lung cancer by more than half the odds.

Now that’s news that will improve anyone’s mood.

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Conclusion

My friend, whether you’re in need of a quick snack, you don’t feel like dealing with the mess of an orange, you’re tired of apples (because seriously… that’s 365 apples a year), you want a midday energy boost, or you just want to be healthier –it looks like bananas are that power-food you’ve been searching for.

Bananas are great fuel for your health, success, and happiness (aka: the good life).

Kerry Gaynor

Kerry’s purpose and overarching objective in developing his Method since he began thirty years ago has always been the same: to help save lives. Addictions or ailments, whether it is smoking cigarettes or over eating, can feel a lot like being a prisoner or a slave to your addiction. Kerry has experienced so much fulfillment from helping people unchain themselves from their addictions that it is the only thing he has ever cared to do since his very first client.

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