Monday, February 22, 2010

Gone Bananas

I got this in an email today, so I am just pasting it here for you all. I love this kind of encourages me to keep eating the amazing foods God has created for us, not only for us to enjoy, but most importantly, for our benefit. And this is just ONE of many natural, yummy foods to choose from!!....

A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class told his class about bananas. He said the expression "going bananas" is from the effects of bananas on the brain. Read on:

Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!!
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.

PressureBlood : 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 (Middlesex) 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-packed 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.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking &Tobacco Use: 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.

Stress: 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.

Strokes: 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%!

Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

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!"

**Want a quick shine on your shoes? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...polish with dry cloth.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Wholly Organic??

Okay, I love Whole Foods. We are there every week, picking up our favorite gourmet cheeses, deli meats, and much, much more. But when a friend of mine emailed this to me a while back, I was disappointed, and of course, I knew I had to share this with all of you. Will I stop shopping at Whole Foods? No way. I will, however, be reading their store-brand labels with much more scrutiny. Click the arrow and watch this news report:

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Another New Clean Well Product

Here is yet another new product from Clean Well, making it even more convenient to sanitize your hands, instantly. I can't wait to try this new hand sanitizing foam! This is a great one for teachers to have on their desks. Mommies, this will come in handy just about anywhere, especially in kitchens, bathrooms, and nurseries.

Get 20% off a two pack of foam now through February 22! Click here for details.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Choose Fair Trade

Now is the time of year when more than 20 million Americans are buying sweets and flowers for their loved ones on Valentine's Day. Unfortunately, these tokens of love aren't as sweet or pure as they may appear. Over 40 percent of the world's conventional chocolate (i.e. non-organic and non-Fair Trade) comes from Africa's Ivory Coast, where the International Labor Organization and US State Department have reported widespread instances of child slavery. Meanwhile, commercial flowers, most of which are produced in countries such as Colombia, are the most toxic and heavily sprayed agricultural crops on Earth. Supplying the global market, poorly paid workers in Third World countries put in up to 18 hour work days for poverty wages during peak flower buying times such as Valentine's Day. But don't let the bad news squelch your Valentine's plans. Show your love by choosing Fair Trade and organic flowers and chocolate for your Valentine's Day gifts.

Read more about this and other important stories here on the Organic Cosumers Association website.

Here's to your health!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Healthy Child Healthy World

If you wonder where I get my information for some of the issues I write about in this blog, here is a video clip from one of my resources. It is one of the best out there. You can receive their updates via email or visit their site anytime for the latest news and ideas for a healthier home. Here's to your health!

A Wake-Up Story from Healthy Child Healthy World on Vimeo.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Surface Wipes, Powered by Clean Well!

You all know that I am a big fan of Clean Well. My bathrooms and kitchen are stocked with their soaps, and I carry my handy little sanitizing spray wherever I go. I am happy to tell you that you can now have the safe and natural, sanitizing power of Clean Well in your disinfecting wipes!

Seventh Generation has teamed up with Clean Well to give Clean Well fans what they have been asking for. They have produced great line of surface disinfectants for the home, which includes both surface sprays and wipes. So far I have only found them at Whole Foods here in Hawaii, but they are supposed to be available at Longs, Target, and other stores as well.

I recently bought the sanitizing wipes for our home and tried them out right away. First I wiped down the kitchen counters, then the bathroom counters, the door handles, the toilet seats...quick, easy, safe sanitizing. I used to use my Clean Well spray on surfaces, but now I can just grab a wipe.

I love that these wipes are safe and effective, and convenient. I was a bit worried about using them on my black granite counter tops. With careful examination, I saw only a hint of a few streaks here and there. What I really like most about the wipes is the mild, fresh scent. Unlike other brands I've tried, they are not at all overpowering. Just clean and fresh!

So, do you Clean Well?