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Benefits of Banana And Its Side Effects

The soluble fibers in bananas helps provide enhanced energy levels and maintains stamina. It also helps to aid in digestion by creating helpful bacteria and cures heartburn and ulcers too. Thickening of the protective stomach walls helps to reduce the chances of hydrochloric acid damaging the stomach. The abundance of vitamin B6 in bananas can help us create haemoglobin which in turn strengthens our immune system. Apart from these, it also helps to reduce stress and improve your mood due to the presence of serotonin. Additionally rubbing banana peels on the face helps to control skin conditions like psoriasis and acne. It also cures hangovers and prevents cancer from occuring.

Benefits of Banana And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Banana
Nutritional Value of Banana
Health Benefits of Banana
Increased energy
Improves Digestion
Cures heartburn
Cures Ulcers
Creating haemoglobin
Skin conditions
Reduces stress
Cures hangovers
Fights against cancer virus
Uses of Banana
Side-Effects & Allergies of Banana
Cultivation of Banana

Banana

A banana is a fruit which is produced by different varieties of herbaceous flowering plant. This fruit is usually firm and is variable in colour and size. It is curved and elongated. The flesh is usually covered with a brown, purple, yellow or green rind. Bananas generally hang in clusters from the banana tree.

Nutritional Value of Banana

Bananas are extremely nutritional as it contains around 1% protein, 23% carbohydrates and 75% water. The best part is that the fat content in a banana is usually negligible. It is considered a rich source of vitamin B and also contains dietary fiber, manganese and vitamin C. The taste of a banana can vary from sweet to starchy depending upon the ripeness and cultivar. Compounds such as isobutyl acetate and isoamyl acetate directly contribute to the flavour and aroma of fresh bananas. In many parts of the world, banana peel is also consumed due to its high nutritional value. It also contains potassium, vitamin B12 and B6 in copious amounts.

Health Benefits of Banana

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Banana
Health Benefits of Banana

Increased energy

A lot of times, we witness athletes or sportsmen/sportswomen eating banana before their sports. Banana is a high source of energy and it also helps the human body to become more and more immune to viral infection. Other than this, it gives increased stamina and energy to anyone who consumes it. The soluble fiber along with the natural sugars gives a stable energy when eaten half an hour before working out. This fruit has also been known to help to fight against mid-afternoon slump. No matter how much banana a person consumes, the probability of gaining weight and becoming obese is comparatively low.

Improves Digestion

We usually don’t get enough fibers through our daily diets. Fiber is of utmost importance for food to travel properly in the digestive tract. Since bananas are a high source of dietary fibers, it improves bowel movements to a great extent. Consuming a few bananas is much better than taking laxatives to cure constipation. Bananas are also rich in FOS (fructo-oligosaccharides), this feeds the helpful bacteria which lives in our digestive tracts. This bacteria is known to absorb all the nutrients efficiently.

Cures heartburn

Bananas are great for curing heartburns as they relieve pain by enhancing the protective mucucs layer and balancing the stomach’s PH. The fiber content present in bananas also makes the food move to the digestive tract much faster, thus preventing an acid reflux.

Cures Ulcers

Consuming bananas regularly can also help to protect the stomach against ulcers. Continuously eating banana for a long period of time thickens the mucus barriers inside the stomach. This instead prevents damage from hydrochloric acid. Bananas also contains protease inhibitors which helps to reduce bacteria that causes stomach ulcers. Studies have shown that maximum number of people with healthy digestion regularly consumed banana.

Creating haemoglobin

Since bananas are a good source of vitamin B6, it creates abundant amount of haemoglobin for healthy blood supply in the body. Vitamin B6 is also involved in producing antibodies, breaking down and synthesizing amino acids, maintaining blood sugar levels, etc. These help in creating a strong immune response in the body. Bananas can certainly be a great substitute of Vitamin pills.

Skin conditions

Beauty has become very important in today’s world. We all want to achieve flawless and healthy skin, thankfully bananas can help to achieve this. Banana peels are very helpful in treating skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis. Rubbing the banana peel on the affected area helps release a lot of fatty acids from the peel which helps to relieve skin conditions and also moisturises the skin from within. Banana peels have also been helpful in removing warts since ages.

Reduces stress

Bananas contain amino acid tryptophan which the body converts into serotonin right after consumption. Serotonin helps to regulate sleep patterns, reduces stress, improves mood and increases happiness levels. Banana is not the highest source of serotonin but it helps to improve your mood to a great extent. This is the reason why we observe people snacking on a banana while feeling too stressed out during work.

Cures hangovers

Bananas are ideal to cure hangovers after a night of over drinking. Blending the banana with coconut milk, berries and ice can give you a high energy level and helps you to recover from a hangover. It also reduces pain and discomfort felt on the head. According to studies, bananas are a better alternative to Caffeine to reduce hangover symptoms.

Fights against cancer virus

Banana has a compound called cytokine which can increase the blood count of the white blood cells easily. This in turn increases your immunity and combats harmful cancer cells from taking over your immune system. Consuming bananas on a daily basis can make you less prone to developing cancer later in life.

Uses of Banana

Banana is rich is potassium, so it is ideal for curing insect bites, scrapes, bruises, cuts and treating damaged hair. Rubbing a banana peel on your teeth can also whiten your teeth due to high starch content in it. Banana can also prove to be useful during exfoliation and make your skin soft and supple. Apart from health benefits, banana peels can also act as a fantastic fertilizer for different plants.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Banana

Bananas are not known to have any major side effects, but sometimes over consumption of bananas can prove fatal for your body. If you suffer from regular migraine attacks, it is better to avoid consuming bananas. This fruits contains a substance called Tyramine which can trigger migraine headaches. Since bananas have excessive potassium in them, over-consumption can cause excessive potassium to be present in the blood, resulting in Hyperkalemia. This condition can also result to heart attacks in some cases. Since banana is extremely high in starch, tooth decay can be common due to consuming bananas.

Cultivation of Banana

Earlier, the cultivation of bananas usually originated from Papua New Guinea and Southeast Asia. Being a tropical fruit, one can find bananas in tropical areas such as Pacific, Caribbean, Latin America and Africa. Banana usually grows in dark and rich fertile soil. Warm tropical temperature is essential for bananas to grow completely. Additionally, it takes 9 to 12 months for a newly sown banana to harvest the entire fruit.

Popular Questions & Answers

I just want ask doctors that which is the best oil for decreasing hair loss and to increase hair density please tell me because I am facing too much problem of hair loss.

CCEBDM, PG Diploma In Clinical cardiology, MBBS
General Physician, Ghaziabad
1.Sulphur may help you grow new hair so take more Garlic, onion, eggs 2.Keep scalp clean 3.Do dry massage of scalp for 10 mts 4.Apply coconut oil to the scalp at night and wash in the morning 5.Treat dandruff with ketoconazole shampoo twice a week 6.If no dandruff use vatika shampoo 7.Take good healthy nutritious diet including fruits and vegetables- Eggs, Cheese ,Cauliflower ,Whole Grain atta, berries, mushrooms, banana, carrot ,peanut (good source of biotin vit B7) 8.Curry leaves extract (boiling in water and taking that water) 9.Do not apply any gel/lotion /any other chemical on scalp 10.Get thyroid t3 t4 tsh tested medicine can not be advised for open question for medicine contact on private chat good luck.
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I have regular period. This month my period is due on 20th this month. But 22nd I have found spotting, no blood flow. My doctor suggested to get a pregnancy test. The result was negative, he gave me regestrone 5 mg for 5 days twice daily. After finishing the dose I do not get period. I have unprotected sex with my husband in between. Is there any chances of getting pregnant?

DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
Hello, Take, plenty of water to hydrate yourself ,to eliminate toxins  to absorb neutrients to nourish your body, establishing your flow.  • Go for meditation to reduce your stress, anxiety to calm your nerve to ease your stress, improving Oxygen volume in order, to improve haemoglobin level. • your diet be simple, non- irritant, easily digestible on time to maintain your digestion, avoiding gastric disorder. •Take, Apple,carrots, cheese,milk, banana,papaya, pomegranate, spinach,almonds, walnuts. •Take, Homoeo medicine, gentle & rapid in action with no adverse effect, thereof. @ Pulsatilla 200-6 pills, thrice. @ Sepia200 -6 pills at bed time. •Ensure, sound sleep in d night for at least 7 hrs. • Avoid, caffiene,junkfood, dust,smoke, exertion Your feedback will highly b appreciated for further, follow up. Take care,

I am suffering from cough ,last 3 day's, I want a help for this disease. Please advice me.

DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
Hello, Drink lukewarm water. Gargle with hot saline water. Inhale steam, twice. Avoid, junkfood, cold intake,  alcohol, nicotine & dust. Your, diet be easily digestible on time. Go for meditation to nourish your body to clear  your  air passage. Take,  homoeopathic medicines: @ Bryonia album 30-6 pills, thrice. @ Heper sulph30-6pills, thrice. Take care.

Is it mandatory that I should avoid rice, wheat for weight loss? Im planning for pregnancy in the near future so kindly suggest ways to reach the ideal weight with the balanced diet and supplements.

Bsc Food & Nutrition, Msc Food & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Hi lybrate-user No you don't need to avoid wheat and rice in order to lose weight. You should reduce their portions in your meal. Wheat has important B vitamins, such as thiamin, folate, and vitamin B6, and the minerals magnesium, zinc, and manganese content. You should have whole wheat rotis. Avoid ghee on the rotis. With regards to rice you can opt for handpounded rice in smaller quantities / red rice / Brown rice also. The health benefits of rice include its ability to provide instant energy, regulate and improve bowel movements, stabilize blood sugar levels, and slow down the aging process. It also plays a role in providing vitamin B1 to the human body.

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Dialysis - What To Eat & What To Avoid?

A dialysis diet is a special diet that is customized for patients who are or will be starting dialysis within a short period of time. Such a diet is prepared to reduce the waste and fluid levels that keep on accumulating between the dialysis sessions so that the patient remains healthy for the process to be carried out seamlessly.

What can you eat?
Eat foods which are rich in high-quality proteins (poultry, fish, lean meat and egg whites).

What can’t you eat?
Eat less of foods which are rich in sodium and phosphorus.

Foods high in Sodium
1. Use minimum salt in preparing the dishes; this helps control BP and probable weight gain that might happen between the dialysis sessions.
2. Make use of spices, herbs and other salt-flavored enhancers.

Meat
1. Patients on dialysis need to include more of high-quality protein foods in their diet. This will help regulate blood protein levels. Eat about 10 ounces of foods rich in high-quality protein every day.
2. 1 egg, ¼ cup of ricotta cheese, ¼ cup of tuna.

Salads/Vegetables

  1. The potassium content of vegetables can be alarming for a patient on dialysis. Eat 3 servings of vegetables that are low in potassium every day. These include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, garlic, cucumber, eggplant, celery, radishes, etc.
  2. Avoid vegetables such as beets, potatoes (in any form- wafers or wedges), winter squash, cooked spinach, pumpkin, asparagus and avocado.

Note:

  1. Although seeds, nuts, peanut butter, lentils, dried beans and peas are rich in protein, they are generally struck off from the diet plan because of their high phosphorus and potassium content.
  2. You can have moderate amounts of grains, bread and cereals.
  3. Try and not have brown bread and other whole grains as they are loaded with phosphorus.
  4. Usually, 5-10 servings of these are considered sufficient for patients on dialysis.
  5. Also, limit intake of milk and other dairy products.
  6. ½ cup yoghurt or ½ a cup of milk is considered safe. Also, remember that all varieties of milk- skim, whole and low fat, have the same amount of phosphorus.
  7. All fruits contain some amount of potassium. However, some of them contain more potassium than the others. Limit your intake of fruit juices.
  8. Avoid or limit fruits like: 
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    • Dried fruit and raisins
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In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Sex Education for Adults: 6 Misconceptions for Men to Unlearn

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Sexologist, Delhi
Sex Education for Adults: 6 Misconceptions for Men to Unlearn


Adults may feel embarrassed when they have questions about sex, or when they find out that they have been operating all this time with misconceptions. It's crucial that such embarrassment doesn't get in men's way of pursuing sex education; a lack of knowledge in this area can not only lead to significant penile health problems, but unplanned parenthood as well. Consider the following to better protect oneself and one's partner.

Nobody Knows Everything

Whether through arrogance or embarrassment, a man may wish to assume that he knows all there is to know about his penis and about sex. This may be the biggest barrier between him and actual knowledge.

The state of sex education in the U.S. is not stellar. Most states don't even mandate that sex education be part of the curriculum; those that do allow programs to skip discussions of contraception and sex before marriage. If a guy is lucky, he may vaguely recall learning about a bunch of weird-sounding infections and watching his health teacher roll a condom over a banana. Either way, there are likely things a guy never learned or has since forgotten. It's never too late to get educated.

Common Misconceptions

1) Pulling out will prevent pregnancy. This may or may not be true. Semen released during orgasm contains the most sperm, for sure, but pre-seminal fluid may contain some as well. Plus, relying on the pull-out method is risky simply because a guy might start to leak before he's fully exited his partner, as ejaculation can happen rather quickly sometimes. Barrier protection is the best way to prevent pregnancy - preferably in conjunction with a second form of birth control.

2) All condoms protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Most do, but lambskin condoms do not. This type is effective in preventing pregnancy, but the material contains pores large enough for certain infections to pass through.

3) There's always a symptom when an STI is present. It would be very nice if this were true, but it's simply not. There are several STIs with no noticeable symptoms. Luckily, some are harmless. But even chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis can be present without noticeable, or with barely noticeable, symptoms. And they can be passed on, too. Also consider the fact that most STIs have a period between infection and symptom presentation (when the latter does occur), and that they could be passed along during this period.

4) If tests came back negative, the person is clean. Even more unsettling, perhaps, than the above is the fact that, when one goes in for STI testing, not everything can be tested for! Ask one's health professional what exactly is being tested for and what is not; ask the same of one's partner. Understand that there is always a risk when having sex.

5) Lubricant is optional. While it's true that some partners produce enough lubrication to keep sex comfortable, enjoyable and safe for the most part, even the wettest women out there are bound to run a bit dry now and then, particularly during rough or prolonged sessions. Lube isn't just about personal preference; it protects delicate penile and vaginal skin from tears that not only hurt but provide harboring grounds for bacteria, viruses and fungi. Ample lubrication is also crucial for preventing condom breakage.

6) Washing and wearing protection are all a man can do for his penis. Actually, there are skin care products for men designed with the manhood in mind. Maintaining healthy skin condition is necessary in order to preserve sensitivity and keep the member attractive over time. Men should seek out a penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) with the skin-friendly ingredients Shea butter, vitamin E and vitamin C for rejuvenating the penis. Using a moisturizer like this daily will protect against the ravages of friction from hands, bodies and clothing, keeping the penis radiant and ready to go.

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3 Foods For That Glowing Young Skin

There are foods that stir up our cells and lead to a breakdown tearing apart the keratin, collagen, and elastin to make our skin look perfectly natural and radiant. Conversely, stress, toxic overload and an unhealthy diet, all contribute to lackluster skin and eventually poor physical and mental makeup. So here we bring to you 3 superfoods that will make your skin feel beautiful and healthy with no chemical loaded creams or botox!
1. Mangoes - Many of us will agree to the fact that mango is one of the tastiest fruits around. So it's a cherry on the cake to know that mangoes also act as an excellent anti-ageing food. They are high on vitamin c content as well as beta-carotene, which gets converted to vitamin a. This duo of vitamins works quite effectively to produce anti-ageing cells and thus keeps our skin revitalized. Mangoes pace up the cell regeneration process wherein old skin cells get replaced by the new cells, making our complexion look youthful.
2. Spinach - This green leafy vegetable is high in nutrients and also contains antioxidants. Besides, spinach is also a good source of iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, vitamin b, c, and e as well as omega-3 fatty acids which help keep our skin healthy and radiant.
3. Munch on walnuts - Vitamin e is a strong antioxidant, which strengthens our immune system, guards our cell membranes and produces red blood cells whilst walnuts are an excellent source of this vitamin type. So include just a handful of walnuts in your diet to say hello to the naturally glowing skin. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Obesity In Children - Ways To Prevent It!

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Obesity In Children - Ways To Prevent It!

Research shows that overweight children have a higher chances of developing chronic health problems such as hypertension, asthma, high cholesterol, and even cancer as they grow up. Apart from these health conditions, being obese can cause severe self-esteem problems as well. In short, obesity in children, more specifically childhood obesity, can affect the overall physical, mental and emotional health of your child.

Here are 5 easy ways to prevent your child from falling into the perils of obesity.

1. Develop healthy eating habits in your child
Encouraging your little ones to develop healthy eating habits is vital for maintaining optimum body weight. Instead of high sugar and high fat foods, a child’s diet should consist of fruits, vegetables and whole-grain foods (such as oats, quinoa and wheat). Proteins such as lean meats, lentils, beans and fish should be included in his/her eating plan as well. Most importantly, serving food in the right portion sizes will ensure your child is getting the right amount of nutrients, while preventing him/her from consuming empty calories. Inculcate these eating habits in them right from the time they are toddlers so that it stays with them as they get older.

2. Make your child avoid calorie-rich foods
Getting your child to avoid fatty, sugary and salty foods can also prevent him from tipping over the weighing scale. Present before your child low sugar and low fat alternatives that he/she would enjoy eating such as apples, bananas, carrots, etc.

3. Encourage your child to pursue physical activity
Try to encourage your child to engage in some form of physical activity for about 60 minutes every day. From brisk walking, swimming, dancing to skipping - your child could opt for any of these physical activities. Having your child lead an active life can see him/her enjoying a number of health benefits like respite from stress, strengthening of his/her bones and muscles and decrease in blood pressure, to name a few.

4. Put a limit on your child’s TV time
When it comes to the time that your child may spend before the TV, computer or other gizmos, it should be not more than half-an-hour per day. Instead, devise fun activities wherein your child as well other members of the family can take part in or ones in which your child does not need a company.

5. Ensure your child gets enough sleep
Lastly, a good night’s rest that lasts about 9-12 hours is vital for optimal weight maintenance. Studies reveal that children who slept for less than the required number of hours were more at risk of being obese. This is because less sleep causes fatigue, leading to a decrease in physical activity and therefore, use of energy. Hence, young kids need up to 8 to 10 hrs sleep but older kids need 6 to 8 hours sleep.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Bananas - Do They Help In Weight Loss?

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Bananas - Do They Help In Weight Loss?

Bananas are your friends, truly!
Bananas as against the age old myth can really help in your weight loss process. A medium sized banana has a number of healthy nutrients that can help you in losing weight. A 100gm banana has about 90 calories, 3 gm of fiber and 23 gm of carbohydrates. It is a filling and satiating snack and can really give you a good dose of nutrients in minimum calories. Coming to the reasons that make this fruit an ideal weight loss food option, here are a few reasons:

  1. Boosts your body's metabolic rate while controlling your appetite: Unripe bananas contain a form of starch known as resistant starch that slows down the digestion process. It works by feeding the healthy bacteria in your gut, causing oxidation of the fat tissues and suppression of your hunger pangs. According to findings published in a study, if you replace 5% of your carbohydrate requirement with a food rich in resistant starch, it can result in about 30% of fat burning post your meal.
  2. Rids you of your bloating complaints: Since this fruit contains a good amount of potassium, it can help in diminishing water retention, thereby reducing the instances of belly bloat.
  3. Forms the bulk of your fiber intake: Being a good source of fiber, having bananas every day can help in improving your digestion and subsequently aid in weight loss. Since fiber can't be digested by the body, it helps you to meet the bulk of your food requirements, which makes you fell fuller for a longer time and reduces your chances of overeating.
  4. Is a fuel for your body: Bananas are considered to be the best source of energy before and after a workout. They provide your body with all the nutrients it requires. They are rich in easily digestible natural sugar that provides your body with optimal energy. They are also a rich source of potassium, making them perfect for warding off dizziness and muscle cramps that sometimes accompany a post-workout. Starting your day with a banana can reduce your sweet cravings in the later half of the day.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Table of Content

Banana
Nutritional Value of Banana
Health Benefits of Banana
Increased energy
Improves Digestion
Cures heartburn
Cures Ulcers
Creating haemoglobin
Skin conditions
Reduces stress
Cures hangovers
Fights against cancer virus
Uses of Banana
Side-Effects & Allergies of Banana
Cultivation of Banana