Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Why Eat Bananas

Banana is a yellow-skinned fruit that contains a high amount of vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidant properties. It is one of the most popular choices for snacks because it’s accessible and don’t have to be washed (you just need to peel off its skin). If you’re looking for healthy snack or dessert, consider eating bananas and get the following benefits.

Boosts Energy
If you’re tired because of a heavy workout or an athletic routine, eating bananas can provide you the energy you lost during your workout. Bananas are high-energy fruits loaded with essential nutrients that can keep you energized and active for a longer period.

Keeps Your Heart Healthy
Bananas are high in potassium and low in sodium, making them a heart-friendly food. This good combination of potassium and sodium balances the electrolyte level and regulates your blood pressure.

Cures Hangover
When you drink too much alcohol, the potassium level in your body drops down making you feel down and sluggish. Bananas are rich in potassium and energy-releasing nutrients that can help in reducing hangover symptoms and replacing the potassium you’ve lost.

Relieves Constipation
Bananas are also rich in fiber which helps in relieving constipation and restoring your normal bowel movement. However, this is only applicable to ripe bananas because unripened or green bananas can cause constipation.

Reduces Stress
When you’re suffering from too much stress, your metabolic rate rises and your potassium level becomes depleted. A banana helps in providing you with potassium which also helps in normalizing your heartbeat and regulating your body’s water balance.

The benefits listed above are just few of the advantages of eating bananas. So if you want to feel energized and healthy, always include bananas in your daily diet.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Probiotic Foods

Probiotics are microorganisms such as live bacteria and yeast believed to improve one’s digestive health. They are available in food and supplements and are known to keep the intestinal linings healthy and assist in the breaking down of food. If you want to get probiotics in your diet, here are some of the foods you can consume.

Yogurt is the most popular probiotic food known to consumers. However, not all yogurt is healthy since some of them contain more sugar and syrup. In buying yogurt, choose those labeled, “with live and active cultures,” as this is proven to be good on your digestion.

Miso Soup
Miso soup is a Japanese soup made from fermented soybean paste and vegetable broth. Miso soup is a great morning booster as well as perfect for your diet since its low in calories and high in probiotics.

Soy Milk
As its name suggests, soy milk is a type of beverage made from soybeans and water. Naturally, soybean itself contains probiotics but it’s always better to buy soymilk with “live and active cultures”  for maximum health benefits.

Sour Pickles
Naturally fermented pickles are another good probiotic food as they support proper digestion and help in nutrient absorption. When buying a jar of sour pickles in the supermarket, opt for those that use sea salt and water solution as these encourage the growth of good bacteria.

Kefir is a creamy and bubbly drink made from fermented milk. It is probably one of the best ways to take probiotics since it’s healthier and more therapeutic than yogurt. This healthy probiotic drink can be enjoyed in natural fruit flavors, sweetened, and unsweetened varieties.

Consuming probiotic food products as a part of your daily diet is one good way to maintain a healthy digestive system. Just make sure to choose the right probiotic food that can make you feel good and healthy inside and out.
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