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Five Reasons Why The Banana Keeps the Doctor Away

 

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Adding a banana or two has a great variety of benefits in your body. Besides being of the most widely available fruits in the world, bananas are high in potassium, alleviates your mood, and give you energy you can utilize immediately for a pre-workout. A 9 inch banana is about 105 calories, which sure beats 250 or more calories for a candy bar and often in similar pricings. So it’s best to stock up on bananas at your arsenal by your desk or shelf, especially if you are really busy. Here are some interesting facts about why bananas are amazing.

 

  • Eye Health-
    1. One Banana has a small amount of Vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin that is essential for protecting your eyes and retaining normal vision. Vitamin A includes both Beta and Alpha Carotene which preserve the membranes that surrounds your eyes. Daily Vitamin A intake improves night blindness and it’s crucial for everyday vision, keeping your eyes strong and healthy.
  • Fights Depression and Mood Swings
    1. Bananas help overcome depression due to high levels of tryptophan, which converts to serotonin, known as the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter. No wonder monkeys are quite happy.
  • Aid in Quitting Smoking
    1. It’s no fun that people do want to improve their health as smokers. Luckily, bananas have high levels of B-vitamins, potassium, and magnesium to speed up the effects of the nicotine withdrawal.
  • Reduces Morning Sickness
    1. Bananas, when eating in between meals, helps stabilize blood sugar and reduces nausea from morning sickness. You might want to have a banana by your side to make sure mornings can be less sickly.
  • Builds Strong Bones and aids in Weight Loss
    1. Bananas have a good amount of calcium, which aids in building strong bones and fiber, which aids in bowel movement. It also absorbs water and slows digestion which makes you feel full longer.

 

Sources: http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/25-powerful-reasons-to-eat-bananas

 

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Month 5: Gearing for that Bikini

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For five months, I have sweated out more liquids out my body than I did for the past few years. I have done versions of modified pushups (side to side pushups and shoulder tap pushups) than the regular ones. I ate much healthier food more consistently to calm the ADHD beast that plagued me during my college days. Got to a point where my mom even tried out my brown rice with stew and vegetables (EAT THOSE LEAFY GREENS, FOLKS!) knowing that it’s not something usual in the West African diet of things. I don’t have the need to go out every other weekend like peers my age do. I can even drink a gallon of water a day. Started to become one of those, my lover is the gym/pull-ups people. (Because I’m single and I rather spend more time for me than someone I met at the club) All in all, not only I am seeing muscles in my body I never noticed, but mentally I am more accepting of myself and more confident in my abilities as a photographer/video editor, but as a person.

Who knows, maybe in month 9, I am considering training for the Spartan Race and Tough Mudder just for fun. I am starting to appreciate the things I love again when I was in my prime in high school such as nature, anime (was the punk/geek kid back then, don’t ask). Not to mention, I am considering trying new things in my life I never thought possible. I want to be able to give public speeches without becoming overwhelmed and nervous as I constantly struggle with speech. I want to learn how to dance and do a backflip. I don’t care if its pole-dancing or parkour, at least I can proudly hold my head high and say, me, me? I can do this? Naw.  My next goal and I promise, promise, promise I will show you the pictures soon in this blog is to buy my first bikini. Summer is almost over, but this is something I never considered in doing till now.

I always played things safe and would wear onsies, while I let others to strut their stuff. I don’t know, consciously I thought I need the best abs in the world for a bikini since I always had a huge gut. I never really had mega body issues, but I never liked to show off either. I shouldn’t allow society to define what I should buy for my body type, but I also shouldn’t hide when you do have beautiful parts about you should consider showing off. I plan to buy my first bikini….perhaps in before New York Fashion Week or the next opportunity to hit a body of water with a group of friends…or a date. I don’t know. This is my Concept of F.I.T. Love your body the most.