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Home Alone & Bananas

February 12, 2011

DH is home alone while I am away enjoying a Girls Weekend with my dear friends. He isn’t helpless – he can cook his meals, care for the pets & if I’m lucky, he’ll be so bored that the entire house will be vacuumed when I return. While I was away for two weeks studying one summer, DH was bored & couldn’t sleep, so he cleaned out a storage closet for me – he threw away every single canning jar I owned! ARGH!

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He is not one to sit around; he will make a To-Do List & get busy. I am encouraging him to get the taxes finished while I’m gone, preferring not to be around when he is gathering the receipts, forms & information required by our accountant. I don’t like the black cloud of anger & frustration that envelopes this place when he is compiling paperwork for the Infernal Revenue Service.

In case you are not aware – taxes are too high! All taxes! Too high! Period! Penalizing folks who are out there working, trying to support their family, hiring others, doing what we are told needs to be done so the economy will improve & every step of the way being thwarted by an intrusive federal (state & local, too) government & threatened with even higher taxes to feed the big monster – GOVERNMENT!

I need to calm down… I think I’ll eat a banana!
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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 carbohydrates, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A & iron, & twice the other vitamins & minerals.

  • Depression & Seasonal Affective Disorder: Bananas contain tryptophan, an amino acid that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, with natural mood enhancers generally makes you feel happier.
  • PMS: The vitamin B6 in bananas regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
  • Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood.
  • Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect way to beat blood pressure.
  • 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 & with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes & 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 & avoid morning sickness.
  • Mosquito bites: 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. 

  • Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture & smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress & it neutralizes over-acidity reducing irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
  • Smoking: The B6 & B12 they contain, as well as the potassium & magnesium, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
  • Stress: Potassium, a vital mineral, helps normalize the heartbeat, send oxygen to the brain, & regulate 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%!
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