Why bananas are so healthy for you and your dog! Bananas help alleviate anemia, depression, upset stomach, and stress in people and dogs...
Bananas Are Mood Food
© Barbara Andrews, Publisher
Can I give my dog bananas? You bet! A psych class professor teaches his students why bananas are healthy stress reducers and brain boosters - we call it mood-food for dogs!
While not all people foods are good for dogs, bananas and most other fruits are not only natural for dogs and their closest kin, foxes, bears, coyotes and wolves, but they have major health benefits.
Most dogs love bananas. Dog show exhibitors will remember Ch. Lord Timothy Scott, a top-winning bulldog handled by Carroll James. Carroll baited Timmy with bits of banana and while messy, that's what Timmy loved most and he "showed" it to everyone!
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 choice among top athletes.
Energy isn't the only way bananas help us keep fit. In addition to being a perfect bedtime snack (induces restful sleep) bananas 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.
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. The research suggests that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert. Will it help your dog show better? Some handlers would say “yes!”
PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief. And when you swallow a pill that gets stuck in your esophagus, medical experts advise grabbing a bite of banana. The consistency is just right to push the pill down.
Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness. Many pregnant dogs suffer from a canine version of morning sickness. Try it and if it helps your dog, let us know.
Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.
Overweight: 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.
Show circuits have become longer and thus more stressful on exhibitors and dogs. Perhaps sharing a banana with your dog before going in for Group will give you both a needed boost.
Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates the body's water balance. When stressed, the metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing potassium levels, which can be rebalanced with a high-potassium banana snack.
Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, thus said to reduce blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
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: Okay this doesn’t relate to your dog but 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.
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 cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower 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.
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.
Strokes: According to 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 compared 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!"
Why do we call it MOOD-FOOD? Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time.
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