Bananas for Health


My son must think I'm the most annoying person in the world. Especially when I am out of controllably baby-talking my head off. Every morning: "Can you say banana?" in the most high-pitched, squeaky baby voice you can imagine. I have tried to stop. I can't help it. And now I've come to the conclusion that it's biological. There must be a reason for baby talk.

But then this morning...

NANNA! It was his first, in my opinion, intentional word. More than just a syllable like Da or Ma. But a double-syllable mimic of what I said. Proud as can be, this parent. 

The boy loves bananas. Mushy, sweet, easy-to-digest, healthy: this food was made for babies and toddlers. I haven't been this thankful for a food in all of my life. The simplest foods give me anxiety with him. But not bananas. All is well. 

The sacred banana has, you guessed it, plenty of potassium to correct the unbalanced sodium to potassium ratio in our bodies to our diets. Salt is in everything we eat, if you live in this processed world. It's okay though. Because we have these yellow-peeled magic tricks that can bring us back. Potassium is a hugely important electrolyte for the body. Potassium regulates the heart and balances fluids. We're talking lowering blood pressure and decreasing the risk of stroke.

They are also soothing to the digestive tract because they have a lot of pectin: a soluble fiber that lowers cholesterol and normalizes bowel function. They also have a lot of magnesium, a muscle relaxant that helps the digestive process as well. 

Eat bananas when they have no more green, meaning they are totally yellow, and pseckled with brown spots. If your bananas become ripe, place them in the fridge if you don't feel like eating them yet, and they will stay good for 3-5 days. 

Perfectly ripe banana:

So thank you bananas! You make my mornings.