Category Archives: Health & Fitness
- Bananas help overcome depression due to high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin — the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter.
- Eat two bananas before a strenuous workout to pack an energy punch and sustain your blood sugar.
- Protect against muscle cramps during workouts and nighttime leg cramps by eating a banana.
- Counteract calcium loss during urination and build strong bones by supplementing with a banana.
- Improve your mood and reduce PMS symptoms by eating a banana, which regulates blood sugar and produces stress-relieving relaxation.
- Bananas reduce swelling, protect against type II diabetes, aid weight loss, strengthen the nervous system, and help with the production of white blood cells, all due to high levels of vitamin B-6.
- Strengthen your blood and relieve anemia with the added iron from bananas.
- High in potassium and low in salt, bananas are officially recognized by the FDA as being able to lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke.
- Rich in pectin, bananas aid digestion and gently chelate toxins and heavy metals from the body.
- Bananas act as a prebiotic, stimulating the growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel. They also produce digestive enzymes to assist in absorbing nutrients.
- Constipated? High fiber in bananas can help normalize bowel motility.
- Got the runs? Bananas are soothing to the digestive tract and help restore lost electrolytes after diarrhea.
- Bananas are a natural antacid, providing relief from acid reflux, heartburn and GERD.
- Bananas are the only raw fruit that can be consumed without distress to relieve stomach ulcers by coating the lining of the stomach against corrosive acids.
- Eating bananas will help prevent kidney cancer, protects the eyes against macular degeneration and builds strong bones by increasing calcium absorption.
- Bananas make you smarter and help with learning by making you more alert. Eat a banana before an exam to benefit from the high levels of potassium.
- Bananas are high in antioxidants, providing free radicals and protection from chronic disease.
- Eating a banana between meals helps stabilize blood sugar and reduce nausea from morning sickness.
- Rub a bug bite or hives with the inside of the banana peel to relieve itching and irritation.
- Control blood sugar and avoid bingeing between meals by eating a banana.
- Eating a banana can lower the body temperature and cool you during a fever or on a hot day.
- The natural mood-enhancer tryptophan, helps to relieve Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
- Quitting smoking? Bananas contain high levels of B-vitamins as well as potassium and magnesium to speed recovery from the effects of withdrawal.
- Remove a wart by placing the inside of a piece of banana peel against the wart and taping it in place.
- Rub the inside of a banana peel on your leather shoes or handbag and polish with a dry cloth for a quick shine.
Eat a banana! It’s good for you!
By: JB Bardot (NaturalNews)
I stumbled across this story yesterday and found it intriguing. It was interesting because of what people had to say about it. Below is a summary from the Ryan Cameron Show on V103 in Atlanta.
A Cobb County woman kept her HIV positive status secret from her boyfriend for nine months! He was rambling through her cabinet and found her medicine. He then Googled the name of the medicine to see what it was for and found out that it was a treatment for HIV. After confronting her about the medicine, she confessed and ran to Texas. In a situation like this who is more at fault?
People had a lot to say about the fact that she kept her status a secret during their 9-month relationship. Some folks feel she should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Some people feel they should have been tested before they decided to have unprotected sex. Others feel the guy was stupid for not having protected sex. As I read more and more of the comments, people were dogging the brotha out for not protecting himself. More of the blame was shifted on him instead of her. I just found it to be ironic because a lot of men have engaged in unprotected sex knowing that they were HIV positive and in general there was no empathy for them. Immediately, we are ready to throw the book at them. Locking them up and throwing away the key would be too easy. It’s seems we have more empathy for a female who keeps her status a secret. Why is that?
Well my thought of the matter is that they are both at fault. If she kept her status a secret and knowingly infected him, she should have to pay for her crime. A lot of men and some women have been convicted of using their HIV positive status as a deadly weapon. It was her moral duty to disclose her status to him. It was also his duty to protect himself. It is 2012 and we should not be putting ourselves at risk. Don’t be so trusting. We should not be too comfortable with having unprotected sex. If you are in an exclusive relationship, get tested together on a regular basis. If you are not in a relationship, get tested on a regular. HIV is just like a bullet. It doesn’t know age, color, race, gender, or financial status. When it strikes; it strikes!
I know I blog about a lot of random stuff that happens in the world of dating but this is certainly The Truth About Dating. Know Your Status! Get tested! That’s real talk!
Who do you think is at fault in this situation? The man, the woman, or both? What are your thoughts?
For more information about HIV/AIDS http://www.aidsinfo.nih.gov/
Click on the link for a list of U.S. prosecutions for HIV exposure. www.hivlawandpolicy.org/resources/download/456
As many of you know it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so of course I had to post something about it. Sorry this post isn’t about love, dating, lying, relationships,and all of that other stuff. I feel this is very important. I know everyone else is talking about but you know what? We should talk about it more because it affects so many women and their families. I will be writing a series of posts this month related to breast cancer. Let’s start with saving our ta-tas!
What is breast cancer? Breast cancer is a malignant (cancer) tumor that starts from cells of the breast. It is found mostly in women, but men can get breast cancer, too. (We will talk about the men soon.)
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women of all major racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Among Hispanic women, it is the most common cause of death from cancer, and it is the second most common cause of death from cancer among white, black, Asian or Pacific Islander, and American Indian or Alaska Native Women. Although more white women get breast cancer, more black women will die from it.
What’s the plan for saving the ta-tas? Well ladies you know we have to make changes to our lifestyle. That’s part of the plan for a healthy life, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the same plan applies to lower the risk of getting breast cancer. Here are a few tips on how to save the ta-tas:
- Eat right and feel right
- Get up and move-(exercise please)
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Limit those cocktails
- Watch the oral contraceptives
- Breast feed your babies
Early detection is the other part of the plan. You must be proactive about your health. Ladies, here is what we should be doing:
- perform routine breast self-exams
- schedule clinical breast exams
- get a mammogram-the age range varies. I’ve heard age 40 and up, age 50 and up. It wouldn’t hurt to start at age 35. Especially if there is a family history of breast cancer.
Now you have a plan to save th ta-tas. Get up and just do it…….Why?
- One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
- Over 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.
- When breast cancer is detected early (localized stage), the 5-year survival rate is 98%.
- Over 30% of women are diagnosed after breast cancer has spread beyond the localized stage.
This is a very serious issue and we as women have to continue the fight against breast cancer. It affects everyone. Your mother, aunt, sister, cousin, best friend, wife, grandmother, colleague, neighbor or simply you or the person sitting next to you right now can be at risk. We can’t afford not to fight.
Let’s save the ta-tas!!!
With all sincerity,