I have always liked bananas since I was very young, but didn’t really eat fruit for many years. After my doctor said I needed to eat more fruit more regularly I decided to go back to what I remembered as a child. I remembered they were soft and easy on the stomach, and I remembered they had lots of potassium, but that was about it.
I added a healthy slice of research after my stroke so I better understood the foods I was eating and looked for more details that weren’t around in my youth. I stumbled across Anthon Williams’ Life-Changing Foods which says the following about the not-so-humble banana. In essence, they are:
- Mineral Rich and packed with Amino Acids
- Antiviral and Anti-fungal
- A Digestive Wonder
- Provide Emotional Support over-and-above their nutrient value, and
- Offer Spiritual Lessons as well.
Mineral Rich, plus Amino Acids
Bananas have gotten a bad rap lately, blamed for being too high in sugar. The reality is that the sugar in a properly ripened banana is completely different from the cane sugar and other processed sweeteners in cookies, cakes, and doughnuts. Unlike processed sugar, the fruit sugar in bananas is bonded to critical life-supporting trace minerals such as manganese, selenium, copper, boron, and molybdenum, and large amounts of minerals such as potassium, which is one of the most critical nutrients for neurotransmitter function. Bananas are also high in amino acids that work side by side with the highly bioavailable potassium as a catalyst for abundant electrolyte production. Rather than thinking of bananas as all sugar, we have to remind ourselves that bananas are made up of fibre, pulp, and water, too—and that their fruit sugar content is the very reason bananas have rich supplies of antioxidants, vitamins, and other phytonutrients to help us fight disease.
Antiviral and Anti-fungal
Bananas are a powerful antiviral food—so powerful that they have the capacity to repel growth of the retrovirus HIV. High in tryptophan, bananas can help soothe sleep disorders, create calm, reduce anxiety, and alleviate depression. And those who worry about Candida have no need to fear bananas. They are the ultimate fungus destroyers, removing unproductive bacteria while feeding beneficial microorganisms in the intestinal tract. This also makes them B12-enhancing, because microbes in the gut can interrupt the ileum’s rightful process of producing vitamin B12.
A Digestive Wonder
When it comes to digestive aids, nothing beats bananas. They are truly an antispasmodic for hyperactive colons and small intestinal tracts. Bananas can alleviate gastric cramps and stress-related gastrointestinal disorders; they are a secret weapon in reversing colitis, IBS, and Crohn’s disease. Bananas are also wonderful blood sugar stabilisers, have stress-assist phytochemicals to get you through your day and help you balance your weight no matter where you are on the spectrum.
Bananas strengthen the core of who we are, encouraging us to peel back our false shields and expose our true selves. They can help reverse a state of mind that’s saturated with fear (eating three or more a day can help reduce PTSD), and they help us express our true desire to be productive, overcoming procrastination and other unproductive behaviours in the process. If you think a friend is holding on to resentment, offer her or him a banana, and it will help dissolve the feelings of ill will.
At times of spiritual growth, we may find ourselves feeling indestructible and completely absorbed in the moment. If we’re not careful, though—if we haven’t planned ahead and fortified ourselves for the future—the strong wind of challenge may take us down. Learn, then, from the banana plant. Not technically trees, banana plants form thick and wide root mats, with underground corbs (stems) continually surfacing as suckers ready to grow. Because banana “trunks” are not actually wood—rather, they’re formed from layer upon layer of leaves—they grow fast, with new offshoots able to rush to the rescue whenever the weather has taken down another stalk. As you reach for the sky, blossom, and bear fruit, remember to cast your own root system-wide and deep. Let every lesson learned become a spiritual offshoot that may someday rescue you.
While you may like your bananas hard and green or mushy and brown, the optimal stage at which to eat bananas for peak nutrition is peak ripeness. When a banana’s skin is still green, enzymes prevent absorption of any of the fruit’s nutrients. And an overripe banana with entirely brown or black skin contains fermented fruit. The safest point at which to eat a banana is when its skin is yellow, with brown speckles. (The definitive test is that the banana won’t give you a fuzzy feeling on your tongue.)
Bananas are also the most powerful exercise food. Eating a banana before and after exercise can replenish the body more than any other food out there.
The above was taken from the book “Life-Changing Foods” which you can buy from Amazon. A little more about the book can be seen below.
The chapters in the book that precede the actual list of foods are insightful and go deeper into the health crisis affecting people today as a consequence of the “Unforgiving Four” toxins which are omnipresent in our environment. Anthony explains this in-depth and provides a context for what follows. He then goes on to discuss the “Holy Four,” which are essentially the antidotes to the group of Unforgiving Four toxins, which comprise fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices, and wild foods. There is a wealth of nutritional information in this book alone, but it goes further with the spiritual messages from Nature’s Garden and even talks about helping cure mystery illnesses beyond what we know in science today. I personally recommend this book.
ANTHONY WILLIAM, New York Times best-selling author of Medical Medium, was born with the unique ability to converse with a high-level spirit who provides him with extraordinarily accurate health information that’s often far ahead of its time. Since age four, when he shocked his family by announcing that his symptom-free grandmother had lung cancer (which medical testing soon confirmed), Anthony has been using his gift to “read” people’s conditions and tell them how to recover their health. His unprecedented accuracy and success rate as the Medical Medium have earned him the trust and love of hundreds of thousands worldwide. www.medicalmedium.com