Yoga & Wellness

Go bananas! — You will be healthier and more beautiful

Banana is the most important and widely planted fruit in Indonesia. For sure you have eaten some Pisang ambon or Pisang mas. But did you also know that they are excellent for your health and beauty?

They are a great source of vitamin C and contain the trace mineral silica, which is essential for healthy skin. The body uses it to make the connective tissue collagen. Each banana contains only about 105 calories and consists almost exclusively of water and carbs. Bananas contain very little protein and almost no fat. This is why you should include them in your everyday life and become good friends. We are giving you 7 amazing facts what bananas are good for:

Helping with weight loss

Bananas are rich in fibre. Eating more fibre from fruit and vegetables has repeatedly been linked with lower body weight and weight loss. Furthermore, unripe bananas are packed with resistant starch, so they tend to be very filling and may reduce your appetite.

Friendly to heart

Bananas contain several types of potent anti- oxidants, including dopamine and catechins. These antioxidants have been linked to many health benefits, such as a reduced risk of heart disease and degenerative diseases. Bananas are high in several antioxidants, which may help reduce damage from free radicals and lower the risk of some diseases.

Fighting depression

Bananas help overcome depression due to high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin – the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter.

Anti-aging masters

Bananas, also known as nature’s botox, contain super wrinkle fighting nutrients that help fade age spots and prevent fine lines and wrinkles from forming. Coupled with other wrinkle-busting kitchen ingredients, you can gently nourish, exfoliate and protect mature skin. Slather on a thick coat of a powerful anti-ageing banana face mask containing one mashed banana, 1 teaspoon orange juice, and 1 teaspoon thick yoghurt.

Against acne

Banana and its peels are excellent homemade remedies for treating acne and pimples. You can directly apply the in- side of a banana peel onto your acne to reduce inflammation and destroy bacteria. Also, use a face mask with mashed banana, honey, and turmeric to brighten skin, reduce acne, and moisturise your skin. Wash this off with cold water and pat your face dry. Remember to be consistent to see results.

Bye bye dark spots

Whether it’s acne scars, tiny moles, age spots, or just dark spots that make your face dull, you can reduce them and even out general skin discolorations by applying mashed banana onto your face at least twice
a week.

Quitting smoking?

Bananas contain high levels of B-vitamins as well as potassium and magnesium to speed recovery from the effects of withdrawal.■

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