Banana tea, a natural sleeping pill and facts on health benefits of the banana

 

 

I have been looking to various remedies to improve my sleep quality and my latest find is banana tea. There’s no real recipe to follow. One hour before bedtime, wash and cut a raw banana without peeling it, put it in a small pot of water and boil it for 10 minutes adding a pinch of honey or Truvia (no calories natural plant sweetener). Then let is settle for 2 minutes and drink it slowly. I even eat the banana at the end. Delicious and super healthy. The banana tea is rich in magnesium and potassium which help preventing your blood vessels and muscles relax and improves the sleep quality.

 

 

To check if this was really true, I used my sleep tracking device on my Garmin (similar to Fitbit).

Compared to the data collected prior to introducing banana tea before bedtime, the deep sleep has doubled. Now I wake up in a good mood and I feel more energetic too. It’s such a great natural remedy that if everybody used it, sleeping pills would disappear.

Meantime I have also researched other health benefits of bananas. This is what I have found out.

Native to the Caribbean and Central America, bananas are a good source of vitamins B6 and C, offer a fair share of magnesium, and are rich in potassium – one banana contains 450 mg of potassium, one-fifth of the adult daily requirement.

Banana strengthens the stomach lining is good for soothing indigestion.

Bananas normalise blood pressure, and protect against atherosclerosis and heart disease. For me this is also important because I tend to have high blood pressure without that being connected to high cholesterol or other factors.

Banana also promotes healthy bones which means it is great for women going through perimenopause and menopause.

The perfect go-anywhere food, banana only has less than 100 calories each, and serves as a healthful snack or pick-me-up anytime during the day. Bananas naturally lend their sweetness to cereals, smoothies, breads, muffins, and desserts, and also work well in salads.

Warning! Diabetics should take note that bananas have an intermediate score of 55 on the Glycemic Index (GI) and should choose fruits that rank low on the glycemic index. If you do have diabetes, eat low-index fruits such as cherries, grapefruit, apricots and apples more frequently than you eat bananas.

And because I am in a banana mood (I sound like a Minion) here are more banana recipes and health features.

Snack recipe: Banana Oat Cupcakes With Streusel topping and Salted Caramel Drizzle

BANANA AND CINNAMON ICE CREAM WAFFLES

Sticky Banana and Chocolate Tart Recipe donated by Gino D’Acampo

 

 

 

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About Monica Costa

Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums

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