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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 fiber, 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.

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. 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 stabilizers, have stress-assist phytochemicals to get you through your day, and help you balance your weight no matter where you are on the spectrum.

CONDITIONS
If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing bananas into your life: Colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn's disease, celiac disease, autoimmune disease, heart disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), adrenal fatigue, Alzheimer's disease, bipolar disorder, diabetes, carpal tunnel syndrome, depression, diverticulitis, gallbladder disease, hemorrhoids, humanimmunodeficiency virus (HIV), infertility, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), low reproductive system battery, sleep disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), fungal infections, shingles, tendonitis, anxiety, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, edema.

SYMPTOMS

If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing bananas into your life: Loss of taste and/or smell, weight gain, weight loss, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues, enlarged spleen, blurred vision, fatigue, Candida overgrowth, diabetic neuropathy, bruising, tachycardia, constipation, bloating, diarrhea, headache, apnea, blurry eyes, blood sugar imbalances, food sensitivities, ear pain, jaw pain, muscle weakness, anxiousness, sensations of humming or vibration in the body, abdominal cramping, abdominal pain, Bell's palsy, back pain, tingles and numbness EMOTIONAL SUPPORT 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 behaviors 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.

SPIRITUAL LESSON

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 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.

Banana Pancakes

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Put a tropical spin on your regular pancakes with the addition of banana. The fragrance and flavor of these delicious pancakes makes them especially irresistible. You’ll also be infusing your pancakes with critical glucose, nutrients and healing properties from the banana.

The fructose in banana is the liver’s favorite source of food. It provides quick fuel to the liver and wakes up sleepy cells, increasing their ingenuity and work output. Soothes the linings of the intestinal tract and also soothes the nerves attached to the intestinal tract. Contrary to popular belief, bananas are one of the most antibacterial, anti-yeast, antifungal foods.

Banana Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup gluten free oats
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 ripe banana, more to serve
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp alcohol-free vanilla extract or powder
  • 1-2 tbsp raw honey or maple syrup, to serve

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Add more almond milk if needed to get a thick but pourable consistency.

Preheat a large non-stick ceramic frying pan over medium-low heat. Scoop 1/4 cup of the batter and cook for 2-3 minutes on one side, until bubbles form on the surface, then flip and cook for a further 30 seconds.

Serve immediately, topped with fresh banana and a drizzle of raw honey or maple syrup.

 

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