You have heard the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”… that is a pretty good idea. I want to change this up a bit… let’s try, “A banana a day keeps the shrink away.”
I know I am not doing a very good thing here with job security but I am all about the lifestyle and preventative behaviors.
First, eat the brown spots. Seriously, the brown spots on a banana actually have a higher level of dopamine than the remainder of the banana. Dopamine increases mood and reduces mental health symptoms.
Did you know that trytophan converts into serotonin, which increases your mood? Did you know that a banana has tryptophan in it? When you take antidepressant medication, its job is to increase serotonin hence the name of most antidepressants are Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI). So, you are taking a very natural antidepressant when eating your banana.
Due to the high levels of Vitamin B-6, you will experience benefits such as a more balanced nervous system, strengthened white blood cells, and lower blood pressure. In addition, eating a banana during the middle of the day will help prevent that “midday bonk.” Say good bye to a cup of coffee and hello to a nice ripe banana. The banana truly does help regulate your blood sugars giving you a boost in your energy.
I am staying true to my belief that becoming more healthy is truly a lifestyle. It’s more about adding stuff in than restriction. I invite you to find a way to include a banana each day and let me know how it goes!
Dr. Drew Brazier