Archive | March 2014

THE UNDEERUSED MUSA GENUS

Source- wikipedia

When I say Musa  genus I don’t mean someone who bears the name Musa as a surname or first name but I am talking about banana, why would I call  banana Musa you might ask? Well the answer is not far-fetched. If you wouldn’t learn anything from this post you would learn the scientific name of banana which is Musa sapientum. Banana is an edible fruit in the genus Musa and a specific name of sapientum. The fruit is variable in size and color and firmness. We all know banana. I would give some reasons why monkeys are happy animals…. It is because of the banana they eat and how is this so? Let’s start our journey into banana land discovery

Bananas are exceptionally healthy food that provide numerous health benefits. It contains vitamins A, B,C and E along with minerals like potassium, zinc, iron and manganese. It also contains some natural sugars such as glucose, fructose and sucrose.

  1. Banana gives instant surge of energy- I have tested this theory a lot of times and energy is what I got in return. Especially when am studying and I don’t want to indulge in junks I take banana. You would energized and
  2. It helps lower blood cholesterol-it is said that pectin present in fiber helps to lower cholesterol levels. According to researchers  fire that are water soluble such as pectin help to LDL cholesterol without disturbing the HDL cholesterol
  3. Eating banana in between meals help to stabilize blood sugar and also aids digestion
  4. Bananas make you smarter and make you more alert. Eat a banana before exams or studying to benefit from the high levels of potassium.
  5. Bananas are high in antioxidants, providing free radicals and protection from chronic disease such as cancer. It also reduces the occurrence of stroke due to the high amount of potassium it contains
  6. Bananas help combat stomach ulcer. I know this from firsthand experience. Protease inhibitors in banana, help get rid of bacteria in the stomach that causes stomach ulcer thereby protecting against damage of the stomach and ulcer.
  7. They also help to relieve constipation because of the pectin it contains. Raw bananas are also effective in the treatment of diarrhea and therefore regulate body fluid they help to recover from hangover when blended with honey and yoghurt.
  8. Quitting smoking? Vitamins B6 and B12 together with magnesium and potassium in banana help to recover from nicotine addiction and help speed up recovery from the effects of withdrawal.
  9. Bananas can enhance weight gain. How? The combination of milk and protein enhances weight gain. Bananas are also good to people who want to loose weight because it contains loads amount of fiber and low fat and are also easily digestible. A banana of 100 grams contains approximately 90 calories. Taking into consideration all its benefits it wouldn’t hurt to include it in your diet.
  10. Bananas help to reduce the itching and swelling of mosquito bite by rubbing the inside of a banana on it. Cool right
  11. Eating bananas help in achieving younger looking skin. Banana has 75 percent water by weight in it. So it helps to hydrate your skin and prevents it from drying or peeling. Mash half a banana and apply it generously around puffy eyes. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then rise off with cool water. The puffiness would disappear
  12. Banana peels are used to get rid of wrinkles, treat itchy skin and also warts and psoriasis.

This is just a tip of the iceberg there are so many uses of banana and so many recipes on how to use it. So what are you waiting for? Now you know why monkeys are so happy. Eat a banana.

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NATURAL ALTERNATIVES TO TOOTHPASTE

For a little over two weeks now I have not used toothpaste. what have i been using you might ask well my roomate  gifted me with seewak from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and it does a good job of keeping my mouth. Am not sure if i want to phase good old toothpaste out of my dental practice but am just going with the flow. my roommate wanted pearly white teeth and so started using baking soda and hydogen peroxide and it seems to be working for her.WHY SHOULD I USE NATURAL TOOTHPASTE?

Well why shouldn’t you. Just kidding lol.

Here are some ingredients in toothpaste that draws attention

Fluoride. While fluoride is supposedly the ingredient that prevents cavities, it doesn’t do that job very well and can actually be very toxic to the body. In fact, if you suffer from acne outbreaks around the mouth and chin area, fluoride toothpaste may be the cause.

Titanium dioxide. There are some concerns that titanium dioxide is carcinogenic. It can be absorbed by your body through the mouth when used even though it is pea sized in toothpaste.

Glycerin. This is found in almost every toothpaste on the market (even the natural ones).But it can also leave a coating on your teeth that prevents them from remineralizing.

Sodium lauryl sulfate. It gives you the foamy cleaning action we all expect from toothpaste, but sodium lauryl sulfate is also a strong chemical surfactant that doesn’t belong in our bodies.

without much ado the natural alternatives

SEA SALT

How much more natural can you get than brushing your teeth with salt from the sea? It’s easy, too: just dab your toothbrush in sea salt and brush away as usual.

BAKING SODA

this has got to be one of the most popular toothpaste alternatives. Like sea salt, you can just dip your toothbrush in baking soda and brush like normal. Or you can dissolve it in water first and use the brine for brushing.

HYDROGEN PEROXIDE

Hydrogen peroxide is known for keeping teeth clean and white, and many people use it instead of toothpaste.  “Dip your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide and then in a 50/50 mixture of baking soda and fine sea salt

HERBAL TOOTH POWDER

Herbal tooth powders can be used in place of toothpaste. They do a good job of cleaning, and the herbal ingredients can also help ease inflammation, pain and infection throughout the mouth. Like JIm herbal tooth powder.

COCONUT OIL

Coconut oil is another great natural toothpaste alternative. Its antifungal and antibacterial properties come in handy for mouth cleaning. Coconut oil can be used alone and combined with other ingredients listed here (like baking soda and essential oils)

OIL PULLING

basically you swish about one tablespoon of oil (I use coconut oil) for several minutes. Then brush with plain water or use one of the methods listed above. Trust me, your teeth have never felt this clean!

All of the natural alternatives also whitens the teeth. in a later post we would talk about how to use them specifically to whiten the teeth.

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK AHEAD