Tuesday April 7, 2020

Top 3 Reasons to Include Bananas in Your Diet

Bananas- perfect for a balanced and healthy diet

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Bananas can be a journey of sweet pleasures, so make it your best bet if you're looking for a balanced diet amidst a messy schedule. Pixabay

Are you willing to jump a little high on the fitness bar this season? Well, fitness is not just about a balanced diet and a routine, it’s also about exercise and monitoring your food intake. If you have newly begun your journey to fitness, it’s recommended that you start slow, and focus on one single aspect of your diet. But fitness and health is more about being consistent, so what can help you remain on track?

Add bananas to your diet; this small yet necessary change in your food consumption will benefit you in the long run. A workout followed by a reward is more likely to sustain than ones with extremely high-intensity moves. Bananas can be a journey of sweet pleasures, so make it your best bet if you’re looking for a balanced diet amidst a messy schedule.

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Add bananas to your diet; this small yet necessary change in your food consumption will benefit you in the long run. Pixabay

Why bananas?

Safe and healthy in its natural form, it serves as a balanced fruit with a perfect blend of vitamins and nutrients. Bananas offer massive health benefits and can be squeezed into your regular diet with zero effort. In a fast-paced unorganized schedule that most of us follow, we miss out on the right time to consume our meals. While there are multiple reasons to include a nutritious banana in your daily routine, we’ll bring it down to the 3 most important ones.

1. A full-fledged meal

Good quality bananas are 75% water with very little density. As summers in India can be harsh, you can rely on bananas to keep you well hydrated. Consuming two of them is equal to one full fledged meal and can keep you sufficed for a substantial period of time. So, if you skip your workout for a day, this habit will balance out your fitness goal. They also help to improve digestion, heart rate and blood pressure in control.

2. Effortless and delicious

Banana is a good substitute for breakfast or pre & post-workout meals. In case you crave something sweet and delicious, a banana delicacy can easily be squeezed into your fitness regime. Bananas make the best base ingredients for pancakes and smoothies, as they taste heavenly, and are also quick and easy to prepare. Its natural essence of sugar makes the fruit a preferred choice. How effortless could it get?

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Good quality bananas are 75% water with very little density. Pixabay

3. Burst of nutrients

Bananas are rich in nutrients, especially potassium and Vitamin C. These elements can help to bring down blood pressure and improve the health of your heart. It could be a perfect aid to save you from unseen health problems that might arise in the future. Why should one wait to fall sick to disrupt a healthy routine?

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So, if you’re taking baby steps to fitness, bananas should definitely be on your list! While they’re easily available, it’s always good to check before you purchase them. You won’t compromise on the quality of fitness, so why compromise on the diet? Cross two more streets maybe, but pick your banana from the right store. (IANS)

 

 

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Physical Abuse During Childhood May Lead To Heavy Cigarette Use: Study

The researchers used their responses about smoking between the ages of 12 and 18 to identify three patterns of cigarette use

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Adolescent cigarette smoking is a really serious social problem and public health concern. Pixabay

Researchers have found that children who have been abused, mistreated or neglected at home are more likely to start smoking cigarette and other substances.

The study, published in the journal Substance Use & Misuse, showed that physical abuse of children in high-risk homes, especially when they’re toddlers or teens, dramatically increases the odds that their adolescent experimentation with cigarettes will lead to a heavy smoking habit.

For the findings, the study examined data on children who were at high risk for abuse and neglect — either because they had been referred to a child protective service or lived in conditions associated with the likelihood of maltreatment or both. “I wanted to look at different types of maltreatment and whether they have an impact on cigarette smoking,” said study lead author Susan Yoon, Assistant Professor at Ohio State University in the US.

“Adolescent cigarette smoking is a really serious social problem and public health concern. Brain development is not complete until late adolescence or during young adulthood, and cigarette smoking is associated with damage in brain development,” Yoon said.

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“We also know that those who start smoking cigarettes during adolescence are more likely to continue smoking into adulthood,” Yoon added. For the results, the research team used data on 903 adolescents, who were assessed at age 12, 16 and 18.

A breakdown of different types of abuse and neglect experienced by the sample population during three different time periods (early childhood, school age and adolescence) confirmed how vulnerable these kids were.

The researchers used their responses about smoking between the ages of 12 and 18 to identify three patterns of cigarette use: stable low/no use (61 per cent of respondents), gradually increasing use (30 per cent) and sharply increasing cigarette use (nine per cent).

“It was almost shocking how the pattern of cigarette use over time went up so drastically in the sharply increasing use class,” Yoon said.

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Researchers have found that children who have been abused, mistreated or neglected at home are more likely to start smoking cigarettes and other substances. Pixabay

“They were pretty similar to the others at age 12 — almost 80 percent didn’t smoke. At age 16, we saw that almost 60 per cent had used cigarettes more than 20 days in the past year and by 18, every single kid in this group reported heavy use of cigarettes,” Yoon added.

A statistical analysis showed that adolescents who experienced early childhood physical abuse were 2.3 times more likely to be in the sharply increasing cigarette use group compared with the stable no/low group. Physical abuse during adolescence had an even stronger effect — this type of mistreatment at that point in life was linked to 3.7 times higher odds for sharply increased cigarette use. Adolescents who had been neglected during early childhood were 1.89 times more likely to be in the gradually increasing cigarette use group than in the stable no/low use group.

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About 40 per cent of these smokers had reported using cigarettes at age 16, and by age 18, more than 80 per cent were smokers, and about 40 per cent had smoked on more than 20 days in the previous year, the study said. (IANS)