Going Bananas

There is no good health without good mental health.

Anxiety, depression and stress are pretty common conditions especially in today’s fast paced world.

It’s hard to slow down and appreciate the little things like birds chirping, pretty flowers and the beautiful buzzing of bees when you’re worried about your job, money, illness and/or body issues.

It’s really hard.

Fortunately for us sad sacks just trying to cope there are minor adjustments that can be made to help the sun shine a little brighter.

Bananas contain tryptophan.

What’s tryptophan?

Tryptophan is a natural amino acid that is a component of most proteins.

But why is tryptophan important?

Tryptophan Your body needs tryptophan to produce serotonin, that oh-so-wonderful happy hormone.

Current studies indicate that low levels of tryptophan may be the cause of common mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.

An easy way to incorporate tryptophan into the duet is to eat bananas.

Bananas are super.

It’s as simple as that.

You can eat them whole.

You can cut them up into your cereal.

You can make smoothies or nice cream.

Or you can make vegan pancakes which is what I do.

Just try adding bananas to your diet or supplementing with tryptophan itself.

While you’re at it, add some dark leafy greens, some whole grains and a few glasses of water to balance things out.

Here’s a recipe for chocolate banana nice cream because . . . why not?

 

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