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Bananas are a significant source of magnesium and potassium. Below are the many health benefits associated with consuming the daily recommended amount of potassium and magnesium.
- Magnesium is responsible for bone health, muscle/nerve function, blood glucose levels, immunity, and production of energy and protein. Magnesium helps to relax the muscles by moving calcium, which excites skeletal muscle, out of muscles and into the bloodstream where it can be used somewhere else, according to The Sleep Solution.
- Potassium is used by the body to process/use proteins, metabolize carbohydrates into energy, maintain body growth, control acid-base balance, and control electrical activity of the heart. According to The Livestrong Foundation, hypokalemia (low levels of blood potassium) may be linked to inadequate sleep patterns. Low levels of potassium are evidenced by an irregular heart rate, muscle spasms, and extreme fatigue. All of which may interrupt sleeping patterns.
A tea prepared of only two/three ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen will do wonders for your body!
Making banana tea is very simple.
- 1 Raw Banana (organic is better because it’s free of harmful pesticides)
- 1 Small Pot of Water
- 1 Sprinkle of Cinnamon (optional)
Bring the pot of water to a boil. Submerge the (peeled) banana in the water, and allow the water to boil again. Pour the water through a strainer, into a mug to drink from. This is to be drank approximately one hour before bed. The cinnamon may be sprinkled on for flavor. Dr. Oz recommends eating the banana and its peel, although it is not required.
Please keep in mind that it is currently NOT recommended to take potassium or magnesium supplements (oral tablets) before speaking with your primary care physician. Symptoms of potassium or magnesium overdose include chest pain, dizziness, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, and pale skin. The recommended daily dosages are found in a normal diet consisting of a normal amount of fruits and vegetables.