Bananas are an amazing tropical fruit that should be part of our daily diets for numerous reasons.

They have amazing nutrients that have been scientifically proven to help with depression. They contain tryptophan and phenylalanine, which are essential for the brain to produce serotonin and dopamine transmitters that stimulate physical and mental activity and act as natural antidepressants. Dates, almonds, peanuts, sesame and pumpkin seeds also contain tryptophan. I don’t have more than one a day, and no bananas during detox, they are low water fruits and can be constipating.

I recommend eating a banana before a workout if you need to have something in your stomach. Studies show that just 2 bananas can provide you with enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout and one banana if you work out an hour or less.

The natural sugars, vitamins, and minerals in bananas provide more than just energy, they help keep your electrolytes balanced during your workout. A banana is an athlete’s fruit choice before working out because it has four times the protein and twice the carbs than an apple has. Bananas also have vitamins and minerals.

Save the Nutritious Protein Shake for after the workout, when your muscles need protein to recover from the workout.