5 types of food that are good at improving health status (Part 2)

3. Eating bananas prevents diarrhea

Bananas contain pectin – a soluble fiber, combined with fluid in the intestines that will help regulate bowel movement and prevent diarrhea.

Bananas also contain minerals that act as electrolytes to help restore the electrolyte balance in the body due to dehydration when vomiting and diarrhea occur. In addition, bananas are a great food to provide instant energy, which helps reduce fatigue caused by diarrhea.

A 2001 study published in the journal Gastroenterology found that green bananas and the pectin fiber in bananas are very helpful in controlling diarrhea in Bangladeshi children when suffering from constant diarrhea.

4. Broccoli prevents cancer

According to the National Cancer Institute, cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. In 2012, there were 14 million new cases and 8.2 million deaths from cancer worldwide. It is also estimated that the number of new cancers will increase to 22 million within the next 2 decades.

Looking at this alarming figure, taking the necessary steps to reduce the risk of cancer becomes more important. Diet plays an important role in preventing cancer.

When it comes to dieting, remember to add broccoli to your daily meals. The glucosinolates in broccoli are broken down to create bioactive compounds such as indoles, nitrile, thiocyanate and isothiocyanate. These compounds brisketcuring the growth of cancer in several organs such as the bladder, breast, colon, liver, lung and stomach.

Broccoli is also full of antioxidants that help cleanse free radicals, toxins and other carcinogens from the body.

A 2011 study conducted at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University concluded that the sulforaphane in broccoli helps prevent cancer.

A 2016 study by the University of Illinois College of Agriculture, Environment, and Environment found that adding broccoli in the diet can also protect against liver cancer as well as help fight off the development of fatty liver or fat-free liver.

To protect yourself from cancer, eat broccoli 2-3 times per week.