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THE TIMES, AUGUST 8, 2019 PAGE 8 ananas overall By PROF. RANDOLPH HOWES M.D PhD (EDITOR'S NOTE: Longtime medical columnist for The Times, the author is an accomphshed surgeon, medical inventor, and Country music recording artist. Dr. Howes grew up on his parents' Ponchatoula straw- berry farm. He is a graduate of St: Joseph, Ponchatoula High School, Southeastern, Tulane - two doctorates, followed by a residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in plastic surgery. He says he is "retired" now in Kentwood. The doctor's column appears on facebook.com/theponchatou- latimes and on facebook.com]theindependencetimes. We all enjoy a good banana but what are its effects on health? Bananas may help a person reduce bloating, control their appetite, and replace processed sugars. Bananas are an excellent source of fiber. A medi- um banana contains 3.07 grams (g) of fiber, and the recommended daily intake for adults is 25g for those on a 2,000-calorie diet. Fortunately, studies show that there is a link be- tween higher fiber intake and lower body weights. This nutrient may also help reduce and stabilize blood sugar levels. Fiber can help people ,feel full for longer, which may re- duce the total number of calories that they eat. The body takes a long time to digest certain types of fi- ber, allowing it to regulate food intake better. Research studies looked at: the effects of dietary fiber on appetite in 100 overweight but otherwise healthy adults. The results showed that an increase in dietary fiber reduced feelings of hunger, as well as how many calories the participants consumed. Fiber may also help low- er cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart and artery disease. Unripe Dr. Howes green bananas contain re- sistant starch. Resistant starch is a carbohydrate that does not break down easily in the small intes- tine. Instead, it passes through to the large in- testine, which means that it does not increase blood sugar levels. Studies suggest that re- sistant starch could also help improve insulin sen- sitivity. The benefits that it provides for gut health can help with constipation and reduce the risk of co- lon cancer. Usually we associate ba- nanas with their high po- tassium content, but they contain plenty of nutrients that are important for the slum, which is about 8% body. The recommended of the recommended daily daffy intake of potassium intake. Magnesium is es- is 2,600 milligrams (mg) sential for energy produc- for adult females and tion, nervous system func- 3,400 for males. A medium tion, and the regulation of banana contains 422 mg of blood pressure and blood potassium, which equates sugar levels. to about 12% of the recom- Bananas are also a great mended daily intake, source of energy when ex- Potassium helps regu- ercising. The results of a late the levels of sodium 2012 study showed that inthe body, which can eating a ripe banana dur- lower blood pressure and ing exercise had a similar help prevent heart disease effect on endurance as a and stroke. It is also vital carbohydrate drink. for kidney health and can In the America that reduce the risk of kidney I love, bananas are a stones, healthful addition to a bal- Bananas are also a anced diet, as they provide good source of magne- a range of vital nutrients slum. A medium banana and are a good source of contains32 mg of magne- fiber. So, enjoy! FROM PAGE ONE "Swagger Like Jagger," though to tell the truth, all the cuts are first class, like we have come to expect from James Bass. Clan McMahon is spread from patagonia in Ar- gentina where sisters Anna and Bliss are doubtless wowing the gauchos, to the Smokies where Patrick is probably teaching his wee sister Clare how to horse- back ride in the spirit of their Daddy Brendan, who is along for the saddle time, this time hopefully riding atop the beast. Representing the champion Irish golfer in their clan, LeAnn Lowry is busy shipping home photos of Jamaica. Here's hoping your gang is also having the end of summer fun. The real Irish mayor, Rhonda Sheri- dan is out of sick bed and back running things at City Hall, holding a seat for Thomas Kuhn and super sweet Melissa Gueldner, and all the other freshman contenders. Now if we can just round up the Wildes, Woods, Allens (Hey Cathy, there is still time to throw your bonnet in the circle) and the other ones who re- ally deserve to be there, like my favorite Indian Billie Jo Laird, foxy Fallon Schilling, and any of the Austins (Robin being my first pick, or dare we dream, Con- nie Kittok the great artist). We have the best and the brightest in our Ponchatoula phonebook, so why not on our Ponchatoula City Council? Think about it. Dear citizens, consider it. This is the week to qualify. If not you, then who? rl i i i THE TERRY ANN McMAHON MEMORIAL LABYRINTH AT ROSARYVIL LE Labyri nths have existed for over 2,000 year . Be a part of this additinn In our community by donating tD help build the Terry" .Ann McMahon Memorial Labyrinth. Thi labyrinth path will be ta|ncM g een on a 60'X60' cortvrete lab requhing little upkeep, Open to the public at no charge. P, great attraction for Rosaryvi|te and l'angipahoa I)arish. Send your donatinn or stop by Rc saryville's gift shop for .tome labyrinth charm jewelry. Attn: Labyrinth Ftltld 39003 Rosaryvillo Rd, Ponchatoula, LA 70454 The Krewe of Erin h lpn the project in honor of Terry Ann blcMahon, co-founder of the Krr'wr' of Erin and grcady missed community advocate. [] 0 [] FAMILY FEATURES ApS kids head back to school, it's important to provide them with the necessary resources to succeed. As a parent, you can take steps to ut your kids on the path toward a successful school year. To help your children put the best foot forward, consider these suggestions from The Salvation Army, which operates hundreds of low-cost after-school programs for kids of all ages in low-income neighborhoods across the country and understands the importance of setting children up for success all year, Get back into a routine. During the summer months, family routines tend to slide, especially morning rituals and bedtime habits. A few weeks before school starts, begin transitioning your way back to a normal school schedule. A gentle progression toward earlier bed and wake-up times is easier on kids physically and mentally. Try adjusting by I5 minutes each day until you reach the optimal schedule for your family. Remember that routines aren't just about the clock, though. If there are certain steps that are part of the school year routine, such as packing lunches and laying out clothes for the next day before bed, make those part of your transition plan, too. Set a good example. Kids learn important behavioral lessoffs by watching the adults in their lives. The back-to-school season provides many opportunities to demonstrate compassion and social responsibility. For example, giving back to an organization like The Salvation Army helps provide funding for programs that support the educational needs of children who otherwise may not have access to the same resources. Research resources for homework help. Discovering your child is struggling in school can be overwhelming. You'll want to be able to pull in help as quickly as possible, so it's a good idea to research resources in your area that can help provide support outside the classroom. Your school likely has some options available, but it's a good idea to also look into tutoring programs and other community services that encourage literacy and study skills as well as provide one-on- one assistance with homework and school assignments. Get organized. The first few weeks of school typically bring plenty of change and adjustment. You can help manage the stress by creating some structure. Use a wall calendar to keep track of school start and dismissal times, bus pick-up and drop-off times, after school activities and other appointments. Review lunch menus and plan ahead so you're not finding out at bedtime that you need to pack a home lunch in the morning. Stock up on breakfast foods and make time to catch up on laun- dry before school begins so hunger and wayward socks don't derail your mornings. Explore extra-curricular programs. With the new school year comes numerous ways to enrich your kids' social and cognitive development. Extra-curricular activities let kids continue practicing skills even after the school bell rings, but in a fun environment so they may not even realize they're still learning and cultivating healthy, safe relationships with friends. In addition to sports and clubs, a wide array of music and art education activities may be available that focus on everything from choir, band and dancing to drawing, writing and acting. Set goals. Begin the school year by encouraging your children to take owner- ship and pride in their learning. Talk about goals like reading a certain number of books each month or earning grades that reflect their highest potential. Get kids motivated by designing goal boards or charts that can serve as daily reminders and track their progress. For larger goals, consider setting milestones so they can celebrate progress along the way and stay motivated for a big finish. Learn more about educational and giving opportunities in your community at SalvationArmyUSA.org. Times Internet Edition -- www.ponchatoula.com/)times E-Maih editor@ponchatoula.com or timesofindependence@gmail.com l