Watermelon: A Super Summer Fruit

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Watermelon is one of my very favorite summer fruits! I was delighted to find out that watermelon is not only delicious, but has some pretty remarkable health benefits as well. In fact, Watermelon (called “Xi Gua” in Chinese)  has been used for many years in Chinese medicine to restore hydration and beautify the skin. Read on to find out all the amazing ways that this quintessential summer treat can help you feel and look your best.

Refresh

There’s nothing like biting into a juicy chunk of watermelon on a summer day. It’s a cooling, juicy, refreshing snack that is not only delicious, but good for you too. We all need a little help staying hydrated during these summer months, and with over 90% water content, watermelon is an easy treat that can prevent heat stroke and dehydration.

Because of the electrolyte content in watermelon, it also helps the body’s systems stay balanced, especially if you are sweating out in the summer sun. In addition, watermelon is an alkaline food which helps to balance the body’s pH system. Many of the “junk” foods we eat cause our bodies to tend towards the acidic side. Increasing your intake of alkaline foods, like watermelon, can put you back into balance.

Because of it’s hydrating powers and benefits to the skin, watermelon has long been used in Chinese medicine to rejuvenate and beautify the skin. From anti-aging effects, to helping combat acne or dry skin, your afternoon treat might just make you glow from the inside out.

Protect

Watermelon is full of amazing antioxidants like Vitamin C and Lycopene, both of which help to fight free-radicals and prevent cellular damage. This keeps your cells and tissues healthy for longer which slows the aging process and can help protect against degenerative issues. It is also thought that increasing Vitamin C levels can help to reduce the frequency and severity of asthma attacks. This easy treat can keep you cool AND help you breathe easy.

Another way that Vitamin C protects the body is through preventing periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can cause tooth decay, tooth loss, infection, and when left untreated can even cause heart disease. While proper oral hygiene is an important part of preventing these issues, adding in watermelon for the Vitamin C boost will keep you smiling for a long time.

In addition to protection from free-radicals, watermelon is known to increase the body’s amount of the amino acid L-citrulline. Increasing this amino can help to manage metabolism, regulate blood sugar, and therefore help to prevent diabetes.

Recover

Are you feeling sore after a big workout? Lactic acid builds up in the muscles after heavy exercise and can leave you feeling less than fabulous after your run or spin class. The fix? Reach for a cool slice of watermelon. L-Citrulline works wonders again, and is known to help speed up the breakdown of lactic acid in your muscles so you can recover quicker from your tough days.

Heart-Happy

Aside from keeping you hydrated, watermelon is a fabulous way to take care of your heart. It turns out that watermelon is a great source of the antioxidant lycopene. Lycopene, which made tomatoes famous for heart health, is known to help keep cholesterol levels in check and help manage all types of heart issues. There is actually 150% more Lycopene in watermelons that tomatoes! So add in some watermelon and keep watching your diet and staying active to keep your cardiovascular system happy and healthy

Cool Off

Watermelon is an excellent anti-inflammatory food. Not only is it cooling and moistening, but those special aminos, L-Arginine and L-Citrulline, also help to fight off inflammation. Inflammation in the body can cause issues such as pain or digestive trouble, as well as conditions like fibromyalgia or some cancers.

In Chinese medicine, we often use watermelon as a kitchen remedy to cool off inflammatory issues as well. Try a slice or watermelon juice for issues like sore throats, urinary tract inflammation, or heartburn.

In Chinese medicine, we often use watermelon as a kitchen remedy to cool off inflammatory issues as well. Try a slice or watermelon juice for issues like sore throats, urinary tract inflammation, or heartburn.

Digest

If you suffer from digestive troubles or have been trying to lose weight, consider increasing your intake of watermelon. We touched on how watermelon can regular blood-sugar levels, but there’s more digestive power to this super fruit. Watermelon has a high volume of water, along with large amounts of fiber, both of which keep us full and satiated and can prevent overeating. Watermelon also works wonders on the lower digestive tract, helping with constipation and promoting regularity.

Cleanse

With the high water content, great balance of vitamins, amino acids, and electrolytes, it’s no wonder that watermelon can be a great way to detox the body. No juice cleanse needed, though, just add in some watermelon to your daily diet throughout the summer. Juicy watermelon (and it’s calcium and potassium content) will aid the kidneys in their detoxifying process and keep them at their best.

Enjoy

Don’t get me wrong, I love a perfect wedge of watermelon, plain and simple. But if you’re looking for a little something new, check out these yummy summer recipes that put a twist on ways you can incorporate this yummy, healthy fruit.

With a hot, active summer ahead of us, now is the time to start rolling out these recipes for your family picnics or afternoon snack. Watermelon has so many fabulous benefits, there’s no reason not to take advantage of the abundance of this super fruit in summer. Lay back, grab a slice, and soak up the sun!

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