Red Hot & Ready!
Fire up those vasodilators with watermelon. That’s right, watermelon is considered natures “Viagra”! It dilates the blood vessels which improves circulation…and summer time fun! It is also a fruit and a vegetable ~ related to cucumbers, squash, and pumpkins!
Also, just like the name says, watermelon it is a great source of WATER! In fact, since watermelon is over 90% water, it is a great “water-content” food to help you stay hydrated on hot days…plus it tastes like candy. But that’s not all, watermelon contains many nutritional benefits, such as:
- Lycopene antioxidant which gives the melon color and its anti-oxidant powers may play a role in reducing the risk of stroke, cancer activity, and tumor growth
- I-citruline amino acid in both the flesh and rind that may reduce muscle aches and pains, improve heart health, and immune system
- Electrolytes to balance hydration and avoid dehydration on hot days
- Chlorophyll in the rind (completely edible) for building blood
- Zinc, iron, protein, and fiber are valuable nutrients offered by black watermelon seed, which you can eat
- Lycopene, cucurbitacin E,and tripterpenoid; anti-inflammatory antioxidants
- And, potassium, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin C, folate, phosphorus, vitamin B6, selenium, choline, calcium, bentaine, and magnesium may also be found in watermelon
- Vitamin A to support healthy hair, skin, and other bodily tissues
You’ll want to pick a watermelon that shows a pale spot on one side. This demonstrates that the melon ripened on the ground. Also, if it feels heavy it’s full of juice… Yummy!
A word of caution:
- Avoid overeating watermelon, it is high in sugar (calories, blood sugar, blood pressure issues).
- It is recommended to eat it alone, without other foods, to prevent tummy upset.
How to eat it:
- Serve it as a desert – sliced or cubed
- Blend the seeds, rind, flesh, and meat with fresh lime and a few ice cubes in the blender to make a wonderful, refreshing drink for summertime or pool time.
- Add cubes of watermelon to your salad with mint sprigs and goat or mozzarella cheese
- Blend and pour into ice cube trays or popsicles for the kids.
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More nutritional information in Part II of Intestinal Health ~ A Practical Guide to Complete Abdominal Comfort www.intestinalhealthbook.com