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Watermelon.6.16

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

 

About the Author : Mardell HillMardell has over 17 years of experience in cleansing and has operated Clear Health since 2005. “Colonic enemas are a detoxification opportunity for people seeking alternatives to laxatives and creating better bowel movement. Colon cleansing may be the most important step you take to establishing and maintaining optimum health.” –Mardell, certified colonic enema assistant.View all posts by Mardell Hill

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