Food Fact: Watermelon
Its the beginning of summer and for myself I consider it WATERMELON SEASON!
So here is a reason to add more watermelon to your diet.
Watermelon is extremely alkaline-forming in the body.
What is Alkaline you ask?
Everything you eat and drink has a direct impact on the pH balance of your body. Processed foods, sugar, meats, breads, alcohol and most holiday foods are acidic. Vegetables and other anti-inflammatory foods are alkaline. Alkaline can be used to help restore balance. An ideal pH is more alkaline, registering about 7.0 if you were to test it yourself (using pH strips from our lifestyle department). Since most holiday foods are naturally more acidic, the stress of the season can take it’s toll – leading to illness, excess weight, acne, fatigue and mental fogginess. Here are just a few of the benefits that alkaline food and drinks contribute to good health:
Fewer Colds & Flus – Acidic foods contribute to the growth of unhealthy bacteria and a poor immune system.
Weight Loss – Acidic foods are generally the same ones linked to weight gain when eaten in excess.
Energy – Alkaline foods help your body assimilate food and turn it into lasting fuel for good health.
Clear Skin – Acidic foods create toxic buildup, which can be evidenced in your appearance when your body can’t get rid of them fast enough.
Reduced Risk of Chronic Diseases – Like diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and cancer
To make your pH more Alkaline, try Real Food favorites like collard greens, dandelion greens, broccoli, kale, seaweed, watermelon and wheatgrass.
Watermelon is the lycopene leader among fresh fruits and vegetables. Deep red varieties of watermelon have replaced the tomato as the lycopene king. The red pigment — also found in apricots, pink grapefruit, and papaya — is an important antioxidant. It has been found to be helpful in reducing the risk of prostate, breast, and endometrial cancers, as well as lung and colon cancer. Lycopene’s ability to neutralize singlet oxygen radicals was better than the antioxidant abilities of beta-carotene and vitamin E. (Source: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics in 1989)
Watermelon may have Viagra-like effect. It contains citrulline, which can trigger production of a compound in the body that helps relax the body’s blood vessels, in a way similar to what happens when a man takes Viagra, according to a Texas A&M study.
Watermelon is a diuretic and was a homeopathic treatment for kidney patients before dialysis became widespread.
Watermelon is a very good source of potassium; it helps muscle and nerve function. It can ease inflammation that contributes to conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and arthritis.
Watermelon is a certified heart healthy food by the American Heart Association.
I am so happy to know all the benefits to this favorite summer fruit of mine. Watermelon is often all I have for breakfast and it always amazes me that I feel full for hours afterwards.
It is also true that watermelon is high in sugar, with 10 grams per cup. But think about it, what is a better choice: a candy bar or a nutritious piece of watermelon?
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