Watermelon

Summer and watermelon are inseparable. Watermelons are found almost everywhere in the world. Although we can find watermelons in our markets throughout the year, the season for watermelon is the summer when they are sweet and of the best quality. No other fruit can we find so crunchy and thirst quenching like watermelon.

Watermelon, Madhupriya Rai, Health tips of the day - Watermelon fruit

Some health benefits of watermelon:

  • The health benefits of watermelon are really great. No matter how it is sliced, it is packed with some of the most important antioxidants found in nature.
  • It is an excellent source of vitamin C and a very good source of vitamin A, particularly through its concentration of beta-carotene.
  • The beautiful red watermelon is also a source of the potent carotene antioxidant which is called lycopene. These antioxidants travel throughout the body neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals are substances in the body that can cause much damage to us. They are able to oxidize cholesterol, making it stick to blood vessel walls and thicken them which can lead to heart attack or stroke. The lycopene which gives fruits the attractive red color that we find in watermelon can help reduce the risks of prostate cancer.
  • It is a surprising fact that watermelon is the only fruit that contains higher concentrations of lycopene than any other fresh fruit or vegetable.
  • Watermelon is a fruit that is rich in electrolytes sodium and potassium that we lose through our perspiration.
  • Watermelon is rich in the B vitamins necessary for energy production. Food experts recommend watermelon as a very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of vitamin B1 and magnesium. Because of its higher water content approximately ninety percent and calorie value it is ranked more valuable than other fruits.
  • Watermelon has a special cooling effect and is exceptionally high in citrulline, an amino acid that our bodies use to make another amino acid, which is used in the urea cycle to remove ammonia from the body.
  • The antioxidants help reducing the severity of asthma. It also reduces the risk of colon cancer, asthma, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and prostate cancer.
  • Watermelon is a good source of thiamin, potassium and magnesium which protect our body from so many diseases.
  • Watermelon is fat free but helps energy production. It protects against macular degeneration.

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When the heat of summer tires us with thirst, eating watermelon is a safe alternative to taking energy drinks. Since it contains high water quantity it can hydrates us whereas other drinks are caffeine filled energy drinks which can easily dehydrate us. Nothing can be more satisfactory on a hot, dusty day than a crisp, juicy slice of watermelon!

Watermelon, Madhupriya Rai, Health tips of the day - Watermelon fruit

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Cucumber

Cucumber is a fruit that comes from the same family as pumpkin and zucchini. It has a dark green rind and white succulent flesh. There are 2 types of cucumbers; the pickling variety and the slicing variety. The pickling variety is relatively much smaller in size.

Cucumber is best known natural diuretic, secreting and promoting the flow of urine. Helps in kidney, urinary bladder, Liver and Pancreatic diseases.  

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 The potassium content of cucumber makes it highly useful for conditions of high and low blood pressure.

Cucumber contains erepsin, the enzyme that helps to digest protein.

The high silicon and sulphur content of the cucumber is said to promote the growth of hair, especially when the juice of the cucumber is consumed along with the juice of carrot, lettuce and spinach.

A mixture of cucumber juice with carrot juice is said to be beneficial for rheumatic conditions resulting from excessive uric acid in the body.

Cucumber juice is also helpful in curing diseases of the teeth, gums, especially in cases of pyorrhea.

The high mineral content of this vegetable also helps to prevent splitting of nails of the fingers and toes.
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Get Healthy Glowing Skin, Stay Hydrated

One of the best ways to nourish your skin is to drink plenty of water. Water assists the body with it’s natural elimination process by flushing unwanted toxins out.

Did you know? Crankiness and irritability are some of the first signs that a person is dehydrated. A good thing to tell your sweety next time either one of you gets a little crabby. or better yet, say nothing and just give ‘em a little agua.

Keep a never-ending supply of water at your desk at work or wherever you spend most of your time. I like to mix things up with a little sparkling water or a slice of lemon or orange or cucumber on days that I want to pamper myself.

For a little added pampering at work, try a hydrating mist.
My secret weapon that I keep stored in my desk drawer is Hydrating Mist.

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For travel, since I rarely check a bag, here’s something small enough to fit into my little zip lock bag.

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