Beat The Heat And Get Healthy With Watermelon!

Beat The Heat And Get Healthy With Watermelon!

 

In the U.S., July is National Watermelon month and the harvest peak for the fruit. Watermelon is a great way to beat the heat and get healthy this summer!

Watermelon seems to be a staple at summer picnics and parties for a great reason. This nutrient dense food full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants make an excellent choice for snacking.

Watermelon is 92% water and full of electrolytes to help prevent dehydration. This is a great choice for when you want to slim down for summer,and have the energy to keep up with all the summer activities! Watermelon is a low calorie option for weight loss and it keeps you feeling full longer.

Watermelon is also very alkaline.If you are looking for an alkaline promoting diet, watermelon is a great addition.

 Watermelon contains Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that has had a lot of buzz in the nutrition world with good reason. In a study men who had the highest levels of lycopene in comparison with those who had the least were 55% less likely to suffer a stroke.

Watermelon is also helpful in keeping the body from a deficiency in potassium and magnesium, which can help lower blood pressure and improve heart health.

Watermelon has a cleansing affect on the body that can help prevent kidney stones. It is also very soothing on the digestive track and may help relieve acid reflux.

Increasing consumption of plant based foods like watermelon decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Watermelon because of its high fiber and water content can also help relieve constipation and promote regular bowel movements.

3 Things That May Surprise You About Watermelon

1. May help men with erectile dysfunction.

2. The rind is edible and contains blood building chlorophyll. Check out this article for many of the health benefits included in eating the rind.

3. The black seeds are edible and contain iron, zinc, protein, and fiber. Check out this article for some of the ways to enjoy the seeds and improve health!

Whether you are looking for a refreshing sweet treat to beat the heat, or have health and weight loss related goals in mind watermelon is a great choice to add to your diet this summer!

What is the one thing in this article that you did not know about Watermelon? Answer by leaving a reply below and if you found this article helpful, share with your peeps!

To Your Health,

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Jenay Green

 

Sources: Mercola.com, Medical News today

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How to improve health with Pumpkin

                                        How to improve health with Pumpkin


If you are looking for a variety of foods to add to your diet to improve health pumpkin is a great addition They are in season and can be used in many different recipes. Pumpkins are rich in a host of vitamins and minerals that contribute to improved health.

Pumpkins are rich in disease fighting antioxidants.  For radiant skin not only can you ad pumpkin to your diet but it can be used as a mask on your face.

Pumpkins contain a high level of vitamin c which is great for helping protect yourself against the cold and flu season. Pumpkins may also play a role in cancer prevention. With the fatty acids that pumpkin seeds contain as well as them being free of saturated fat and cholesterol they are a heart healthy food.

If you are looking for more energy pumpkin may be just what you need.They have more energy fueling potassium than bananas. For athletes after a hard workout they help restore the bodies electrolytes.

Great news for those looking to add some variety of foods to your weight loss arsenal. Pumpkins are very low in calories as well as high in dietary fiber. The high fiber content will keep you feeling full longer, not to mention the host of nutrients your body is receiving to boost health.

Looking to add more protein?  Pumpkin seeds are a concentrated source of protein. Pumpkins are rich in minerals that are important in improving overall health. Pumpkins are also rich in carotenoids which gives them the bright orange hue.. They are also known for improving the health of your eyes.

Pumpkins seeds also contain an amino acid that is important in production of serotonin. Serotonin plays a role in our moods as well as our sleep. If you have better sleep you will be in a better mood anyway, but good sleep is an important element in maintaining overall health.

Ways to add pumpkin to improve Health

1. Energy boosting smoothie
blend pureed pumpkin with a protein powder, coconut milk and chia seeds.

2. Satisfying trail mix
add raw pumpkin seeds to cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds, raisins or dates and a little sea salt.

3. Salad topper
add raw pumpkin seeds to any salad

4.Roasted vegetable medley
add chunks of pumpkin to your favorite vegetables and roast them cover with olive oil and your favorite spices

5.Roasted pumpkin seeds
cover baking sheet with pumpkin seeds sea salt and olive oil

If you have any great recipes or ideas to add pumpkin to your diet please join the conversation and leave a reply below. To your health,

Jenay Green