Watermelon: An Antioxidant Powerhouse
Hello there, Beautiful People!
You are here because you want to beautify yourself from the inside out, manage a healthy weight, and protect your body from premature aging and chronic disease, through eating a diet superbly high in color & nutrients, right?
I want you to both look and feel your best. It's hard to achieve this without lots of colorful foods in your diet. Having said that, let's talk about one of my absolute favorite food categories: FRUIT. Today's spotlight is on watermelon. Just take a look at the natural, beautiful red pigmentation in the picture above. This alone tells you how excellent watermelon is for your skin.
I often hear the question, "Doesn't watermelon have too much sugar? Won't it make me gain weight?" Drives me nuts, because as with all fresh or frozen fruit, the answer is a resounding NO. It's quite the contrary. Not only does watermelon keep you full and actually aid in weight loss, it promotes glowing skin, and can play a role in cancer prevention. It's rich in that famous phytonutrient called "Lycopene." Read on.
Here are some of watermelon's top health benefits:
- Fiber. Watermelon is packed with this belly-filling plant-material that helps you stop eating. Thus, increasing watermelon intake increases your fiber intake, which helps you eat less throughout the course of the day. A bonus here is that eating naturally-sweet watermelon as a snack will curb cravings from nutritionally-void / energy-dense foods! Mmhmm...now we're talking.
- Water. Watermelon is full of...you guessed it - water! This is yet another reason this fruit helps you lose weight. The more your stomach fills up with water, the less you eat, overall. The end result is your belly gets full faster and you lose weight. Oh, and the more you keep on top of your hydration, the firmer and less-wrinkly your beautiful skin appears. Have I convinced you to eat this gorgeous fruit yet? Don't worry, I have a few more points below!
- Lycopene. This protective phytonutrient gives watermelon its' gorgeous red color. It is part of the carotenoid family. It helps protect against prostate, lung, and stomach cancer.
- Vitamins & Minerals: Watermelon provides your precious body with B-Vitamins such as B1 (Thiamine) and B6 (Pyridoxine). It also provides minerals that promote healthy blood pressure, such as potassium and magnesium. If you have hypertension (high blood pressure) - what are you waiting for? Start eating!
- DOMS allevation: For those who love working out, DOMS can hinder your workout progress. Personally, I know what a pain in the butt it is to have sore muscles from a workout. Literally, though - I love resistance bands, so my glutes and hamstrings are almost always afflicted with this post-workout soreness.
DOMS stands for "delayed onset muscle soreness," and it usually occurs the day after a rather intense workout session. Watermelon and watermelon juice (the latter is delicious) can alleviate the pain associated with the micro-tears that cause inflammation and subsequent pain after workouts. My recommendation is to make a watermelon-based, protein smoothie after a hard workout. Who needs harsh anti-inflammatory drugs when you can drink a watermelon smoothie?
Until next time...