Wednesday, December 11, 2013

the health benefits of WATERMELON

Gorgeous, luscious and delicious – the watermelon is a summer staple here in our home, so refreshing and cooling on a hot day. There is not much that gives you more satisfaction on a hot, dusty summer afternoon than a crisp, juicy slice of pink watermelon.

+ Watermelon is rich in electrolytes {sodium and potassium} that we lose through sweat.

+ Watermelon consists of 93% water fruit, is very filling, has very few kilojoules and above all is very nourishing. It's a multi-vitamin fruit and contains vitamins A, B6 and C to potassium and iron, which will boost your health.  Dieticians advise that we should begin the morning with diced watermelon as it cleanses the body + taken with breakfast, it helps to protect you from the heat.

+ Watermelon is also recommended to be taken in the evenings which are filled with physical activity.

+  Watermelons are great antioxidants that help you fight free radicals.

+ Watermelon contains higher concentrations of lycopene (15-20 mg per two-cup serving) than any other fresh fruit or vegetable. Preliminary research shows that consuming foods containing lycopene are associated with a decreased risk of prostrate and cervical cancer.

+ Watermelon juice protects the skin from the sun. It also clears the skin leaving it free from blemishes, fresh and lovely. Grate a watermelon, squeeze out the juice and apply on the face for 15 minutes. Wash with hot water and then splash on cold water. Your face will feel fresh and clean.

+ The fibre content in watermelon ensures toxins are scrubbed out of your system leaving your skin healthy and glowing. Mixed with a pinch of gram flour the pulp makes for an excellent scrub. 

 + Watermelon pulp also makes for an excellent 10 minute pack, re-hydrating and exfoliating the skin, leaving it toned and glowing.

+ Try rubbing watermelon juice frozen into ice cubes with crushed mint leaves, over your face to help close your pores.

On the weekend I had the most delicious watermelon salad. Recipe to follow.......

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