Summertime means cookouts and the best summer treat that we all wait for…watermelon! Aside from being sweet and refreshing, watermelon has a host of benefits that your body will love. First, watermelon helps you stay hydrated. On hot summer days, this is a great way to be sure you are getting the fluids you need and be sure that your kids are staying properly hydrated! Watermelon lives up to its name by consisting of 92% water.
The nutrients of watermelon are incredible, especially when you consider how low in calories this incredible fruit is. One cup of watermelon is high in vitamins C and A, potassium, magnesium, and Vitamins B1, B5, and B6. It is also high in carotenoids, beta-carotene and lycopene. Research has also found that the compounds in watermelon have anti-cancer effects on the body.
Watermelon helps to lower inflammation and may help with oxidative stress. Inflammation is linked to many chronic diseases, and the vitamin C and lycopene are responsible for the inflammatory effects on your body. Plus, being high in potassium and magnesium, along with citrulline (an amino acid) may also help reduce the pain associated with sore muscles.
Your skin and hair will thank you. Vitamin C helps your body generate collagen while vitamin A helps your body repair skin cells. The water and the high fiber content also add to the clear skin you will enjoy. The fiber keeps your digestive tract clean while the water helps to keep everything moving smoothly.
This incredible fruit is great for you and fun to eat. To help make this a fun summer treat, here is one of our favorite family recipes here at Pinto Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, your favorite Chiropractor in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Dice your watermelon and place it in the freezer overnight. It works best if you place it on a flat surface (like a cookie sheet) and cover. Then, drop your frozen watermelon cubes into a food processor, add your lime juice, and blend until it turns into a smooth sorbet.
Grab a spoon and enjoy! (oh wait! …you can dish it into a bowl first…but that is if you can wait!)
Drs. Anne & Bob
Robert and Anne Pinto started their journey on July 17th, 1989 when they first opened their practice.