Watermelon is the best water ever! Being from the south, I was raised on this plant. I looked forward to growing this fruit and eating freshly picked, juicy watermelon right in the field.

As a matter of fact, it was almost the only way I would consume water, only I really didn’t know much about its nutritional value as a child. And did I care?  [haha] Not one bit!

I didn’t even make the connection between water and melon until recently. (haha) By the same token, I didn’t know watermelon is about 90% water either, but now we both know putting this on our plates increases levels of hydration.

With that said, the best times to eat this melon is basically anytime, but especially during the summertime when the weather is hot and it’s ripe with minerals and nutrients.

Watermelon Health Benefits

The big, green ball of red fruit has lots of vitamins in it, along with tons of potassium. In addition, watermelon contains lycopene, which is important when it comes to the heart or cardiovascular healthiness.

The latest news is that it’s good for our bones in that it helps to keep our bones and joints lubricated in conjunction with improving blood circulation, but there’s plenty of other healthy profits in eating watermelon.

7Eye Health

As we age, so does our body parts, including the eyes. The ability to see clearly diminishes over time, but consuming large quantities helps us to see better, especially at night. Impressive news, right? Yeah, I thought so, too.

Watermelon is a great alternative to the traditional carrots for eye health, primarily because of the beta-carotene [converts to vitamin A]. You’ll know it’s packed with goodness by the rich, red color of the watermelon.

6Body Fat

Speaking of the body, let’s talk about jiggling belly fat. Some of us call it baby fat, but we’ve long had the baby, so it might be time to get rid of the pouch. Want to know how?

If you guessed by eating more watermelon, give yourself a pat on the back because that’s exactly right.

5Digestive Health

Since the body thrives on water, making watermelon part of your regular diet, will also help smooth bathroom visits. It is not harmful, unlike caffeine and alcoholic beverages and furthermore, it contains fiber.

4The Skin

Great looking skin is no accident and eating watermelon can revive the radiant skin you once had. If you don’t like drinking water, this can be an excellent alternative during the summer season. Find delicious recipes to try on Pinterest if you don’t to burn out on ways to consume it.

3Kidney Disease

Watermelon is known to contain potassium and aid in preventing kidney disorders as it keeps the system flushed and free of toxins. This is great to know in case you’re caring for the elderly or getting on in age yourself.  

2Heat Stroke

Eating this fruit decreases your chances of having a heat stroke as you retain water. It reduces the body’s temperature as well as your blood pressure.

1High Blood Pressure and Diabetes 

In the case you have high blood pressure or diabetes, eat more watermelon! Thanks to the presence of carotenoids, you can stop artery walls from hardening. In addition, Argentine, magnesium and potassium help enhance insulin production.

Watermelon is Simply Good for You

I hope you have learned the many benefits of this fruit.  It tastes great and it’s a favorite in many households of different cultures and social classes, although it’s been stereotyped to be eaten only by Black people.

In reality, there are some Black people who don’t like the taste.  However, I can’t imagine why because it’s juicy and sweet when ripe. You can grow your own just about anywhere you live.

When eaten, it can help reduce high blood pressure and help control diabetes and keep the skin hydrated.  If you know of any other benefits, please add your comments below.  


Sources:

Watermelon: Health Benefits, Risks & Nutrition Facts
http://www.livescience.com/46019-watermelon-nutrition.html
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