Wellness Weekly’s 5 Wonderous Facts You Don’t Know About Watermelon

Happy long weekend readers!

 As Mark Twain once said,

“When one has tasted [watermelon], he knows what the angels eat,”

and I could not agree more. With extreme heat this week, we can be extremely thankful for fresh, hydrating fruits that satisfy both our hunger and thirst in one juicy bite.

This summer I’ve eaten my weight in melons but the past month I attribute full responsibility to my family gatherings and yoga classes for indulging my addiction. Sweet, refreshing and so juicy that our counter top looks as though I’ve murdered a rain cloud, the watermelon is a seasonal family favourite.

 

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A quick Holistic Life Hack for these hot summer days;

  • Refrain from concentrated starches and an excess of heavy animal proteins. Why? Both of these lack natural water content and therefore, use more water to metabolize than is being replenished leaving you feeling thirsty after your meal. This is troublesome considering our goal to refrain from drinking until 40-60 minutes after eating for optimal digestion.
  • The perfect fix: Stick predominantly to fruits and veggies naturally high in water to hydrate you while you eat! This being yet another bonus of a plant-based diet!

 

Of course we know that watermelon is 92% water after this blog; https://lifeofeden.com/2014/08/27/holistic-life-hack-7-in-season-foods-to-eat-yourself-hydrated/ , and we all know it’s an “eat alone or leave alone” after this one; https://lifeofeden.com/2013/10/06/when-fruit-becomes-toxic-the-one-time-to-never-eat-fruit/ , but to have a little fun this morning, these are five wonderous facts you DIDN’T know about this seasonal summer melon.

1) It’s not a fruit! 

  • Not 100% anyway. In fact, watermelons are both fruit and vegetable; a natural, non-GMO hybrid of sorts. It’s related to cucumber, pumpkin and squash of the Cucurbitaceae family which all grow in much the same way. You can observe this in my grandparent’s garden as their fall pumpkin patch makes way for small but flavourful melons come summer.

2) You can skip the composter

  • Both black watermelon seeds and rind are edible! Everyone laughs at the way I strategically eat melon. Much like you do your dinner plate, always saving the best for last, the middle of the melon is by far the most flavourful and so I craftily work my way backwards: from white rind up! Not only are you saving yourself the trip to your composter, you’re also reaping all the nutritional benefits possible!
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3) Beyond a post yoga bribe

  • After a hot and sweaty class, with sore thighs from warrior two and a steady yoga flow in the backyard, watermelon has played a vital role in refreshing my students after class in a bribe to keep them coming back 😉 But the benefits extend beyond the bribe!
  • Watermelon is a natural cleanser and diuretic to keep excess bloating and summer swelling at bay when the heat causes us to retain water. The fibre will also help bind to toxins to excrete it from the body along with the water that flushes toxins from our system. The ultimate yogic detoxifier!

4) Has more lycopene than raw tomatoes!

  • While most associated with vibrant, red tomatoes, watermelon is a more concentrated source of this antioxidant. It is known for its ability to protect you against free radicals, cancer, cardiovascular diseases and DNA damage. It is also lycopene we have to thank for the bright pink and red colourings of many of our fruits and vegetables.

5) Reduced muscle pains

  • L-citrulline, an amino acid present in watermelon, has been shown to protect against muscle pain. The effects have been studied by juicing the melon, but I do not generally recommend this as stripping the fibre will rapidly spike your blood sugar from the high fructose content. Instead? Enjoy these benefits from consuming watermelon in its whole, natural state as nature intended.
This Wellness Weekly, take a cue from the return of our summer heat and make watermelon your ultimate companion this long weekend. Indulging in this quick, refreshing and extremely hydrating summer melon is all the Monday motivation we need to run off to our local patch and grab a juicy one!
Taking a refreshing slice of our long weekend,
Suzanne Eden

Holistic Life Hack : 7 In Season Foods to Eat Yourself Hydrated!

Water is the essence of life. How long can we survive without it? A mere 3-5 days! It is vital to every organ, every cell, every function of our bodies. You know how essential water is, but are you getting your recommended 8-10 glasses of water a day?

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~ Big Hard Sun ~

In the sweltering heat of summer, we never seem to get enough water. In fact, studies show that we can lose up to 1.5L of water through sweat alone in intense heat. This is why 8-10 glasses in summer may not suffice some days, especially if you’re active….
ACTIVE-ist month: the combination of summer’s heat and outdoor activity level may leave you sweating much of the water out of your system and in need of proper replenishment. In this case, water needs will increase. Water should be consumed in abundance before your workout to sustain hydration levels, during long or intense workouts and after a workout, for adequate replenishment. It is critical to note that electrolyte balance is essential to getting this water into your cells. When we sweat, we displace this delicate electrolyte balance. During a sweaty workout and afterwards, we should be drinking the electrolyte elixir (a junk free energy drink to be featured this Friday! Stay tuned). After this, our cells are prepped and thirsty and ready to soak in all the refreshing water.
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As if it wasn’t enough to fit in 8-10 glasses of water into our day, we should not be drinking within 30 minutes of eating and should wait another hour after our meal. So when are we supposed to drink?! Well there’s a sneaky trick and with that, here comes your holistic life hack: hump day edition: Here’s how to EAT yourself hydrated with the season!
Water, Water, Everywhere: 
1) watermelon! 
  • Take a juicy slice of this 92% water summer superfood while it remains in season, but just remember the rule of thumb for melons: eat alone or leave alone.
2) Cucumber 
  • 96% water
3) Tomatoes 
  • About 93% water
4) cantaloupe 
  • 90% water
5) Peaches! 
  • 88% water
6) Apricots 
  • 86% water
7) plums 
  • 85% water

What you’re left with is no excuse not to be hydrated this summer. These local foods are my breakfast fruit bowl staples. I think by the pictures it’s easy to tell which fruit may just be my favourite…  They are all light foods, easily digestible, have natural sugars for a burst of energy while coupled with fibre to balance blood sugar, are alkalinizing, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory and of course, super packed with water! But hurry: while supplies last.

Biting into this seasons hydration,

Suzanne Eden