A Refreshing Healthy Cool Solution
As the temperatures soar into the 90’s we are all looking for natural healthy, nutritious ways to beat the summer heat and nourish our bodies.
Consuming ample amounts of water is a key component of staying comfortable in the summer. Water keeps us hydrated, a must for preventing dehydration. Many illnesses and diseases can trigger acute dehydration due to increased body temperature and sweating that usually occurs. This is why doctors strongly advise to drink plenty of fluids especially in the summer. Your body uses fluids to expel toxins as well as to keep your system flexible, lubricated and running smoothly.
Some indications of dehydration include chills, thirst, light headedness, fatigue or weakness and loss of appetite. With just a 5% loss in body fluids you can experience, increased heart rate, headaches, decreased sweating, decreased urination and extreme fatigue.
A Natural Source Of Water Is Watermelon
Watermelon is sweet, juicy and provides important nutrients and antioxidants. Nearly 92% of water is present in watermelon.
The following vitamins and minerals present in watermelon are: potassium, sodium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and calcium along with proteins.
At only 45 calories per cup watermelon is a thirst quenching, natural supplier of important wellness nutrients for summer health.
A Hydration Remedy Containing Lycopene
In addition to being a natural remedy for hydration Watermelon is a super fruit containing Lycopene.
Lycopene is a member of the carotenoid family of phytochemicals and is the natural pigment responsible for the deep red color of several fruits.
Lycopene is especially effective at quenching a free radical called singlet oxygen. Singlet oxygen is a highly reactive free radical formed during normal metabolic processes that reacts with polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are major constituents of cell membranes.
- Lycopene is commonly located in cell membranes, and plays an important role in preventing oxidative damage to the membrane lipids, thereby influencing the thickness, strength, and fluidity of the membranes.
- Cell membranes are the gatekeepers of the cell, allowing nutrients in, while preventing toxins from entering and facilitating the removal of cellular garbage. Maintaining the integrity of cell membranes is a therefore key factor in the prevention of disease.
Lycopene may play a role in the prevention and/or treatment of the following health conditions:
- Age-related macular degeneration
- Breast cancer
- Cardiovascular disease
- Cervical cancer
- Exercise-induced asthma
- Lung cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Skin cancer
- Stomach cancer
Foods highest in lycopene include tomatoes, pink grapefruit, watermelon, and guava. Other foods containing small amounts of lycopene include persimmon and apricots.
Public Health Recommendations
To date, no recommended dietary intake levels have been established for carotenoids, including lycopene. However, the National Academy of Sciences supports the recommendations of various health agencies, which encourage individuals to increase their consumption of carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables.