I have recently been diagnosed with OsteoArthritis. I have been on so many different medications it took a toll on me big time. I knew there had to be a better way and I found that my diet plays a huge part in slowing down the degenerative disease. So this blog is to help others understand the true value of power foods and how they can help you feel and look better. We will discuss the many power foods and I also will add some of my own recipes and others that I have used.
WOW couldn't believe my eyes 5lbs off the scale in one day!! I know it mostly water but that goes to show just how much water our bodies can hold! I made it throught the day and I did get a headache last night I think mostly because I shocked my system once again lol. I feel great this morning! Woke up refreshed had me a glass of pure watermelon heaven. Some people I have talked to about juicing say they can't get over the gross taste of juicing. I had to question what they were juicing...lol I have made some amazing juices and yes some were yucky, but I wont repeat the yucky ones lol. Its a matter of what you like. I do like the wheatgrass but only when i make it in my blender not the juicer. It seams to not juice well so instead I found a youtube video showed how you can juice your wheatgrass in a blender and add lime and spinach. Well, today is start of day 2 and I look forward to feeling energetic once again!
1 quart size of watermelon
Watermelon is a natural source of most powerful antioxidants provided by nature. It is a good source of the antioxidant vitamins C and A to protect us from diseases. It reduces the risk of dehydration.
Summer and watermelon are inseparable. Watermelons are found almost everywhere in the world. Although we can find watermelons in our markets throughout the year, the season for watermelon is the summer when they are sweet and of the best quality. No other fruit can we find so crunchy and thirst quenching like watermelon.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF WATERMELON
The health benefits of watermelon are really great. No matter how it is sliced, it is packed with some of the most important antioxidants found in nature.
It is an excellent source of vitamin C and a very good source of vitamin A, particularly through its concentration of beta-carotene.
The beautiful red watermelon is also a source of the potent carotene antioxidant which is called lycopene. These antioxidants travel throughout the body neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals are substances in the body that can cause much damage to us. They are able to oxidize cholesterol, making it stick to blood vessel walls and thicken them which can lead to hearty attack or stroke. The lycopene which gives fruits the attractive red color that we find in watermelon can help reduce the risks of prostate cancer.
It is a surprising fact that watermelon is the only fruit that contains higher concentrations of lycopene than any other fresh fruit or vegetable.
Watermelon is a fruit that is rich in electrolytes sodium and potassium that we lose through our perspiration.
Watermelon is rich in the B vitamins necessary for energy production. Food experts recommend watermelon as a very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of vitamin B1 and magnesium. Because of its higher water content approximately ninety percent and calorie value it is ranked more valuable than other fruits.
Watermelon has a special cooling effect and is exceptionally high in citrulline, an amino acid that our bodies use to make another amino acid, arginine, which is used in the urea cycle to remove ammonia from the body.
The antioxidants help reducing the severity of asthma. It also reduces the risk of colon cancer, asthma, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and prostate cancer.
Watermelon is a good source of thiamin, potassium and magnesium which protect our body from so many diseases.
Watermelon is fat free but helps energy production. It protects against macular degeneration.
When the heat of summer tires us with thirst, eating watermelon is a safe alternative to taking energy drinks. Since it contains high water quantity it can hydrates us whereas other drinks are caffeine filled energy drinks which can easily dehydrate us. Nothing can be more satisfactory on a hot, dusty day than a crisp, juicy slice of watermelon!