Just in time for summer another recipe from Kimberly Knox, NES Health’s Bioenergetic Cook and Health Coach.
We are experiencing the heat of summer throughout most of the Northern Hemisphere and although we celebrate National Heart month in the United States throughout February, the summer solstice starts the season of the Heart in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Along with the electrical functioning of the heart, we consider foods that support and nourish optimal circulation and vascular health.
There is one traditional food of summer that springs joyful memories of childhood. This fun, colorful food is terrific for supporting both the heart function and circulatory system. Yes, you guessed it! It’s the juicy, sweet, and hydrating Watermelon! This is one of the best replacements for the over-sugared sports drinks, and is my favorite replenisher after exercising.
Watermelon has significant amounts of Antioxidants, Amino Acids, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Magnesium, and a healthy amount of Potassium. These are vital electrolytes most people are deficient in. Potassium is especially helpful in cleaning out toxic deposits in the kidneys and reducing concentration of uric acid in the blood. Watermelons are 92% water, making it excellent for hydration and preventing heat stroke on hot days.
Watermelon is loaded with the amino acid l-citrulline which gets converted ultimately into nitric oxide, a natural vasodilator. This amino acid is absorbed quickly by the body and efficiently aids in optimal blood flow.
Watermelons have an impressive amount of the antioxidant, lycopene, which has been linked to heart health and cancer prevention (prostate, breast, colon, and lung cancers) and offers great protection for eyes from macular degeneration.
HERE’S A TIP: When selecting a watermelon at the store, big or small, it should be heavy for its size and when you tap the bottom, it should sound hollow, not dull.