Watermelon: Summer’s Super Fruit + Health Tips You Didn’t Know

Ayurveda advises fruit consumption in accordance with season and climate. Seasonal fruits always aid in easy digestion and assimilation. They immediately turn into rasa (nutritional fluid) — the first of the seven body tissues. Seasonal fruits also help in improving ojas.

Watermelon: Nutritional facts

Watermelon is water soaked with nutrients. It’s rich in vitamin A, B6 and C. It’s fat free and has high lycopene levels which trigger healthy reactions in the human body. It has antioxidants and amino acids as well.

What Makes Watermelon A Super Fruit For Summer?

The juicy pulp of this fruit cools the body, quenches thirst and satiates taste buds. The Pitta levels in the body will be reduced by the beta carotene of watermelon. This makes it a summer fruit according to Ayurveda. It’s perfect for the hot Pitta season of summer.

How Best To Eat Watermelon

Make sure not to combine watermelon with other foods or even fruits. Melons are generally easily digestible, and therefore once you combine them with other food the digestion process becomes slower. This results in fermentation of the melon inside the stomach causing gas and other digestive issues. It’s a good idea to have it as snack between meals or as a smoothie in the morning hours.

Summer Care With Watermelon

Watermelon Electrolyte Drink

In summer drink a glass of watermelon juice daily with a dash of salt and mint leaves. This quenches thirst and replenishes water and salt lost through sweat, helping to maintain water electrolyte balance.

Watermelon Weight Loss Bowl

Eat a bowl full of watermelon pulp before breakfast and lunch. The fiber content of this fruit fills the stomach and satiates hunger signals. The consumption of watermelon as part of your regular summertime diet reduces fat and helps with weight loss.

Watermelon Splash Face Cleanser

Apply watermelon juice over the face and leaving it for 15 minutes daily. This helps prevent acne and is a good skin cleanser.

So next time you are out in the sun, remember to treat yourself with watermelon.

Arya Krishna is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, educator, and speaker. She completed her Bachelors in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) from Amrita School of Ayurveda, Kerala, India. She is registered as an Ayurveda doctor (Reg No: 14664) under the Indian Medical Council. She received a Fellowship in Orthopedic Rehabilitation from Apollo group of Institutions, Hyderabad. An editor with the International Ayurvedic Medical Journal, she previously served as the associate editor of the American Ayurvedic Journal of Health. Before moving to the US in 2015, she was Resident Medical Officer (Ayurveda) in AyurVAID hospital, Bangalore and has knowledge and experience in precision and evidence-based Ayurveda. She was an Ayurveda Domain expert with Health Connect 24 – a unique platform to bring together Ayurveda, Yoga and swadeshi. She is efficient in performing all Panchakarma procedures (purification therapies) and has knowledge of Marma Therapy. Other areas of expertise include Ayurveda diet and lifestyle, women’s health, and rasayana (rejuvenation). She works for the promotion and propagation of Ayurveda by offering lectures, webinars and contributing to various journals. She is a resource person for the Council of Ayurveda Research (CAR) and is an Ayurvedic blogger with Mother Earth Living. Currently, she is residing in Danville, Pennsylvania and is listed as a BAMS doctor with AAPNA (Association of Ayurveda Practitioners of North America). She is an Ayurveda Consultant and Educational coordinator with Be Mind Body Skin, New Jersey and Subject Matter Expert at At Home with Ayurveda, UK.

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