By Rosie Montoya
Each year I do a Watermelon Hydration Feast! This means I only eat watermelon for several days. You may have heard of this referred to as Watermelon Island. This allows my body to completely rest from food and hard digestion. I’ve done anywhere from 3 days up to 8 days and know others who have gone much longer. Watermelon is predigested so it is very gentle on the digestive system but delivers valuable nutrients to the cells at the same time. Something that really intrigues me is the amount of super strength I feel during this time. I’ve noticed when I only consume Watermelon I get super strength! This really intrigued me and lead me to research the Wondrous Watermelon powers further. It’s simply amazing how much stronger my muscles are during this time! I can lift heavier weights easily, fly through my cardio and hold my Yoga and Pilate poses longer with great ease! My complexion becomes very clear and my skin gets a very healthy glow and looks radiantly younger. My energy increases and sleep is more restorative and I can go further on less of it. Amazing! Now let’s get into the nutrient profile of watermelon and the benefits on the body.
Let’s look into why Watermelon can make a person feel super strong. Watermelon contains an amino acid called Citrulline (Citrulline Malate) that converts into the amino acid L-Arginine which has the potential to boost the amount of weight the muscles can handle and seems to lengthen their fatigue time. I have experienced this first hand! These amino acids promote healthy blood flow, circulation and may help with riding the body of excess fat. L-Arginine is a substrate for production of Nitric Oxide as a catalyst for other metabolic reactions including its effects on insulin, various hormones and creatine synthesis. It is a cell signaling molecule that has a part in regulating blood flow, oxygen delivery, glucose uptake, muscle firepower and muscle growth. So, you can see why it is so beneficial in aiding to attain optimum health and performance. The Choline in watermelon helps with keeping inflammation at a low level. The Lycopene is an inhibitor for various inflammatory processes and acts as an anti-oxidant to neutralize free radicals. And all that fiber and Vitamin A is excellent for the digestive tract and to bring about a beautiful complexion in the skin. Just think of all that hydration you get from watermelon being that it is 92% water! The entire Watermelon including the seeds contains Beta-Carotene, B-6, Vit. C, Calcium, Iron, Protein, Potassium, copper, selenium, zinc, magnesium, manganese, sodium, folate, iron, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. And in only 2 cups it packs 15 to 20 mg of the Phytonutrient Lycopene which can help protect cells from damage. And it is ok to eat the seeds! I remember when I was very young others in my family telling me that if I ate a Watermelon seed a Watermelon would grow in my tummy! I didn’t really believe them but they planted that idea in my mind and I think I avoided the seeds because of this. Can anybody else relate? Well, it is not true. The seeds are actually really nutritious for us to consume. I like to juice them along with the flesh and rind sometimes. It is also good to sprout them so they are easier to digest and enjoy the seeds this way. The seeds and the seed oil contain Linoleic Acid which is very beneficial for supporting beautiful skin and hair. I could go and on but I think you can see how extremely healthy watermelon is for the body. God created natural real foods to provide our bodies with all the nutrients and life force they will ever need and the vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats etc. are in just the perfect proportions to nourish our bodies completely.
I’m currently starting another Watermelon only Feast! If you would like to join me and my friends find me on Face book and let me know! There you will see everyone’s progress and you can ask me any questions as I guide everyone on this wondrous watermelon journey.
Watch my YouTube video below on how to pick a great watermelon! Buy Organic watermelon with SEEDS if you can. Fruit with SEEDS is healthier and in its natural state the way nature intended it to be, unaltered. I want to keep writing and writing but my blog needs to go up so all of my Wondrous Watermelon Islanders can read this! So excited! We begin our Watermelon only Feast tomorrow on NATIONAL WATERMELON DAY! Aug. 3rd, 2017.
Refrences: Livescience.com Menshealth.com Bodybuilding.com