5 Reasons Why You Should Eat More Watermelon

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If not because it has too many seeds, I would have qualified watermelon as the best fruit. It’s just so munchy and just right! I don’t know how to explain why I love the fruit. No watermelon slander will be tolerated here. Here are 5 health benefits you may (or may not) be aware of.

1. Helps you hydrate

Drinking water is an important way to keep your body hydrated. However, eating foods that have high water content can also help. Interestingly, watermelon is 92% water. It’s called watermelon for a reason. What’s more, high water content is one of the reasons why fruits and vegetables help you feel full. The combination of water and fibre means you’re eating a good volume of food without a lot of calories. (Source: healthline.com)

2. It detoxes the body

Watermelon is a natural diuretic, meaning it helps the body flush excess fluid out. This also means that watermelon is a perfect way to stay hydrated and healthy all throughout the summer. (Source: spoonuniversity.com)

3. Good for your heart

It’s all thanks to lycopene—research shows that the phytonutrient can help keep arteries flexible, stymies the accumulation of artery-clogging plaque, and may even help reduce blood pressure. Considering heart disease is the number one killer of women, it’s always good to load up on heart-healthy foods. (Source: wellandgood.com)

4. It’s good for the skin and hair

Two vitamins in watermelon — A and C — are important for skin and hair health. Vitamin C helps your body make collagen, a protein that keeps your skin supple and your hair strong. Vitamin A is also important for healthy skin since it helps create and repair skin cells. Without enough vitamin A, your skin can look dry and flaky. Both lycopene and beta-carotene may also help protect your skin from sunburn. (Source: healthline.com)

5. Improves blood circulation

Watermelon can help relax red blood vessels which improves circulation (and libido!). Watermelon rind contains citrulline, an amino acid, which becomes converted into arginine, improving circulation and promoting a healthy heart. (Source: wellandgood.com)

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