Stay Hydrated to Reduce Pain and Inflammation with Watermelon

Stay Hydrated to Reduce Pain​

Video by Dr. Bryan Stephens​

With 75% of the adults in the United States facing chronic dehydration, we need to find ways to up the water intake.  Watermelon is about 92% water.  I recently was given a watermelon and have been eating it for the past week.  It had been about a year since I had last eaten watermelon and I forgot how much I liked it.  It was cool, sweet, and refreshing.  I have since been adding it to my green smoothies again to take advantage of the flavor and hydrating effects it has on the body.

Along with the water content, it is a great source of dietary fiber, vitamin a, vitamin c, and lycopene.  Lycopene is a plant compound that has been found to help lower inflammation in the body due to its antioxidant effects.  Another amino acid found in watermelon, citrulline, has been shown to help the body release nitric oxide.  When nitric oxide is present, the blood vessels dilate.  This dilation helps lower blood pressure through the body.

While it does have many benefits, I still appreciate the light and refreshing taste it can add while helping keep the water content high.  While I put it in the smoothie this time, you can also add pieces to your regular water to give it a bit of flavor without adding too much sugar which causes more inflammation.  The overall goal is to keep the chronic inflammation down, the hydration up, and boost your overall health while staying out of pain.  This can help you do just that.

References

Survey of 3003 Americans, Nutrition Information Center, New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center (April 14, 1998).

Manivannan A, Lee ES, Han K, Lee HE, Kim DS. Versatile Nutraceutical Potentials of Watermelon-A Modest Fruit Loaded with Pharmaceutically Valuable Phytochemicals. Molecules. 2020 Nov 11;25(22):5258. doi: 10.3390/molecules25225258. PMID: 33187365; PMCID: PMC7698065.

Recipe
  • 1 cup organic spinach
  • 4 squares of watermelon
  • ¼ organic green apple
  • ½ organic banana
  • ¼ cup organic almonds
  • 2 cups water

Blend until everything is mixed and enjoy.

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