The Health Benefits of Watermelon Juice
Watermelon Juice Recipe
6 Servings of refreshing drink made with watermelon and lemon-flavored soda.
Chef's Name: Ingrid Hoffmann
Prep time: 5 min
- 1/2 Seedless watermelon or about 6 to 7 pounds, cut into cubes
- 16 ice cubes
- 1 liter lemon-flavored soda
- Blender about half the watermelon with 8 ice cubes.
- Slowly add half the lemon soda to the blender.
- Mix and Pour into glasses.
- Repeat steps 1 to 3 with the remaining ingredients.
Natural Health benefits of Watermelon Juice
Watermelons are sweet and juicy and they may be eaten as it is or as part of a fruit salad or other deserts. If you’re looking for something healthy though, the best way to go is to drink it in juice form. The good news is that there are plenty of health benefits of watermelon juice you can enjoy.
Here are a few benefits you can expect from drinking watermelon juice:
1) It quenches your thirst and keeps you hydrated.
As the name suggests, a watermelon is largely made of water. In fact, it contains roughly 90% of water which keeps you hydrated at the cellular level. It’s so effective that Spanish conquistadors exploring the New World used watermelons as water jugs back when they didn’t have water coolers. Surely, that’s enough to keep you from getting thirsty while on the beach.
2) It keeps your body clean.
Another benefit of the watermelon’s high water content is that it helps clean your body. It’s a natural way to detoxify from the inside and out. Flushing out toxins and excess fluids is also possible because watermelon juice is a diuretic. This means it makes you want to pee which is good for your bladder and kidney.
3) It helps prevent cancer.
One of the more surprising health benefits of watermelon juice is its ability to prevent cancer. Free radicals roam around inside the body and cause tissue damage. Lycopene and beta carotene are compounds found in watermelons which fight off free radicals keeping you healthy. Other benefits of lycopene include preventing asthma, arthritis, and macular degeneration among older people.
4) It promotes weight loss.
Are you on a diet? Looking to shed a few pounds? If you are then you should make watermelon juice a part of your meal plan. The juice contains no fat and it has a low calorie content which is the perfect complement for a healthy meal. In fact, it has more nutrients per calorie so you get more of the good stuff.
Vitamin B gives you the energy to keep working out while watermelon seeds are a good source of protein and nutrients like zinc, calcium and iron among others.
5) It is good for the heart.
Watermelon juice also contains nutrients which is good for the heart. Potassium regulates blood pressure which reduces the risk of heart disease. By removing free radicals, cholesterol doesn’t build up in blood vessels. It helps that watermelon juice virtually has no fat or cholesterol content as well.
6) It protects you from the sun.
Did you know that the watermelon came from the Kalahari Desert? This is why Mother Nature has equipped the watermelon with all the things it needs to survive in such a hot climate. For instance, lycopene protects against sunlight and the damage it causes. Good thing its one of the many health benefits of watermelon juice. Now you can swim around the pool or lounge by the beach worry free.
7) It helps in maintaining the body’s pH balance.
Drinking watermelon juice has been proven to flush out too much acid from your body. Apart from keeping a good balance between alkali and acid content in your body, other benefits come from watermelon juice as well. Without the excess acid, you don’t have to worry much about skin eruptions. This, combined with other antioxidants, helps make you look younger with beautiful skin.
To truly reap the health benefits of watermelon juice it’s better to use a juicer to make your own instead of buying it from the grocery store. As much as possible, choose organically-grown watermelons and avoid seedless ones which are often genetically modified.