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Thursday, November 28, 2013

why WATERMELON is the summer WONDER-FRUIT

WATERMELON WOULD HAVE TO BE ONE OF MY FAVE FRUITS...
and I'm loving even more after discovering this wonder fruit does great things for your body and skin. 
Check out these cool facts:
* Watermelon is rich in electrolytes {sodium and potassium} that we lose through sweat.

* Watermelon consists of 93% water fruit, is very filling, has very few kilojoules and above all is very nourishing. It's a multi-vitamin fruit and contains vitamins A, B6 and C to potassium and iron, which will boost your health.  Dieticians advise that we should begin the morning with diced watermelon as it cleanses the body + taken with breakfast, it helps to protect you from the heat.

* Watermelon is also recommended to be taken in the evenings which are filled with physical activity.

* Watermelons are great antioxidants that help you fight free radicals.

* Watermelon contains higher concentrations of lycopene (15-20 mg per two-cup serving) than any other fresh fruit or vegetable. Preliminary research shows that consuming foods containing lycopene are associated with a decreased risk of prostrate and cervical cancer.

* Watermelon juice protects the skin from the sun. It also clears the skin leaving it free from blemishes, fresh and lovely. Grate a watermelon, squeeze out the juice and apply on the face for 15 minutes. Wash with hot water and then splash on cold water. Your face will feel fresh and clean.

* The fibre content in watermelon ensures toxins are scrubbed out of your system leaving your skin healthy and glowing. Mixed with a pinch of gram flour the pulp makes for an excellent scrub. 

 * Watermelon pulp also makes for an excellent 10 minute pack, re-hydrating and exfoliating the skin, leaving it toned and glowing.

*  Try rubbing watermelon juice frozen into ice cubes with crushed mint leaves, over your face to help close your pores.

{Source: Natural Skin Care / Pic: Elle}


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