Those hot summer days are almost here and with them you can find yourself drained and dragging, fighting the heat and humidity.
But there’s a simple way to boost your energy and feel better without turning to caffeine or a prescription.
Even better, it’s a tasty treat…
This summer fruit isn’t just juicy and sweet, it’s also chock-full of nutrients that ward off fatigue and its hidden causes.
In fact, eating watermelon has even been shown to improve athletic performance and is being touted as a possible preventative for stroke and heart attack.
Let’s take a look at all the ways eating watermelon can give you more energy.
#1 – Stops dehydration
It’s no secret that watermelon is made up of mostly water.
After all, it’s right there in the name.
But did you know that dehydration is a leading cause of fatigue?
You see, when you’re dehydrated, there’s less fluid in your body for your heart to work with. This fluid loss causes a drop in your blood volume, making your heart work harder to push oxygen and nutrients throughout your bloodstream to your brain, skin, organs and muscles.
With your body working harder to handle the normal everyday stresses, you feel worn out.
By adding watermelon to your diet, you can increase the amount of good, hydrating fluids you take in and beat this dehydration.
#2 – The potassium secret
Watermelon also provides your body with the potassium it needs.
This is vital to your ability to feel energetic because potassium is an electrolyte that helps all of your muscles and organs function properly.
It promotes strong, healthy muscles and is essential for the nerve signals that make physical activity possible.
Without enough potassium, you feel weak and tired.
#3 – Widens your blood vessels
The juicy, red fruit is also naturally rich in l-citrulline, an acid that is an essential compound in nitric oxide, a gas that widens your blood vessels.
This is why eating watermelon is credited with improving athletic performance because when your blood vessels expand, more oxygen can get to your muscles, decreasing fatigue and improving muscle function.
#4 – Lowers your blood pressure
The l-citrulline and arginine in watermelon has been shown to significantly improve blood pressure and decrease the stress on your heart.
By lowering your blood pressure, watermelon helps your heart to not have to work as hard, making you feel better and more energetic.
Your perfect watermelon
Choosing the perfect watermelon can be tricky and it’s always disappointing when you bite into one that just doesn’t have that sweet flavor.
So, here are some tips you can use to pick a perfectly ripe watermelon.
- Look for one with a smooth rind. It should be firm and symmetrical, free of bruises and dents.
- When you pick it up, it should feel heavy for its size (This means there’s plenty of water in the melon.)
- Check out the bottom of the watermelon — the spot where it sat on the ground. It should be a creamy yellow color, not white or green.
After you’ve found your perfect melon, you can eat it as a snack, add it to your salads (like cucumber watermelon salad with feta!) or even make a hydrating summer drink by adding it to your regular water. However you choose to enjoy eating watermelon, it’s sure to make you feel better and more energetic.
- Watermelon ‘boosts athletic performance and improves recovery’ — The Telegraph
- Effects of watermelon supplementation on aortic hemodynamic responses to the cold pressor test in obese hypertensive adults. — American Journal of Hypertension
- Watermelon.org Frequently Asked Questions — Watermelon.org