Ayurveda advises fruit consumption in accordance with season and climate. Seasonal fruits always aid in easy digestion and assimilation. They immediately turn into rasa (nutritional fluid) — the first of the seven body tissues. Seasonal fruits also help in improving ojas.
Watermelon: Nutritional facts
Watermelon is water soaked with nutrients. It’s rich in vitamin A, B6 and C. It’s fat free and has high lycopene levels which trigger healthy reactions in the human body. It has antioxidants and amino acids as well.
What Makes Watermelon A Super Fruit For Summer?
The juicy pulp of this fruit cools the body, quenches thirst and satiates taste buds. The Pitta levels in the body will be reduced by the beta carotene of watermelon. This makes it a summer fruit according to Ayurveda. It’s perfect for the hot Pitta season of summer.
How Best To Eat Watermelon
Make sure not to combine watermelon with other foods or even fruits. Melons are generally easily digestible, and therefore once you combine them with other food the digestion process becomes slower. This results in fermentation of the melon inside the stomach causing gas and other digestive issues. It’s a good idea to have it as snack between meals or as a smoothie in the morning hours.
Summer Care With Watermelon
Watermelon Electrolyte Drink
In summer drink a glass of watermelon juice daily with a dash of salt and mint leaves. This quenches thirst and replenishes water and salt lost through sweat, helping to maintain water electrolyte balance.
Watermelon Weight Loss Bowl
Eat a bowl full of watermelon pulp before breakfast and lunch. The fiber content of this fruit fills the stomach and satiates hunger signals. The consumption of watermelon as part of your regular summertime diet reduces fat and helps with weight loss.
Watermelon Splash Face Cleanser
Apply watermelon juice over the face and leaving it for 15 minutes daily. This helps prevent acne and is a good skin cleanser.
So next time you are out in the sun, remember to treat yourself with watermelon.