Better Health through Digestion with an Ayurvedic Diet
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Watermelon and PittaHigh in beta-carotene, watermelon substaintially balances the blood and reduces Pitta justifying its prominence as a summertime fruit. As beta-carotene in carrots "brightens the eye", 1.5 servings of watermelon daily has been shown to reduce age related macular degeneration (ARMD) by 36%. Watermelon contains copious amounts of lycopene and vitamin C useful as anti-oxidants.
Watermelon LibidoOne more reason to enjoy watermelon this summer season: Citrulline, an amino acid in the rind and flesh of watermelon flesh, has similar properties to Viagra. They are both known stimulators of nitric oxide which relaxes and expands blood vessels, lowering blood pressure and enhancing blood flow (and thus erectile performance). Watermelon seeds are a symbol of fertility in Chinese weddings.
Watermelon, Kapha & the KidneysWatermelon is 92% water and 6% sugar. Although it temporarily quenches thirst while eating, watermelon ultimately dries the body because of high levels of potassium, a diuretic. The cooling, anti-inflammatory effects of beta-carotene, combined with diuresis help watermelon flush inflammation from the urinary tract. Its low calorie count, drying quality and ability to reduce insulin resistance are ideal for Kapha dosha.
Watermelon & Food CombiningMelons digest very quickly and should never be combined with other foods, even other fruits. Heavier, more difficult to digest foods prevent watermelon from traveling its normal supersonic speeds through the digestive tract. While bogged down in the resulting traffic jam, bacteria then attack the watermelon and ferment it, releasing gas.
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