February 22, 2019

Hedge Your Health 6-7-2017

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Hot. One gulp. Energizing. The re-vamped Hedge Your Health is your midweek wellness pick-me-up. Check your inbox every Wednesday for actionable info plus a few "self study" links to the latest health headlines.

SPOTLIGHT ON: Watermelon

No BBQ or picnic is complete without it. Here are 5 things to know about this juicy fruit

1) It’s packed with goodness. Each serving (1 wedge, ~1/16 melon) contains 90 calories, 22g carbs, 38% DV immune-boosting vitamin C and 9% DV blood-pressure lowering potassium.

2) It’s hydrating. As the name suggests, it contains A LOT of water. Also, watermelon may be more hydrating than plain water due it is unique mineral and electrolyte profile.

3) It protects your ticker. Watermelon contains citrulline, an amino acid that can be converted to arginine. Higher levels of arginine have been shown to relax blood vessels/improve blood flow. It also contains high amounts of cholesterol-lowering lycopene.

4) It mends your muscles. The standout amino acid, citrulline, may be responsible for easing muscle tension after a hard workout or a hard day of work.

5) It saves your skin. Thanks to the carotenoids and collagen found in watermelon, it helps your skin stay supple, hydrated and protected from the sun’s damaging UV rays.

Let’s Eat. Wondering what pairs well with watermelon? This link will spark some inspo!


Science-supported articles on the web to keep you in the know. #nofakenews

Improve your blood sugar with an occasional arm curl (Physician's Briefing)

Heart-smart polyunsaturated fats may also keep your brain young (Medscape)

Non-food tricks to be a better eater (NBCNews)

One-Pan Cauliflower Fajitas (PlantStrongFamily.com)

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