Food as Medicine: Watermelon
Watermelon is a rich source of antioxidants and flavonoids. It is high in electrolytes and is comprised of 90% water. A 2012 study showed that watermelon extracts reduced blood pressure around the ankles. Watermelon contains lycopene, an antioxidant that is associated with protection against heart disease. In Chinese medicine, watermelon is used to clear heat and detoxify the body. It is especially good at clearing summer-heat and preventing heat stroke. To take advantage of this, we use a healthy dose of the white watermelon rind.
Heat Clearing Watermelon Juice
Wash and cut away the green skin of the watermelon, preserving as much of the white rind as possible
Cut into large bite sized pieces
Place in blender or juicer
Store chilled, serve at room temperature
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