Well because it’s not only super sweet, refreshing and delish, but super hydrating as it’s about 92% water! It is also soaked with nutrients! Did you know that each juicy bite has significant levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of lycopene, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and amino acids?? There’s even a modest amount of potassium! You can even eat the rind as it has health-promoting and blood-building chlorophyll, but the rind actually contains more of the amino acid citrulline than the pink flesh. Black watermelon seeds are edible and actually quite healthy as well because they contain iron, zinc, protein, and fiber. (In case you were wondering, seedless watermelons aren’t genetically modified, as they’re the result of hybridization.) I have watermelon for breakfast after I’ve had some water first thing upon waking and my warm turmeric tea. Watermelon is the easiest food to digest, and we need to ease the body into digestion upon waking because it has been fasting for 8 hours. This hydrating fruit is like bathing our organs first thing and giving it great fiber as well to get things moving along. It’s packed with electrolytes too, so perfect to enjoy after a workout! I like to also blend it with a nice 2″x 2″ square of fresh aloe gel and a squeeze of half a lime for a refreshing juice! Get some watermelons in your life!!! Your skin will feel more hydrated, your digestion will work better and you’ll be supplying your body with awesome nutrients! 🍉🍉🍉
Here’s a great shopping guide to take with you to the grocery store! The Environmental Working Group www.ewg.org is a wonderful resource on the most pesticide laden AKA “dirty dozen” produce, and the conventional produce that isn’t sprayed with pesticides as much AKA “clean fifteen”. There is an exception with the “clean fifteen” papayas, summer squash and corn can be GMO so make sure to get non GMO varieties of these (and stay away from GMO foods all together). When healing from eczema you want to incorporate A LOT of fruits & veggies into your diet, and it’s best to get them organically grown when possible to ensure that you’re not putting toxins back in your body after working so hard to cleanse them out 👍
Get your mind right!! Healing from eczema and battling through topical steroid withdrawal isn’t just a physical process but a mental and emotional one as well. How we speak to ourselves and the mindset that we have can hinder or aid in our healing. Only speak positive, loving and faith filled words into existence. Never speak ill upon your body. A mantra is a word or phrase repeated over and over in meditation. Repeat these words not only in meditative states, but throughout the day… let them get deep in your spirit and become one with you until you BELIEVE these words and can ENVISION yourself healed! At my absolute worst I would praise God through every painful step with oozing, broken, raw feet. I would give gratitude for every moment good or bad because I knew each day that passed was a day closer to full healing. It was a one more day free from the bondage of topical steroids. You are stronger than you know and you WILL HEAL! “This too shall pass” & remember don’t say “why is this happening to me?!” KNOW that “this is happening FOR me so I can be the best, healthiest version of myself!” It’s only a fraction of your life in the grand scheme of things.
Peace & Love ✌️💜Jen
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4 frozen bananas, 1.5 cup of frozen raspberries, strawberries & blackberries blended with 1/2 water 1/2 almond milk & a spoon of each hemp, flax, chia & 1/4tsp turmeric paste. Topped with blueberries. Packed with antioxidants for healthy glowing skin!
I like to add the hemp, flax, chia and turmeric paste into the blender first, then the berries and bananas then the liquids and blend! I found that putting the seeds first helps to get them really blended up, and not all over the top and sides of the blender. I use a Vitamix blender so it’s high powered and really blends the seeds into oblivion!
- Hemp, chia and flax (I use grounded flax seeds) are packed with healthy whole food fats like omegas! Here’s some more info comparing the 3.
- Raspberries – Potent in Vit C, potassium, calcium, lutein and zeaxanthin. They contain antioxidant carotinoids, ellagic acid and quercetin (quercetin is a natural antihistamine). Researchers believe that anthocyanins — the water-soluble plant pigments that give the berry its vivid color — are responsible for its anti-inflammatory properties.
- Strawberries – In addition to antioxidants, they are potent in folate, potassium, manganese,dietary fiber, and magnesium. It is also extremely high in vitamin C!
- Blackberries – Loaded with vitamin C & A, soluble and insoluble fiber and low in sodium. They also offer the highest levels of some antioxidants – higher than blueberries and strawberries too. The very dark color of the fruit is proof of its high antioxidant level.
- Bananas – High in potassium, full of iron and bananas act as a prebiotic (stimulates the growth of gut friendly bacteria), produces digestive enzymes to help absorb nutrients easier and gently chelates toxins and heavy metals from the body, due to its high pectin content. They also contain tryptophan (an amino acid), which is converted into serotonin… the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter which can aid in overcoming depression. No wonder why I’m always so happy when I have my daily morning smoothie! 🙂
External Factors of Oxidative Stress
Free radicals occur naturally within the body, and for the most part, the body’s natural antioxidants can manage their detoxification. But, there are certain external factors that can trigger the production of these damaging free radicals. These factors include:
• Excessive exposure to UV rays
• Eating an unhealthy diet
• Excessive exercise
• Certain medications and/or treatments
Did you know that Blueberries are little anti inflammatory powerhouses? Quercetin is a flavonoid that fights inflammation and even cancer and it’s found in blueberries along with many other phytonutrients. In just one cup of blueberries you will have the DV (daily values) of 36% Vitamin K, 25% Manganese, 25% Vitamin C, 14% Fiber, and 9% Copper.
They are also phytonutrient superstars because they contain significant amounts of anthocyanadins, antioxidant compounds that give blue, purple and red colors to fruits and vegetables.