Make every day ‘Watermelon Day’!

Aug. 3 is national observance of watermelon’s benefits

Saturday, Aug. 3, is National Watermelon Day, a celebration of the tasty treat and its nutritional benefits.

You may think of watermelon only as a juicy fruit to enjoy during the dog days of summer. But this hot-weather staple has beneficial nutrients to enjoy year-round.

Watermelon is almost fat-free and rich in vitamins A and C. It’s a great, guilt-free way to enjoy something sweet on a hot day. Thanks to watermelon’s vitamins and electrolytes, your body will stay hydrated whether you eat the fruit or drink its juice.

Staying hydrated keeps your body’s fluids (blood, saliva and sweat) at an optimal level. And getting enough water helps maintain your blood pressure, enabling your body’s tissues to get the oxygen, nutrients and hormones they need to function properly.

A lack of water, or dehydration, can cause dizziness, fatigue, an increased heart rate and impaired cognitive function.

Many college football teams begin their fall practices today, and watermelon is a sideline staple before and after workouts.

For those of us less active, a variety of healthful and delicious watermelon recipes are available online. One of Norton Healthcare’s most popular is the Watermelon Feta Pasta Salad.

However you eat or drink it, make watermelon a regular part of your diet!

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