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Soother of the Month

Watermelon

Just in time for summer, this month’s soother is watermelon. Not only is it beautifully colored and very refreshing, but also this fruit packs a real anti-anxiety punch! A member of the pumpkin, squash and cucumber family, watermelon boasts the following benefits:

  • It is 92% water! This means that watermelon is an excellent hydrating snack for those blisteringly hot summer outings. Remember, dehydration is a big cause of nausea, fatigue and mood swings. Watermelon “ice cubes” in a tall glass of seltzer (with a mint leaf or two) is this Anxiety Sister’s favorite beverage!
  • It’s a great source of lycopene—a powerful “super” antioxidant which boosts your immune system.
  • One cup of watermelon provides 20 percent of your daily Vitamin C requirement. You may recall from our blog on vitamins that Vitamin C has been shown to lower oxidative stress throughout the body by suppressing the production of Cortisol, a stress hormone which causes anxiety symptoms.
  • Watermelon contains lots of potassium, a mineral which helps lower blood pressure and stress hormones in the body.
  • Watermelon is filled with Vitamin B6 (remember B is the “Brain Vitamin”), which helps produce our brain’s feel-good chemicals such as serotonin. Also, B6 naturally relaxes blood vessels which, in turn, eases anxiety symptoms.
  • Watermelon acts as a cooling moisturizer for your skin with natural UV protection.

If these aren’t enough reasons to convince you to eat some watermelon this summer, here’s one more: it’s delicious!!!!

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