Summer begins and you’re in the mood for watermelon, but the true watermelon harvest is late in the summer, after several months of consistent hot days. You see watermelon is a super food for dissipating heat in your body. According to Ayurveda, watermelon is best eaten alone, all melon in fact. Better to eat alone and not confuse your belly with other foods mixed in. Melons have beautiful sweet qualities and high water content to balance your digestive fire and move heat out of your system.
I do have an amazing juice recipe however, that is ok to break the rules. We call it Hydration Heaven. Cut about 3 cups of watermelon, peel 1 cucumber, and gather up a small handful of fresh mint. Juice it all up and enjoy super hydration and heat elimination! Combination can be blended together also if you would rather go that route. For best results, drink on an empty stomach and wait about 20 minutes before consuming other foods.
Why is it important to dissipate summer heat? As we transition from one season to the next, we move from the fire of summer to the winds of fall. When wind blows on fire, it gets bigger and hotter and dries your internal body out like a desert. Your body then responds with, you know it . . . mucus! Those fall colds and sniffles we get from going back to school, and the change of seasons, are often from being around a whole new group of kids and new environments. But if you have cleared out the summer heat and are hydrating with healthy foods and drinks, you are less likely to pick up the bugs. Magic! So eat your watermelon. Cut into chunks and keep in a bowl so it’s easy for your whole family to grab some. It’s the perfect snack, hydration and heat remover all in one!