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5 Foods To Boost Your Health And Keep You Cool This Summer

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Fruits high in water content quench your thirst and replenish the water in your body that is lost through sweat. Cucumber, papaya, lemon, water melon, and strawberries are perfect summer foods. They reduce edema, neutralize damaging free radicals, flush out toxins by stimulating urination, boost immunity, and even prevent cancers. They are also excellent sources of vitamins.

1. Cucumber

  • Sweet, cooling, clears heat, quenches thirst, reduces edema, aids in difficult urination
  • Mild diuretic
  • Hydrating
  • Antioxidants
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-cancer (breast, uterine, ovarian and prostate)
  • Excellent source of vitamin K and molybdenum. Good source of pantothenic acid, potassium, copper, manganese, vitamin C, phosphorous, biotin, and vitamin B1

2. Watermelon

  • Sweet, cold, clears heat, relieves thirst, generates fluids, helps with difficult urination and oral canker sores
  • Mild diuretic
  • Antioxidants
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Fat reduction (due to the amino acid citrulline)
  • Very good source of vitamin C. Also a good source of copper, pantothenic acid, biotin, potassium, vitamin A (in the form of lycopene), vitamins B1 and B6, and magnesium

3. Papaya

  • Neutral, sweet, slightly bitter; balances stomach Qi
  • Cardio-protective
  • Prevents the oxidation of cholesterol
  • Digestive support due to its high levels of digestive enzymes
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidants
  • Immune support
  • Excellent source of vitamin A and C. A very good source of folate, and a good source of dietary fiber, magnesium, potassium, copper and vitamin K

4. Lemon

  • Cool to cold, sour, astringent, clears heat, quenches thirst, creates body fluids, harmonizes the stomach, and transforms phlegm
  • Antioxidants
  • Anti-biotic
  • Anti-cancer
  • Immune booster
  • Excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of folate.

5. Strawberries

  • Cooling, sweet, sour, generates body fluids and blood; some relief from IBS
  • Regulates blood sugar levels
  • Cardiovascular support
  • Anti-inflammatory (if eaten 3-4 times per week)
  • Antioxidants
  • Anti-cancer (breast, cervical, colon, and esophageal cancer)
  • Excellent source of vitamin C and manganese. Very good source for fiber, iodine and folate. Also a good source for copper, potassium, biotin, phosphorous, magnesium, vitamin B6, and omega 3 fats
Scott Stewart

Scott is a licensed & board certified (NCCAOM) acupuncture specialist who believes in treating the whole person (body, mind, and spirit). He achieves this through an integrative approach that combines Eastern & Functional medicine, both of which focus on exposing the root of disease. His ultimate goal for patients is to have the ability to make healthier choices, in order to support their improved quality of life.

Scott Stewart

Scott is a licensed & board certified (NCCAOM) acupuncture specialist who believes in treating the whole person (body, mind, and spirit). He achieves this through an integrative approach that combines Eastern & Functional medicine, both of which focus on exposing the root of disease. His ultimate goal for patients is to have the ability to make healthier choices, in order to support their improved quality of life.

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