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Bring Home a Watermelon Today and Juice It!

It’s time for our annual watermelon post. We see them everywhere now, at grocery stores and farmers markets waiting to be made into healthy, thirst quenching pitchers of juice for you, your family and friends.

Differences in Blood Glucose Indexes and Why This is Important

One of the more interesting things about watermelon is how the sugar content effects blood glucose.  A few decades ago a new index was developed called the Glycemic Index (GI). It measures how quickly the food item can raise your blood glucose level. But the amount of food used to determine the index number is larger than most people would consume.

Another way to measure the impact of various foods on our blood glucose is called Glycemic Load (GL). This new measure gives us a more realistic indication of what to expect when we consume, say, watermelon. For instance The GI of watermelon is 72, which is quite high. However the GL of watermelon is only 7. This is because watermelon is only 6% sugar and 91% water and this helps balance out your body’s response, glucose wise, to watermelon and it’s juice. Additionally, when you juice it with the rind, you are lowering the relative sugar content in a glass of juice even more.

Blood Pressure Lowering Effects Without Drugs

Another great part about making watermelon juice as opposed to eating it is the white rind. Most people do not eat that part, however this is where many benefits are found, especially the blood pressure lowering effect of high concentrations of citrulline.

The body converts citrulline to the amino acid arginine by using enzymes. Arginine works with the heart and circulation system to maintain a healthy immune system.

This citrulline-arginine relationship also boosts nitric oxide which relaxes the blood vessels, the very same thing Viagra does. This helps with high blood pressure and other heart problems. Watermelon has been shown in the latest studies to lower blood pressure just as effectively as drugs and with zero side effects.

The raw, natural water of the watermelon, rind and all, is loaded with enzymes, minerals and vitamins the body craves therefore you are doing yourself a big favor by drinking a glass of watermelon juice.

 

 

 

 

Jay’s Holiday Dozen Day Four Watermelon Juice

This is Day Four of 12 consecutive posts with Jay demonstrating how to make each juice recipe. Also included is nutrition and research information to compliment Jay’s choice of fruit and/or vegetable drinks.
Happy Holidays from all of us at JayKordich.com

Day Four – Watermelon

When drinking watermelon juice made with the skin and the white rind, your body is receiving beneficial nutrients not available if eating only the red part, known as the meat of the watermelon.

Important research about phyto-nutrient Citrulline

Most people avoid eating the white part of watermelon because it isn’t sweet tasting. Scientists have discovered the white rind has high concentrations of citrulline, one of the rising stars among the phyto-nutrients now being studied. The body converts citrulline to the amino acid arginine by using enzymes, and arginine works with the heart and circulation system to maintain a healthy immune system.

This citrulline-arginine relationship boosts nitric oxide which relaxes the blood vessels, the very same thing Viagra does. This helps with high blood pressure and other heart problems. Watermelon has been shown in the latest studies to lower blood pressure just as effectively as statin drugs do and with zero side effects.

Why should you care about Lycopene?

Watermelon is chock full of phyto-nutrients which are naturally occurring compounds that are bioactive, this means they react with the human body to trigger healthy reactions and healing. One of the stars of the phyto-nutrients is Lycopene.

Did you know there are higher concentrations of lycopene in watermelon than in tomatoes? We know lycopene is an anti-oxidant that protects the heart, the prostate and the skin. It’s an amazing nutrient for the body. Watermelons are also an excellent source of vitamin C, of beta carotene, great for potassium and magnesium.

The Secret for using a Juice Machine

Nobody eats the white rind of a watermelon, but you can juice it along with the red part and receive 100% of the food value. While citrulline is mostly in the white, it’s also in the red in smaller amounts along with lycopene and many other nutrients. Therefore if you can’t juice it, eat watermelon and still receive many benefits.

Here’s Jay using his PowerGrind Pro juice machine making a thirst quenching glass of watermelon juice.

It’s Watermelon Season so Go For It!

It’s the heat of the summer. The time of year when many great tasting and health promoting fruits are in season. Which brings us to today’s tasty subject, watermelon. Whether you eat watermelon or juice it, the benefits are outstanding.

Interestingly however, when drinking watermelon juice, made with the skin and the white rind, your body is receiving beneficial nutrients not available if eating only the red part, known as the meat of the watermelon.

Most people avoid eating the white part of watermelon because it isn’t sweet tasting. Scientists have discovered the white rind has high concentrations of citrulline, one of the rising stars among the phyto-nutrients now being studied. The body converts citrulline to the amino acid arginine by using enzymes, and arginine works with the heart and circulation system to maintain a healthy immune system.

This citrulline-arginine relationship boosts nitric oxide which relaxes the blood vessels, the very same thing Viagra does. This helps with high blood pressure and other heart problems. Watermelon has been shown in the latest studies to lower blood pressure just as effectively as statin drugs do and with zero side effects.

Watermelon is a powerhouse of taste and nutrition with most of the benefits concentrated in the white rind. It’s in the red too, but in smaller amounts, but with a juicer, you get ALL the benefits of the watermelon.

Watch Jay using his PowerGrind Pro juice machine making a nice glass of watermelon juice. Doesn’t it make you thirsty?

Healthy Kidneys

Our Kidneys are quite important….it is our filterating system and if it becomes infected or congested, bladder troubles, urinary tract infections and serious problems can arise.  Yet we don’t really speak much about how to take care of our kidneys, so we thought we would write a short blog about what we have studied in these past three decades on how to take good care of our Kidneys. First and foremost let us say that freshly made, organic Cranberry, or Watermelon juices are some of our favourites.  Combined with other fruits helps make them even more important such as combining the Cranberries with the Apples. More on this below. ** The ingredients in these juices help keep our kidneys in good functioning order and working at their optimum.
Also, certain foods we eat can greatly impact the health and overall longevity of our kidneys.  Foods such as flour, either white or wheat, sugar, crackers, red or white meats can greatly harm our kidneys from functioning successfully.  Millions of Americans were eating high protein, flesh food diets to drop weight but they didn’t realize their kidneys were being negatively impacted by the high protein, no fiber foods.  That would include macrobiotic diets as well.   They don’t recommend drinking much water…and our kidneys NEED a flow of water to keep them buoyant, and functioning at their optimum, yet drinking vegetable juices and/or purified water is important, drinking liquids all at once can harm them as well, so try to stretch your liquid intake throughout the day.
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**Cranberry Juice
This spectacular berry helps support our kidneys, mostly due to its highly acidic juice. Its acid can help prevent kidney stones from developing. Cranberries contain a chemical called polymer and it is the polymer in cranberries that is responsible for increasing the acidity of your urine as well as helping prevent bacteria from growing.  We don’t recommend drinking the juice cooked, processed or riddled with sugar. You can purchase fresh Cranberries usually from October through February.  Remember, Organic only!
Here’s a great recipe we have been using for many decades:
Cranberry-Apple (Our Pink Flush!)
2 Cups Organic Cranberries (fresh)
2 Organic Red Delicious Apples
Alternate in between juicing the Cranberries with the Apples so that the thick Cranberries get flushed through properly.
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Here’s a great tonic we use in the summertime when Watermelon’s are at their peak.
WATERMELON WHIP!
1 small, Organic Watermelon
Directions: Cut into long strips, using the entire Watermelon.
Note:
According to a 1995 Harvard University study, watermelon contains a lot of potassium, which is very helpful in cleaning or washing off the toxic deposits in the kidneys. It is also helpful in reducing the concentration of uric acid in the blood.
Watermelon also has a high water content that induces frequent urination, which is also helpful for cleansing the kidneys. Its antioxidants help ensure good kidney health.

Our Top 2 Kidney Tonics!

Our Kidneys are quite important….it is our filterating system and if it becomes infected or congested, bladder troubles, urinary tract infections and serious problems can arise.  Yet we don’t really speak much about how to take care of our kidneys, so we thought we would write a short blog about what we have studied in these past three decades on how to take good care of our Kidneys. First and foremost let us say that freshly made, organic Cranberry, or Watermelon juices are some of our favourites.  Combined with other fruits helps make them even more important such as combining the Cranberries with the Apples. More on this below. ** The ingredients in these juices help keep our kidneys in good functioning order and working at their optimum.
Also, certain foods we eat can greatly impact the health and overall longevity of our kidneys.  Foods such as flour, either white or wheat, sugar, crackers, red or white meats can greatly harm our kidneys from functioning optimally.  Millions of Americans were eating high protein, flesh food diets to drop weight but they didn’t realize their kidneys were being negatively impacted by the high protein, no fiber foods.  That would include macrobiotic diets as well.   They don’t recommend drinking much water…and our kidneys NEED a flow of water to keep them buoyant, and functioning at their optimum, yet drinking vegetable juices and/or purified water is important, drinking liquids all at once can harm them as well, so try to stretch your liquid intake throughout the day.
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Here’s a great recipe we have been using for many decades:
Cranberry-Apple (Our Pink Flush!)
2 Cups Organic Cranberries (fresh)
2 Organic Red Delicious Apples
Alternate in between juicing the Cranberries with the Apples so that the thick Cranberries get flushed through properly.
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Here’s a great tonic we use in the summertime when Watermelon’s are at their peak.
WATERMELON WHIP!
1 small, Organic Watermelon
Directions: Cut into long strips, using the entire Watermelon.
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The Secret To Lowering Blood Pressure with Watermelon

With summer just around the corner, here’s the latest news about watermelon and why watermelon juice is even more powerful than just eating the fruit.

Fruits and vegetables are powerhouses of nutrition and benefits for the body. Of course we know that juicing is a great way to release these benefits for the body. However with watermelon there are nutrient benefits only a juice machine can supply. I’ll tell you about that secret benefit in a moment.

Watermelon is one of the most powerful of the fruits and it makes a great tasting drink during the summer months or any time you can get your hands on a watermelon and it couldn’t be any easier to juice.

Why should you care about Lycopene?
Watermelon is chock full of phyto-nutrients which are naturally occurring compounds that are bioactive, this means they react with the human body to trigger healthy reactions and healing. One of the stars of the phyto-nutrients is Lycopene. You’ve probably heard it’s in tomatoes. See the red? Did you know there are higher concentrations of lycopene in watermelon than in tomatoes? We know lycopene is an anti-oxidant that protects the heart, the prostate and the skin. It’s an amazing nutrient for the body. Watermelons are also an excellent source of vitamin C, of beta carotene, great for potassium and magnesium.

The new research about phyto-nutrient Citrulline
But this doesn’t even begin to tell the whole story about watermelon and here’s why you need a juicer.                  See the white rind? Scientists have discovered this white rind has high concentrations of citrulline, one of the rising stars among the phyto-nutrients now being studied. They have found citrulline is quite important for the body. Did you know when you consume citrulline, the body converts it to the amino acid arginine by using enzymes, and arginine works wonders on the heart and circulation system and maintains a good immune system as well.

This citrulline-arginine relationship boosts nitric oxide which relaxes the blood vessels, the very same thing Viagra does. This helps with high blood pressure and other heart problems. Watermelon has been shown in the latest studies to lower blood pressure just as effectively as statin drugs do and with zero side effects.

Now why would you want to take drugs and medicines when all the medicine you need is right here in these foods? Watermelon is a powerhouse my friends, and most of the benefit is concentrated in the white rind. It’s in the red too, but in smaller amounts, but with a juicer, you get ALL the benefits of the watermelon.

The Secret for using a Juice Machine
Nobody eats the white rind of a watermelon, but you can juice it. That’s how you can receive 100% of the food value from that watermelon. Just cut up some strips, skin, red, white rind and all and run it through your juicer for great tasting juice and all of the nutritional benefits at the same time. Go find yourself a nice sized watermelon and make a quart or two of juice for you and your loved ones. Also you’ll be amazed at how much juice you get from just a few large strips of that watermelon. Make sure you use the skin and the white rind too. That’s how you receive all the benefits. That’s why having your own juice machine is so important.

Let me know if you enjoy freshly made watermelon juice as much as I do. Write a comment on this blog post below. Thanks for spending the time with us and don’t hesitate to let us know if this information is useful to you.  Till next time,  Jay.
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