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11 Reasons to Love Watermelon

It’s watermelon season! The mostly gigantic fruit are popping up in gardens, farmer’s markets and grocery stores. And, that’s a good thing. Not only do these fruit quench thirst from the scorching hot days of August, they are packed with nutrition to boost your health. Here are 11 reasons to love watermelon:

1.  Watermelon is one of the top sources of the nutrient lycopene, which gives foods like watermelon, tomatoes, guava, rosehips, strawberries and pink grapefruit their pinkish-reddish hue. A growing body of research links lycopene consumption to a reduced risk of prostate and breast cancer.

2.  Watermelon may stimulate more than your taste buds. According to researchers at Texas A& M University, watermelon may have similar effects as Viagra. The scientists credit a variety of ingredients that collectively stimulate blood vessels and may increase libido.

3.  Lycopene found in watermelon has also been linked to a reduce risk of heart disease, atherosclerosis and high blood pressure.

4.  Watermelon contains a nutrient known as citrulline, which in its conversion to the amino acid arginine, helps to prevent fat accumulation in the cells. It also boosts watermelon’s heart-healing properties.

5.  During this conversion to arginine, the body’s stores of nitric oxide increase. Nitric oxide helps to relax blood vessels and increases blood flow, which further increases watermelon’s ability to mitigate angina, high blood pressure and heart disease.

6.  This delightful fruit also contains compounds known as flavonoids, carotenoids and triterpenoids—all of which have potent antioxidant capabilities, meaning that they destroy harmful free radicals in our bodies before they can accelerate aging and disease.

7.  Watermelon is high in glutathione, which is an important nutrient needed to maintain liver health.

8.  This thirst-quenching food is also high in beta carotene, which is needed for healthy skin, as well as immune-boosting vitamin C.

9.  Watermelon’s ability to boost our arginine levels also enables it to remove ammoniaand other toxic compounds from our bodies.

10.  As its name would suggest, watermelon contains 92 percent water, making it an excellent and refreshing choice to prevent dehydration and rehydrate your cells.

11.  Due to its many antioxidants and other nutrients, watermelon has anti-inflammatory effects on the body, which is important when you consider that dozens of serious chronic health conditions ranging from arthritis to cancer have been linked to inflammation in the body.

While all watermelons are nutritious, choose the reddish-pink flesh varieties as they offer the greatest amounts of flavonoids and lycopene. While lycopene content is fairly stable for the first two days after cutting watermelon, it begins to dwindle after that. The same is true of many of the other nutrients in watermelon which tend to deteriorate the longer they are stored. So, choose freshly-harvested watermelons as much as possible and eat them soon after you cut into them. Watermelon is delicious blended with ice for a thirst-quenching summer beverage.

SOURCE: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/11-reasons-to-love-watermelon.html


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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