Watermelon or it’s Chinese name Xi Gua

Eating watermelon is a great way to stay cool and hydrated during hot weather.

One cup of diced watermelon (152 grams) contains 43 calories, 0 grams of fat, 2 grams of sodium, 11 grams of carbs (including 9 grams of sugar) and 1 gram of fiber. One cup of watermelon will provide 17% of vitamin A, 21% of vitamin C, 2% of iron and 1% of Calcium needs for the day.

Watermelon also contains thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, choline, lycopene and betaine. According to the National Watermelon Promotion Board watermelon contains more lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable.

Despite being a great source of the above nutrients, watermelon is made up of 92% water.

In summer days the scorching sun may make some people feel a variety of symptoms like chest discomfort, low spirits, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, or just feeling thirsty and over heated. Sometimes these symptoms won’t go away if the hot weather continues. In fact, this series of symptoms are caused by the invasion of summer-heat and dampness, according to the theory of traditional Chinese medicine.

Watermelon is the perfect for treating and preventing heat stroke or heat exhaustion in the summer. It is traditionally an important ingredient in treating mouth sores, sore throat, tooth infections and cavity pain. All of these conditions can be considered hot in nature. Other hot conditions such as burns, ulcerated sores, and ear infections can also be alleviated by watermelon.

Although watermelon is considered extremely safe, it nevertheless should be avoided by people with excess dampness or excess cold even though it is hard to believe someone having excess of cold in this hot weather. Also it’s not recommended for people who already suffer from excess urination.

How do you know if you have excess dampness?

You may have excess dampness if you find it hard to drink water, or you are nauseous. If the damp weather is weighing you down, making you feel gloomy and heavy, foggy headed, or if you have frequent loose stools or have a sticky feeling all the time. Maybe are sweating all the time and feel bloated. If you have achy joints that act up during high humidity. These are all possible signs of having excess dampness.

How do you know if you have excess cold?

Excess cold signs may be when you feel cold even in the hot weather. If no matter how many blankets you put on you still feel cold. If going to Bikram (hot) yoga is the only place you can feel comfortable and it only lasts while you’re in there. If you feet super tight and contracted all the time and your muscles are rock hard and cold to touch. Maybe you are constipated all the time and touching your tummy is very uncomfortable. You feel cold but can’t stand any covers on. These can be signs of excess cold being trapped in your body.

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