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Health - Wellness
Why You Should Consider Eating Watermelon After Your Next Workout
Staying hydrated and nourished after working out is critical to avoiding exhaustion, building muscle, and replenishing lost fluids. Classic post-workout restoratives include sports drinks and high-protein foods such as eggs, but next time you're craving a refreshing and effective cooldown snack, try a slice of watermelon.
Watermelon is high in electrolytes, which you must replenish after sweating them out during exercise. This fruit also contains seven percent of the recommended daily values of potassium and magnesium, a whopping 25% of the daily value of vitamin C, and B-complex vitamins, copper, selenium, lutein, and lycopene.
In addition, eating watermelon is a better way to hydrate than chugging sports drinks, since this fruit is 90% water, contains less sugar than sports drinks, and is lower in calories. Either watermelon juice or a slice of fresh watermelon provide all these benefits, and can even help with muscle soreness as well.