Simple juice helps reduce water retention

I WOULD like to take this opportunity and sincerely thank all the readers of The Observer, as these past few weeks I have been inundated with many calls and visits.

It has been an honour for me to contribute any small amount of my time, share my experiences and skills.

This week's recipe is for a very simple juice used to reduce water retention.

Ingredients:

One medium whole tomato

One large wedge of watermelon

Directions:

Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve

Health benefits include:

Kidney cleanse: watermelon's cleansing and natural diuretic effect is healing for kidney and bladder problems.

Arthritis prevention: the rich beta-carotene and vitamin C content in watermelon do wonders for quenching inflammation that contributes to conditions like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

Tomatoes are a good dietary source of melatonin, which protects against breast cancer.

Energy: the high content of potassium and phosphorous helps relieve the symptoms of stress, tiredness, fatigue and muscle weakness, as well as preventing muscle spasms and cramps.

Detoxification: tomato juice has anti-oxidant and diuretic properties, improves the digestive function and stimulates the detoxifying function of the liver and kidneys.

Lower cholesterol: watermelon juice is helpful in preventing cholesterol from clogging arteries and can increase HDL, the good cholesterol.

Antioxidants: several antioxidants are in tomato juice, which can help prevent damage to body tissues by free radicals.

Reduce water retention: watermelon's diuretic action helps to eliminate excess fluids from the body.

Reduce inflammation: apart from vitamin C, tomatoes contain another powerful anti-inflammatory agent. Please, seek medical advice before making any drastic changes to your diet and phone me anytime.

Pushpa is a certified yoga teacher. She is a Reiki master and trained in natural healing. Phone Pushpa on 0450 582 540 or email pb@kabc.com.au.

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