It’s super spicy. Enough to notice the heat, at least. Sweet enough to make you smile. And ultra refreshing. This juice combines two foods that couldn't be more opposite, yet go surprisingly well together: watermelon and cayenne pepper.
NUTRITIONAL VALUES AND HEALTH BENEFITS
Together, these ingredients work to enhance your health and refresh your body inside and out.
Besides quenching your thirst, watermelon is a nutrient-rich natural diuretic. It relieves bloating from the high-water content and provides nourishing nutrients like Vitamin A and C. Vitamin C is a well-known antioxidant that strengthens our immune system, allowing our bodies to fight off infections and diseases.
As well, watermelon contains cancer-fighting lycopene. Its lycopene content is even greater than that of tomatoes.
Juicing watermelon—as is done in this recipe—is a particularly great way of consuming this bright red fruit. Watermelon juice contains l-citrulline, an amino acid that has been found to protect against muscle pain.
Furthermore, watermelons are known to be super cleansing and alkalizing. They help flush everything out!
Cayenne pepper revs up your metabolism and helps burn a few extra calories. This South American pepper is rich in flavanoids and carotenoids, which contribute to eye health and slows the onset of age-related macular degeneration.
Cayenne also contains capsaicin, which has been proven to be effective in relieving pain, as well as improving joint function and stiffness in muscles. Cayenne serves as a great remedy for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis or gout.
Moreover, due to its spicy kick, consuming cayenne peppers raises your body’s temperature and makes you sweat. Though some of us are not too fond of sweating, this natural occurrence is quite beneficial to our health. Sweating allows our bodies to detoxify by flushing out toxins and other unwanted substances. In addition, sweating opens your pores and helps keep your skin looking fresh.
Maybe you prefer less spicy, so use less cayenne pepper, but the amount of each ingredient I listed out for you ends up being PERFECT. I promise.
WATERMELON CAYENNE DETOX JUICE
Serves: 2 (4 cups)
Prep time: 5 minutes
- 1/2 medium-sized watermelon, cut in squares
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
- Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into jars and top with ice cubes.
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Source: The Glowing Fridge | Juicing for Health
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