LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 27: Cut wedges of watermelons in studio on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. (Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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Why You Should Start Eating Watermelon After A Long Workout
The key to getting the most out of your workout and staying healthy is hydration and maintaining the proper nutrients your body needs. When we sweat, we lose more than just electrolytes; vitamin C, potassium and calcium also leave our bodies through the process.
While many turn to sports drinks heavy in sugar, carbs, and salt to replenish these nutrients, a healthier option is to eat watermelon. The fruit is 92% water, so you hydrate yourself while you eat something that helps replace the previously mentioned nutrients and electrolytes lost through sweating.
Watermelon contains 45 calories in a one-cup serving, 11.5 grams of carbs, and 9.4 grams of natural sugars, making the fruit delicious and nutritious. As an added benefit, watermelon also has an amino acid called L-citrulline, which helps reduce soreness from physical activity.