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Watermelon

Just like celery, coconut water, and cucumber, watermelon contains more than 90% water alongside the five major electrolytes. To be exact, watermelon contains 92% water, which makes it a mild diuretic. It is also rich in antioxidants like beta-carotene and lycopene that help the body protect itself from attack from sunlight, bacteria, and fungi.

Free radicals, if unchecked, can wreak havoc on your good health. For instance, they can oxidize cholesterol thus allowing it to stick to your arterial wall consequently causing strokes and heart attacks. Increased inflammation in the body, which causes rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, can also be a result of the free radicals.

The Lycopene in watermelon neutralizes these free radicals before they can start a negative chain reaction in your body. This is important to you as an athlete since your bone and joint health need to be in check for your endurance and output.

Watermelon is also rich in L-citrulline. This nutrient has an intense therapeutic effect on your muscles. Further, it extends the production of nitric oxide because the l-Arginie is recycled, which is the pre-cursor to nitric oxide.

L-citrulline also protects the l-arginine production by neutralizing the amino acid L-Arginase in the blood that destroys it. Drinking watermelon juice will give the body a more direct pathway to utilize the nitric oxide, which will boost your performance for a much longer period.

If you race in long-distance marathons, bike race, or participate in ultra-endurance events, watermelon juice will keep you hydrated and deliver the essential nutrients your muscles need to maintain peak performance.

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