Quick fact, a cucumber is made up of 96% water. Which makes it amazingly low on calories. Not only this, its moisture-rich anatomy comprises of vitamins like—magnesium, potassium and anti-inflammatory substances. It can be consumed every single day for hydration, fighting inflammation in the body, reduction in effects of ageing, support to overall health, and a lot more.
Let us delve into how something as simple as cucumber water offers the body tremendous health benefits:
Offers Abundant Hydration
Water is necessary for the body’s smooth functioning. And where people are already aware that they must drink six to eight glasses of water per day, how many of us are adhering to it? The reasons can be many, from the taste of water to simply forgetting. This is where adding cucumbers can come in to elevate the taste and, encourage, by stimulating the taste buds, to drink more water.
Makes Weight Loss Easy
Trying to lose weight? Replacing sugary drinks, sodas, sports drinks and canned juices with cucumber water can help cut down calories, serious calories. We mean it! With the brilliant hydration it gives, cucumber can keep you feeling full. The body can at times confuse thirst for hunger, and that’s a great scenario where cucumber water can help control calories.
The body needs antioxidants in order to prevent and delay oxidative stress caused by free radicals in the body. Oxidative stress can lead to conditions like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, alzheimer’s and eye degeneration. Thus, along with cucumber water, other fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants is also recommended as a part of everyday diet.
Lowers Blood Pressure
A strong contributing factor of high blood pressure is high salt (sodium) and insufficient potassium in the diet. Excess amounts of salt make the body hold fluids, raising blood pressure. While potassium, an electrolyte, helps regulate the quantity of sodium retained by the kidneys.
Cucumber, being a great source of potassium, helps lower the body’s blood pressure.
Soothes Skin Issues
Cucumber water is a catalyst in healing skin from within. By hydrating deeply, it helps flush toxins out. This, then reflects on the outside improving the skin and making it appear healthy.
Gives Bones A Boost
High in vitamin K, one cup of sliced cucumber has approx. 19% of the daily recommended value. The body needs vitamin K to help form proteins for healthy bones and tissues as well as to help proper blood clotting. A refreshing glass of cucumber water is probably the best way to gain this health benefit.
Eager to know the recipe?
Here’s how you make the perfect, ever-refreshing cucumber water.
Cucumber, fruits of your choice (strawberries, grapes or raspberries) and mint leaves
Thinly slice the fruits and cucumbers. Place them in a glass jar along with mint leaves. Add some ice cubes and water to this mix. Refrigerate for an hour.
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