Cucumbers are one of the most popular vegetables in the world, and it’s easy to see why. They’re delicious and have a high water and mineral content which makes them ideal for our health. Furthermore, cucumbers are also very low on calories, making them a great choice of food if you’re on a diet.
Cucumbers come from the Cucurbitaceae family which involves melons, squash and pumpkins as well. They are native to the Himalayas in India but are grown all over the world. The healthy vegetable contains a high amount of potassium, copper, manganese, magnesium and vitamins B, C and K and can easily resolve nutrient deficiencies. They also contain polyphenols and other compounds which can significantly lower the risk of various ailments.
Here’s why you should eat cucumbers on a daily basis:
Thanks to the unique and refreshing taste, cucumbers are perfect for salads, appetizers and various meals.
Cucumbers are full of water which makes them a perfect detox food. Consume them more often to clean your body of chemicals and toxins and prevent fluid retention.
Regulate cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose levels
Cucumbers are rich in magnesium, potassium and fiber which will put your blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol levels under control. In this way, they can reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems and diabetes.
Improve the function of your kidneys
By lowering the levels of uric acid in your body, cucumbers can significantly improve the function of your kidneys and prevent fluid retention.
Reinforce your immune system
The green vegetable contains a lot of vitamins A, B and C which will strengthen your immune system and prevent a variety of infections.
Improve the health of your skin
The potassium, magnesium and silicon in cucumbers will improve your skin health and make it soft, smooth and clean.
Keep your body hydrated
The high water content of cucumbers can keep your body and skin hydrated and prevent dehydration.
Improve your joint health
Thanks to the high amount of silicon they contain, cucumbers are perfect for your joints. They will keep them hydrated and improve the flexibility and motion and prevent problems caused by joint friction.
Boost digestion and promote weight loss
Adding cucumbers in your diet will boost your digestion thanks to the high amount of fiber in them, which will eventually lead to weight loss.
Strengthen your hair, skin and nails
If you’re suffering from brittle hair and nails, cucumbers should be a part of your diet. They can speed up the growth of your hair and nails and prevent breakage and other problems.
Prevent bad breath and keep your gums healthy
The juices cucumbers contain can refresh your breath and help your gums heal, preventing a variety of oral problems.
Prevent sun damage on your skin
Cucumbers will alkalize your body and skin and neutralize the damage done by excessive sun exposure.
Eliminate dark circles
Thanks to their powerful anti-inflammatory properties, consuming cucumbers regularly can eliminate dark circles from under your eyes.
If you have a nasty hangover, cucumbers are your best choice of relieving it. They are rich in water, essential minerals and electrolytes that can treat your hangover in minutes.
Here’s a tasty low-calorie cucumber recipe you can eat to improve your overall health and lose some weight:
- 2 cups cucumber (chopped)
- ½ cup tomatoes
- ¼ cup Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup onions (chopped)
- 1 ½ teaspoon lime juice
- 1 ½ teaspoon lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cumin powder
- 2 tablespoons parsley (chopped)
- 2 chili peppers
- 1 garlic clove
Mix the ingredients in a bowl and let them stay for a bit, then spread the paste on a piece of whole grain toast.
The second recipe we have for you today is known as Sassy water and was invented by nutritionist Cynthia Sass. The Sassy water has the ability to boost your digestion and metabolism and detoxify your digestive tract, effectively eliminating many digestive problems and boosting your weight loss. Here’s how to prepare it:
- 1 cucumber
- 1 lemon
- 2 l. water
- 12 spearmint leaves
- 1 teaspoon ginger (grated)
Mix the ingredients in a glass pitcher, then leave the drink in your fridge overnight. Drink the whole amount during the next day. Repeat the process every day and you’ll soon feel much better and start losing weight.