For all of its simplicity, cucumber water is remarkably healthy and nutritious. The key to a lot of health issues is hydration: drinking enough water every day fuels all of our body’s activities and internal processes. While plain water is totally boring, cucumber water is exactly the opposite. Cucumber water is a healthy, tasty, and helpful for weight loss. Start substituting cucumber water for all of the commercially-produced “fake” waters that actually contain sugar, calories and synthetic ingredients whose harmful effects you have no clue about. Water has no calories, and one cucumber has less than 50 calories, meaning that cucumber water is one of the lowest calorie drinks you could ever possibly imagine.
Here are 7 amazing benefits of drinking cucumber water:
1. Appetite suppression
Cucumber water can help curb hunger cravings by keeping you hydrated. Often, symptoms of dehydration are confused with hunger. This nutritious drink can replace afternoon snacks, helping you reduce your daily caloric intake.
Cucumbers are rich in silicon dioxide, a compound which enhances the appearance of skin and builds muscle tissue. It is also well documented that a well-hydrated body is key for clear, healthy skin. Cucumbers are 95% water, meaning they are excellent when it comes to hydrating skin. Cucumber seeds also contain vitamin E, well-known for its powerful effects on skin: reduction of fine lines and blemishes.
Cucumber water is rich in antioxidants and vitamins, including vitamin A and D. Anti-oxidants are known to combat cancer-causing free-radicals.
We’ve already mentioned how import proper daily hydration is for overall health. Water allows a body’s vital organs to function at their best.
Cucumbers previously mentioned anti-oxidants: alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, zeaxanthin and lutein all fight free radicals and other toxins that enter the body from air, water and food. Water enhanced with cucumber can flush the body’s tissues of all these harmful substances.
6. Blood pressure
Hypertension and high blood pressure affect 1/3 of adult Americans. Cucumbers are rich in potassium, which is essential for people with hypertension.
7. Healthy hair
Cucumber boosts hair growth due to it high silicon, phosphorus and calcium content.
Cucumber water preparation:
1. Slice a fresh, organic, washed cucumber. DO NOT PEEL!
2. Put cucumber slices in a pitcher of water and let it infuse for at least two hours (ideally, overnight).
3. Drink Cold! Add some mint leaves or lemon for flavor.