You may have a superfood growing in your garden…or as close as the farmer’s market. Cucumbers are known to be one of the best foods for your body’s overall health. Because of all the amazing benefits, it is often referred to as a superfood. Many of the nutrients are in the skin, so leave it on when you prepare your recipes.
A pick-me-up snack – Did you know eating a cucumber will re-energize you in the afternoon when you’re feeling sluggish? Full of vitamins A, B, and C, and minerals, it not only provides energy, but boosts immunity, and makes you radiant. Ninety-five percent water, it re-hydrates the body while helping to eliminate harmful toxins.
Aids in digestion – The high water content and dietary fiber in cucumbers are effective in aiding digestion. Eating cucumbers daily may help chronic constipation and flush the kidneys. Because it lowers the uric acid levels in your system, it may even be effective in ridding kidney stones.
Good for the Skinny – Low in calorie and high in water content, the cucumber is an ideal diet for people who are looking to lose weight.
Breath freshener – No mints or gum for a fresh breath? Try a cucumber. The phytochemicals will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for bad breath. Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth for 30 seconds.
Cure for Sunburn – Cucumbers have a cooling agent. Eating them helps you cool down inside. Rubbing them on a sunburn helps relieve the pain. The ascorbic acid and caffeic acid help soothe skin irritations.
Good for what ails you – Cucumber juice helps to produce insulin which is beneficial to diabetic patients. Those who suffer from high cholesterol or high blood pressure will find the potassium, magnesium and fiber in this vegetable which helps treat both low and high blood pressure and lower cholesterol. It also strengthens connective tissues by its source of silica, which improves joint health. Mix cucumber juice with carrot juice to relieve gout and arthritis pain.
Who knew cucumbers could be so healthy? They also have many other uses around the house besides food. Who knew?
Sources: allnaturalnews.com; care2.com/greenliving; livestrong.com