Have you ever wondered how you can combat the scorching heat of summer?
Just think of eating cucumber, a humble and crisp cucumber, and your body will want to taste its crisp way of offering hydration.
The humble and crispy cucumbers can be a really refreshing miracle in the hot summer days, but despite this, they offer numerous health benefits.
The watery veggie is rich in nutrients, water and electrolytes, and it contains a few calories per serving.
Cucumbers grow in vines, and belong to the Cucurbita family, same as melons, pumpkins, courgettes, etc. today, cucumbers grow in every part of the world. They vary in sizes, shapes and colors, but they all have the same taste.
You can find fresh cucumbers throughout the entire year, and here are some of the reasons you should consume them very often:
Cucumbers are rich in potassium, magnesium, silicon and other minerals. Your body needs enough minerals to carry its vital functions.
Water in cucumbers eases the elimination of toxic matter and dissolves kidney stones.
Treat diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension
Fiber, magnesium, and potassium normalize blood pressure, and cucumber juice stimulates the production of insulin.
Cucumbers will give you a healthy portion of vitamin A, B and C. these are a real vitamin bomb.
Hydrate your body
Cucumbers are 90% water, which makes them an excellent choice for your body.
Secoisolariciresinol, lariciresinol, and pinoresinol prevent the development of breast, ovarian, prostate, and uterine cancer. Cucumbers are full-packed with these lignans.
Silicon builds strong joints and connective tissue. When combined with carrots, cucumbers can be used in the treatment of gout and arthritis pain.
Nutrients in cucumbers control the production of uric acid, and promote healthy kidney function.
Proper digestion and weight management
Cucumbers are high in water and low in calories. Make sure you eat enough cucumbers if you are trying to lose weight. Fiber in cucumbers enhances digestion, and relieves constipation.
Healthy gums and fresh breath
Chew a few cucumber slices to refresh your gums and reduce inflammation. Phytochemicals in cucumbers will help you get rid of bad breath.
Strong nails and hair
Silicon and sulfur in cucumbers strengthen hair and nails, and boost their growth.
Eat cucumbers to balance your skin’s pH values. Fresh cucumber slices soothe sunburn pain.
We advise you to try this low-calorie cucumber recipe:
2 cups finely chopped peeled and seeded cucumber
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup seeded tomato cut into small pieces
4-1 / 2 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 chili (jalapeño, tree, etc.) without seeds and chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/4 cup Greek yogurt (you can also use cottage cheese/ricotta)
1-1 / 2 teaspoon lime juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1-1 / 2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Mix the veggies and herbs in one bowl, and mix the juices and spiced in a separate bowl. All you have to do next is mix everything together.