The cucumber is one of the most refreshing things we can consume during the hot summer days. It’s full of health benefits and abundant in water.
It is very low in calories, but full of electrolytes. It originates from India.
The plant is actually a vine and belongs to the Cucurbita family: pumpkins, melons, courgettes etc.
It is grown very easily and can be encountered in different parts of the world. The sizes, shapes and colors vary, but it can be mostly encountered in dark green. The flesh is crunchy and full of edible seeds.
In case you let it grow for a long period of time, the skin will be yellow and hard, the size will grow, too and you should never eat it.
Fresh cucumbers can be seen throughout the whole year.
These are some of their best health benefits:
They are abundant in different minerals: magnesium, potassium, silicon etc. These are all very beneficial to our body.
Since cucumbers are full of water, any waste or toxin from our body becomes eliminated easily. They also help us melt kidney stones!
Control our blood pressure, decrease cholesterol and fight diabetes
Cucumbers contain magnesium, fiber and plenty of potassium so they’re amazing for the regulation of our blood pressure. Their juice contains a hormone that our pancreatic cells need so that they could create insulin.
These amazing vegetable contains vitamins that we need to intake daily: vitamin B, A and C. They all energize our body and increase our immunity.
There are 90% of water in 1 fresh cucumber. If we consume it regularly, it will moisturize our skin and hydrate our body.
Cucumbers are abundant in lariciresinol, lignans and secoisolariciresinol, but also pinoresinol that are known to be able to destroy different types of cancer like: uterine, prostate, breast and ovarian cancer.
Promote joint health
The silicone in cucumbers can strengthen our joints, the connective tissues etc. When you combine it with carrots, it treats arthritis and gout as it has the ability to decrease the amount of uric acid.
Improves kidney health
Since the amount of uric acid in the body is decreased, our kidneys remain healthy.
Weight loss and digestion
Cucumbers contain a lot of water, but a small amount of calories that helps people who want to lose weight. They also contain plenty of fiber which helps us against constipation and digestive problems.
Fresh breath and healthy gums
When you chew a cucumber, it releases juice which is excellent against inflammation and makes your gums fresh. It is also full of phytochemicals that can help you eliminate any bacteria and fight bad breath.
Perfect nails and hair
Cucumbers are full of sulfur and silicon which improve our nails and hair, but also make them grow faster.
Fight the damage of the sun
When you consume cucumbers, they help the acidity of your skin become better, but they can also help you against sunburn.
Cucumbers contain a great amount of electrolytes, sugar and vitamin B which can help you against hangovers and headaches. In case you’re drunk, eat several pieces of cucumbers!
Eliminate dark circles
Cucumbers are full of anti-inflammatory properties which can help you eliminate any swellings or dark circles around your eyes.
Cucumbers have an amazing taste. They’re also full of health benefits as well as different nutrients. They’re among the most popular in the world. Add them in any appetizer, juice or salad and you’ll see!
- 4 and ½ teaspoons of fresh cilantro
- 2 cups of cucumber (finely peeled and then sliced)
- 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley (sliced)
- ¼ a cup of sliced red onion
- 1 chili (without the seeds)
- ¼ a cup of Greek yoghurt
- 1 clove of garlic (sliced)
- ¼ a teaspoon of ground cumin
- 1 and ½ teaspoon of lime juice
- ¼ teaspoon of sea salt
- 1 and ½ teaspoon of lemon juice
Combine the first 7 ingredients in a small bowl. The other 5 ingredients should be combined in another bowl. Pour the mixture with the cucumber in the second bowl. Stir everything well. After a while, you can serve it along with a whole-grain toast.
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