If you’d like to make your diet healthier by adding more vegetables, cucumbers are a great choice. A type of melon that comes from the same family as zucchini, watermelon, and other squash, cucumber is a vegetable that has a cylindrical shape. Its flesh is very juicy and pale green while its skin is similar to watermelon and it ranges from green to white.
Cucumber contains 96% water that is naturally distilled. Its skin is abundant with vitamin A, so this is the reason why it shouldn’t be peeled off. Cucumber is a great source of antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium, folate, silica, molybdenum, manganese, sulfur, as well as vitamin B complex, phosphorus, calcium, and sodium.
Most people do not include cucumber in their daily diet and are not aware of the fact that cucumber possesses a number of benefits. Even though fresh cucumber tastes “bland”, it possesses cooling and thirst-quenching properties that are extremely refreshing. When taken together with barbecued and fried foods, it acts as an antioxidant. Cucumber juice can be mixed with orange or carrot juices.
Check out the health benefits of cucumber:
Acidity: Cucumber juice contains alkaline minerals that can regulate the body’s blood pH, which in turn neutralizes acidity. This juice can be very effective in the case of gastric and duodenal ulcers.
Blood pressure: It contains sodium and various minerals which can regulate blood pressure.
Connective tissues, building: Being a great source of silica, cucumber helps in the proper construction of connective tissues in the body as in the muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones, and cartilage.
Cooling: Drink a glass of cucumber and celery juice in order to normalize body temperature.
Diuretic: Cucumber juice is diuretic, having the ability to remove waste through urination. This helps to dissolve kidney stones.
Fever: Cucumber juice has temperature regulating properties and can be very beneficial in the case of fever.
Inflammation: Cucumber can help counter uric acids responsible for the inflammation in joints. It can eliminate the uric acid, thus treating the joint inflammation. It can be very effective in the case of other inflamed conditions like gout, asthma, and arthritis.
Hair growth: Cucumber juice is a great source of sulfur and silicon which can promote hair growth. You can mix this juice with lettuce, spinach, or carrot juice.
Puffy eyes: Water retention in the body can make some people wake up in the morning with puffy eyes. In order to reduce the puffiness, just put two slices of cucumber on your eyes and let it stand for 10 minutes.
Skin conditions: Due to its abundance of antioxidants and vitamin C, cucumber is included in various beauty creams for treating acne, psoriasis, eczema, etc.
Sunburn: Due to its cooling and healing properties, cucumber juice can be very effective for treating sunburn. Just rub it on the affected area
Water retention: Cucumber contains essential electrolytes and restores hydration of the body cells, which in turn reduces water retention.
It is very important to buy cucumbers that are firm to the touch and dark green in color. Make sure to avoid those that are wrinkles at their ends and yellowish. To retain cucumbers freshness, store them in the fridge. Keep the cut cucumbers wrapped up or in an air-tight container and store them in the fridge. They can be consumed within a day or two.
Note: Cucumbers may be waxed or have pesticides, so make sure to buy organic.
Source: Juicing For Health