Cucumbers can be a real treat in the summer months thanks to their refreshing taste and high water content. Moreover, they are very good for your health, so you should try to include more of them in your diet.
These refreshing vegetables have almost zero calories, but they contain a lot of nutrients, which gives them medicinal properties. Cucumbers belong to the genus Cucurbita, a family of vines that include pumpkins, melons, and zucchinis, and are native to the Himalayas of Northern India.
They may have originated in India, but their popularity grew exponentially and spread all over the world in no time. They come in different shapes and colors, but the most common ones are dark green, with crunchy flesh and small seeds inside. As the cucumber grows, the skin hardens, the plant grows larger, and the seeds turn yellow, indicating that it is no longer edible.
Cucumbers should be part of every healthy diet for a number of reasons, and we’ve listed the most important ones.
Rich in minerals
They contain many minerals such as magnesium, potassium and silicon, which are important for many important functions of the body.
Good for detoxification
They also have a high water content, making them good for removing toxins and even kidney stones completely painlessly.
Very good for people with diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure
They are rich in fiber, potassium and magnesium compounds that regulate your blood pressure. Cucumber juice, on the other hand, contains a hormone that is necessary for the cells of the pancreas to release insulin.
Rich in vitamins
If you want to stock up on vitamins, eat cucumbers because they contain all the vitamins your body needs, including vitamins B, C, and A, which give you energy and boost your immune system.
Moisturizes the body
Did you know that cucumbers are 90% water? No wonder it rejuvenates, hydrates and hydrates your skin.
Improve your joints
We mentioned that they are rich in silica, which strengthens your joints and connective tissue. Moreover, if you combine it with carrots, it becomes a powerful remedy for gout and arthritis.
Supports kidney health
Cucumber reduces the amount of uric acid in the body and protects the health of the kidneys.
Digestion and weight loss
They are very low in calories but high in water, making them a great addition to any meal.
Fresh breath and healthy gums
Chewing cucumbers helps to restore gums and treat possible inflammation. They contain phytochemicals that fight the bacteria that cause bad breath.
Improves the quality of hair and nails
They are rich in silicon and sulphur, which are essential nutrients for healthy hair and nails. They also stimulate their growth.
Fight against sun damage
Cucumber balances the acidity of the skin and can be used to prevent sunburn.
Very good against diseases
They’re rich in B vitamins, electrolytes, and sugar, which can help with headaches and hangovers. If you feel like you’ve had one too many, try eating a few slices of cucumber before bed.
Say goodbye to dark circles
Cucumber has strong anti-inflammatory properties and is effective in removing dark circles and bags under the eyes.
Apart from being extremely healthy, they are very tasty and refreshing. Prepare them however you like and enjoy them all summer long.
THIS AMAZING LOW-CAL CUCUMBER RECIPE:
2 cups cucumber (peeled and chopped)
1/4 cup red onion (chopped)
2 tbsp. fresh parsley (finely chopped)
1/2 cup tomatoes (chopped into small cubes)
4 ½ tbsp. cilantro (fresh, chopped)
1 chili pepper (chopped, seedless)
1 clove of garlic (chopped)
1/4 cup Greek yogurt (cottage cheese/ricotta)
1 ½ tbsp. lime juice
1 ½ tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. ground cumin