- September 20, 2015
- Posted by: Website Admin
- Category: Health and Fitness, Uncategorized
Consuming different kind of Fruits and Vegetables has long been associated with a reduced risk of many adverse health conditions. Studies have suggested that an increase in the consumption of plant foods like cucumber, decreases the risk of Obesity, Diabetes, Heart Disease and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion, increased energy, and overall lower weight.
Below are the reasons why you will always need the cucumber.
Rehydrates body and replenishes daily vitamins – Due to the high level of water present in the cucumber, it helps keep the body hydrated. Cucumbers are 95% water and by this, toxins are eliminated. The Cucumber is made up of important electrolytes and it is a perfect food to have on hand during the hot summer months to prevent dehydration. Adding cucumber to water is a great way to increase water consumption as well.
Fight cancers – Cucumber helps to fight cancer. They are known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol. These three lignans have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer.
Prevents and Cures Hangovers – So to those of us who drink, cucumber can be taken to avoid a morning hangover or headache. You just need to eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish many essential nutrients, reducing the intensity of both hangover and headache.
Aids in weight loss and digestion – The Cucumber has low calories and high water content, and by this, is an ideal diet for people who are looking for weight loss. The high water content and dietary fiber in cucumbers are very effective in ridding the body of toxins from the digestive system, aiding digestion. Daily consumption of cucumbers can be regarded as a remedy for chronic constipation.
Cures diabetes, reduces cholesterol and controls blood pressure – Cucumber juice contains a hormone which is needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin which has been found to be beneficial to diabetic patients. Researchers found that a compound called sterols in cucumbers may help reduce cholesterol levels. Cucumbers contain a lot of potassium, magnesium and fiber. These work effectively for regulating blood pressure. This makes cucumbers good for treating both low blood pressure and high blood pressure.
Promotes joint health, relieves gout and arthritis pain – Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, which is known to help promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues. They are also rich in vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium. When mixed with carrot juice, they can relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering the uric acid levels.
Relieves bad breath – Cucumber relieves bad breath. Take a slice of cucumber, press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds. The Phytochemcials in it will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.
Skin and hair care – Cucumber skins can also be used for skin irritations and sunburns as aloe would be used. All you need to do is to place a slice over puffy eyes and its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce puffiness. The Cucumber has a cooling and soothing effect that decreases swelling, irritation and inflammation. The silicon and sulfur in cucumbers help to stimulate hair growth as well.
Home care – Eliminates a foggy mirror. Before taking a shower, rub a cucumber slice along a mirror and it will eliminate the mirror fogging up. Instead of oil, take a cucumber slice and rub it along a squeaky hinge and your door will stop squeaking.
Nutritional Values Contained in Cucumbers
- Vitamin B: Cucumbers are good source of B vitamins. This vitamin play important roles on Cell Metabolisms. It also helps to keep our bodies running like well-oiled machines. It converts our food into fuel, allowing us to stay energized throughout the day.
- Vitamin C: Cucumbers are loaded with vitamin C. This vitamin serves as one of the many antioxidants that protect the body from free radicals, lowering the risk of various cancers and illness due to damaged cells. Vitamin C has many important functions such as aiding in collagen production and brain function, and it also helps your body process fat.
- Vitamin K: Like vitamin A, vitamin K plays a role in building the bone, and other tissues of the body. However, vitamin K is mainly responsible for making some of the proteins the liver requires for blood clotting. This coagulation ability is important for people who suffer from bleeding disorders, reducing their chances of bleeding out after a cut or injury. Approximately half of the cucumber’s vitamin K content is found in its peel, so keep the peel on for maximal health benefits.
- Potassium: A 100g serving, around 3.5 oz, of cucumber contains around 150mg of potassium. This mineral aids in metabolic functions and also plays a role in the development of muscle tissue. Adequate potassium is also necessary for maintaining normal electrical activity of the heart, and a diet rich in potassium protects you from high blood pressure.
HOW CUCUMBER CAN BE EATEN
Cucumbers should be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week to maintain their freshness. Make sure to wash thoroughly consuming. Avoid cucumbers with ends that are shriveled or withered.
Cucumbers are best when consumed raw and have a mild taste and cool crunch that make them a great addition to any salad or sandwich.
- Spice up your water by adding mint leaves and cucumber for a refreshing treat
- Slice cucumbers into thick slices and dip them in your favorite hummus.