We all know that you are supposed to avoid sodas, but what can you drink? Although water is our best choice, sometimes it is just so boring. The next time that you feel thirsty try cucumber water. This easy to make beverage will not only make you feel better, but it can also make you look better.
Helps You Hydrate
Proper hydration is important for overall health. Without proper hydration, you become dehydrated, which means your body does not have enough water to function normally. You lose water every day when you breathe, sweat and go to the bathroom. The water content in the foods you eat and the beverages you drink combine to hydrate your body. When you are properly hydrated you will have more energy and your organs will do their job better. Adding cucumber to your water will probably urge you to drink water more often helping you stay hydrated.
Helps lower blood pressure
Hypertension, or as it is most commonly referred to high blood pressure is a significant health issue in the United States. It is estimated that one in three adults in the U.S. suffer from high blood pressure. This is important since high blood pressure can result in diseases like stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, and vision loss. Cucumbers are a great source of potassium which is important for anyone who has high blood pressure.
Often our body’s mistake being hungry with being thirsty. If you want to add a bit more pick me up to your cucumber water try adding some sliced fruit such as strawberries, oranges or lemons. This is a great way to avoid that afternoon snack, cutting calories and helping you feel full. Avoiding those afternoon snacks will cut calories and avoid weight gain.
Helps Your Skin
Staying hydrated is one of the best ways to keep your skin soft and smooth. Cucumbers are comprised of 95% water which helps to hydrate the skin. Its seeds are rich in Vitamin E and potassium which help in reducing fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes and other signs of aging. They can also be used topically you treat acne, sunburn, and puffiness under your eyes.
Helps Your Hair
Cucumber contributes to the growth of hair primarily due to its content of silicon, phosphorus and calcium which are some of the most needed nutrients needed for hair growth. Drinking cucumber water can help you maintain a fully, more shiny head of hair.
It Has Antioxidant/Detoxing Properties
Cucumbers contain good amount of antioxidants like B carotene, A-carotene, Zeaxanthin and Lutein. These compounds act as a scavenger against free radicals that lead to aging and other age related diseases. This allows your body to flush toxins and battle free radicals. The high water content in cucumber acts as a system cleanser and sweeps the waste products out of the system.
Cucumber is one of the oldest cultivated crops, believed to have been originated in the Indian subcontinent. This vegetable is considered as a super food for its effects on the overall health. One final tip is to use spring water to avoid toxins when making cucumber water.
Recipe – How to Make Cucumber Water
1. Cucumber well-washed are cut into slices with or without peel depending of her quality.
2. In a glass bowl are combine cucumber slices in water, and ice. Allowed to be marinate for at least an hour. (For best results, allow it to marinate overnight in the refrigerator.)The role of the ice is to keep them the pieces of cucumber submerged.
You can refill the glass bowl with water several times before it starts to be lose flavor the marinade. You can even eat the cucumber slices if you like, but discard your batch after 24 hours.
Store the marinade in the refrigerator for the entire 24 hour period.
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