The Powers of Cucumbers
The many health benefits of cucumbers are nothing new, but maybe you didn’t realise all of the ways that increasing your intake of this fruit can be good for you.
The expression “cool as a cucumber” comes from the cooling, soothing properties of the fruit, which you can benefit from both by eating and applying to your skin.
Cucumbers are 96 percent water, so if you are dehydrated, chomping on a cucumber could replenish some of those vital fluids you need. Their ascorbic and caffeic acids which prevent water loss and therefore may help with burns and dermatitis.
It isn’t only their hydrating properties that make them ideal for snacks (and hangover cures). Cucumbers are packed full of vitamins. The flesh of cucumbers is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and folic acid while the hard skin of cucumbers is rich in fibre and a range of minerals include magnesium, molybdenum, and potassium.
Additionally, cucumber contains silica, a trace mineral that contributes to strengthening your connective tissues.
The clichéd beauty therapy image of placing chilled slices of cucumber on your eyes is a genuine cure to puffy, sore eyes. As well as hydrating the dry skin (and cooling it) cucumbers provide magnesium, potassium and silicon. It can, therefore, assist with itchiness and sunburn, while inside it is a good way to get rid of heartburn. It has also been known to help with psoriasis, eczema, and acne.
Cucumbers also counter the effects of uric acid; good news for sufferers of gout, and also for combatting arthritis and asthma.
If you’re trying to lose weight or you’re trying to quit smoking and find the munchies has taken over your smoking habit, cucumbers are a perfect snacking solution that will hydrate rather than add weight.
Better still, if you’re on a ‘detox’ or trying to replace vices with a few healthier ones, cucumbers are a handy way of flushing out your toxins. When made a regular part of your diet, cucumber is effective in dissolving kidney stones by lowering the uric acid levels in your system. Because they are a diuretic, they’re good for your liver and kidneys, and the fibre content helps avoid constipation.
For diabetics, cucumbers are low in carbs and a high source of fibre, which also fights cholesterol. Cucumbers possess a hormone required by the beta cells during insulin production.
The Glycemic Index of cucumbers is zero. The presence of carbohydrates and their result on the body is measured by the quantity Glycemic Index. Because they don’t worsen your blood sugar levels, they may be eaten liberally without concern.
Muscle & Joint Care
Silica is the essential component that has doctors recommending cucumber juice to encourage healthier and brighter skin. Silica helps you to develop strong and healthy connective tissues in the muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and bone. It also promotes muscle flexibility, while the magnesium content of cucumbers ensures proper blood circulation and relaxed nerves. Since cucumbers are so rich in minerals, it even prevents splitting of the nails on the fingers and toes.