7 amazing benefits of cucumber to beat this summer heat
Apart from being a versatile refresher, cucumbers are also an excellent cosmetic for the skin, can help you lose weight and even cut cancer. Read on to know more
A permanent fixture in most Indian summer salads, cucumber is a refreshing vegetable that soothes the body on a hot and dry day. The fact that it is packed with vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium, folate, riboflavin, B-6, pantothenic acid, iron, calcium, phosphorous, zinc and silica (phew!) makes it even more appealing.
And, if that's not enough, this versatile refresher constitutes about 95 percent water! So basically you won't get any fat adding cucumbers to your daily summer meals and you get to keep yourself hydrated all day long. But these are not the only benefits a cucumber will give you on a long dry sunny day.
Here are our top picks for why you should add a cucumber to your summer meals daily.
#1 Cucumbers are a great source of silica
Silica is a beauty mineral that basically helps to strengthen our connective tissues.
These tissues include cartilage, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. So when you consume a cucumber, you basically help your body gain strength and youth.
#2 Cucumbers are an excellent cosmetic for your skin
You may have heard this before and that's because it is true! Cucumber has ascorbic acid and caffeic acid, and these two compounds fight water retention in the body. Therefore, when you use a cucumber slice on your dark circles, it automatically reduces the puffiness in the eyes and also helps in dermatitis.
They also supply skin-friendly minerals including potassium, silicon and magnesium.
#3 Cucumbers increase alkaline content in the body
Our bodies need an minimum level of alkaline to reduce its acidic content, which is formed due to bad lifestyle choices. So if you want to detoxify your body, cucumber is best bet.
Cucumbers are super alkalising and can bring your body back to it's healthy self.
Continue reading to know more about the life-saving benefits of cucumber.
#4 Cucumbers are great for hair growth
They have a sulphur and silicon, which are both known to be instrumental in hair growth.
If you really want a greater effect, juice the cucumber with some carrots and min leaves, and consume this mixture one a day.
#5 Cucumbers can help you lose weight
Cucumbers are made up of 95 percent water, which means that you can fill your stomach with this great vegetable and still not gain any weight.
Since they are nutritionally dense, they only have 16 calories per cup so you can stock them up in your belly without any worry.
#6 Cucumbers are also known to be diuretic
They are a great for detoxification of the body. The high water content in cucumbers flush out the toxins and waste material from the body, leaving it feeling refreshed and nourished.
They also help to eliminate uric acid, which is found in people who are suffering from joint pains arthritis. In addition, the magnesium in cucumber relaxes muscles and even the nerves and stimulates blood circulation in the body. It's fibre content also helps in detoxification.
#7 Cucumbers can cut down cancer
Yes, several studies have shown that eating cucumber than actually help to cut down cancer.
The study mentions, "Epidemiological studies have consistently shown that a high dietary intake of fruits and vegetables as well as whole grains is strongly associated with reduced risk of developing chronic diseases, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease."
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