Cucumbers are one of the most versatile and healthy fruits, yes a fruit, that you can have. And another great bonus is that they are very inexpensive! And you can easily add them into your diet. Whether it is adding a few slices to your water, soup, or juice recipe or simply putting them on your skin to reap some incredible benefits, cucumbers are incredible for you, and today we are breaking them down and I am picking the five top benefits that you can get from cucumbers.
1. Full of Anti-Oxidants
Cucumbers are great for boosting your immune system. They are full of cancer fighting abilities and they can protect DNA from damage due to stress, which less face it, we all deal with stress on a daily or at least weekly basis. Cucumbers are great for the overall health of the brain and cognitive function as well. Cucumbers are also known for having the ability to reduce tumors and reduce the growth of cancer cells. Research has been done that proves these foods help fight cancer and reduce the risk of cancer cells which makes them a great addition to your diet.
2. Detoxifies the Body
Cucumbers contain compounds that support the digestive system and the liver. If you have read or watched any of my content you know how important the liver is. The liver is key to the overall health of your entire body and is incredibly important in detoxing your blood and gut. Cucumbers are great for detoxing because they are a natural diuretic, which means they help the body produce more urine to rid your body of the toxins and waste. They are also great for reducing bloating and water retention.
3. Soothes Skin
Cucumber juice nourishes damage and dry skin. Applying cucumbers to your skin give a cooling effect reducing redness and inflammation. They can alleviate the pain that comes with sunburn, bug bites, and other skin irritations. The fruit is considered a refrigerant, which simply means they remain cool while reducing heat build up, inflammation, help with dehydration and quench thirsty skin.
4. Improves Digestion
Most people suffer from a magnesium deficiency and they don’t even know it. Cucumbers are full of magnesium and electrolytes which help supports the digestive system and relieves constipation. They also can help heal the digestive lining which helps keep you more regular. They are easy to add to smoothies and juices since they are made from mostly water. If you add them with celery, melon or lime they will be great as anti-bloating drink. Because cucumbers have a heat reducing effect on the body they can lower inflammation which helps with constipation.
5. Supports Strong Bones
Want to help your kiddos grow and have strong bones? The answer is not in a glass of milk but in cucumber slices! Cucumbers are full of vitamin K which is known for its ability to maintain the density of your bones. So having a few slices of cucumbers daily or weekly will help your children as they grow. Vitamin K is also great for your metabolism, supporting your overall blood health and heart health and neurological function. This is another one of those vitamins that many people are deficient in, so adding them to your water, to sandwiches, salads, or eating them raw with some pink salt sprinkled on top as a snack will help your body in more ways than you will ever know!