Cucumber water does more than just taste good on a hot day. It actually has many benefits for our bodies. Cucumbers keep you hydrated and healthy. The best part is, cucumber water is easy to make!
On average, we are supposed to drink 6-8 cups of water a day. When we stay hydrated, we are maintaining the right body temperature and assisting in the cleansing of toxins. Adding cucumbers to our water changes up the taste and makes it more interesting to drink. This can encourage us to get our proper intake of water!
Drinking cucumber water, and staying hydrated in general can also help us lose weight. Cutting out sugary drinks, and replacing it with refreshing cucumber water will cut out a lot of fat in your everyday diet. Sometimes our body even confuses hunger with thirst. When you are feeling a little hungry, have a drink of cucumber water first and see if the hunger goes away!
Cucumbers are even packed with antioxidants. Antioxidants help prevent and delay cell damage from oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Oxidative stress can lead to chronic ailments such as: Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, eye degeneration, and heart disease. It is often recommended that we eat fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants, which include cucumbers! They are rich in vitamin C, beta carotene, and manganese.
The cucumbers in cucumber water also helps lower blood pressure and boosts bone health. Cucumbers are packed with potassium which helps regulate the amount of sodium in our kidneys. One cup of sliced cucumbers also has 19% of the daily recommended value of vitamin k. This vitamin helps build healthy bones and tissues!
Lastly, cucumbers are great for your skin. Water alone already helps flush out toxins and maintain a healthy complexion; and cucumbers are high in vitamin B-5 (commonly used to treat acne). So next time you have a thirst you need to quench, be sure to give cucumber water a try. It’s tasty and good for you!