Cucumbers are very cool and healthy. Discover how this perfect summer veggie keeps your body hydrated, strong and happy. Enjoy some of my favorite cucumber recipes.
Some People Say Cucumbers Will Do Almost Everything!
Have you ever heard of those wives’ tale cucumber cleaning tips? I tried a few of them to find out if they really were true. Here’s what I found:
- Cucumber to take the tarnish off stainless steel did not work any better than dish soap and cloth.
- Polishing my shoes with cucumber was not fun! I had to clean up the seeds after. Using a damp cloth is much better.
- Using cucumber to erase ink writing did not work at all!
The bad news is, cucumber is not a natural cleaner. The good news is, it’s loaded with health benefits.
Health Benefits of Cucumbers:
1. Hydrate Your Body.
Like watermelons, cucumbers are 95 percent water.
Cucumbers are full of water and micro-nutrients with little room for calories, carbs, and fat.
2. Help Flush Toxins from the body.
The high water content in cucumbers gets your urinary system moving. This is why they are in many detox recipes.
3. Good for Treating High Blood Pressure.
Cucumbers with lots of potassium, magnesium and fiber help regulate blood pressure
4. May Help Fight Cancer.
Although research is just beginning, there’s a compound found in cucumbers called cucurbitacin that has been found to fight cancer.
5. Help With Weight Loss.
A half-cup of sliced cucumber only has 8 calories and has high water content; it is a good food to add to the diet.
6. May Help Diabetes.
Cucumbers contain a hormone needed by the cells of the pancreas in order to produce insulin. This hormone has been found to be beneficial to diabetic patients. Compounds in cucumber seeds helped to control blood sugar levels in diabetic rats. Study 2011
Alkaline diets have been linked to more energy, balance, and reduction in major degenerative diseases.
7. Highly Alkaline-Forming Food.
Eating more alkaline-forming foods and less acid-forming foods like sugar, alcohol, bread and meat, is an important part of keeping a balanced diet.
8. May Help Reduce Cholesterol Levels.
Cucumbers contain sterols. According to research, sterols reduce LDL cholesterol by about 10 percent.
9. Reduce Risk of Heart Disease.
Cucumbers contain three lignans (lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol) that research has shown to boost cardiovascular health.
10. Help Keep Bowel Movements Regular.
Cucumbers have good fiber and, again, because of high water content, are great for moving bodies of toxins from the digestive system. They can help constipation.