Drinking cucumber water is a surefire way to improve your health because it delivers a number of surprising benefits and it is very easy to prepare.
What is Cucumber Water?
Quite simply, cucumber water is water that is infused with cucumber slices. It is made by immersing and soaking cucumber slices in a pitcher of water. While this may sound overly simple, many of the active ingredients of cucumber infuse into the water, boosting its overall nutrient intake. Moreover, cucumbers are about 95% water. This is cucumber water is so popular in detox cleanses.
Cucumber water is good for you because it possesses the earthy, refreshing flavor of cucumbers, as well as many other nutrients and active ingredients. Drinking cucumber water increases your vitamin B and vitamin C levels. It is rich in beta-carotene, manganese, and molybdenum. Most importantly, cucumbers contain anti-inflammatory flavonols such as ‘fisetin’, and various other antioxidants, including cucurbitacin.
According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, cucumbers also contain folic acid and silica, which have a number of positive effects on the body. Most importantly, however, this is a delicious and unique twist on an average glass of water that will keep you coming back for more.
Benefits of Cucumber Water
It boosts bone health
Cucumbers are high in vitamin K. In fact, one cup of sliced cucumbers has about 19 percent of the recommended daily value. Your body needs vitamin K to help form proteins that are needed to make healthy bones and tissues as well as to help your blood clot properly. What better way to get this vitamin than through refreshing cucumber water?
Supports healthy skin
Cucumber water can help soothe your skin from the inside out. Staying hydrated helps your body to flush out toxins and maintain a healthy complexion. Cucumbers are also high in pantothenic acid or vitamin B-5, which has been used to treat acne. One cup of sliced cucumbers has about 5 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin B-5.
It lowers your blood pressure
One contributing factor to high blood pressure is having too much salt (sodium) and too little potassium in your diet. The excess salt causes your body to hold fluids, which raises blood pressure. Potassium is an electrolyte that helps regulate the amount of sodium retained by the kidneys.
Cucumbers are a good source of potassium. Drinking cucumber water helps your body get more potassium, potentially helping to lower your blood pressure.
May help prevent cancer
Some early research suggests that cucumbers may help in the fight against cancer. Along with antioxidants, cucumbers also have compounds called cucurbitacins and a group of nutrients called lignans, which may have a role in protecting us from cancer. One study in the Journal of Cancer Research suggested that the dietary flavonoid fisetin, which is found in cucumbers, might help to slow the progression of prostate cancer.
Antioxidants are substances that help prevent and delay cell damage from oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Oxidative stress can lead to chronic conditions like:
Research has shown that antioxidants may be able to reverse or stop this damage. This is why you should each fruit and vegetables high in antioxidants. Cucumbers fall into this category. They’re rich in:
several flavonoid antioxidants
Helps with weight loss
If you’re trying to lose weight, replacing sugary sodas, sports drinks, and juices with cucumber water can help you cut some serious calories from your diet.
Staying hydrated also helps you feel full. Sometimes your body confuses thirst with hunger. You may feel like you’re hungry when you’re actually thirsty.
How will you know the difference? Reach for a tall glass of cucumber water first. If your hunger goes away after finishing the drink, you were thirsty. If you’re still hungry, then you know it’s hunger.
Keeps you hydrated
Your body can’t function properly without water. Most people should aim to drink six to eight glasses of water per day, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. We know we’re supposed to drink water throughout the day, but sometimes plain water gets boring. Adding cucumber gives it some extra flavor, encouraging you to drink more.