Did you know that cucumbers are the fourth most cultivated vegetable in the world? In fact, the cucumber is commonly referred to as a superfood. However, cucumbers are not just for eating.
Check out the following list of health and beauty benefits of cucumbers.
1. Prevents Dehydration and Constipation
Cucumbers prevent dehydration because they are made of about 95 percent water and are full of important electrolytes. For those reasons, the cucumber is a perfect food to always keep available.
Add cucumber slices to water for a great taste to help you increase your water consumption. Since dehydration is a cause of constipation, the water in cucumbers helps with regular bowel movements.
2. Aid in Digestion
Besides water, cucumbers are loaded with fiber. That's a great combination that is also a remedy if you suffer from digestive problems such as acidity, gastritis, heartburn, and ulcers.
Cucumbers are known to raise the stomach pH, which can assist with the symptoms of acid reflux that causes hundreds of people to suffer.
3. Weight Loss
Cucumbers are extremely high in nutrients but very low in calories. Therefore, they make a great healthy snack. Instead of grabbing a bag of chips or a handful of cookies, eat healthy cucumber slices. One 11-ounce unpeeled raw cucumber contains only 45 calories.
Cucumbers dissolve into a gel-like texture which helps to slow down digestion and make you feel full quickly and longer. That makes cucumber a great food to eat to fill you up and help you to lose weight at the same time.
Make a cucumber salad or add cucumber slices to other salads, sandwiches, and side dishes.
4. Hair Care
If you want silky and shiny hair, use cucumber juice on it. The juice will condition the hair because of the high silicon and sulfur content. It also helps promote hair growth.
Simply apply cucumber juice to the scalp. You can also purchase cucumber shampoo from beauty supply stores, department stores, and even from some grocery stores.
5. Skin Care
Slices of cucumbers can do wonders for the skin. For instance, cucumber slices on an oily face can remove the excess oil.
Since cellulite and wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process, older people can help their appearance by rubbing thick slices of cucumber on the affected areas for a few minutes. The outer layers of the skin are firmed up and there is a decrease in the showing of cellulite and wrinkles.
Cucumbers can be used as a natural toner and astringent because of their cooling properties. The juice is ideal as a cleanser to remove blemishes and acne.
Cucumber-based treatments are often found in most spas because of skin care properties.
6. Eye Care
Cucumbers can be used as a skin lightening. The ascorbic and caffeic acid in them helps to eliminate the water retention in the skin under the eyes.
Place a slice over puffy eyes and the anti-inflammatory properties of cucumbers will help reduce the swelling and puffiness and dark circles under the eyes.
7. Treatment for Tired Feet
If you suffer from foot pain, cucumbers can come to the rescue. A cucumber foot mask will help heal blisters, lighten dark skin, and rejuvenate your feet.
8. Brain Protection
Cucumbers are known to improve memory and even protect nerve cells from declining due to aging.
Cucumbers have also been found to prevent learning and memory impairments. They improve memory and have been connected with the prevention of memory loss because of Alzheimer's disease.
9. Cancer risk reduction
Cucumbers are small, but they have a lot of health benefits including lowering the risk of breast, ovarian, uterine, and prostate cancers.
10. Antioxidant Properties
Cucumbers are especially rich in beneficial antioxidants that may reduce the risk of many diseases. The vegetable has antioxidants properties from vitamin C and beta-carotene, as well as antioxidant flavonoids. Reduces inflammation
Cucumber juice helps reduce unwanted inflammation in the body.
12. Controls Diabetes
The juice of cucumbers contains a hormone that is needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin.
13.Lowers High Blood Pressure
The juice from cucumbers reduces cholesterol and high blood pressure. Sterols help reduce cholesterol levels. Because cucumbers contain a lot of potassium, magnesium, and fiber, they work effectively for regulating blood pressure. Therefore, cucumbers are good for regulating both low blood pressure and high blood pressure.
14. Get Fresh breath
Cucumbers reduce bad breath caused by bacteria in the mouth. Freshen your breath by placing a slice of cucumber on the roof of your mouth. The fiber and water in it help produce saliva which washes away bacteria that causes odor in the mouth.
Cucumbers also contain phytochemicals which kill the bacteria. Juice from cucumbers also refreshes and heals diseased gums.
15. Stress Reliever
Cucumbers contain many different B vitamins, including B1, B5, and B7 that are helpful in preventing anxiety and stress.
16. Hangovers and Headaches Preventative
After drinking alcoholic beverages, eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed. They contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish many of the essential nutrients the body lost because of the alcohol consumption. Cucumbers are great for preventing both a hangover and a headache.
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