April 24, 2019
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I love cucumbers and when I was eating them with my lunch today, I thought, "What is this really doing for me?" Well...cucumber has been linked to a lower risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, among others, while promoting a healthy complexion, increased energy, and a healthy body weight.
The chemical profile of cucumbers is thought to give them a number of possible health benefits. But what kind of health benefits can something made almost entirely of water do for you?
Lets take a look,
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*-- Who Knew Cucumbers Had So Many Health Benefits? --*
I mentioned that cucumbers are almost made completely out of water. But along with the water they also contain electrolytes. They can help prevent dehydration during the hot summer months or during and after a workout.
Staying hydrated is important for many things including maintaining a healthy intestine, preventing constipation, and avoiding kidney stones.
Try mixing fresh mint and cucumber in your water to create a more attractive drink while relaxing at home, sitting in the office, or putting in a good workout at the gym.
Cucumbers are also extremely good for bone health. One cup of cucumber provides 8.5 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin K. The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) recommends that women aged 19 years and over consume 90 mcg of vitamin K each day, and men 120 mcg. It also contains calcium. Vitamin K helps improve calcium absorption. Together, these nutrients contribute to good bone health.
If used directly on the skin, sliced cucumbers have a cooling and soothing effect due to their anti-inflammatory benefits. These can decrease swelling, irritation, and inflammation. People have even used it to alleviate sunburn and most commonly used to decrease "morning puffiness" on the eyes.
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