The familiar green cucumber is a nutrient-dense fruit and is available all year round, making it the perfect natural remedy for several ailments.
Cucumbers can be eaten raw, mixed into dips, juiced, or pickled, so its easy to work them into your diet.
Below are just some of the many health benefits of cucumbers.
Cucumbers are 95 per cent water, making them a delicious way to up your daily water intake.
Among other things, staying hydrated promotes cardiovascular health, regulates body temperature, ensures vital organs are working properly, and cleanses your body from the inside out.
Cucumber juice can refresh and heal diseased gums, leaving your mouth healthy and breath smelling fresh.
According to the experts at House Call Doctor, the crunch of the skin helps remove plaque on the teeth and gums, and the juice contains a photochemical that kills the bacteria which causes bad breath.
Improve digestive health
Cucumbers contain several components, including water, fibre and pectin, that help promote regular bowel movements,
Water prevents dehydration, which is a major risk factor for constipation.
Fibre helps regulate bowel movements, and pectin has been proven to speed up the movement of intestinal muscles and feed good gut bacteria.
Improve skin quality
Cucumbers are known to be anti-acne, anti-aging, and anti-wrinkle thanks to their high silica content and skin tightening properties.
Vitamins A, C and E are all present in cucumbers, and are great at preserving the elasticity of aging skin.
Cucumber juice has a calm and cooling effect when applied directly to the skin. This decreases inflammation and redness in the skin caused by acne.
To heal sunburn, either slice refrigerated cucumbers or blend them into a paste and apply to the affected area.
The cooling effects of cucumbers will reduce the swelling, redness and pain associated with sunburn.
How do you eat your cucumbers?