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Cucumbers and Their Health Benefits

Margaret Minnicks is a health-conscious person who researches the health benefits of foods and drinks.

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Did you know that cucumbers are the fourth most cultivated vegetable in the world? Besides, they have many health benefits. In fact, the cucumber is commonly referred to as a superfood. Cucumbers are not just for eating.

Check out the following list of health and beauty benefits of cucumbers.

1. Prevents Dehydration

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 during the hot days of summer.

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

Cucumbers are loaded with fiber and water. Those are a great combination that are also a remedy if you suffer from digestive problems such as acidity, gastritis, heartburn, and ulcers.

Also, cucumbers are known to raise the stomach pH, which can assist with symptoms of acid reflux than hundreds of people suffer with.

Lose weight by eating cucumbers

Lose weight by eating cucumbers

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 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. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes before washing it out with a good shampoo. 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 its cooling properties. Its juice is ideal as a cleanser to remove blemishes and acne.

Cucumber-based treatments are often found in most spas because of its skin care properties.

6. Eye Care

Cucumbers can be used as a skin lightening. The ascorbic and caffeic acid in them help to eliminate the water retention in the skin under the eyes.

Place a slice over puffy eyes and the anti-inflammatory properties of cucumbers help reduce the swelling and puffiness and dark circles under the eyes.

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7. Treatment for Tired Feet

If you suffer foot pain, cucumbers can come to the rescue. They can soothe, cool, and exfoliate tired feet. A cucumber foot mask will help heal blisters, lighten dark skin and rejuvenate feet.

8. Brain Protection

Cucumbers are known to improve memory and even protect nerve cells from declining due to aging.

Fisetin has also been found to prevent learning and memory impairments. It plays a very important role in brain health. It improves memory and has been connected to 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. They are also a source of natural antihistamine.

11. 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. That is beneficial for those who have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.

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 cause the odor in the mouth.

Cucumbers also contain phytochemicals which kill the bacteria. Juice from cucumbers also refreshes and heals diseased gums.

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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.

References

7 Health Benefits of Cucumbers

Comments

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on January 01, 2019:

OK, Zia, thanks for the advice. I like the site so far. I agree it is a little better than Pinterest.

Zia Uddin from UK on January 01, 2019:

No problem Margaret, Im glad ive helped, I'm quite new to mix as well. If you follow other people with similar interests as yours on mix, they will hopefully follow you back and this will enable them to view your content. They do not have to be writers from Hubpages, you can folllow anyone you choose on mix. I quite like the site, its almost similar to pinterest but I think mix is slightly better.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on January 01, 2019:

Zia, thanks for reading my article. I just posted it on Mix.com even though I wrote it some time ago. That's where I saw your articles, and I am following you on that site. I just stumbled across the site a day ago. I am glad I did. You are my first follower so far.

Your comment here on HubPages lets me know that the Mix is worthwhile.

Zia Uddin from UK on January 01, 2019:

Great info on cucumbers, thanks for the share.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on August 14, 2018:

Thanks, Anne, for listing the two extra benefits of cucumbers. I love cucumbers!

Anne Cox on August 13, 2018:

One of my friends ate cucumbers every single day. I think they aided her in living as long as she did (and with several health conditions that, otherwise, probably would have claimed her life a lot sooner).

Two more benefits, not human health related:

Cucumber peels get rid of ants.

They smell good.

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