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Last Updated on April 27, 2018

11 Health Benefits of Cucumber Water (+3 Refreshing Drink Recipes)

11 Health Benefits of  Cucumber Water (+3 Refreshing Drink Recipes)

Fruit infusions are the hottest cool thing out there this summer. Cucumber water is a thirst-quenching, vitamin and mineral containing, hydrating healthy drink that you should add to your routine today. (Not to mention cucumber itself is a superfood with plenty of benefits! You can find out more about its benefits here.)

In this article, you will learn about the great benefits of cucumber water, and at the end you will even learn about how to make your own tasty cucumber water (with our favorite recipes)!

11 amazing health benefits of cucumber water

There are many reasons why cucumber water should be part of your day, but here are our favorites:

1. Fresh cucumbers equal fresh breath

The ancient science of Ayurveda cites excessive heat in the stomach as a cause of bad breath. Cucumbers are a cooling food, which can alleviate such issue.[1] The extra water in cucumbers combined with the crunchy vegetable’s tendency to increase salivation strips odor-causing bacteria from your mouth.[2]

2. Cucumber water helps you maintain a healthy weight

Low calorie and high fiber foods are a great way to curb your hunger and maintain healthy weight. One cup of cucumbers contains less than 20 calories, making cucumbers one of the lowest calorie snacks.

Sometimes, when we reach for a snack, what we really want is texture. Cucumbers have an amazing crunchy texture that could satisfy that craving without all the extra calories.

3. Cucumber water can protect your brain

Cucumbers contain an anti-inflammatory flavonol called fisetin. Fisetin keeps your brain healthier and younger, and studies even suggest that it helps Alzheimer’s patients maintain cognitive function for longer.[3]

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4. Cucumber has extra vitamins and minerals

For such a simple fruit, cucumbers have a surprising amount of nutritional benefit. One cucumber contains Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, and Vitamin C, as well as Magnesium and Calcium. Put that in your glass and drink it!

5. Cucumber can flush your body of toxins

Similar to other super foods, cucumbers contain the well known antioxidants, Vitamin C and beta-carotene. Cucumber water naturally flushes your body of toxins.[4]

6. Cucumbers keep you hydrated

Overeating and sluggishness are often caused by dehydration, and in the summer heat, you need even more H2O to feel good.

Give your water intake a boost by drinking cucumber water. It’s so refreshing that you’ll never want to spend a hot summer day without it again.

7. Cucumber water supports heart health

Heart disease is the number one killer in America.[5] A produce-rich diet is a great way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Adding potassium-laden cucumbers to your diet can pave the way for a heart-healthy life.

8. Organic cucumbers can reduce your risk of cancer

Although cucumbers were ousted from the “Dirty Dozen” in 2017, they are the thirteenth most contaminated type of produce when they aren’t grown organically. [6] In this case, it’d be worthwhile to pick up organically grown cucumbers to reduce your risk of carcinogen exposure.

9. Cucumber water is good for your skin

The silica in cucumbers helps to prevent acne and other skin conditions. You may have seen people put cucumber slices over their eyes, but if you really want to get the full benefit of this fruit, add it to your water.

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10. Cucumber enhances muscle and bone health

Cucumbers have a surprising amount of nutritional value. One cucumber contains Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, and Vitamin C, as well as magnesium and calcium.

Cucumbers are also rich in Vitamin K. Unpeeled cucumbers contain about 17 micrograms of Vitamin K per serving.[7] When you lose the peel, you give up about half the Vitamin K content.

This humble little vitamin does quite a lot for our bodies. Vitamin K helps your blood clot, and it strengthens bones. Deficiencies of it can lead to osteoporosis and heart conditions.[8]

Cucumbers also contain silica, a trace mineral that helps your body absorb calcium. If you don’t take in enough silica, your bones and connective tissues grow weaker over time.[9]

11. Drinking cucumber water is a gateway to other healthy behavior

Developing a healthy habit or two can lead you to make healthier decisions in other aspects of your life.

Since I started drinking cucumber water, I’ve found myself munching on hemp hearts, upping my leafy green intake, and avoiding sugary drinks in favor of healthier options. Cucumber water can be part of a life-changing mindset-shift.

How to make cucumber water drinks

Cucumbers are one of those simple additions to your diet that can make a world of difference. I was blown away by how easy it was to make cucumber water, and how easy it is to pair cucumbers with other healthy produce.

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Simple cucumber water recipe

    You only need a few ingredients to make your very own pitcher of cucumber water.

    Ingredients:

    • Filtered Water
    • 2 Cucumbers with about half of the skin peeled off
    • Ice
    • Thinly sliced lemon (optional)
    • Mint (optional)

    Steps:

    1. Make sure to cut your cucumber slices consistently.
    2. Add them before the ice. By doing this, you’ll keep the cucumbers submerged in the water from the weight of the ice.
    3. Let the cucumber water chill for at least two hours in your refrigerator.
    4. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy your refreshing drink!

    Cucumber lime water

      Simple really is better. If you want your cucumber water to have a little more pizzazz, give this recipe a try.

      Ingredients:

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      • Filtered water
      • 1 cucumber cut into half-inch slices (peeled or unpeeled, depending on your preference)
      • 1/2 thinly sliced lime
      • Ice

      Steps:

      1. Cut your cucumber into half-inch slices and place them into a drinking vessel of your choosing. You can take the peel off, or leave it on if you’re trying to get a Vitamin K boost.
      2. Thinly slice half of a lime and add it to your large cup or pitcher.
      3. Add ice, and pour cold, filtered water on top of the mixture. Nothing says cool and refreshing like this combo.

      Pineapple cucumber water

        This combination will make you feel like you’re on vacation!

        Ingredients:

        • Filtered water
        • 1/2 fresh pineapple cut into chunks (can also use a 20 oz can of pineapple chunks)
        • 1⁄3 cup, fresh mint leaves
        • 1⁄2 thinly sliced cucumber, peeled
        • 1/2 cup ice

        Steps:

        1. Add the pineapple, cucumber and mint to your pitcher first. Include the ice next.
        2. Then, fill your pitcher to the brim with cold water.
        3. Imagine yourself relaxing on a sunny beach in the tropics.

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        Last Updated on September 20, 2018

        How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

        How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

        Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

        If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

        1. Breathe

        The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

        • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
        • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
        • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

        Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

        2. Loosen up

        After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

        Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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        3. Chew slowly

        Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

        Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

        Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

        4. Let go

        Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

        The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

        It’s not. Promise.

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        Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

        Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

        21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

        5. Enjoy the journey

        Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

        Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

        6. Look at the big picture

        The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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        Will this matter to me…

        • Next week?
        • Next month?
        • Next year?
        • In 10 years?

        Hint: No, it won’t.

        I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

        Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

        7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

        You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

        Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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        8. Practice patience every day

        Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

        • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
        • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
        • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

        Final thoughts

        Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

        Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

        Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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