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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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        How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

        How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

        Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

        But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

        Sight – Visual Stimulation

        The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

        1. Maximize your exposure to light.

        Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

        Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

        2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

        Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

        Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

        Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

        3. Take note of your environment.

        Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

        By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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        Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

        What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

        4. Engage in conversation.

        Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

        Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

        Learn how to practice better listening from this guide:

        Why Listen to Reply Instead of Understand Is the Key to Failure

        5. Listen to upbeat music.

        Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

        Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

        Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

        If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

        6. Work your nose.

        Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

        If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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        Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

        Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

        If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

        7. Have a good breakfast.

        Start off with the most important meal of the day.

        Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

        Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

        Need some breakfasts inspirations? Check out these ideas:

        20 Healthy Breakfast Choices That Will Save You Time

        8. Drink lots of water.

        Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

        So make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. Not sure how much to drink? This can help you:

        How Much Water Should You Drink Each Day (and How Much Is Too Much for You)

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        Think that you’ve been drinking too little water? Try these friendly reminders:

        3 Best Apps To Help You Drink Much More Water

        9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

        Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

        Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

        Here you can find some healthy snack ideas:

        25 Healthy Snack Recipes To Make Your Workday More Productive

        Touch – Tactile Stimulation

        Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

        10. Splash cold water on your face.

        Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

        This works the same as you take a cold shower to increase mood and alertness. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

        5 Surprising Benefits of Cold Showers

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        11. Use acupressure.

        Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

        Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

        12. Get moving.

        Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

        And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

        You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

        Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

        Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

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