Health Benefits of Cucumbers

Health Benefits of Cucumbers

June 25th, 2013 by Loretta Lanphier, NP, CN, CH, HHP

Health Benefits of Cucumbers

Cucumbers are one of the oldest cultivated vegetables and are believed to have originated in Northern India. Cucumbers are the fourth most-widely grown vegetable crop in the world behind tomatoes, onions and cabbage. Great in salads, fresh juices and by themselves, cucumbers do a great job in refreshing and hydrating the body especially since they contain 95% water.

Many people are finding out that cucumber water is a wonderful and healthy replacement for sugary drinks, coffee and tea. Making cucumber water is fairly simple and there are many ways to do it. Below are two methods of making cucumber water that most people prefer. As a side note, be sure to use organic or homegrown cucumbers and tocucumber water with lime wash the skin thoroughly. Also, always use purified water.

First Method:  This method will give a very flavorful water: Using a blender or VitaMix, blend an organic cucumber and pour it through a very fine strainer (line a sieve with cheesecloth). Let the blended cucumber drip through the cheesecloth in the fridge overnight. Mix the resulting cucumber juice with a pitcher of purified water (you can stretch the cucumber juice out depending on how flavorful you like it).

Second Method:  Cut up an organic cucumber into small slices, cover in the amount of purified water you want to drink and let it soak in the fridge overnight. In the morning, you can strain the mixture and discard the cucumbers or you can replace the cucumbers with fresh ones in order to make the drink look more appealing.

Adding a few springs of mint makes the drink even more cooling and refreshing. If you add mint, it’s a good idea to blend it in with the cucumber in the first method. If you are using the second method, chop the mint and let it soak with the cucumber chunks in the water overnight. Some people also like to add a few squirts of lime or lemon juice.

Health Benefits of Cucumbers

  • antioxidant properties
  • anti-inflammatory benefits
  • anti-cancer benefits
  • rich source of vitamin C, beta-carotene & manganese
  • free radical scavenger
  • anti-estrogenic effects
  • helps with hydration
  • helps with blood pressure
  • beneficial for pyorrhea
  • aids in digestion
  • helpful with constipation
  • natural remedy for treating tapeworms
  • high silica content helps brittle nails
  • may relieve gout & arthritis pain
  • beneficial for diabetes
  • may reduce cholesterol levels
  • may help with kidney stones
  • aids in weight loss
  • good source of B vitamins
  • effective hangover cure

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Cucumber-Apple-Kale Green Juice

Ingredients

1 cucumber
4 celery ribs
2 apples, cored
6 -8 kale leaves
1/2 lemon (rind removed)
1 tablespoon fresh ginger (about 1-inch of the root)

Directions

Wash all ingredients thoroughly.
Run through juicer and enjoy! Great over ice.
(Always use organic ingredients when available.)

Loretta Lanphier is a Naturopathic Practitioner (Traditional), Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Clinical Herbalist as well as the CEO / Founder of Oasis Advanced Wellness in The Woodlands TX. She has studied and performed extensive research in health science, natural hormone balancing, anti-aging techniques, nutrition, natural medicine, weight loss, herbal remedies, non-toxic cancer support and is actively involved in researching new natural health protocols and products.  A 14 year stage 3 colon cancer survivor, Loretta is able to relate to both-sides-of-the-health-coin as patient and practitioner when it comes to health and wellness. “My passion is counseling others about what it takes to keep the whole body healthy using natural and non-toxic methods.” Read Loretta’s health testimony Cancer: The Path to Healing. Loretta is Contributor and Editor of the worldwide E-newsletter Advanced Health & Wellness. Check out Oasis Advanced Wellness and our natural skin care site Oasis Serene Botanicals.
  • Cucumber is one of the oldest cultivated vegetables and is believed. Cucumber also contains many vitamins and minerals that make them a healthy choice for cooking and snacking. Thanks for sharing.

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