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 to 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
Cucumber-Apple-Kale Green Juice
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)
Wash all ingredients thoroughly.
Run through juicer and enjoy! Great over ice.
(Always use organic ingredients when available.)