Cucumber Water: Benefits, Recipes and How to Use

Infused waters are a new trend in the diet plans. Doesn’t matter if you are on a diet or not, some of the infused waters are tremendous for health and they taste amazing too. Cucumber water is an example of such water. Cucumber water is easy to consume at home and is extremely cheap. It has numerous and I really mean numerous health benefits. And the most amazing thing is that it tastes really good.

Some people enjoy cucumber water so much that they always prefer a glass of cucumber water over the regular water.What is better than quenching your thirst and also getting healthy? Sure, drinking simple water is great but cucumber water can be even better.

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Benefits:

  • It keeps you hydrated

In summers, we generally do not drink sufficient water, which results in de-hydration. Doctors suggest that we should drink at least 7-8 glass of water a day. This is the minimum requirement. The more, the better.

Cucumber is a great source of water as cucumber itself is 95% water. So isn’t it great!

We usually like things that taste good and cucumber water definitely tastes refreshing and good. So, maybe better tasting water will motivate people to consume more water.

  • It freshens your breath

It is said that if you hold a slice of cucumber at the roof of your mouth with your tongue, it stimulates the saliva production. This washes away the bacteria that cause bad breath.

Moreover, keeping well hydrated reduces the odor causing bacteria.

  • Good for muscles

Cucumber water contains manganese and silica. These agents help in strengthening and building muscles. They also keep the connective tissues healthy.

So, it is ideal if you add a few slices of cucumber into your workout water bottle.

  • Promotes bone health

Cucumbers are a rich source of vitamin K. It is present in abundance near the skin of the cucumber. So it is advised to not peel off the cucumber skin.

A single cucumber can suffice your 22% of the average daily calcium intake.

Vitamin K helps to transfer the calcium to the bones, tendons, and ligaments.

  • Reduces acne

Cucumber water helps in reducing acne. The silica and antioxidants found in cucumber can help to reduce acne and acne scars. Moreover, it hydrates the skin. You can even use cucumber water as a face wash.

It also brightens the skin.

  • Stabilizes your Blood Pressure

Cucumber water helps in reducing the blood pressure. Usually blood pressure increases because of high sodium and low potassium in the diet. But, cucumbers are high in potassium. Drinking cucumber water gives you ample amount of potassium. This potentially also reduces your blood pressure considerably.

  • Helps with weight loss

Weight loss seems like a very difficult task, right? Well, it is not that hard. Cucumber water can help to reduce weight efficiently and without much hustle.

Our bodies sometimes confuse thirst with hunger. If you feel like your stomach is growling, drink some glasses of cucumber water, if you feel satisfied, then it was just your thirst, and if not, then eat something.

Moreover, it helps in a faster metabolism which in return helps in losing weight.

  • Delivers antioxidants into the body

Antioxidants are the substances that protect the body from the damage caused by the free radicals in the body.

They also help the body to fight several illnesses. Cucumber water contains vitamin C, vitamin K, and some carotenoids, which help the body to have a strong metabolism.

  • Beneficial for skin

Cucumber has always been a skincare agent. It has numerous properties that are beneficial for skin. So, drinking cucumber water is also very fruitful.

Cucumber helps in:

  • Skin lightening and brightening
  • Making skin glow
  • Reducing fine lines and wrinkles
  • Clearing blemishes
  • Fading scars
  • Skin tightening.

So, drink plenty of cucumber water for these amazing benefits.

  • May prevent cancer

As a member of the Cucurbitaceae family of plants, cucumbers contain high levels of nutrients known as cucurbitacins, which may help prevent cancer by stopping cancer cells from proliferating and surviving.

Cucumbers contain cucurbitacins A, B, C, D, and E.

There are currently no current anti-cancer therapies that utilize cucurbitacins. Laboratory research has produced promising results, but more work is needed to confirm their antitumor effects.

  • Helps in digestion

Cucumber water can produce digestive enzymes in the body that help to absorb vitamins and minerals from the food. Cucumbers are rich in fiber which aids in digestion and healthy bowel movements.

Add mint leaves into your cucumber water, you will feel immediate results in upset stomach.

  • Detoxification

Cucumber water is an example of detox water. It helps you to remove toxins from your body via urine, as it is diuretic. Known for their anti-diabetic, lipid-lowering and antioxidant activity, cucumbers have a detoxifying, cleansing effect on the body. They’re also naturally “cooling” and a great way to prevent dehydration, constipation and overheating.

DIY:

Cucumber water is super easy to make. All you have to do is fill a pitcher of water and add sliced cucumbers to it. But, infused waters become more refreshing when they are chilled.

Ingredients:

  • One cucumber
  • A large pitcher of water
  • Lemon/mint/or any other hydrating agent (optional)

Directions:

  • Slice the cucumber into thin coins
  • Fill a pitcher of water.
  • Add the cucumber slices to it
  • Now add any other hydrating agent if you want. But that is completely optional.
  • Refrigerate the pitcher for a few hours
  • Enjoy your delicious drink.

Well this is one way to consume it. But I like to make it another way.

  • I slice 1 cucumber and infuse it in a half filled pitcher of water.
  • It becomes a little concentrated.
  • Now, instead of refrigerating, I freeze the water in an ice cube tray.
  • When even you want to drink the water, pop the ice cube into the glass of water.
  • This always gives you a chilled glass of cucumber water.

Some other ways to consume cucumber water:

Cucumbers go very well with the following ingredients:

  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Orange
  • Strawberry
  • Rosemary
  • Mint
  • Thyme
  • Lavender
  • Fennel seeds

A few delicious recipes of cucumber water

  • Cucumber and mint water:

Add mint leaves in the water, along with the cucumber slices. Let them stay in the water for a few minutes so that they can infuse well in the water.

Refrigerate it and drink the cool, detoxifying drink.

  • Cucumber and lemon water:

Add lemon/lime slices to your cucumber water. It is highly refreshing and tastes amazing. It detoxifies your body and also lowers your body temperature.

  • Cucumber and fennel seeds water:

This is my personal favorite combination.

Add fennel seeds to the water and boil it. Let it cool down and come at the room temperature. Now add cucumber slices to it and refrigerate it.

This recipe greatly helps in bloating, digestion and weight loss.

  • Cucumber and strawberry water:

Add thinly sliced strawberries and thinly sliced cucumbers into the pitcher of water. Let it infuse and refrigerate. This drink is packed with vitamin C and is a real metabolism booster.

Side notes:

  • Don’t leave the cucumber or any other detox agent in the water for more than 12 hours as they soften. If you want to store it, remove the fruits and vegetables from the water and refrigerate it.
  • If you do not want to remove the vegetables and fruits from the water, and want to store it, then freeze it.
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