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Health benefits of cucumber

Most of the people are unaware of immense health benefits of cucumber and would avoid eating cucumber where possible. Fresh cucumber might taste ‘bland’ to some but its thirst-quenching and cooling properties are refreshing. It acts as an anti-oxidant when taken together with the fried and barbequed foods. I like to mix the cucumber juice with carrot or orange juices.

Here is a list of health benefits of cucumber to keep cool in this sunmmer:

Acidity:

The alkalinity of minerals in the cucumber juice effectively helps in regulating body’s blood pH, neutralizing acidity. The juice is also soothing for treatment of gastric and duodenal ulcers.

health benefits of cucumberBlood pressure:

Like celery, this colorless drink can helps to regulate the blood pressure because of its minerals and traces of sodium.

Connective tissues, building:

The excellent source of silica contributes to proper construction of connective tissues in our body as in bones, muscles, cartilage, ligaments and tendons.

Cooling:

During dry and hot weather, drink the glass of cucumber and celery juice. It wonderfully helps to normalize the body temperature.

Diuretic:

Cucumber juice is diuretic, encouraging waste removal through the urination. This also helps in dissolution of kidney stones.

Fever:

The temperature regulating properties in the cucumber juice makes it the suitable drink when you have a fever.

Inflammation:

The Chinese think that the cucumbers are too “cooling” and not suitable for the people with rheumatism. But we know now that the cucumber can help to counter uric acids that are causing inflammation in joints. When cucumber is taken it does its cleaning work at joints, thus stirring up pain as it eliminates uric acid. This means it also help to other inflamed conditions like arthritis, asthma, and gout.

Hair growth:

The silicon and sulphur content in the cucumber juice makes it especially helpful in promoting the hair growth. Drink it mixed with carrot, lettuce or spinach juice.

Puffy eyes:

Some people wake up in morning with puffy eyes, probably due to too much of water retention in the body or having cried to sleep. To reduce puffiness, lie down and put 2 slices of cucumber on eyes for good ten minutes.

Skin conditions:

The high amount of vitamin C and anti-oxidants in the cucumber makes it an important ingredient in many beauty creams for treating eczema, psoriasis, acne, etc.

Sunburn:

When there is sunburn, make cucumber juice and rub it on an affected area for cooling and healing effect.

Water retention:

It supplies the required electrolytes and restores hydration of body cells, thus reducing the water retention.

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