Cucumbers are made up of 95% of water, including cucumbers in diet helps to fight against dehydration. Cucumber contains polyphenols and other compounds that help in reducing the risk of chronic diseases. Most people think cucumber as vegetable but they actually belong to fruits and they contain seeds. Cucumbers are the members of plant family cucurbitaceae. Cucumbers are low in calories, carbohydrates, sodium, fat and cholesterol. Cucumbers are good sources of phytonutrients which have anti oxidants and anti cancer benefits. Cucumber peel and seeds are high nutrient parts and good sources of minerals and calcium.
Health benefits of Cucumber in Summer :
Hydrates the body- During summer, we lose lot of fluids in the form of sweat, cucumber helps to regain the fluids lost in the body. Cucumbers contain 95% of water, freshly cut cucumbers or cucumber juice helps to rehydrate the body.
Heals skin problems- Cucumber has a cooling and soothing effect that decreases swelling, irritation and inflammation. Cucumber treats skin problems in summer like sunburn, tanning and rashes.
Sunstroke- Sunstroke is rise of temperature in the body, cucumber helps in cooling the body and keeps body hydrated.
Freshen your breath- Eating cucumber helps to release heat in the stomach, which is said to be the main cause of bad breath. Cucumber helps to get rid of bacteria causing bad breath and freshen your breath.
Manage stress and headache- Cucumber contains vitamin B1, B5 and B7, which helps to ease feeling of anxiety and stress.
Supports digestive health and treats constipation- Cucumbers are rich in fibres and water content. Both water and fibre helps in proper digestion of food.
Supports heart health- Cucumber contains potassium, which helps in lower Bp. High intake of potassium lowers the rate of stroke and reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Cucumber also helps to maintain a healthy weight, protects bones, reduces risk of cancer, flushes out toxins.