by Zahir Chaudhary BA (Hons), BSc (Hons), ND, M Ost. Med
Summer is FINALLY here and you need to keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
When you meet your specific water needs, you will help your cardiovascular system and assist in the cleansing of toxins. In addition, you will have an increased abundance of energy and help each of your organs function better!
Cucumber water adds that little something extra, i.e. vitamins and minerals to regular water that supplements the rest of your diet. Other benefits include:
- Bringing down blood pressure due to the potassium content cucumbers contain.
- Curbing your appetite, assisting you in losing weight.
- Providing extra benefits to the skin as cucumbers contain silica, which also helps your muscle tissues. A daily glass of cucumber water makes a great contribution to the overall health of your muscles and your body in general.
- You can also use the cucumbers after you have finished the cucumber water as they are great for helping to calm irritation caused by acne or other blemishes.
- Aiding your detox program by containing antioxidants that will help battle free radicals and help the body flush out built-up toxins thanks to its hydrating effect.
Detoxing the body does not have to be a one time or once a year event. You can help your body stay clean with daily attention to the foods that you are taking in, as well as avoiding foods that are known as being toxic to the body. This sort of regular maintenance keeps you feeling great all year long.
Lemon Cucumber Mint Water: Cucumbers and lemons go well together and in this recipe they have included the cooling effect of fresh mint to the water so you’re getting several tastes competing for your attention. Mint is also a rich source of vitamin C, as well as important minerals like calcium and magnesium. Consider adding the mint to a soup or smoothie after you’ve finished the water, as it’s an excellent source of fiber.
Cucumber Herb-Infused Water: When you add in herbs to regular cucumber water you are upping the flavour profile and also getting the nutrients each herb provides. This recipe goes all out and adds in three different herbs to get the flavour just right. At the same time you are getting the vitamins and minerals from these herbs. Rosemary is a great source of iron, calcium, potassium, and Thyme can take care of your vitamin C needs for the day all by itself. You are also getting additional vitamins from the lemon – One packed glass of water!
Springtime Strawberry Cucumber Water:The lemon, cucumber and strawberries make a nice trio of flavours and work well together. There is also your choice of herbs, and they recommend either mint or basil so you can tailor this to your particular palate. The strawberries will infuse the water with additional vitamins, namely vitamin C.
Cucumber and Basil Water: Adding the tasty flavour of basil also provides extra antioxidants. Basil is also a nutrient powerhouse with the amount of vitamin A it has. The Vitamin A gets turned into beta-Carotene in the body and has a strong antioxidant effect on the body. Contrary to popular belief, beta-Carotene helps with more than just your eyes. It helps the immune system and can even act as an anti-cancer agent.
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