If you want to feel and be healthy, drinking great quantities of water is of great importance. However, let’s be honest – drinking water only, can sometimes be boring in a way, at least when taste comes into question. Therefore, we are often in a search of a similar drink, which is at the same time tastier, healthier and has a more characteristic taste. Do you perhaps think that there is no such substitute? Well, we have some good news. The cucumber water is a very healthy and aromatic substitute, being at the same time an excellent ally in the fight against excess weight.
Although cucumber water has long been a big hit among the models around the world and also is known as one of the most popular drinks for detoxification of the body, the health benefits of this low calorie drink are really great and worth considering. Here are some benefits for the health that your body will be thankful for:
1. Provides the body with vitamins and minerals and helps the body hydration
It is a well-known fact that the body cannot function well without sufficient quantities of water. Being hydrated means maintaining the right body temperature, as well as cleaning the body toxins. However, due to the fact that water does not have the necessary vitamins and minerals, this refreshing drink is rich in vitamins, especially in vitamin A, D, beta carotene and manganese, as well as antioxidants which strengthen the function of the brain, lower the stress level and have anti aging power .
2. This homemade drink lowers the blood pressure
According to the report of the American Heart Stroke Association of 2015, cardiovascular disease is the leading global cause of death among the population. Since cucumbers are a great source of potassium, they help in lowering the body pressure, contribute to the lowering the level of risk of heart diseases and also encourages better function of the nerves and the muscles. Therefore, this low calorie drink is highly recommended for reducing the heart problems risk.
3. Helps the muscles and boosts bone health
Cucumbers contain silica, which not only provides extra benefits to the skin, but also to the muscles, helping the muscle tissues healthy. Only a glass of cucumber water daily makes a significant contribution in the overall health of the body muscles. Being a rich source of silica is a reason why this drink is so famous among the sportsmen since this is a great way of complementing the fluid loss after a tiring training activities. One cup of sliced cucumbers provides 19% of the recommended daily need of vitamin K which is vital for forming proteins needed for making healthy bones.
4. Decreases appetite
One of the most significant problems of modern people nowadays is the overweight. However, diets based on literally not eating anything at all neither bring the desirable long-term results, nor are healthy and recommendable. Drinking a glass of cucumber water when you are hungry can help you prevent hunger, at least till the next meal, since sometimes the brain misinterprets the thirst for hunger. Therefore, when you feel hungry, drink cucumber water to determine whether it is really a hunger or you are only thirsty.
Recipe for making cucumber water
Making this low calorie, healthy drink is really simple. Slice a cleaned, peeled (or unpeeled depending on your preference) cucumber into slices. Pour 2 liters of water, and add some ice. For better and enriched taste, add some lemons and mint, which are also rich in vitamin C. Not only is this simple recipe yummy, but cucumbers look so pretty and colourful placed together with the lemon and mint, that are hard to resist.
Therefore, if you still have not tried this miracle of nature, spring is the right time for it!