Power Fruit: Cucumber

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Cucumbers = A Power Fruit?

 

Good to know

Cucumbers are officially fruits. They belong to the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae. Scoring Number 1 regarding its water content of 96%. This makes them a perfect health restoring food for you.

 

96% water? What’s the benefit? 

Many people think that water is just water. Well, it’s not.

The water contained in fruits and vegetables is very different from what comes out of your tab or plastic bottle.

The best way to stay hydrated is to actually EAT your water. For the water deeply hydrating yourself it must be surrounded by a variety of other molecules, as they naturally occur in whole foods. This is why some people drink water all day long, yet feel still thirsty at the end of the day. The water doesn’t reach the cells but instead just gets flushed out into the toilet straight away.

Expert Dr Howard Murad, professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles confirms: “Healthy hydration is about the water you hold in the body, not the water you drink that passes straight through.

What cucumbers can do for you

Cucumbers are not only the champion in deeply hydrating the cells of your body. Packed with minerals and vitamins such as my vitamin A, C, K, potassium and magnesium they make a perfect stable part of your diet.

Cucumbers are good for you, if

  • you feel stressed. Cucumbers contain various B Vitamins, helping you ease feelings of anxiety and protect you from damage through stress hormones.
  • you have digestive problems. Cucumbers contain large amounts of water and fibre, the two most important elements needed for healthy digestion.
  • you like to enjoy the best post-workout snack. Cucumbers will help you feeling refreshed and your muscles will recover more quickly due to the perfect water-mineral balance.
  • you want to loose weight. Cucumbers are low in calories, but full of filling fibre, making you feel full and satisfied.
  • you suffer from high or low blood pressure.
  • you want to detox your body from heavy metals and other toxins
  • you like your skin glowing, fresh and healthy

 

How do I eat them?

Cucumbers are a versatile food and are used most often as part of a fresh salad.

A great alternative way to eat them is as raw cucumber noodles. You can combine them with a raw vegan tomato pesto for example, making a delicious raw “Spaghetti Bolognese”.

Made from cucumbers, a powerful healing treatment is on its way to gain popularity: Fresh cucumber juice.

No matter if you suffer from digestive problems, coming down with a cold or you want to improve your skin: Cucumber juice is your best option.

 

Cucumber juice recipe

Ingredients: 2-3 cucumbers

Directions: Using a slow juicer, simply process the whole cucumbers or roughly cut up pieces through the machine.

If you do not have a juicer, you can still harvest the cucumbers benefits by simply making a smoothie. In case you do not have access to organically grown cucumbers, make sure to peel them first to avoid consuming toxins.

As a large amount of minerals and vitamins are in the skin, it’s worth to go for organic one’s as often as possible.

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