Some people just don’t care for the taste of plain old water, and turn instead to commercially made waters which are carbonated or have a lot of artificial sweeteners, colors and other unhealthy additives in them. Frankly, these commercially waters are no better than soft drinks and sodas and will certainly not bring any health benefits.
There are, however, natural ways to make water more delicious and dress up its rather plain taste. One of the quickest and easiest ways to do this is to add make cucumber water adding sliced cucumbers to a pitcher of cold water and letting it refrigerate for a while before drinking. To zest it up, things like lemon slices, sprigs of mint or even slices of strawberries can be added as well, to give health benefits such as those listed below.
Cucumber water can truly help hydrate the body, which makes all bodily systems run better. On hot summer days, it can refresh, help replace electrolytes and keep body temperatures regulated.
This is a delicious way to add extra nutrients like Vitamins A and C to the diet. And because they are in their natural form, they are more likely to be absorbed from this water than from a vitamin.
Reduces Blood Pressure
Cucumbers are rich in potassium, which has been shown in many studies to help regulate blood pressure levels, thus reducing the chances of a heart attack or stroke.
Curbs Hunger Pangs
Because cucumbers are also high in fiber, they can help to curb the appetite naturally. This, in turn, can help people to eat less, reduce calories and achieve their weight loss goals.
Keeps Skin Healthy
The silica contained in cucumbers can turn the skin soft and supple and can be applied topically to the skin after drinking to soothe away irritation or blemishes.
Supports Muscle Growth
The silica in cucumbers that helps keep the skin healthy also supports muscle growth, so it is a great drink to use when working out or working towards a bikini body!
Detoxifies the Body
For a summer detox, cucumber water is one of the best choices out there; like lemons, cucumbers can stimulate liver function and make it easier to remove toxins from the body.
Reduces Cancer Risk
Several studies have shown that certain active compounds in cucumbers can help to reduce the chances of developing some forms of cancer, another great reason to drink it.
Whipping up a batch of cucumber water only take a couple of minutes. But getting into the habit of imbibing this health drink brings with it a load of benefits and can make this summer the healthiest one ever!
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