Few vegetables are as popular and as easy to grow as are cucumbers. These tasty, refreshing summertime treats also happen to be filled to the brim with healthy vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. They are packed with vitamins A and C, but little sodium is to be found in them. Their stash of antioxidants help to detoxify your body by removing free radicals. Cucumbers are high in potassium, which is great for lowering blood pressure. And, of course, they re-hydrate your system since they are so well-saturated in water.
One of the cucumber’s effects, lowering blood pressure, can help to counteract some symptoms of menopause. Women in their 40s or 50s will experience hormonal changes that can raise blood pressure, favor irritability and moodiness, reduce energy levels, lead to migraine headaches, trigger hot flashes, and increase sleeplessness.
Cucumbers will not solve it all, but by lowering blood pressure, re-hydrating your system, and supplying important nutrients, they can help. It is much better to use a natural remedy like cucumbers than to be dependent on the artificial drugs and supplements that abound on today’s market.
Cucumber water is one of the most refreshing and delicious ways to take advantage of the great beneficial effects that cucumbers can deliver. Several cucumber water recipes are outlined below.
1. Cucumber-Lemon-Mint Water
Slice up a few pieces of cucumber, and put them into a glass of cool water. You can boost the vitamin C level higher by adding in lemon slices and wild thyme. Fresh mint is especially high in calcium and magnesium, so include that as well. Another optional ingredient is rosemary, which has large quantities of iron, potassium, and calcium.
2. Cucumber-Strawberry Water
This drink is much the same as the above, except you will add strawberries and use basil instead of mint. Basil is high in vitamin A, which partly converts to beta-Carotene after ingested. The nutrients in this brand of cucumber water will be a big boost to your immune system. Here is a drink just perfect for springtime. Do a little “internal spring cleaning,” getting rid of body toxins that have lingered through the winter months, by enjoying cucumber-strawberry water.
3. Cucumber & Fruit Medley Water
Energy drinks and flavored water have become a major seller at today’s supermarkets. However, you can make you own natural cucumber and fruit water drink that will easily beat the artificial competition. Fruits you can slice up and use include: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and black berries.
4. Cucumber- Basil Water
Basil is an excellent source of vitamin A, iron, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids, and the vitamin A gets turned into beta-Carotene which has a strong antioxidant effect on the body, this can help your immune system and make you feel better. Make this cucumber and basil water, then you can get the tasty flavor of basil as well as the antioxidants it provides.
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