Cucumbers look boring but, oh man, are they useful and versatile SOBs to have in your house! They’re one of the best diuretic foods you can get as a result of their high:
- mineral content (found predominantly in the skin of the cucumber)
- water content (as high as 95%)
The combination of water and minerals promotes the flushing out of toxins from your hot-bod through your pee-pod, but keeps you well hydrated in the process.
Reasons why cucumbers are, well, as cool as cucumbers:
- Hydrating and Anti-Inflammatory: the high water content of cucumbers rehydrates you, while vitamin C and Caffeic acid tends to reduce inflammation and water retention. Thus, cucumbers can be used to treat minor skin issues such as puffy eyes and burns (like Aloe Vera). When you’ve been really ill and pooped your pants (read: diarrhoea), cucumber is also great to rehydrate and replace the minerals that you’ve lost.
- High in Fibre: you’d think for something so moist there wouldn’t be much fibre in it but you’re wrong, dude, oh so wrong! Cucumber is very rich in fibre, but its high water content ensures that it comes supplied with its own fluid…so excess moisture isn’t extracted from your body when it gets digested.
- High in Antioxidants: cucumbers contain lignans, phytochemicals that work as antioxidants, which serve to prevent the formation of blood clots and reduce the risk of breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancers.
- Alkaline: cucumbers contain calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, selenium, copper, manganese, iron and zinc, which are all alkaline minerals. Cucumbers thus help to ensure that your body is functioning at its optimal pHat-scale [insert hyperlink to other articles]. Cucumbers make a kickass base for alkaline juices and smoothies because of their high water and mineral contents.
- Aids Digestion: cucumber contains the enzyme Erepsin which helps your body to digest protein and, due to its high water content, it minimises constipation. Cucumber juice can also ease heart burn.
- Sexes Up Your Skin: cucumbers contain a lot of silica which is needed to pimp-out your skin, bone and connective tissue. They also contain sulphur which is needed for growing strong hair and nails.
- Lowers Blood Pressure: cucumbers contain potassium and magnesium which help to regulate your blood pressure…so when you’re having a shit day at work and you’re ready to blow your top, don’t count to ten…eat ten cucumbers instead.
- Good for your Heart and Bones: cucumbers contain silica which plays a vital role in reducing the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis.
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