Cucumbers are full of vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, folic acid, calcium, phosphorus, zinc and potassium. Adding few slices of cucumber in water makes a nutritious drink which helps in losing weight in a natural and healthy way.
Weight loss requires to cut down on calorie intake and best way to do this is to replace high-calorie food with low calorie. An increased intake of cucumber water help to lose weight by decreasing the amount of calories you consume during each meal. Water has no calories, whereas cucumber contains less than 50, so if you add a few cucumber slices to water you will consume less calories than a glass of apple juice (113 calories) or soda (150 calories). This will reduce your calorie consumption by 100-150 calories for the day, which means you lose around 10-15 lb. a year without making any other dietary changes. Cucumber water also hydrate the body which means that you’ll feel full in-between meals.
Apart from above benefits, below are the more reasons to drink cucumber Water:
Good for skin
Cucumbers are 95% water, they are excellent when it comes to hydrating skin. Cucumber seeds contain vitamin E and potassium, which is good for all the skin related problems. Cucumbers are also rich in silicon dioxide, which is helpful in the treatment of acne.
Source of antioxidants and complete detox
Cucumbers are good source of antioxidants like alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, zeaxanthin and lutein. These fight free radicals and eliminate toxins. Water in cucumbers cleanses body and flushes out waste products.
Reduces cholesterol and controls blood pressure
According to one research, compound called sterols in cucumbers help reduce cholesterol levels. Cucumbers also contain a lot of potassium, magnesium and fiber which work effectively for regulating blood pressure.
Cucumber are known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol. These three lignans have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of several cancer types.
CUCUMBER WATER RECIPE:
Take a fresh cucumber and wash it well to clean any dirt or bacteria. Slice the cucumber with or without its peel. Add the slices in a glass full of fresh water. Let it rest for a few hours or overnight. For a more flavor, add mint leaves, lemon or strawberries.