WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR BODY WHEN YOU START EATING CUCUMBER
Cucumber is a fruit from the Cucurbitaceae family.
Scientifically known as Cucumis sativus, it belongs to the same family as zucchini, watermelon,
pumpkin, and other types of summer squash.
The plant where cucumber grows is a creeping vine that develops these cylindrical, edible
fruits throughout the year.
You will find different varieties of cucumber grown in different regions, and they are usually
eaten fresh or pickled.
Cucumbers, typically eaten fresh, are called slicing cucumbers.Gherkin cucumbers are specially
produced to make pickles.
These are much smaller in size than the slicing ones.
Slicing cucumbers are available throughout the year, but they are at their best between
May and July.
Cucumber acts as a cooling, anti-inflammatory food that reduces gout attacks.
Discover all of nutritional and health benefits of cucumber.
The cucumber is a type of melon and comes from the same family as watermelon, zucchini
It is cylindrical in shape and 6 to 9 inches long.
The skin is very similar to watermelon, and ranges from green to white.
Inside, the flesh is pale green and very juicy.
Originally a tropical plant cucumber is widely available in most part of the world.
In some cultures, cucumber is more often used to make pickles, of which most of its nutrients
would have been lost.
Cucumber has an impressive amount of water (about 96%) that is naturally distilled, which
makes it superior to ordinary water.
Its skin contains a high percentage of vitamin A, so should not be peeled off.
The cucumber contains alkaline-forming minerals.
This means that cucumber helps create a more alkaline environment in the body – inhibiting
bacteria and disease.
Cucumber is an excellent source of vitamin A and C (both anti-oxidants), folate, manganese,
molybdenum, potassium, silica, sulfur, and lesser amounts of vitamin B complex, sodium,
calcium, and phosphorus.
You have seen beauty practitioners use slices of cucumber on their eyes.
It is found that the caffeic acid in this vegetable helps to prevent water retention
and when applied topically, helps reduce puffy and swollen eyes.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF CUCUMBER Most people are unaware of the immense health
benefits of cucumber and would avoid eating cucumber where possible.
Fresh cucumber may taste "bland" to some but its thirst-quenching and cooling properties
It acts as an anti-oxidant when taken together with fried and barbequed foods.
I like to mix cucumber juice with carrot or orange juices.
Here's a list of health benefits of cool cucumber:
Acidity: The alkalinity of the minerals in cucumber juice effectively helps in regulating
the body's blood pH, neutralizing acidity.
The juice is also soothing for the treatment of gastric and duodenal ulcers.
Blood pressure: Like celery, this colorless drink can help regulate blood pressure because
of its minerals and traces of sodium.
Connective tissues, building: The excellent source of silica contributes to the proper
construction of connective tissues in our body as in the bones, muscles, cartilage,
ligaments and tendons.
Cooling: During dry and hot weather, drink a glass of cucumber + celery juice.
It wonderfully helps to normalize body temperature.
Diuretic: Cucumber juice is diuretic, encouraging waste removal through urination.
This also helps in the dissolution of kidney stones.
Fever: The temperature regulating properties in cucumber juice makes it a suitable drink
when you have a fever.
Inflammation: The Chinese think that cucumbers are too "cooling" and not suitable for
people with rheumatism.
But we know now that cucumber can help counter uric acids that are causing inflammation in
When cucumber is taken it does its cleaning work at the joints, thus stirring up pain
as it eliminates the uric acid.
This means it also help other inflamed conditions like arthritis, asthma, and gout.
Hair growth: The silicon and sulfur content in cucumber juice makes it especially helpful
in promoting hair growth.
Drink it mixed with carrot, lettuce or spinach juice.
Puffy eyes: Some people wake up in the morning with puffy eyes, probably due to too much
water retention in the body (or having cried to sleep).
To reduce the puffiness, lie down and put two slices of cucumber on the eyes for a good
Skin conditions: The high amount of vitamin C and anti-oxidants in cucumber makes it an
important ingredient in many beauty creams for treating eczema, psoriasis, acne, etc.
Sunburn: When there is a sunburn, make cucumber juice and rub it on the affected area for
a cooling and healing effect.
Water retention: It supplies the necessary electrolytes and restores hydration of the
body cells, thus reducing water retention.
CONSUMPTION TIPS Choose cucumbers that are dark green in color
and firm to the touch.
Avoid those that are yellowish or are wrinkled at either ends.
Thinner cucumbers have fewer seeds than those that are thicker.
Store cucumbers in the fridge to retain its freshness.
Cut cucumbers should be kept wrapped up or in an air-tight container and kept in the
Consume within a day or two.
Cucumbers originated in India almost 10,000 years ago, but are now cultivated in many
Different varieties of cucumbers are traded in the international market and you will find
them in abundance all year long.
In the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, and Rome, the cucumber was very popular, and
its uses were not limited to just being food.
It was also praised for its beneficial effects on the skin.
Louis XIV cherished cucumbers greatly and the process of cultivating them in greenhouses
was invented during his time to make sure he was able to have a steady supply of the
enjoyable fruit during any season.
The American colonists also took this variety of crunchy and healthy squash to the United
It is still unknown when cucumbers began to be used for pickling, but researchers have
speculated that the gherkin variety of cucumber was developed from a native African plant.
Spain was one of the countries, during ancient times, that started pickling cucumbers since
Roman emperors imported them from this Mediterranean country.
Features and Varieties of Cucumbers You are probably familiar with the phrase
"cool as a cucumber", which speaks directly to the soothing and cooling nature that cucumbers
have when eaten.
These fruits are grown mainly to be eaten fresh, and in India, you will often find sliced
cucumbers being sold on sunny afternoons.
They are usually cylindrical in shape and vary in length from about six to nine inches.
However, the size of cucumbers varies according to a variety of cultivating factors as well.
The skin of the cucumbers can vary in color from green to white, and sometimes it may
be smooth or ridged depending on the variety.
Inside the cucumber skin, you will find pale green flesh that is thick yet aqueous and
crispy at the same time.
The interior core of cucumber has numerous, edible fleshy seeds.
Many cucumber varieties are also grown in greenhouses; they are seedless with thinner
skin and a longer length, usually between 12 and 20 inches.
Often known as "burpless", this variety of cucumber is bought by a majority, since
it is easier to digest than the other kinds of cucumbers.
CAUTION Where possible, buy organic as cucumbers may
be waxed or have pesticides.
Otherwise remove the skin before eating.
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