The innocuous cucumber, composed of water, carbohydrates, natural sugars and other useful substances, is said to have fantastic healing effects. Here is a list of some of the ways in which cucumber can improve your health and wellbeing:
Stress: Cutting up cucumber and boiling in water is believed to release biochemicals that, when breathed, can help to reduce stress. Pregnant mothers have used this technique as a way to naturally reduce stress.
Digestion: Cucumbers are packed with fiber and contain a great deal of water, both of which is known to aid in regular digestive function and remove toxins from the body. Constipation and heartburn can be relieved through the regular consumption of this vegetable.
Oral health: Cucumber juice is believed to help maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Energy:Loaded with fiber, vitamin B, and carbohydrates, cucumber will provide a sustained boost of natural energy without the “crash” and other negative health effects that go with consuming caffeine and sugar.
Blood pressure: Whether you have low or high blood pressure, the potassium and magnesium found in cucumbers can be beneficial to your health by helping to normalize blood pressure. Cucumbers also contain a good amount of fiber which is also known to help with balancing blood pressure.
Hangovers: If you had a little too much fun on Saturday night, chow down on some cucumber slices before passing out and you won’t wake up quite as miserable. Electrolytes, water, natural sugars, and vitamin B will bring you back to game form and the fiber within cucumbers helps to detoxify the body be shuffling out toxins that built up during the process of festivities.
Bags and circles under eyes: Most people have seen someone with cucumber slices on their eyes when they are at their local spa. The juices help to remove signs of stress and sleep deprivation from the skin around your eyes but don’t let the juice in your eye as it can cause irritation.
Lower cholesterol: Cucumbers contain sterols, compounds that are believed to help naturally lower cholesterol. The fiber found in cucumbers can also help with this.
Fresh breath: Chewing up some cucumbers for about a minute will help to destroy the bacteria in the mouth that causes halitosis, or bad breath.