The importance of water for our body cannot be denied considering the fact that our body is made up of 60% water. But a lot of people like me forget to drink the requisite two liters of water every day, and for those people, cucumbers are the godsend. Considering the fact that cucumbers are 95-97% water with cellulose, chlorophyll, carotene, vitamins PP, C and B, macro- and microelements, potassium, magnesium, and, iodine making the remaining three percent, having them every day in summers in extremely beneficial for health.
As fresh cucumbers create acid in the stomach, patients with ulcers and gastritis should be careful while consuming cucumbers. While buying a cucumber, make sure that the peel is bright green without any shine and is of medium size. If it does not have the typical cucumber smell, it has been grown using an excessive amount of fertilizers, and should not be consumed.
- Cucumber controls the metabolism rate of the body and increases the appetite.
- Extremely rich in fiber, cucumber improves digestion and prevents constipation and kidney stones.
- It detoxifies the body, eliminates excess cholesterol, and controls blood sugar.
- It only has 13.5 calories per 100 grams while being rich in vitamins and minerals.
- It promotes the formation of urine and secretion of bile from the liver in the body.
- It is extremely good for the skin as it has a whitening effect on it and protects it against aging. It improves the elasticity of the skin by increasing the collagen production and removes acne. It also improves skin tone, removes spots and puffiness, and heals damaged skin. Because of these, it is used a lot in skincare products.
- It works wonderfully as a burn treatment and for stopping the bleeding.
- It can be taken in case of food poisoning as it removes the poisoned substances from the body due to the potassium content in it.
- The refreshing smell of cucumber helps in depression.