When the weather is hot cucumbers are very delicious refreshment and they are also very healthy as well. They contain a lot of water, nutrients and electrolytes, and are also very low in calories.

They are part of the Cucurbitaceae family, along with melons, squash and pumpkins. All these vegetables originate from the northern Himalayan plains of India. However, you can find them everywhere. They contain a lot of copper, potassium, vitamin C, manganese, vitamins B and vitamin K. They also contain polyphenols and different compounds which reduce the risk of different chronic diseases.

Why you should eat cucumber every day:

Tasty

Cucumbers are tasty and have a refreshing flavor. They can be added in salads, appetizers and juices.

Detox

They are made mostly of water and they can remove the excess waste from your body and also help you to dissolves kidney stones.

Regulate blood pressure, fight diabetes and reduce cholesterol

They contain a lot of fiber, potassium and magnesium, all of which can reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure, as well as stimulate the insulin production.

Boost kidney function

They can reduce the uric acid levels in the body and improve the kidney function.

Boost the immune system

They contain a lot of vitamins A, B and C and can give you energy and boost your immunity.

Skin health

They contain potassium, magnesium and silicon and they can tone, smooth and tighten the skin.

Weight loss and digestion

They are full of water, high in fiber and contain almost no calories, meaning they are perfect for weight loss and digestion.

Nails and hair

They contain a lot of silicon and sulfur and they can improve the health of your hair and nails and also speed up their growth.

Fresh breath and healthy gums

They contain juices which can refresh and heal the gums. Additionally, they contain a lot of phytochemicals which can fight against bad breath and they can also destroy bacteria.

Prevent skin damage because of exposure to sun

They can regulate the skin acidity and if you put a cucumber over the burnt skin you will relive the pain and discomfort.

Eliminate dark circles

They have anti-inflammatory properties and can eliminate swelling and dark circles under the eyes.

Use these recipes with cucumbers and feel and enjoy their amazing health benefits:

Cucumber recipe with low calorie content:

You will need:

• 2 cups of chopped cucumber
• 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
• ½ a cup of tomatoes
• 1 garlic clove
• ¼ cup of chopped onion
• ¼ teaspoon of ground cumin
• 2 chilies
• 1 ½ teaspoon of lime juice
• ¼ cup of Greek yogurt
• ¼ teaspoon of sea salt
• 1 ½ teaspoon of lemon juice

Directions:

Combine the ingredients, stir and leave them aside for one hour. Serve it on a whole grain toast.

This is the amazing Sassy Water, created by the nutrition director Cynthia Sass. It is potent detoxifying drink that can fight against stomach bloating soothe the GI tract and help you to lose weight.

Sassy water recipe

• 1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
• 12 small spearmint leaves
• 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
• 1 medium lemon, thinly sliced
• 2 liters water

Directions:

Add the ingredients in a large pitcher and leave the drink overnight in the fridge.

Drink it during the day.