Illustration by Renee Leigh Stephenson
“With vitamin K, B vitamins, copper, potassium, vitamin C, and manganese, cucumbers can help you to avoid nutrient deficiencies that are widespread among those eating a typical American diet.”
– Dr. Joseph Mercola, Osteopathic Physician
With my due date approaching and the summer heat just now kicking in, proper hydration and water intake is more important than ever for me. Whether or not you’re currently creating life or just trying not to melt into a puddle, you’re probably in the same boat. I decided to make a personal goal for myself and drink a gallon of water everyday from a pitcher I keep in my fridge. I’ve also decided to “one up” it and add a different garnish for each day of the week, whether it be lemons, basil or cucumber.
Recently I’ve been adding a ton of sliced cucumber to my pitcher and I love how “healthy and clean” it makes me feel. Cucumbers are an excellent hydrator as they are made up of 95% water.
Talk about DOUBLE hydration!
As someone who suffers from Rosacea, cucumber water is one of the quickest ways to calm and cool my skin, not expensive creams or serums. As a matter of fact, it’s one of my favorite drinks to offer brides during their trial run or on their wedding day because of it’s luxurious effects.
Here’s a quick list of how and why cukes are just amaze-wah!
1.) Eases nausea – great for pregnant Mamas!
2.) Reduces cholesterol and helps stabilize blood pressure
3.) Promotes digestion
4.) Helps with constipation – great for preggers again
5.) Is a good source of B vitamins which are great for energy
6.) Fights bad breath
7.) Contains a natural antihistamine release, bye bye summer allergies!
8.) Contains silica which helps to strengthen connective tissues and promote silky hair
9.) Helps eliminate waste and even helps dissolve kidney stones
10.) Helps relieve acid reflux…
“If you struggle with acid reflux, you should know that drinking water can help suppress acute symptoms of acid reflux by temporarily raising stomach pH; it’s possible that water-rich cucumbers may have a similar effect.” – Dr. Mercola
Here’s a pic of my half-way through water pitcher in my fridge…
Just be sure to clean your cucumbers well with a produce spray or vinegar before consumption and buy organic if you can.
According to Dr. Mercola:
“If you’re wondering whether you should choose organic cucumbers over conventionally grown varieties, I’d suggest organic. Cucumbers were ranked the 12th most contaminated food and the second in cancer risk due to their pesticide content, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG).”