Everyone knows that you need to drink at least two liters of water a day. Not everyone can force his body to consume such a quantity of liquid daily, even in portions. There is an excellent alternative to water – cucumbers. They are 95-97% water. The remaining three percent – cellulose, chlorophyll, carotene, vitamins PP, C and B, macro- and microelements, potassium, magnesium, iodine.
Spring is the time of beriberi and dehydration. How can we survive it without losing the health? Eat at least one cucumber a day. Even if it is from the greenhouse. Nothing wrong. This vegetable will still bring much benefit to the body. The value of water in the cucumber is enormous, it is an adsorbent and has the ability to detoxify the body.
Cucumbers useful to eat with food poisoning, there is a lot of water saturated with potassium. As you know, potassium has the ability to remove excess water from the human body – this is necessary for the poisoned body: harmful substances will be removed. Now, let’s look what changes in your body can happen if you eat just one cucumber each day for a month:
1. Cucumbers help to regulate metabolism, they include complex organic substances that stimulate appetite and improve the assimilation of foods. It should be noted that fresh cucumbers increase the acidity of the stomach. Therefore, they should be used with caution in people with ulcers or gastritis. This is the only thing that is harmful in cucumbers.
2. Cucumbers are rich in fiber, which is not absorbed by the human body. However, it speeds up the passage of food through the intestinal tract, removes excess cholesterol from the body, regulates the level of sugar, removes toxins. Calorie content of fresh cucumber – only 13.5 calories per 100 grams. No matter how much you eat, you will not gain weight. At the same time it is rich in vitamins of group B, ascorbic acid, vitamins E, PP, potassium, iodine and mineral substances.
#3. Decoction of cucumbers can be drunk instead of water. It is useful, and not tasteless. The flesh of fresh cucumbers is used as a diuretic, choleretic and laxative. Contained in cucumbers potassium improves the work of the kidneys and the heart. Cucumbers excellently cope with burns, treat the skin, moisturizing and healing it. Decoction of cucumber leaves is good at bleeding. The health benefits of cucumbers are undeniable.
#4. Cucumbers in powdered form are included in many face masks, lotions for the body, hand creams. They have a whitening effect, relieve acne, increase the elasticity of the skin. Also cucumbers, coming into contact with the epidermis, stimulate the production of collagen. Namely, this protein is responsible for the youthfulness of the skin. With age, our body loses the ability to produce collagen in the required quantity and this provokes the aging process. A crispy green vegetable gives strength to make up the collagen deficiency. Together with vitamin B2, skin cells absorb oxygen more readily and more easily. Folic acid is an excellent remedy for acne. Vitamin B6 normalizes the cellular metabolism. Biotin accelerates the healing processes of damaged areas. Vitamin K is an excellent remedy for puffiness, removes pigment spots, smooths out the color. Therefore, whitening face mask with cucumber is considered one of the most effective among natural remedies. Ascorbic acid blocks the action of free radicals, protecting the skin from premature aging and disease. It also stimulates the synthesis of collagen. Nicotinic acid reduces the risk of chronic diseases of the epidermis.
The smell of fresh cucumber is difficult to confuse with something: light, invigorating, refreshing, it gives energy and increases efficiency. Studies have shown that the fragrance of a cucumber removes the symptoms of depression, promotes a positive outlook on life, relieves the headache, gives brightness to any positive emotions.
When choosing a cucumber, pay attention first of all to the shade of its peel. It should be bright green and without glitter. Also look at the tail of a cucumber. If it is faded, then the vegetable is no longer the first freshness.
Cucumbers should be of medium size. Buying large, you will pay for water and too many seeds inside. Now about the smell. Cucumber should smell like cucumber. Early cucumbers in the greenhouse can be grown using chemical fertilizers and growth stimulants. If the cut vegetable does not exude an odor or gives it something uncharacteristic to it, it was excessively fertilized with chemicals during cultivation.