From time immemorial, I have always had a huge distaste for Cucumbers. It just didn’t make healthy sense to nibble at these green stuff till some years ago when reality hit like a thunderbolt! I remember having a colleague who religiously had only cucumbers for lunch. Out of curiosity, I prodded further on why he daily opted for this weird combo and his reply was ‘’Want to maintain your body weight? Go the cucumber way!’’
At this juncture, I decided to do a ‘’Sherlock Holmes’ on the health benefits and this is what I discovered about Cucumbers.
1.Cucumbers freshen your breath. How? It has been proven that by daily placing a slice of cucumber on the roof of your mouth, it has the capacity to rid your mouth of odour-causing bacteria.
2.Cucumbers play an important role in brain health. It contains an anti-inflammatory flavonol called Fisetin which is vital for brain development. Cucumbers improves your memory and protects your nerve cells from age-related decline.
3.Reduce your risk of cancer with cucumbers. Polyphenols(lignans) and phytonutrients(cucurbitacins)form a vital part of cucumbers and these help lower your risk of breast, uterine, ovarian and prostate cancers.
4.Cucumbers contain multiple B vitamins, including Vitamin B1, Vitamin B5 and Vitamin B7. B vitamins are known to help ease feelings of anxiety and the damaging effects of stress.
5.Cucumber skin contain insoluble fiber which primarily adds bulk to your stool. It enables food to move through your digestive tract more quickly for healthy elimination.
6.Cucumbers contain potassium which is associated with lower blood pressure levels. A proper balance of potassium both inside and outside your body cells is crucial for proper body functionality.
7.Since it is low in calories, it’s your ideal filling snack. Nutritionists say one cup of sliced cucumber contains just 16 calories! Eating cucumbers every day helps you feel full longer.
8.Finally, cucumbers are rich in two of the most important basic elements needed for healthy digestion: water and fiber. Therefore, adding cucumber to your juice or salad can help you meet the ideal intake of fiber your body needs.
So what are you waiting for? Join the ‘cucumber gang’ today and begin to eat your way to good health.
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