Oxidative damage can lead to all kinds of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Antioxidants help to prevent and delay cell damage from oxidative stress. In addition to the health benefits of cucumbers, the vitamin C from the lemons acts is a natural antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and metabolism booster.
Cucumbers are rich in the following antioxidants:
- vitamin A
- vitamin K
Lowers Blood Pressure
Potassium is an electrolyte that helps regulate the amount of sodium retained by the kidneys. A diet high in sodium and low in potassium can lead to high blood pressure, so including potassium in the diet might help lower blood pressure.
Cucumbers are a good source of potassium. Drinking cucumber water helps your body get more potassium, potentially helping to lower your blood pressure.
Proper hydration can help the body to flush out toxins and keep the skin healthy. Cucumbers are also rich in vitamin B, which can help with acne and other skin problems.
How to Make Cucumber Water
Making cucumber water is pretty simple:
- Slice a cleaned, peeled (or unpeeled depending on your preference) cucumber into 1/2 inch slices.
- Combine cucumber slices in water, and type with ice. Allow to marinate for at least an hour. (For best results, allow it to marinate overnight in the refrigerator.)