Cucumber water is a very popular detox drink that also helps with weight loss. Cucumbers contain 96% water, which explains their powerful hydrating effects.
Cucumber water with lemon and mint is especially recommended during summer, when our body loses a lot of water through sweat.
Cucumber water – recipe and benefits
This recipe shows you how to make cucumber water at home. You will need only 3 simple ingredients you may already have in your fridge.
It’s an easy, refreshing and savory drink to have on a hot summer day.
• 3-4 cucumbers
• ½ lemon
• 4-5 mint or basil leaves
• 1 liter of water (4 cups)
Peel the cucumbers and slice them finely. If your cucumbers are organic, don’t peel them. If you still want to keep the peel on – which is recommended for added benefits – rub them them with baking soda and rinse with fresh water to remove pesticides.
Put the sliced cucumbers in a big jar. Add the water, mix and place it in the frigde to cool for a few hours. When ready to serve, add the fresh squeezed lemon juice. Sweeten with honey and mix. Serve the lemonade fresh and keep the rest in the fridge.
A study from 2009 conducted at Aberdden Medical School in Harvard showed that cucumber is twice as effective as a glass of plain water in hydrating the body, due to its rich content in mineral salts, amino acids and natural sugars. Paired with watermelon, cucumber juice is even more effective than sport drinks.
Cucumber is rich in antioxidants (beta-caroten, vitamin C, flavonoids, manganese and molybdenum), which protect our cells from oxidative stress damage linked to cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer, macular degeneration and other chronic diseases.
Other health benefits of cucumber water include:
– preventing hypertension
– flushing out toxins
– skin cleansing
– acne treatment
– maintaing bone health
– proper blood clotting
– cancer prevention
1. Healthy Eating SF Gate, List of Fruits & Vegetable With a High Water Content: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/list-fruits-vegetable-high-water-content-8958.html
2. Healhline, 7 Benefits of Cucumber Water: Stay Hydrated and Healthy: https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/cucumber-water