8 Reasons Why You Should Drink Cucumber Water

Health benefits of cucumber

Plain water can be a boring necessity, Diet Coke is bad for you, lemon water may be rough on your teeth if consumed in large quantities, and adding juice also adds calories. Flavoring water with fresh fruit slices and herbs is an easy, healthy alternative.

I spent a weekend at Rancho La Puerta where there were gorgeous water dispensers full of rosemary lime water, orange water, cucumber water and more. The result? I effortlessly drank a ton of water. I read somewhere that cucumber water is particularly beneficial so I decided to look into it.

Related: 10 Reasons Why You Should Drink Lemon Water in the Morning

The cucumber slices do need to soak in water, preferably overnight, prior to drinking. Here are 8 reasons why you should keep cucumber water in the fridge.

Health Benefits Of Cucumber Water

1. It’s good for your muscles: Cucumbers contain silica, a trace mineral necessary to keep connective tissue healthy. Add a few slices to your workout water bottle.

2. It’s good for your skin: The silica and antioxidants help your skin stay clear and supple. I read that you can remove the soaked cucumbers from cold cucumber water and use them to reduce acne redness. Or, wash your face with cucumber water in addition to your usual acne routine to reduce redness.

3. It’s low calorie: An entire cucumber averages about 45 calories so a few slices in your water is not adding very many additional calories

4. You may drink more water: We like things that taste good. Better tasting water just may prompt you to drink more of it. Cucumber water worked for me.

5. It’s detoxifying: The folks at Detox Lounge in San Diego encourage clients to drink cucumber water and use it as an integral part of their juice cleanse.

6. It’s inexpensive: Cucumbers are the 4th most widely cultivated vegetable in the world. Organics cost a bit more, however, relative to other organic fruits and vegetables, they are less expensive.

7. Guests love it: Add some extra wow to your table by adding a pitcher of cucumber water. Most people don’t take the trouble to make it at home, so they appreciate it so much more when served fancy water elsewhere.

8. Making it is easy: It takes just a few minutes to fill a pitcher (or glass) of water and slice a few cucumbers into it.

How To Select A Cucumber

Cucumbers don’t do well in heat so you’re safer to grab one from the refrigerated section. They should be firm, not wrinkly, and a medium to dark green color. According to WHFoods, you may want to consider buying organic as its thought that conventional cucumbers might be more prone to heavy metal contamination. Cucumber skins contain vitamin A so buy the unwaxed kind. If adding waxed cucumbers to your water, peel the skin off first.

The health benefits passed on per glass of water are slight. However, considering that you are adding in a healthy, low calorie fruit (yes, cucumber is a fruit but often classified as a vegetable) where there would otherwise be none and drinking more water, then its win-win to me. Add a little mint, in addition to cucumber, to jazz your water up even more.

What other fruits and herbs do you add to your water?

Sources:
Livestrong
WHFoods
Detox Lounge
Photo credit: Flickr/derekGavey

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Comments

  1. that’s cucumber water! lol!

  2. My morning mix consists of lemon and cumber water! Today is day 1 and I am looking forward to a better health.

  3. b.anderson says:

    Cucumber water is the next best thing to sliced bread.

  4. Will lemon water effect me breastfeeding????

  5. how long can you use the cucumbers, lemons, limes and mint in your water? I also put orange slices in my mix and it is a great addition.

  6. I used to go to an Indian restaurant that put coriander and mint in cold water…it was incredibly refreshing next to a curry and such a distinctive taste. I’ll have to try cucumber water as I know how effective cucumbers are for keeping your skin healthy. What does it taste like ? I figure it might not have a strong taste as cucumbers are pretty bland but maybe I’m in for a surprise !

  7. I recently started drinking cucumber water with lime, lemon and mint. I have always loved water with lemon and never had a problem drinking enough. However, when I added the cucumber and mint it has made such a difference! I am barely hungry and feel so energized!

  8. Mrs. Martinez says:

    I am sipping on my cucumber water right now.

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