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8 Reasons Why You Should Drink Cucumber Water

Health benefits of drinking cucumber water

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: I’ve been¬†encouraged to drink cucumber water as an integral part of juice cleanses.

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?

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Photo credit: Flickr/derekGavey, Creative Commons 2.0

  • Kiye-Kiye - November 8, 2014

    Wow cucumber water with lemons so different in todays world I saw my zumba class mate drinking this and I was amazed ! She shared the health benefits with me. Later I saw my roommate drinking it so it more and more common for people to drink it.

  • Ana Harris - September 30, 2014

    I just started drinking cucumber water, and I love it….very refreshing!

  • Tamera Wigfall - January 14, 2014

    that’s cucumber water! lol!

  • Tamera Wigfall - January 14, 2014

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

  • b.anderson - January 11, 2014

    Cucumber water is the next best thing to sliced bread.

  • dominique - January 1, 2014

    Will lemon water effect me breastfeeding????

  • Dawn - September 15, 2013

    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.

  • Clare - August 21, 2013

    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 !

  • Denise - July 9, 2013

    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!

  • Pablo Bustillos - June 25, 2013

    I wash an entire cucumber, leave the skin and cut it all in slices, throw them in the blender with water (about 24oz) and that’s how I drink it. Might not be the most pleasant flavor but thats the way I prefer it.

  • Mrs. Martinez - June 23, 2013

    I am sipping on my cucumber water right now.

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I'm Katie Dillon, a freelance luxury travel writer who lives in seaside La Jolla, CA. This is where I document my recent trips around the world, the latest San Diego happenings and other fun lifestyle topics. Thanks for stopping by!

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