14 Health Benefits of Cucumber Water

A few extra minutes of prep and one cool cucumber can make regular water far more nutritious. You’ll love reaping the benefits of drinking cucumber water.

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You probably already know that sipping cucumber water is healthier than drinking water alone, but that’s not the sole reason to prep a pitcher of this simple infused beverage that feels surprisingly like a treat. But what exactly are the health benefits of drinking cucumber water? And why should you make infused waters part of your daily wellness plan?

The most obvious reason to drink cucumber water is that hydration is vital to good health and since infused waters, like cucumber water, taste nice, chances are you’re going to drink more throughout the day. The fact that you’ll feel a little like you’re relaxing at a luxury day spa every time you take a sip is just a bonus.

See also: 10 Benefits of Drinking Warm Lemon Water in the Morning

In this post, I’ll talk about the health benefits of cucumber water and I’ll also share the best recipes for infused cucumber water, tips for how to select the perfect cucumber, and some fascinating cucumber facts. I’ve also put together a list of questions people have asked me about cucumber water and why it’s such a healthy drink.

Interesting Facts About the Cucumber

Cucumbers originated in India and were introduced to Europe by Greeks or Romans. They are listed among the foods eaten in ancient Ur and are referenced in the legend of Gilgamesh. Christopher Columbus brought cucumbers to the Americas in 1494. Today, Americans eat about seven and a half pounds of cucumbers each year, and World Cucumber Day is June 14th.

Cucumber water is easy to make at home and it does have health benefits. Here's why it's worth the extra effort.

FAQs About Cucumber Water

How long can you keep cucumbers in water?

Cucumber can be infused overnight (or for up to 12 hours), at which point you should remove the cucumber from the water. Then your infused water can be safely stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.

How much cucumber should I put in my water?

There’s no one perfect amount of cucumber. You’ll get the health benefits of drinking cucumber water whether you add a little or a lot as long as you let your cucumber water infuse for a few hours.

Is cucumber water a detox drink?

Cucumbers are very nutrient rich and contain loads of antioxidants, which is why sipping cucumber water is a perfect way to stay hydrated while detoxing. The more hydrated you are, the faster your body can flush toxins from your system.

How does cucumber water aid in weight loss?

Drinking cucumber water is the perfect way to wean yourself off of sugary sodas, sports drinks and juices — all of which are high in calories and are known to contribute to obesity. It’s also a lot better for you than diet sodas. Staying hydrated will help you feel more satisfied throughout the day so you’re less prone to snacking. And finally, drinking chilled cucumber water can even boost the number of calories you burn throughout the day!

Can cucumber help you lose belly fat?

Sipping cucumber water and nibbling on cucumber slices can definitely help you lose stubborn belly fat.

The Many Health Benefits of Cucumber Water

Is cucumber water good for you? Absolutely!

It Keeps You Hydrated

We all know that drinking plenty of water is a major wellness DO, but chugging down plain water all day long gets pretty boring, pretty quickly. Deliciously infused waters like cucumber water make it easier to drink your six to eight glasses before bedtime rolls around. You’ll be surprised how energetic you feel when you’re truly hydrated.

Cucumber Water is Good for your Muscles

Surprised? Cucumbers contain silica, a trace mineral necessary to keep connective tissue healthy. When you infuse your workout water with a few slices of cucumber, you’re getting a little infusion of silica along with that bright, fresh flavor.

It Boosts Bone Health

Cucumbers are rich in Vitamin K, which helps transport calcium to bones. Just one unpeeled cucumber contains about 22% of your daily recommended intake, so feel free to nibble on the cukes in your glass! You’ll also reap the benefits of the silica and manganese in cucumbers — both of which can strengthen your bones and possibly even lower your risk of developing osteoporosis.

Cucumber Water is Good for your Skin

Staying hydrated is the number one key to beautiful skin, but the silica and antioxidants in cucumbers can also help skin stay clear and prevent breakouts. The pantothenic acid or Vitamin B-5 in cucumbers may also calm acne when you wash your face with cucumber infused water or apply the chilled cucumbers from your glass directly to any areas of redness or inflammation.

It Is Low in Calories

An entire cucumber averages about 45 calories, which means that a few pretty slices in your water won’t add many additional calories. Freshly infused cucumber water has a vibrant flavor but is so much better for you than sports drinks or soda. Why not make it part of your mindful snacking routine?

Cucumber Water is Full of Antioxidants

Antioxidants are powerful substances that can prevent or even repair the kind of cell damage that can lead to illness. Cucumbers are rich in Vitamin C, manganese (a key part of the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase), beta-carotene, molybdenum (which activates antioxidant enzymes) and other flavonoid antioxidants.

Drinking Cucumber Water Supports Brain Health

Did you know that cucumber may boost your brain power? This veggie contains a flavonol called fisetin that, in studies, has been shown to keep aging mice (even those prone to Alzheimer’s) from developing memory loss and learning deficits.

We don’t know yet whether it can do the same in people, but even the possibility has inspired me to sip more cucumber water.

Cucumber Water Is a Detox Drink

I’ve been encouraged to drink cucumber water and other infused waters during my juice cleanses. They are a natural diuretic, which helps the body to pass toxins through urine. And if you nibble a little cucumber while you drink, the fiber in this super vegetable will sweep toxins from your digestive system, too.

It Lowers Blood Pressure

Cucumbers are high in potassium, an electrolyte that helps regulate blood pressure. When you drink cucumber water, the potassium will help your body get rid of the excess sodium that can contribute to high blood pressure.

Cucumber Water Curbs the Appetite

One of the best benefits of drinking cucumber water is that it helps you feel fuller until your next meal. Water alone won’t necessarily help you kick your between-meal cravings. The fresh flavor of infused water, however, can trick your brain and your belly into thinking you’ve had a snack so you’re less tempted to grab a bag of chips between meals.

It May Help Prevent Cancer

There is research that suggests cucumbers could help in the fight against cancer! Antioxidants like those found in cukes may prevent cancer, and cucumbers also contain compounds called cucurbitacins along with a group of nutrients called lignans — both of which may play a role in stopping cancers before they can start or slowing the progression of certain cancers.

Even More Benefits of Cucumber Water

Wellness is the best reason to keep a pitcher of cucumber water handy, but there are other reasons to love this bright-tasting beverage.

It’s (Usually) Inexpensive

Cucumbers are the fourth most widely cultivated vegetable in the world. Organic cucumbers cost a bit more, however, relative to other organic fruits and vegetables, but they are generally less expensive than other veggies.

Guests Love Cucumber Water

It’s so easy to add some extra “wow” to your table with a beautiful pitcher or carafe of chilled cucumber water. Even an impromptu afternoon get-together will feel just a little luxurious!

I have two of these WMF Water Carafes that I keep filled with cucumber water and other infused waters at all times, so I have something special to offer surprise guests. When I have time to prep, I include cucumbers in a sparkling water bar so guests can make their own infused waters.

Serve cucumber water in a pitcher when you entertain.

And Finally, It’s Delicious!

Too many of us skip the water and reach for sugary coffees, sports drinks and sodas when we feel thirsty. Cucumber water has a fresh but subtle flavor that you’ll love.

Easy Cucumber Water Recipe

Sure, it takes just a few minutes to fill a pitcher (or glass) of water and slice a few cucumbers into it. However, cucumber water and other infused waters will be far more refreshing after it sits in the refrigerator for several hours.

Ingredients

  • One medium cucumber
  • Large pitcher of water
  • Lemon, lime, mint, strawberries or other ingredients (optional)

Instructions

  1. Scrub and slice the cucumber into 1/2" slices.
  2. Place as much sliced cucumber as you like into a pitcher.
  3. Reserve a few extra for garnishes.
  4. Place other optional ingredients into the pitcher.
  5. Fill the pitcher with water.
  6. Let the flavor infuse into the water by leaving it at room temperature for 1-2 hours or in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours before drinking.
  7. Strain the cucumbers out of the water (or leave them in, if you like).
  8. Garnish the glass with a cucumber slice or let a slice or two simply float in the water.

Notes

Don't leave cucumbers in the water for more than 12 hours as they will tend to soften. In fact, a good rule of thumb is if you have any infused water left over after a day, remove all fruit and herbs before refrigerating the rest.

How to Select a Cucumber for Your Infused Water

Cucumbers should be firm, not wrinkly, and a medium to dark green color. Grocery stores sometimes put an edible wax on the skins of fruits and vegetables that otherwise might store poorly.

This wax helps retain moisture and serves are a barrier to bacteria and algae, but the texture leaves a lot to be desired and the wax can make the cucumber’s skin look unpleasant.

However, there is so much good stuff in cucumber skin that I can’t recommend peeling it, so either wash your cukes with a special fruit and veggie wash or buy organic cucumbers that aren’t waxed.

Buying organic might be a good idea, even if you aren’t weirded out by wax. According to WHFoods, you may want to consider buying organic anyway as its thought that conventional cucumbers might be more prone to heavy metal contamination than other veggies.

Find easy cucumber water recipes with health benefits here.

Ingredients that Go Well with Cucumber Water

Who says you need to limit infused water to just one ingredient? These other fruits and herbs go really well with cucumber water:

  • lemon
  • lime
  • orange
  • mint
  • strawberry
  • kiwi
  • rosemary
  • thyme
  • lemon verbena
  • lavender

See also: Are There More Health Benefits in Lemon or Lime Water?

What other fruits and herbs do you add to your water? If there is cucumber water recipe featuring an ingredient other than those above that you love, please share in the comments!


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42 Comments

  1. Vero
    October 9, 2018 at 7:53 am — Reply

    I’m sipping on my cucumber water as I’m speaking and it’s the best.

  2. janice ivory
    August 20, 2018 at 7:15 am — Reply

    I’ve truly enjoyed all of the comments. I am going to make a pitcher of cucumber water immediately! Thanks for sharing.

  3. INDER
    August 17, 2018 at 10:39 pm — Reply

    how much cucumber water can one drink in a day ?

  4. lindani
    May 25, 2018 at 6:16 pm — Reply

    Hi been drinking lemon hot water for the past week v good no more constipation visit man’s three to four times a day I love it

  5. April 23, 2018 at 9:40 pm — Reply

    how much quantity is best to drink cucumber if we mix a large quantity is there any more benefits of drinking cucumber water.I like to drink cucumber water but not everyday sometimes only.

  6. Sibongile Mseleku
    March 5, 2018 at 2:47 am — Reply

    Hi There,

    I am also sipping cucumber water and I am so motivated with the comments, I was reading. I am a bread lover. Should I also stop eating breaking during this process?

    I am thinking of drinking the lemon and cucumber mixture when I am going to sleep, will that help me in loosing weight.

    Should I drink the mixture with cold or hot water.

    I thank you in advance for your reply.

  7. Edit
    January 22, 2018 at 1:57 am — Reply

    I have been drinking water with cucumber and I started loosing weight vey happy

  8. Drum
    May 17, 2017 at 7:25 am — Reply

    I’ve been doing this for a while, I reuse the cucumber and freeze them when I’m not at work. It was mentioned that after having them soak in water for three to four 8 hour days and freeze when not in use, that not eating the cucumber is wasting it. (Suppose to compost)

    The thought of eating them disgust me, am I overreacting? What do you guys do with the cucumber when you’re done drinking off them, how many times do you reuse them?

    • July 9, 2017 at 12:15 am — Reply

      I don’t reuse it a single time ,after drinking off i just through it away because it becomes so slippery

  9. Angel
    March 9, 2017 at 4:33 am — Reply

    how much time we have to keep this cucumber lemon water before consuming.
    do we have for keep the refrigerator or we can keep in normal room temperature.

    • Dale
      April 9, 2018 at 10:37 am — Reply

      I want to try boiled cucumber and lemons….does it loose weight

  10. tabitha
    August 26, 2016 at 2:03 pm — Reply

    If i drink water with lemon and cucumber will i lose weight

  11. Raymond Adegboyega
    April 3, 2016 at 11:49 pm — Reply

    Pls send full recipe of lemon/ cucumber water. Can i use lime which is comon & readily available? Raymond Adegboyega [email protected]

    • Rusty Brown in Canada
      December 18, 2016 at 9:00 am — Reply

      Just do it.

    • cathy
      August 24, 2017 at 6:06 am — Reply

      a recipe? Water, 3 slices cucumber, 1 slice lemon.
      PUt all three in your 8oz glass (or larger if you prefer) and drink! Enjoy

  12. Crystal
    March 22, 2016 at 6:34 am — Reply

    Great tips minus the detoxify part. That’s just woo.
    Keep it serious. 😉

    • Brittany Newman
      July 13, 2016 at 10:42 am — Reply

      So it don’t detoxify u?

  13. renju
    March 21, 2016 at 11:48 pm — Reply

    I have been drinking this for the past two weeks and really its working, my tummy has also reduced …thank you so much

  14. T. Evans
    January 4, 2016 at 5:31 pm — Reply

    I love cucumber water. I just recently added lemon to the mix…so far so good.

  15. August 24, 2015 at 3:43 am — Reply

    I like this blog so much, saved to my bookmarks .

  16. Priya
    June 25, 2015 at 4:32 am — Reply

    If I use steel container instead of glass??

  17. Allene
    June 15, 2015 at 1:44 pm — Reply

    How many times or how many days can you reuse the cucumbers? I’ve been refilling the container with water and using the same cucumbers. There is still flavor.

    • July 5, 2015 at 1:23 pm — Reply

      I don’t really know the answer to this. I just eyeball it. But I reuse them for days, too!

    • nae nae
      August 10, 2015 at 8:37 pm — Reply

      I do the same thing you do and the flavor is still there

  18. Jao
    June 5, 2015 at 2:58 am — Reply

    Lemon cucumber water is the best!! it will staisfy you taste buds, v.good for digestion, natural and most of all you will loose weight in a week. That’s a guarantee; Just make sure to drink atleast 2 liters a day.

  19. March 19, 2015 at 11:15 pm — Reply

    I been having cucumber water to every day.

    • Bill Baggens
      April 7, 2015 at 8:18 am — Reply

      I just started drinking cucumber water last week and now I can fly. I jumped off a 8 story building and flew around 5 miles before getting tired. This stuff is great !

  20. Kiye-Kiye
    November 8, 2014 at 4:27 pm — Reply

    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.

  21. Ana Harris
    September 30, 2014 at 1:18 am — Reply

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

  22. Tamera Wigfall
    January 14, 2014 at 8:11 am — Reply

    that’s cucumber water! lol!

  23. Tamera Wigfall
    January 14, 2014 at 8:10 am — Reply

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

  24. b.anderson
    January 11, 2014 at 1:17 pm — Reply

    Cucumber water is the next best thing to sliced bread.

  25. dominique
    January 1, 2014 at 6:19 pm — Reply

    Will lemon water effect me breastfeeding????

    • Nicole
      March 6, 2018 at 9:24 pm — Reply

      Nope. Lemon is fine. Just don’t use mint leaves. Mint will decrease your supply. Lemon water will help with food cravings also.

  26. Dawn
    September 15, 2013 at 9:11 am — Reply

    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.

    • Rusty Brown in Canada
      December 18, 2016 at 9:07 am — Reply

      Good question, but I figure to do the whole thing in the blender and then pass it through a sieve and send the pulp out to the compost bin.
      I may have to dilute it with a bit of water every time I pour a glass. That’s cool.

  27. August 21, 2013 at 8:18 pm — Reply

    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 !

  28. July 9, 2013 at 5:47 pm — Reply

    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!

  29. Pablo Bustillos
    June 25, 2013 at 6:18 pm — Reply

    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.

  30. Mrs. Martinez
    June 23, 2013 at 2:19 pm — Reply

    I am sipping on my cucumber water right now.

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