12 Cucumber Water Health Benefits

A few extra minutes of prep makes regular water far more nutritious

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Cucumber water is easy to enjoy at home and does have some incremental health benefits relative to a plain glass of water.

Many people enjoy drinking infused water, like cucumber water, far more than regular water. And, when something tastes good, you tend to want more of it, correct? In an era where people aren’t drinking enough water, making infused water recipes at home can provide a win-win situation.

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

In addition to sharing the health benefits of cucumber water, I’ll also share the best recipes for cucumber water, tips for how to select a cucumber and other fun cucumber facts.

Health Benefits Of Cucumber Water

cucumber water health benefits

It Keeps You Hydrated

Too many of us don’t drink enough water. We like things that taste good. Better tasting water just may prompt you to drink more of it which is a win-win for your body.

Cucumber Water Is Good for Your Muscles

Cucumbers contain silica, a trace mineral necessary to keep connective tissue healthy. A good idea might be to add a few slices to your workout water bottle.

It Helps Transport Calcium to Bones

Cucumbers are rich in Vitamin K, which helps transport calcium to bones. In fact one cucumber averages 22% of your daily recommended intake. Just remember that Vitamin K is most dense near the cucumber’s skin. Peeling the cucumber decreases the amount of Vitamin K that you’ll receive.

It’s Good for Your Skin

Staying hydrated is key to good skin but the silica and antioxidants in cucumbers also help skin stay clear and supple. Cumbers have pantothenic acid or vitamin B-5 in them and some swear (though others disagree) that this vitamin has helped calm acne. Advocates of cucumber water 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 in order to reduce redness.

Cucumbers Are Low in Calories

An entire cucumber averages about 45 calories. This means that a few slices in your water does not add very many additional calories.

Cucumber Water Is Detox Water

I’ve been encouraged to drink cucumber water as an integral part of juice cleanses. One reason is because they are a natural diuretic which helps the body to pass toxins through urine.

It Lowers Blood Pressure

Cucumbers are high in potassium, which helps to regulate blood pressure.

It’s a Natural Combination

Cucumbers are already 95% water. Putting them in water is a natural combination that flavors it without any artificial colors or flavors.

Cucumber Freshens Breath

Some online sources suggest that keeping well hydrated may reduce odor-causing bacteria in your mouth. Apparently, if you hold a slice of cucumber at the roof of your mouth with your tongue this helps boost saliva production which washes away bacteria that causes bad breath.

No Cucumber on the “Dirty Dozen” List

The Environmental Working Group compiles an annual list of the produce with the highest concentration of pesticides, called the Dirty Dozen List. Conventionally-grown cucumbers have in the past been on this list but they are no longer.

It’s (Usually) 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 generally less expensive.

Guests Love Cucumber Water

Add some extra “wow” to your table by adding a pitcher or carafe of cucumber water. Most people don’t take the trouble to make it at home and people will notice that you took the extra step.

I have two of these WMF Water Carafes that I try to keep filled with cucumber water and other infused waters at all times.

Health benefits of cucumber water

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Find easy cucumber water recipes with health benefits here.

Easy Cucumber Water Recipe

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Description

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

Scrub and slice the cucumber into 1/2″ slices.

Place as much sliced cucumber as you like into a pitcher. Reserve a few extra for garnishes.

Place other optional ingredients into the pitcher.

Fill the pitcher with water.

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.

Strain the cucumbers out of the water (or leave them in, if you like).

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.

Consider using organic cucumbers that have not been

Ingredients that Go Well in Cucumber Water

Who says you need to limit infused water to just one ingredient? These other ingredients go really well in cucumber water:

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

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

If there is cucumber water recipe featuring an ingredient other than the above that you love, please share in the comments!

benefits of drinking cucumber water

How To Select A Cucumber

Cucumbers should be firm, not wrinkly, and a medium to dark green color. Grocery stores sometimes put an edible wax on skins of fruits and vegetables that otherwise might store poorly. Wax helps retain moisture and serves are a barrier to bacteria and algae. While the FDA says that edible wax is not harmful some people do not prefer its taste or texture. You can avoid wax by buying organic cucumbers. Cucumber skin contains vitamins so try to avoid peeling the cucumbers, if possible.

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.

History of Cucumbers

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.

And, did you know that World Cucumber Day is June 14th?

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

The health benefits of cucumber are worth making it at home.
Cucumber water does have some slight health benefits and can be a great addition to a clean eating diet.
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33 Comments

  1. 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

  2. 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.

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

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

  4. 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

  5. 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?

  6. 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

  7. 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.

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

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

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

    If I use steel container instead of glass??

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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 !

  13. 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.

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

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

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

    that’s cucumber water! lol!

  16. 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.

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

    Cucumber water is the next best thing to sliced bread.

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

    Will lemon water effect me breastfeeding????

  19. 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.

  20. 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 !

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

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

    I am sipping on my cucumber water right now.

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