8 Reasons Why You Should Drink Cucumber Water

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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.

Cucumber water does have some slight health benefits and can be a great addition to a clean eating diet.

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

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

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

  3. 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

  4. 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?

  5. 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

  6. 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.

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

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

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

    If I use steel container instead of glass??

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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 !

  12. 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.

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

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

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

    that’s cucumber water! lol!

  15. 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.

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

    Cucumber water is the next best thing to sliced bread.

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

    Will lemon water effect me breastfeeding????

  18. 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.

  19. 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 !

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

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

    I am sipping on my cucumber water right now.

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