Benefits of Cucumber Water
Cucumber water isn’t only beautiful and refreshing. It’s also packed with hidden nutrients providing you a variety of health benefits every time you quench your thirst. Here we look at the benefits of cucumber water and how to make it.
It’s important to drink plenty of water, but if you would like to add even more flavor and health benefits to your water, it’s easy to do. Try our Detox Water, Apple Cider Vinegar Drink, and the rest of our selection of Detox Drink Recipes – we’ve got plenty!
This cucumber water, with or without lemon, has just the right amount of flavor and will make you feel like you’re at a spa. The health benefits of cucumber water – plus lemon – allow you to shine from the inside out. From glowing skin to healthy aging, to weight loss and detox, cucumber water is a great option to quench your thirst any time of day!
7 Benefits of Cucumber Water
Cucumber is a power-packed fruit, filled with micronutrients, beneficial plant flavonoids, antioxidants, and more. Cucumbers are cooling, hydrating, and rejuvenating, on a deep cellular level.
And just the simple step of adding cucumber to your water can help you reap these 7 benefits:
1. Bursting with nutrients
Cucumbers are both low in calories and high in nutrients.
This fruit contains the highest amounts of:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
They also contain decent amounts of iron, folate, and vitamin A (beta carotene).
These micronutrients are contained in the flesh and juice of the fruit. And when added to water, these juices and nutrients infuse with the liquid, providing you with a refreshing, health-boosting drink.
2. Contains antioxidants
Several micronutrients in cucumbers – like vitamin C and carotenoids (lutein and zeaxanthin) – and natural plant flavonoids also act as antioxidants.
Antioxidants are important compounds that actively prevent or delay the damage of oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Because they prevent active stress, antioxidants are known to delay the development of chronic diseases related to unhealthy aging.
3. Reduces inflammation
Cucumbers and their juices are known to have anti-inflammatory properties. These properties are also attributed to the high content of antioxidant vitamins, minerals, and plant compounds found in cucumbers.
Chronic inflammation is caused by an overstimulated immune system, which can affect all body systems and stimulate disease development.
Hence, preventing oxidative stress in the body also reduces chronic inflammation. This promotes better health of body systems by allowing them to function properly.
4. Boosts hydration
These juicy fruits are composed of 96% water, making them very effective at promoting hydration.
This is especially important as stay hydrated promotes good health. Water stored in the body is responsible for:
- Regulating body temperature
- Lubricating joints
- Nutrient delivery to cells
- And more!
For this reason, cucumber water is not only a great option for quenching your afternoon thirst. It’s also beneficial to keep you hydrated any time of day!
5. Promotes healthy, glowing skin
As an added bonus, regularly drinking cucumber water also has the potential to improve the health of your skin from the inside-out.
Cucumbers promote hydration and flush out toxins. They also contain vitamin B5, which is effective in reducing acne and breakouts.
Leaving you with fresh, glowing, soothed skin.
6. Aids Weight Loss
Hydration is an important part of weight loss. Drinking more water can contribute to satiety, meaning there’s less chance you’ll overeat. Furthermore, swapping sugary or high-calorie beverages for infused waters can greatly reduce caloric intake.
Cucumber’s cooling effects can help reduce bloat.
7. It’s a Detox Drink
Our amazing bodies have built-in detoxification systems such as skin, lungs, liver, kidneys, lymph system. Cucumber is known to help cool down an inflamed liver, helping it detox and reverse damage from a poor diet and heavy metals.
Our environment and diet can support or tax detoxification. Cucumber and lemon are both known to support the liver in detoxification. Cucumber can support the adrenal glands and kidneys to filter out toxins.
Can Lemon Juice Boost the Benefits of Cucumber?
Need an extra splash of flavor and brightness? Add some lemon. Warm Lemon Water is my favorite morning energizer.
Lemon juice isn’t only a delicious addition, it can also help enhance the benefits of your cucumber water.
Because they contain similar micronutrients and share many health benefits! Including:
- Antioxidant power
- Promoting hydration
- Improving skin health
Lemon juice also provides the added benefit of better digestion and naturally freshens your breath.
How to Make Cucumber Water
Making refreshing cucumber water is quick and easy and really doesn’t require a recipe at all. It’s important to use organic or pesticide-free cucumbers and lemons, as the water will be exposed to the skin. If your cucumber is conventionally grown, peel it first.
Cut your cucumber into thin rounds crosswise, or use a vegetable peeler to make thin ribbons. I prefer the ribbon method, as there is more surface area with which to infuse the water.
You can infuse your cucumber water with cucumber alone, cucumber and lemon, or other add-ins. Fresh mint, sliced ginger, and other citruses such as lime or orange are tasty variations.
Using and Storing Cucumber Water
Store your infused water in a jar, pitcher, or carafe in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for up to two days. Top off with more filtered water as you use it. After two days, dump it out and start fresh.
- 1/2 English hothouse cucumber
- 1/4 lemon (optional)
- 1 quart filtered water
- Thinly slice the cucumber into ribbons using a vegetable peeler, or crosswise into rounds.
- Cut the lemon into thin slices as well.
- Pour the water into a jug or jar. Add the cucumber and lemon slices. Cover and refrigerate for one hour and up to 24 hours. I like the flavor best after between 2 and 8 hours.
- As you use the cucumber water, top it off with more water. Discard after two days and start fresh.
Use organic fruit if possible as the peels will be exposed to the water. If using conventionally grown cucumber and lemon, peel it first.
Feel free to add fresh mint, or thinly sliced ginger, or swap the lemon for any other citrus such as orange or lime.
Benefits of Cucumber
1. Loaded with nutrients
2. Contains Antioxidants
3. Reduced Inflammation
4. Boosts Hydration
5. Promotes Healthy Glowing Skin
6. Aids in Weight Loss
7. Is a Detox Drink
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 7Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Nutritionix. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your favorite calculator.
Sources consulted: Allison Lansman, RDN, LD