Cucumber is a widely cultivated plant in the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae. It is a creeping vine that bears cucumiform fruits that are used as vegetables.
Cucumbers are often sprayed with pesticides so it is important to buy organic or even better, grow them yourself.
Here are 10 benefits of cucumbers:
1. Quick pick me-up
Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins. Put down your sodas and coffee and eat a cucumber slice.
2. Relieves bad breath
Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.
3. Hangover cure
To avoid a morning hangover or headache; eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish many essential nutrients, reducing the intensity of both hangover and headache.
4. Re-hydrates body and replenishes daily vitamins
Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins. Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day. Don’t forget to leave the skin on because the skin contains a good amount ofvitamin C, about 10 percent of the daily-recommended allowance.
5. Aids in weight loss and digestion
Due to its low calorie and high water content, cucumber is an ideal diet for people who are looking for weight loss. The high water content and dietary fiber in cucumbers are very effective in ridding the body oftoxins from the digestive system, aiding digestion. Daily consumption of cucumbers can be regarded as a remedy for chronic constipation.