Cucumbers and Weight lossTweet
May 23, 2016 , 6 min read
Fruits and vegetables are good for the body in maintaining your overall health. Cucumbers come under that category, wherein they not only have nutritional benefits but help in weight loss as well.
Weight Loss Benefits
Cucumber is a low calorie food. They have high water content because of which they offer important vitamins and minerals. Since most of the cucumber is just water, say about 95%, they instantly make you feel full and add volume to your meals but at the same time it doesn’t make you feel heavy or bloated. The best part is that you can eat more and feel content and not feel guilty while still carrying forward a healthy diet. Also, cucumbers can help quench thirst.
Digestion - Cucumbers help in the detoxification of the body by eliminating wastes and other toxins which get collected. This process helps to cleanse the liver, the main organ for detoxification. They also help the body produce urine which helps in clearing out waste as cucumbers are diuretic in nature.
This process of detoxification prevents bloating, feeling uncomfortable and unnecessary water retention.
Cucumber seeds are recognized for their cooling effect on the body. In Ayurveda, they are used to relieve constipation. They aid in constipation because cucumbers are a source of magnesium and other electrolytes which hydrate the gut and digestive lining.
Other Nutritional Benefits
Apart from assisting in weight loss, cucumbers have a number of other benefits like providing your body with Vitamin K which helps in clotting blood. Vitamin C can also be squeezed out which is a rich antioxidant that backs the production of collagen which keeps bones, skin and hair healthy and strong. A valuable plant compound called phytonutrients are found in cucumbers which provide antioxidant and anti-diabetic benefits. Polyphenol present in cucumber help fight the aging process naturally, reduce puffiness around eyes, inflammation and fight the damage of free radicals.
To wrap up
In Indian traditional medicine, cucumbers have been popular since ancient times. They are well-known for their variety of benefits ranging from aiding in weight loss, working as an anti-diabetic, lipid-lowering and antioxidant activity. They detoxify and cleanse the body. Not only do they keep you cool during summers but they restrict dehydration, constipation and overheating of the body.
So what are you waiting for? Get juicing, munching, scrunching and start snacking on Cucumbers!