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Why you need to add cucumbers to your diet

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 Cucumbers are the perfect hydration boost (Photo: Courtesy)

Cucumbers may not have a strong flavour or an amazing taste but they are packed with so many essential nutrients.

And the awesome thing is that they are quite easy to find all year round and, they are super affordable too.

If you’ve never explored the benefits of adding them to your diet, you might need to check this out:

They give you a hydration boost

Almost every living creature survives on water. You can try and eat healthily and exercise all you want but if you don’t take enough water, you won’t function as efficiently as you need to.

The most direct way of hydrating is drinking water but actually, we get a lot of water that we need daily from fruits and veggies as well. Cucumber is mostly made of water so, eating them often will help you give your body sufficient hydration.

They enhance digestion

Gut health is something that’s often ignored. When things aren’t okay in your gut, your body will be exposed to infections and so many other challenges.

To keep your gut happy, you should ensure you are eating right and cucumbers can give you a boost as well. Everything from the peels, to the seeds and flesh, contains lots of water, fibre and minerals that help ensure everything flows smoothly.

 Cucumbers are known to promote your skin's health (Photo: Courtesy)
They help reduce cholesterol

The dangers of high cholesterol are not to be joked with. And the interesting thing is that you can still have high cholesterol when you look healthy on the outside.

We should all try our best to avoid foods that are high in cholesterol and eat more veggies that can help keep us healthy like cucumbers.

Cucumbers contain a key component, pectin, which helps break down cholesterol in the blood. This should encourage you to change what you eat if you have not been eating healthy and possibly include cumbers into your diet.

They keep your skin healthy

With all the research that’s out there, we can no longer deny that what we eat affects our skin. Some people can get away with eating anything but for most, years of unhealthy eating starts to take a toll on their skin.

Cucumbers can help you out because they are rich in antioxidants, which repair your skin and their hydrating properties restore a youthful glow.

As you use cucumbers for your topical beauty treatments, remember to eat more of them as well.

They help manage high blood pressure

High blood pressure is slowly becoming an epidemic. There are a number of causes that trigger this condition and once you’re diagnosed, you have to be on medication and change your lifestyle habits.

Part of what you need to do to live long is to eat right. Cucumbers have been shown to supply your system with essential electrolytes like potassium, which help to stabilize your blood pressure.

Also, they are good for your overall heart health which is another benefit to look forward to.

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