I can't actually remember the last time I thought about why I put cucumber on anything. If I'm being honest, sometimes I only use it for a garnish or to calm down a spicy curry!
But up close and personal, the humble cucumber is an amazing powerhouse of nutrients for health and beauty.
Cucumbers are 95% water so, not surprisingly, they rehydrate your body and help eliminate toxins. High in water (not just any water thank you, naturally filtered and packed with enzymes) and low in calories they help the body flush away toxins which aids digestion and weight loss. Eating them daily can even relieve chronic constipation.
Cucumbers are natures daily vitamin pill, as they contain almost all of the vitamins that you need each day.
Cucumbers for bad breath? Rich in phytochemicals that kill bad breath bacteria in your mouth, cucumber slices pressed to the roof of your mouth for a few seconds, help freshen breath.
Cucumbers are a great source of silica, which strengthens connective tissue for optimum joint health.
Their Silica, and Sulphur, content promotes healthy hair and nail growth.
If you suffer from gout and arthitis, the vitamins A, B1, B6, C & D, and folate, calcium, magnesium and potassium help to lower uric acid levels.
Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to reduce the intensity of hangovers. So if you partied a bit harder than you thought, have a few slices of cucumber before you go to bed.
Commercially grown cucumbers are usually sprayed with pesticides, so especially on this one, go organic if you can.