We’re alkaline dieters. We’ve been so for 18 years and at 71 I’m SO grateful for my ongoing health. Every now and then I feel the need to ‘honour’ some of the amazing properties some alkalizing foods have beyond their simple nutritional value. Cucumber is one of these and I heartily encourage you to begin eating at least one a day!
What do you think about cucumber?
For most people, cucumber is a vegetable but technically it’s a fruit, often placed as an afterthought in salads and cold side dishes. It’s not a food we get excited about, so I’m going to try to change that.
Arise, Sir Cucumber!
Cucumber is actually an amazing vegetable with an impressive nutritional profile beyond its ample alkalizing power… In fact, it can even be eaten in place of your daily multivitamin.
Why we love ’em!
Cucumber, or Cucumis sativus, is in the same family as melon and squash.
Cucumber has missed out on the attention of researchers. It’s usually upstaged by the cruciferous crew (broccoli, cabbage, etc.) But now people really are paying attention. Why?
We have learned that it contains three beneficial lignans (lariciresinol, pinoresinol and secoisolariciresinol), which have been associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease as well as several different types of cancer, including ovarian, prostate, breast and uterine. If that’s not enough for the humble cucumber to be awarded the ‘superfood’ label’, I don’t know what is.
Cucumber: a nutritional powerhouse
Cucumber really is a superfood with almost all the vitamins you need each day, including B vitamins, vitamin C, fibre, vitamin K1, copper, potassium and manganese.
Cucumber: an energy booster
Rather than reach for another cup of coffee, chomp on a cucumber instead. Cucumber’s carbs and B vitamins in cucumber provide sustaining energy that will last for hours.
Cucumber: a hangover cure?
Our alkaline secret is that any hangover is all about excess acid in the system. To avoid having your night out turn into a morning nightmare, try eating some cucumber. Eat a cucumber right before bed for reduced morning after-itis. Cucumber contains a mix of B vitamins and electrolytes that keep you hydrated and feeling great after a night out on the town.
Cucumber: a sugar replacement strategy
Reduce those sugar cravings. Snack on cucumber slices. Keep some cucumber slices handy wherever you’d normally keep your sweet junk.. Add a sprinkle of sea salt and a little pepper. Seriously good!
Cucumber: Stress reliever
On those dog days, boil up a few slices of cucumber and inhale the steam. Cucumber aroma clams me and others who do the same.
Cucumber for dog breath
Consider eating cucumber instead of sugary breath mints. The phytochemicals in cucumbers actually kill bacteria that cause bad breath and cavities. Have a slice after each cup of coffee or meal for breath that stays fresh all day long.
Cucumber for constipation
There’s any number of reasons why you may experience constipation. It may be the result of stress, medication or eating a highly processed diet. Being high in fibre, they can keep you regular and keep your digestive system working properly.
Cucumber for detox
Cucumbers not only contain a lot of water, helping keep the body hydrated. I also has detoxifying properties. A 2013 study in the journal Fitoterapia found that cucumber has “a cleansing action within the body by removing accumulated pockets of old waste materials and chemical toxins.” Try to make them a habit. I make Cassie and my lunch every day and add a whole sliced cucumber to each of our lunch boxes. We never tire of it.
Cucumber for an immune boost
The nutrient mix in cucumber makes an ideal choice for boosting the immune system and helping us get over common ailments like cold and flu viruses. Its anti-inflammatory properties fight inflammation of the nose and throat when you are suffering from a cold.
Cucumber for high blood pressure
The high levels of potassium in cucumber help regulate blood pressure. They boosting electrolyte levels, thus mitigating the damaging effects of sodium overconsumption.
Cucumber for free radicals protection
Like melon, cucumber is high in antioxidants. This helps prevents the spread of free radical damage that can lead to premature aging and cancer.
Cucumber for puffy eyes
Nutrients in cucumber make it effective at relieving inflammation both internally and externally. Place fresh cucumber slices directly onto swollen areas to reduce puffiness within just a few minutes.
Cucumber for that bloated feeling
I know that all I have to do for relief is eat a cucumber! The high water content and potassium in cucumber make it a mild diuretic.
Cucumber for bone building
I said cucumber is an alkaline powerhouse. Cucumber is high in magnesium, calcium, and vitamin K1 — all essential for bone health. Eat cucumber regularly if you are eating a low-meat or low-dairy diet.
Of course, cucumber is just one part of a total alkaline diet strategy. If you don’t yet know enough about the alkaline diet, we’re giving away a free New Alkaline Diet and Defence Program this month.
It’s normally $99 so I suggest if you think it could benefit you and your family, go here to grab it quick.
If you’d just like tips on how to get deeper into the alkaline diet, I recommend you add your name at the top of the page to receive our posts.