“The cucumber is a natural cooler and a great way to prevent dehydration and overheating during athletic events.”
Cucumbers help fight inflammation and contain polyphenol compounds that can naturally slow the aging process caused by oxidative stress.
Cucumbers have flavonoids and tannins that support free radical scavenging and analgesic effects.
Cucumber compounds include: cucurbitacins, glucosides, lignans, apigenin and Fisetin. These are known to protect DNA and cells from damage due to oxidative stress. Fisetin is specifically tied to brain health and preservation of cognitive function.
Cucumbers are a high water-pump plant food, with vitamins/minerals and are low in calories.
Cucumbers add volume to meals without weighing you down and can help quench thirst and prevent the desire to snack due to dehydration.
Cucumbers support the digestive tract which can help with cleansing the liver, by supporting removal of toxins and waste materials from the blood and gut.
Cucumbers are a natural diuretic food which helps produce more urine to carry out toxins and waste.
Cucumber juice (freshly-prepared) has been used to naturally nourish damaged, dry or sensitive skin. Cucumber slices applied directly to the skin gives a soothing and cooling effect against skin irritations and reduces swelling and redness. Cucumbers can also help relax and alleviate pain, and swelling following sunburn.
Cucumber lignans are immune-boosting and have anti-inflammatory effects that are beneficial to the cardiovascular health. Cucumber has been associated with a lowering effect of C-reactive protein levels and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and improved blood pressure levels.
Cucumbers also provide important minerals that help maintain a healthy heart, including potassium and magnesium. Potassium is linked to healthier blood pressure levels since it helps control fluids in the body. Magnesium is helpful for blood pressure in addition to general nerve functioning, heartbeat regulation, fluid balance, better blood sugar stability and higher energy expenditure. Cucumber’s source of magnesium and other electrolytes can also help hydrate the gut and digestive lining, which supports a more regular bowel movement.
Cucumber is an alkaline food that helps balance the body’s pH level. Balanced pH can help decrease leptin levels, the main hormone connected to hunger and appetite control, as well as inflammation.
Since the body is able to easily digest nutrients in liquid form, this is one reason why cucumbers are a popular ingredient in green alkalizing juices. Cucumbers are good for juicing or making smoothies.
Cucumbers are high in vitamin K and a good way to help maintain bone mineral density. Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that works with other essential nutrients like calcium and magnesium to preserve strong bones. Vitamin K also supports a healthy metabolism, nutrient absorption, aids in heart health, helps with blood clotting, supports neurological function.
SO GET OUT TO YOUR ORGANIC FARMS OR FARMERS MARKET TODAY & ENJOY YOUR CUCUMBERS & ALL THE OTHER FRUITS & VEGETABLES IN THE PLANT KINGDOM!!
“When your living Your Healthy Journey and you want to discover the full potential to stay healthy and happy, the whole key is “What You Leave Out”, living a predominate freshly-prepared organic, whole plant food lifestyle and understanding detoxification and revitalization.”
SO WHO IS FRED ANYWAY??
Fred Bisci, author, “Your Healthy Journey”, Head of the Spartan Race Nutritional/Lifestyle Athletic Board, has successfully worked with amateur, elite, professional and extreme athletes. He has been a tenacious athlete completing eighteen marathons, two ultra-marathons. He also has a history as a Navy boxing champ, has successfully competed in Olympic-style weight lifting, and still leads an athletic life. Fred, born 1929, has lived on 100% raw plant foods for over 50 years and is a lifestyle/longevity coach, food scientist; detox/fasting expert and clinical nutritionist. He offers a natural, simple, common sense approach by showing people a well-grounded experience to the healing power, peak athletic performance and remedial capabilities of the human body.