15 Alkalizing Reasons to Eat Cucumbers Every Day
Cucumbers are the number four most cultivated fruit in the world and known to be one of the best foods for your overall health, often referred to as a super food. Pick a handful of firm, dark green cucumbers and blend them into a fresh organic green drink or slice up and add to any salad or soup. Congratulations! You have just ingested one of the most alkalizing of all fruit full of good health.
1) Cucumber rehydrates the body
If you are too busy to drink enough water, eat a cool cucumber. A cucumber is 98 percent water. It will cheerfully compensate for your water loss.
2) Cucumber fights heat inside and out
Eating cucumbers will give your body relief from heartburn. Apply cucumbers on your skin and you will get relief from sunburn.
3) Cucumber eliminates toxins
All the water in cucumbers act as a virtual broom, sweeping waste products out of your body. With regular eating, cucumbers are known to dissolve kidney stones.
4) Cucumbers replenishe daily vitamins
Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day. A B and C, which support your immune system, keep you radiant and give you energy. Make it more powerful by juicing cucumber with spinach and kale. Don’t forget to leave the skin on because it contains a good amount of vitamin C, about 12 percent of the daily recommended allowance.
5) Cucumber supplies skin friendly minerals
Cucumber are high in potassium, magnesium and silicon. That is why spas abound in cucumber based treatments.
6) Cucumber aids in digestion and weight loss
Due to its high water and low calorie content, cucumber are an ideal source for people who are looking for weight loss. Use cucumbers in your soups and salads. If it is not your favorite snack you can eat crunchy cucumber sticks with a creamy low fat yogurt dip. Chewing cucumbers give your jaws a good workout and the fiber in it is great for digestion. Daily consumption of cucumbers can be regarded as an aid for chronic constipation.
7) Cucumbers revive the eyes
Placing a chilled slice of cucumber over puffy eyes is a clichéd beauty visual but it really can help reduce under-eye bags and puffiness due to its anti inflammatory properties.
8) Cucumbers fight cancers
Cucumber is known to contain secoisolariciresinol, lariciresinol and pinoresinol. The three lignans have a strong connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including ovarian, breast, prostate and uterine cancer.
9) Cucumbers help with diabetes, reduces cholesterol and controls blood pressure.
Cucumber juice contains a hormone which is needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin which is widely known to be beneficial to diabetic patients. Researchers have found that a compound called sterols in cucumbers can help decrease levels of cholesterol. Cucumbers contain a lot of fiber, potassium and magnesium. These nutrients work effectively for regulating blood pressure. That is why cucumber is good for treating both high blood pressure and low blood pressure.
10) Cucumber refreshes the mouth
Cucumber juice heals and refreshes diseased gums. Get a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for a half minute, the phytochemicals will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing unpleasant breath.
11) Cucumber smooths hair and nails
The wonder mineral Silica in cucumbers makes your hair and nails shinier and stronger. The sulfur and silica in cucumbers help to stimulate your hair growth.
12) Cucumber promotes joint health, relieves arthritis and gout pain
As cucumber is an excellent source of silica it promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues. When mixed with carrot juice, cucumbers can relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering levels of the uric acid.
13) Cucumbers help with hangovers
To avoid a morning headache or hangover you can eat a few cucumber slices before going to sleep. Cucumbers contain enough B vitamins, sugar and electrolytes to replenish many essential nutrients and reducing the severity of both hangover and headache.
14) Cucumbers keeps kidneys in shape
Cucumber lowers uric acid levels in your body and though keeping the kidneys healthy.
15) Cucumber is the number 1 alkalizing fruit
Cucumber is high in potassium, magnesium and silicon which are alkalizing minerals making them number 1 in alkalizing the alimentary canal, blood and tissues.
Eating a cucumber a day will keep the Doctor away!
From Anthony Robbins – forward to Dr Young’s book, Sick & Tired..
“We all know that life and death begins at the cellular level. If we are going to develop energy in our bodies, strong muscles, a great heart, and a brain that functions at its peak capacity, the building blocks – the cells themselves – must be working at their maximum efficiency. We also know the environment surrounding those cells will cause them either to grow and be vibrant or to be weakened, damaged, or to die.”
Fish Tank Analogy
Think of your body as a fish tank. Think of the importance of maintaining the integrity of the internal fluids of the body that we “swim” in daily. Imagine the fish in this tank are your cells and organ systems bathed in fluids, which transport food and remove wastes.
Now imagine we back up a car and put the tailpipe up against the air intake filter that supplies the oxygen for the water in the tank. The water becomes filled with carbon monoxide, lowering the alkaline pH, creating and acidic pH environment, and threatening the health of the “fish,” your cells and organs.
What if we throw in too much food or the wrong kind of food (acid-producing food like dairy, sugar, and animal protein) and the fish are unable to consume or digest it all, and it starts to decompose and putrefy? Toxic acid waste and chemicals build up as the food breaks down, creating more acidic byproducts, altering the optimum alkaline pH.
Basically, this is a small example of what we may be doing to our internal fluids every day. We are fouling them with pollution, smoking, drugs, excessive intake of food, over-consumption of acid-forming foods, and any number of transgressions which compromise the delicate balance of our internal alkaline fluids.
Some of us have fish tanks (bodies) that are barely able to support life, yet we somehow manage to struggle from day to day, building more severe imbalances until there is the inevitable crash and debilitating chronic, disturbing and disorganizing symptoms to deal with.
Something healthy for lunch…
Veggie Wraps make a quick meal that is filling. Alvarado Street Bakery has a nice wrap made of sprouted wheat. Begin with pesto or hummus spread; add sliced avocado, tomato, cucumber, spinach, sprouts, black beans, or any vegetable of choice. Top with Bragg’s Aminos, garlic powder, salsa, or other spices as desired.
Why we need alkaline fluids…
Acids create imbalance and it takes 20 parts of alkalinity to neutralize 1 part of acid. What we eat, think and drink, such as, stress; negative emotions and thoughts; polluted environment and some of the foods we eat can create acid. Acids go to the weakest part of the body wreaking havoc. This is the root of all dis-ease. Symptomologies like headaches, diabetes, heart challenges, gout, allergies, high cholesterol, etc. can occur. Wherever there is pain in the body there is acid.
For those of us that may not be implementing the Alkaline diet 100% this is an interesting study and article from the BBC……
Cut the fat to lose weight – study – Low-fat diets ‘better than cutting carbs’ for weight loss
Cutting fat from your diet leads to more fat loss than reducing carbohydrates, a US health study shows.
Scientists intensely analysed people on controlled diets by inspecting every morsel of food, minute of exercise and breath taken.
Both diets, analysed by the National Institutes of Health, led to fat loss when calories were cut, but people lost more when they reduced fat intake.
Experts say the most effective diet is one people can stick to.
It has been argued that restricting carbs is the best way to get rid of a “spare tyre” as it alters the body’s metabolism.
What happens to your body 24 hours after drinking a can of Red Bull.
Rising blood pressure, feeling TIRED and constipation. New graphic by Personalise.co.uk breaks down effects of energy drinks. Blood pressure and heart rate increases in the first ten minutes. When the one-hour mark hits the body experiences a sugar crash. Withdrawal symptoms including irritability and headaches start in 12 hours
I’m an avid jogger so this article was near and dear to me and pretty much on the mark :-). It has some foul language in the article so be aware. It seems like every time I start a jog I’m in a little bit of pain but by the end of the jog, it’s gone! When I jog I think about the pain in different parts of my body and trying to reduce it, my focus areas for the day, things I’m grateful for, beautiful things I see when jogging (many times I jog on the beach so there are a lot), and managing my risk (paying attention to cars, other people, where I jog, pavement, rocks, etc). It’s all good!
What runners think about: How much running s**ks
Non-runners may look at a runner off in the distance and feel a twinge of envy, because surely that person is in some kind of Zen-like zone, ruminating about life’s mysteries. A first-of-its kind study that had runners record their thoughts on the go clears that up. It turns out that the 10 amateur long-distance runners in the study spent 32% of their time thinking about the “pain and discomfort” they were in, say researchers. (The runs were at least 7 miles.)
In fairness, they spent 40% of their time thinking about pace and distance (“downhill, don’t kill yourself, just cruise”) and the rest of the time thinking about their running environment (“it’s so beautiful, the ocean, the mountains” and “hope I don’t see any snakes”).
Restaurant food not much healthier than fast food
(Reuters Health) – Home cooking is still the best way to control the calories, fat, sugar and other nutrients that families consume, a new U.S. study suggests.
Researchers found that eating food from restaurants – whether from fast food places, or better establishments – led to increases in calories, fat and sodium compared to meals made at home.
Public health interventions targeting dining-out behavior in general, rather than just fast food, may be warranted to improve the way Americans’ eat, says the study’s author.
Ruopeng An, a professor of kinesiology and community health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, noted that people have previously equated fast food with junk food.
“But, people don’t know much about the food provided by full-service restaurants and if it is better or healthier compared to fast food or compared to food prepared and consumed at home,” An told Reuters Health.
Just TEN minutes of exercise a day can protect against a heart attack or stroke: Making ‘small changes’ is the key to being healthy
“Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better.
Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills.
Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom.”