Cucumbers immediately bring to mind the idea of coolness and refreshment (as in â€œas cool as a â€¦ ) but their high water content and occasional seediness seems to imply that theyâ€™re not stellar in the nutrition area. While itâ€™s true that cucumbers donâ€™t rank high in nutrient density, their high water content actually contains some valuable substances (notably silica) that make them better for you than you might have thought:
Hydration: Cucumbers are indeed about 96% water. But it has more going for it than plain water. Keeping the body well hydrated helps in flush out toxins from the system.
Dental health:Â The soft dietary fiber in cucumbers massages the teeth and gums, and the juice is also beneficial for the teeth and gums.
Skin benefits: A substance called silica is one of the magic ingredients in cucumbers. Itâ€™s fantastic for the skin, internally and externally â€” facial masks made with cucumber tone and tighten the skin. Along with the silica, vitamins A, B & C and the minerals potassium and magnesium make cucumbers an allyÂ for the skin. Cucumber juice can help alleviate the discomfort of sunburn, as well.
Nail care: Itâ€™s the generous silica content of cucumbers thatâ€™s great for nail health â€” they help make fingernails and toenails stronger and less prone to splitting.
Treating puffy eyes: Cucumbers contain ascorbic and caffeic acids, which are good for bringing down under-eye puffiness and swelling under the eyes. That explains those common images of people relaxing with cucumber slices over their eyes while getting facials!
Alleviate digestive issues: If you suffer from heartburn, gastritis, or acid reflux, fresh cucumber juice is a home remedy you might like to try. The dietary fiber teamed with the high water content in cucumber cleanse the digestive system and aid digestion.
Joint health: That silica is good stuff â€” in addition to being good for the skin and nails, it benefits the joints by strengthening connective tissues.
Hair care: Yes, itâ€™s the silica again â€” eating lots of cucumber can promote the growth of healthy hair. You can use the juice directly on the hair and scalp as well. Moisten hair with it as a kind of mask, leave on for 30 to 60 minutes, then shampoo and condition as usual.