With June being Men’s Health Month our minds naturally turned to
the health benefits of cucumbers. No seriously. Cucumbers are great for
your guy and for you and here’s the low-down on why.
Cukes, along with other misunderstood veggies like mushrooms and celery,
have received a bad rap in the media. These low-calorie munchies have
often been portrayed as nutritionally barren. But no more. With summer’s
heat upon us, we are here to share the many, many good reasons to reconsider
the cucumber this June.
Cucumbers are an excellent source of B-vitamins and antioxidants. These
nutrients are essential for energy production and the health of our cells
and also play a key role in egg quality. B-vitamins can be depleted by
the use of oral contraceptives (part of many medicated fertility protocols)
so ensuring ample dietary intake of these vitamins is essential.
Recent research has identified cucumbers as a great source of lignans,
chemical compounds that have many health benefits including lowering cholesterol,
preventing certain cancers and acting to limit inflammation. Lignans are
also one of the favorite foods of the healthy bacteria in our gut. Eating
a diet rich in lignans can support digestive regularity and may even help
us to lose weight.
Cucumbers help us to hydrate. Don’t forget that cucumbers are about
95% water. This means that a serving of cucumber can help you meet your
daily water consumption goals.
Great! You can use cucumbers as an inexpensive healthy, no-chemicals-added
face scrub. Cucumbers have natural astringent properties that help to
sooth and tone the skin.
But before we go we want to share a few cucumber caveats. First, cucumbers
are one of the “dirty dozen” (produce with the most pesticide
residue) so always peel your cukes. Second, this cooling astringent food
can aggravate certain TCM diagnoses so, as in all things, use moderation.
Finally, salads and cooling foods are delicious in the summer but make
sure that your diet contains warming foods to balance out the salads and
smoothies that come with summer eating.
Click for instructions on how to make cucumber facemask for different skin types!
Click this link to find three delicious, fertility-friendly cucumber recipes!