Have you ever heard someone described as being “cool as a Cucumber?”  That phrase suggests that the person is calm, composed, and unruffled by challenges in the environment.  It is likely based on the fact that the temperature inside a Cucumber remains about 20 degrees cooler than the outside air, even in hot weather.  START SOMEWHERE today reaping the cool benefits of nutrient-rich, low-calorie Cucumbers.

Cucumbers naturally thrive in many different environments and are native to multiple regions of the world.  They are mentioned in a poem from ancient Mesopotamia dating back to around 2500 B.C.  Enjoyed fresh or in their pickled form, Cucumbers have scientifically-proven research backing up their LIVE YOUNGER benefits, including:

  1. Valuable Antioxidants:  Phytonutrients, or “plant nutrients,” in Cucumbers include lignans, flavonoids, and cucurbitacins.  Fresh extracts have been shown to increase free-radical scavenging and to decrease inflammation.  The lignans in Cucumbers, including lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol, have a strong research history in connection with reduced risk of breast, ovarian, prostate, and ovarian cancers.  
  2. Weight Control:  Cucumbers are an excellent food for people who want to maintain a healthy weight.  Like most vegetables, they contain a wide variety of nutrients that work synergistically together to enhance each other.  When your body is getting what it needs for optimal function, you have less cravings.  Additionally, Cucumbers are very filling, with only 16 calories in a one-cup serving.
  3. Easy Fermentation:  Fermentation is an age-old process for preserving food.  It’s important to those of us who want to LIVE YOUNGER because it increases beneficial enzymes and probiotic content.  The process preserves nutrient content and breaks the food down into a more digestible form.  Cultures around the world have eaten fermented food for centuries.  I want to START SOMEWHERE to revive this time-honored tradition in our home.

If you are able to buy or grow them organically, eat the skin because it is loaded with nutrients, fiber, and flavor.  In the non-organic variety, the skin is the source of pesticide residues and possibly wax.  Either way, wash them thoroughly in dilute soapy water with Dawn liquid and then rinse well.  Cucumbers are also great in what I like to call “spa water.”  Just add a few slices with some Mint springs to a pitcher of purified ice water.  You can also make a refreshing mid-afternoon chilled drink by combining peeled Cucumber and your favorite melon in the blender.

Stay cool as a Cucumber by adding these versatile vegetables to your day. Look for those with a firm texture and a bright color.  LIVE YOUNGER by including more real food into your day.  When you know what it’s doing for you, it’s more appetizing!  You can do it.  I will help you.

Cool as a Cucumber

Cool as a Cucumber