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Fruit For Thought: Cucumbers

Fruit For Thought: Cucumbers

Cucumbers are long and green and have a mild/lightly sweet flavour. They’re about 95% water, which means they have the highest water content out of any solid food. This high-water content is good for cooling down the body, hence the term ‘cool as a cucumber’

Interestingly enough, whilst cucumbers are thought to be vegetables mostly; they are botanically a fruit. Cucumbers are in the Cucurbitaceae family, or the ‘gourd’ family. Other fruits in the gourd family include watermelons and pumpkins, who would’ve thought.

Cucumbers are rich in Vitamin K, Vitamin C and Potassium.

 

Vitamin K

Vitamin K is essential to help blood clot normally. Often you might hear about blood clotting in a bad way, but it’s essential for the body. If you get injured, then blood clots will form to stop (or at least slow down) the bleeding. Of course, under the wrong conditions blood clots can form in your veins, which can be dangerous.

Vitamin K is also important to help building healthy bones. It can be found in other leafy vegetables, like spinach.

 

Vitamin C

Vitamin C, otherwise known as ascorbic acid, helps the body in several ways. They help:

  • Protect cells, keeping them healthy.
  • Maintain healthy skin, blood vessels, bones and cartilage.
  • Healing Wounds (along with Vitamin K)

You can find Vitamin C in most citrus fruits, peppers and strawberries.

 

Potassium

Potassium is a mineral that will help balance the fluid levels in the cells within our bodies. It also helps make sure our hearts work properly… biologically that is. Potassium is sometimes referred to as ‘electrolytes’ because it carries an electrical charge (albeit very small).

You can find potassium in other fruits, like bananas.

 

Hydration

Hydration is incredibly important for the body, it’s actually incredible how much a healthy water intake can do for you and your body. Just off the list, hydration helps:

  • Regulate our body temperature
  • Keep our joints lubricated,
  • Prevents infections,
  • Delivers nutrients to cells,
  • Keeps organs functioning properly
  • Improves sleep quality
  • Boosts cognition & mood.
  • Prevent kidney stones

 



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