Cucumbers are wonder vegetables which help in various health conditions. They boost male fertility (Know about Supraja Lehyam an ayurvedic medicine to increase sperm count ) , help in weight loss (Know about Ayurvedic Medicine for weight loss without side effects ), aid in PCOS or PCOD ( Know about Ayurvedic treatment for PCOD or PCOS )and Psoriasis (Know about psoriasis ayurvedic herbal treatment ).
Here are details about how to use this vegetable for the above mentioned health conditions.
Cucumbers which (Cucumis sativus) belong to the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae and a creeping vine which bears these fruits are one among many vegetables which help for weight loss. Cucumber originated in South Asia, India but is now grown in other continents as well. Cucumbers are eaten raw most of the time however in some places they even prepare pickles out of cucumber.
Cucumber which contains 96% of water is known as a cooling or rehydrating vegetable and hence helps in weight loss and also to prevent dehydration which is a major factor for constipation. They have less calories, high in fibers and contain important vitamins like Vitamin B1, B5, B7 (biotin), Vitamin K, Vitamin A and minerals like calcium, magnesium, manganese and potassium which are useful in reducing high sugar levels, maintaining cholesterol / lipid levels, to fight cancer, reduce risk of heart diseases and improve bone health. It has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits which aid in detoxifying the skin. Cucumbers can be used in salads, sandwiches, smoothies, juices or eaten raw which help in quick and healthy weight loss when added in daily diet.
An unpeeled cucumber provides Vitamin K and Vitamin C. These keep our bones, skin and hair strong. The anti –oxidants in cucumber help to keep the free radicles away thus slowing down the aging process. The phytonutrients of cucumber have anti-diabetic effect.
Cucumber for PCOS:
Women who have PCOS or PCOD problem find it very difficult to lose weight. They become insulin resistant and suffer from acne and pimples. Weight loss helps in a great way to control PCOS. Hence women who suffer from PCOS can consume cucumber in their daily diet to lose weight. This veggie supplies plenty of anti-oxidants which help women with PCOS to keep dry skin, acne and pimples at bay. Grated Cucumber acts as an excellent face pack for acne and pimples.
Cucumber salad can be consumed along with soy or soybean dishes (Read Soy for PCOS)
Cucumber for Psoriasis:
It is difficult to control Psoriasis in obese people and hence they need to reduce body weight. Consuming cucumbers helps them to reduce weight. They also provide moisture to the skin by increasing water level in body.
Cucumber and Male Fertility:
Male fertility is a major men health problem in present day scenario. Obese men usually experience low sperm count. Weight loss increases the sperm count. Cucumbers are fertility foods. They not only help in weight loss but also provide essential nutrients like Vitamin B1, B5, B7 (biotin), Vitamin K, Vitamin A and minerals like calcium, magnesium, manganese and potassium which nourish sperms and increase their count. Hence intake of cucumbers helps obese men with low sperm count to reduce weight and increase sperm count.
Cucumber for Erectile Dysfunction:
(Know about Best ayurvedic medicine for erectile dysfunction ) Cucumbers are storehouse of citrulline. Studies have shown that citrulline is converted in the body into another amino acid called arginine, which gets converted into nitric oxide.Nitric oxide helps the blood vessels to relax, improving blood flow to the genitals. This vegetable is very helpful for men who suffer from erectile dysfunction due to diabetes. (Read ayurvedic treatment for erectile dysfunction in diabetes)
Here are few easy cucumber recipes which help in weight loss and also improve male fertility, PCOS or PCOD and Psoriasis Conditions.
Mix 1/4th grated cucumber, 5-6 mint leaves, and ¼ inch ginger in a blender. Add water , a tea spoon of honey and half lime to this. Drinking a glass of this cucumber punch early in the morning on an empty stomach everyday helps in weight loss effectively.
Raw is Right :
Eating raw cucumbers without peeling the skin is very beneficial. These can be sliced or finely chopped to be added to a fresh salad platter. Sprinkling rock salt and pepper on this salad not only enhances the taste but also help to digest this easily.
Cucumber and Tomato Salad:
You can also consume a bowl of sliced cucumbers along with tomatoes, a pinch of sendha namak or rock salt and pepper before meals. (Read Cucumber salad for weight loss )
Tomatoes are also known for their high water content (95%) and less carbohydrates. They also contain Vitamin C. Hence a combination of tomato and cucumber makes you feel full and prevents from eating those extra calories and hence aids in weight loss. Therefore, below is the recipe for weight loss cucumber salad with the combination of tomatoes.
1 medium sized cucumber sliced into medium chunks.
2 tomatoes also cut into medium chunks.
1 onion cut into thin slices.
Few cilantro or coriander leaves finely chopped.
Freshly ground pepper powder.
A dash of lemon juice.
2 tablespoons of olive oil.
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Mix all the above ingredients properly in a bowl and leave it for 15 to 20 minutes. And enjoy your salad !!
Cucumber Smoothie for Flat stomach:
Here is a Cucumber Smoothie Recipe for weight loss and flat stomach:
Take 1 medium sized cucumber and wash thoroughly (do not peel as it contains high fibres). Add few mint leaves, 1 lemon juice, 1 tbsp grated ginger (Read ayurveda health benefits of ginger ), chopped finely, 2 tbsp of aloevera juice and few ice cubes in a blender. You can also add honey or rock salt as per your taste. Blend all the ingredients until smooth and enjoy your glass of smoothie before a meal. This recipe helps in reducing belly fat.
How do the above-mentioned recipes help in weight loss?
As cucumber has rich fibers with pectin, when consumed on an empty stomach, our body requires more energy to digest these fibers. Hence our body utilizes the extra accumulated fat to derive this energy and this helps in weight loss. Ginger, pepper due to their hot potency , increase body fire or agni and boosts metabolism. Based on principles of Ayurveda lemon and honey have Lekhana properties. This means they scrape the body fat.
Cucumbers are very low in calories and help to fill the stomach. Thus the intake of calories through breakfast and lunch are reduced. We can eat large portions of cucumber without getting calories dumped in our body.
CUCUMBER SALAD THE WEIGHT LOSS RECIPE
Cucumber – 1 tender finely chopped
Carrot – 1 small sized grated
Tomato – 1 finely diced
Coriander leaves – finely chopped
Pepper – ¼ tea spoon
Salt – to taste
Add all the above ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well. Use this salad as starter before meal or breakfast. It goes good with bread and rotis. The carrot and tomato increase the nutritional value of salad.
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