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Enjoy Healthy Hydration from Cucumber Juice

Enjoy Healthy Hydration from Cucumber Juice

Is cucumber juice the new celery juice? As that wellness fad caught on, celery was in such high demand that the humble veggie kept going out of stock at grocery stores. So, will hot demand for cucumber juice have us struggling to find a cucumber? (Spoiler alert: Likely not.)

Cucumber juice is cool, refreshing, and downright delicious. If you’re a fan, then adding cucumber juice to your routine is a tasty way to stay hydrated. It can also help cut the sugar in your favorite juice recipe. Let’s look at the supposed benefits of cucumber juice.

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What Is Cucumber Juice?

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Cucumber juice is simply the juice of a cucumber, and as with any fruit or vegetable that’s been juiced, the water content remains while most of the fiber is stripped out.

Cucumbers are great for juicing because, like celery, they’re very high in water.

“Celery and cucumbers are among the vegetables with the highest water content,” explains Liz Wyosnick, MS, RDN, owner of the Seattle-based practice Equilibriyum. “They are essentially all water, vitamin C, and fiber. Juicing these high-water vegetables provides a delivery system of water and vitamin C to the body, without the fiber.”

An entire 8-inch cucumber has about 34 calories and provides:

  • 1.7 grams protein
  • Trace amounts of fat
  • 6 grams carbs
  • 2 grams fiber
  • 33 mg magnesium
  • 381 mg potassium
  • 8 mg vitamin C
  • 39 micrograms folate

 

The Benefits of Cucumber Juice

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What’s the appeal of cucumber juice? Wyosnick says it’s “nothing greater than what adequate water and vitamin C will provide.”

But, she says, if adding cucumber juice to your regimen encourages people “to consume more water in their day, then there is certainly no harm, but the sweeping health or medical claims made by many for these mostly-water juices are completely unfounded.”

Here’s a look at what we do know about cucumbers — and cucumber juice.

1. Supports healthy skin

Why do spas give you cucumber slices for your eyes (and often serve water with cucumber, too)? The veggie is super cooling and refreshing, which feels wonderful on your skin.

That is thanks to magnesium, potassium, and silica. This trifecta of minerals is what gives cucumbers their cooling effect.

You can also use cucumber juice — on your body after spending too much time in the sun or under your eyes when you don’t get enough sleep.

2. Boosts hydration

Cucumbers are 96% water! Whether you choose to add sliced cukes to a salad, whiz them into gazpacho, or sip on cucumber juice during the day, you’ll help boost your hydration levels. The first signs of dehydration may include feelings of thirst, dizziness and irritability — so drink up!

3. Antioxidant-like compounds

The pulp and peel of cucumbers have antioxidant-like activity. This activity is also present in the additional phytochemicals in cucumber juice and leaves.

4. Cleansing and soothing

In addition to supporting healthy skin, may help reduce skin irritation and swelling. It may also help relieve the sting from sunburn.

 

Cucumber Juice Recipes

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Want to add cucumber juice to your daily hydration tally? Here are a couple of cucumber juice recipes (one savory and one sweet) to get you started.

Note: If you don’t have a juicer, you have a couple of options. Either ask your local juice bar to whip up these combos for you, or blend all the ingredients in a blender with water — with a bonus that you keep the fiber!

1. Regular Cucumber Juice Recipe

Sip this savory cucumber juice between meals for a refreshing pick-me-up!

In a juicer, combine:

  • 1 large cucumber (unwaxed and unpeeled)
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 lime, peeled
  • 1 cup fresh parsley

Nutrition: 90 calories, 23 grams carbs, 0 grams fat, 5 grams protein, 50 mg sodium, 6 grams fiber

Sweet Cucumber Juice Recipe

Spicy ginger and sweet orange balance out the savory ingredients in this juice.

In a juicer, combine:

  • 1 large cucumber (unwaxed and unpeeled)
  • 1-inch fresh ginger
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1 cup fresh kale

Nutrition: 130 calories, 31 grams carbs, .5 gram fat, 4 grams protein, 15 mg sodium, 5 grams fiber

 

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Stepfanie Romine

About

Stepfanie Romine is a yoga teacher (RYT 500), ACE-certified health coach and fitness nutrition specialist who writes about natural health, plant-based cooking and yoga. A runner and hiker based in Asheville, N.C., her books include The No Meat Athlete Cookbook and Cooking with Healing Mushrooms. Follow her on Twitter.

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