We’re always told to drink more water, but the recommended eight glasses a day, unless they’re Dixie cups, seems like a daunting ask. So blah.
Canada’s Food Guide doesn’t specify how much water an individual should drink, just that we should drink it regularly. “It’s a calorie-free way to quench your thirst. Drink more water in hot weather or when you are active.” So while it’s not ordering you to force two litres of water down your throat every single day, it’s still considered an important factor in your daily diet. Our bodies need water, dammit!
But if it’s become a chore to chug, add this one little ingredient to make it go from bland to bam: cucumbers. Yes, cucumbers.
Not only does the fruit (it’s a fruit, not a vegetable) make tasteless water tasty, it also adds nutrients that are beneficial to your health.
Staying hydrated is one of the most important parts of health and unless you’ve just crawled in from the desert or been trapped in a hot yoga room for two hours without your water bottle, water can be meh. Put an end to the H2O sameness by jazzing up a glass with a slice or two of cucumber.
It’s more exciting to drink than plain water
It’s simple: if your water tastes better, you’ll be willing to drink more of it throughout the day.
It helps maintain a balanced appetite
When we’re dehydrated, we get hungry. Drinking cucumber water will not only rehydrate but you’ll also be taking in enough calories to curb hunger until your next meal.
It’s good for your skin
There’s a reason why people put cucumber slices on their eyes. Instead of solely doing that, get it working from the inside out as well. Cucumbers contain silica, which helps combat acne and other skin conditions. Silica is also great for strengthening muscle tissue.
It keeps blood pressure in check
Cucumbers contain potassium and are free of sodium, so if high blood pressure is a concern, cuke it up! (Potassium helps to lower blood pressure by balancing out the negative effects of salt.)
It works as a hangover cure
Cucumber water is packed with vitamins and antioxidants (including vitamins A, C, D and K), and can help detox all the evil from the night before.
All this being said, you obviously have to like cucumber. So if you do, you have no excuse to pass on water. Grab a washed cucumber, slice it, drop it in, then let the water soak in for a bit. It can be a glass or a pitcher, it doesn’t matter. You can also add some extra flavour with some lemon and/or mint leaves for a brighter taste, herbs like basil or rosemary for a different but equally delicious punch, or berries for a more familiar flavour.
Water can now be a tasty treat. Drink up.