Cucumbers are considered cooling, and hence are ideal especially on a hot summer day, or after you have eaten something heaty, like deep-fried foods.

But cucumbers are good for more than just its coolness.

Cucumbers are good for joint, muscle and bone health as they are rich in silica. Silica is needed for strong connective tissue found in your muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage and bones.

Rich in potassium, magnesium, vitamins A and C as well as folic acid, cucumbers are alkalizing to your body and so can help neutralize acidic body conditions created by consuming excess acid-forming foods like meat and dairy products.

Eat your cucumbers with the skin, as that’s where most of the fiber and nutrients are found.

[1] Collins, Elise Marie. An A-Z Guide to Healing Foods: A Shopper’s Companion. San Francisco, California: Conari Press, 2009. Print.

Cindy L. TJOL is trained in Psychology, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has several years of experience writing on natural health on the internet. Follow her on her blog and read her other articles at Insights On

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