The flesh of cucumbers is primarily composed of water, but also contains ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and caffeic acid, both of which help soothe skin irritations and reduce swelling. The skin of the cucumber is rich in fibre and contains a variety of beneficial minerals, including Silica, Potassium and Magnesium.
The Silica in cucumber is an essential component of healthy connective tissues, which includes intercellular cement, muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bone.
Cucumber juice is often recommended as a source of Silica to improve the complexion and health of the skin. The high water content makes it naturally hydrating and useful in topical application for a variety of skin conditions, including swelling under the eyes (often a result of Christmas and New Years partys) a powerful diuretic, cucumber will help to expel uric acid from the body and is a valuable remedy for arthritics, gout and rheumatism.
The way cucumbers work as a diuretic and detox aid, is to facilitate excretion of wastes through the kidneys, thus avoiding the bodys need to purge waste through the skin. Being rich in Potassium, Sodium and phosphorous, any form of cucumber, either as a juice or in its natural state will effectively neutralise blood acidosis.
As a juice cucumber is an excellent kidney diuretic and alkalizing agent, try mixing with carrot or beetroot juice for a refreshing and delicious drink. The soothing qualities of cucumber have been known for many years and as a home made remedy for tired and swollen eyes it is seen as unbeatable, but few people are aware of its usefulness as an internal cleansing agent.
After the excesses of Christmas we can all feel a little tired and jaded, so now would be a good time to start a detox programme and the humble cucumber is a powerful tool to kick start your new health plan.