Cucumber Water is Life

So, if you are anything like me, sometimes drinking water gets boring. When I was in college, I went through many moments where I had to ask myself “did you drink water today?” Now that I am a single-mother and I am trying to tackle my health and wellness through self-love, I am focused on drinking more water daily, but it still gets so boring.

In the past, I would drink water with lemon to zest up my detox water. I would make pitchers of water, infused with lemon, but after a day or so, the taste of the white pith, which is extremely bitter and unpleasant, gave me pitchers of lemon detox water that was disgusting, so I would have to dump it.

Cucumber Water Benefits

I started drinking cucumber water, after I went to a restaurant that served their water with cucumber. I thought that it was refreshing and light to the taste, but it also made drinking water a little bit more fun.

Making the switch to adding cucumber to my water was a great way for me to make pitchers of water that would not have a bitter and unpleasant taste like the lemon would. By making pitchers vs. individual glasses, I was able to get the full benefits of the cucumber instead of just making my drink look pretty by adding a few cucumbers.

“Not only did I have a pretty drink and a great tasting one, the benefits of drinking cucumber water has kept me wanting to incorporate it in my self-love journey.”

According to article reviewer Natalie Butler, RD, LD in, 7 Benefits of Cucumber Water: Stay Hydrated and Healthy, cucumbers are high in antioxidants, such as,

“vitamin C, beta carotene, manganese, molybdenum, and flavonoid. [These] Antioxidants are substances that help prevent and delay cell damage from oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Oxidative stress can lead to chronic conditions like, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and eye degeneration.” -Rena Goldman

According to Audrey Johns, in her article Cucumber Water: The World’s Most Popular Detox Drink, “They’re really low in calories and high in fiber, which makes them a great addition to your diet during weight loss because they’ll fill you up and help you feel more satisfied.” This is amazing to me because typically, I have a big appetite. Other benefits of drinking cucumber water provided by Johns are:

  • it helps to increase metabolism
  • helps flush and detox the body
  • nutrient rich superfood
  • boosts weight-loss

How to Make Cucumber Water

Cucumber water is so simplistic, but as you can see it is a great way to boost your weight-loss and metabolism. For me, the most important benefit, is having a quick and easy way to detox for my body.

To make 1 pitcher/1 gallon of detoxing Cucumber Water:

  1. Slice a clean (unpealed) medium sized cucumber in half (vertically) and make 1/2 inch slices.
  2. Pour water into pitcher (with so many concerns with the amount of lead and other toxins in tap water, I suggest buying spring water or a filtered pitcher to use) and combine combine cucumber slices into water (cucumbers will float in water).
  3. Stir
  4. (for a greater nutritional benefit) Allow cucumber water to sit in the refrigerator overnight. The cucumbers should be floating at the bottom of the pitcher. This means that all the nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins will be infused in your water.
  5. Drink! Enjoy!

“Refill your pitcher or glass until cucumber flavor is gone; eat the cucumbers if you would like, but discard cucumber water after 24-48 hours.”

Minty Cucumber Water (my new fav)

To make 1 pitcher/1 gallon of Mint Cucumber Water:

  1. Slice a clean (unpealed) medium sized cucumber in half (vertically) and make 1/2 inch slices.
  2. Pour water into pitcher and combine combine cucumber slices into water.
  3. Gently pinch about 10-15 mint leaves off of the plant; squeeze each leaf slightly to heighten mint flavor and combine them with the cucumber and water in pitcher.
  4. Stir
  5. Sit in the refrigerator overnight.
  6. Drink! Enjoy!

Here are 2 vidoes of my process making Minty Cucumber Water

Other Cucumber Water Options

Lemon Cucumber Water

Ginger Cucumber Pineapple Water

Cucumber and Lime Water

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