Cucumber water has been around for a very long time – years before the infused water craze began.
Water with cucumber has been served at day spas and health clubs all over the world for decades, mostly due to its health benefits and great taste.
Not only is this simple recipe yummy, but cucumbers look oh so pretty when sliced and placed neatly in a pitcher of water and ice.
In this article, we’ll discuss cucumber benefits, review the benefits of cucumber water, and then I’ve also included 5 different cucumber water recipes to add some variety and give you some recipe ideas.
What is Cucumber Water?
Also known as cucumber infused water or cucumber detox water, the basic cucumber water recipe is just two ingredients: water and cucumber.
But don’t let its simplicity fool you; it tastes great.
Special Tip: Cucumber water is perfect to take with you and sip all day as a delicious hydrating treat.
With one of these infuser bottles, you can refill the water over and over again and the flavor of the cucumbers will still infuse into the water. It’s worth the $10-20 investment in your health!
Cucumbers are one of the most underrated ingredients around, even though they have so many health benefits.
They’re made up of mostly water, which makes them a perfect component of a cooling 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.
Among its many health benefits, cucumbers are a great source of vitamin B, rich in potassium and magnesium (which may help to lower blood pressure), and have even been known to fight cancer.
They contain an anti-inflammatory flavonol called “fisetin” which studies have shown to help improve brain health.
Cucumbers are a know antioxidant, and also contain polyphenols called lignans, which may help to lower your risk of certain types of cancer including ovarian, breast, and prostate cancer.
Is cucumber a fruit? Yes. Cucumbers are part of a gourd plant family called Cucurbitaceae and are considered a “cylindrical fruit”. They grow on vines and come in three main varieties: slicing, pickling, and burpless.
There are a lot of health benefits of cucumber water. To start, water helps flush and detox your body, it keeps you feeling more full so you don’t eat as much, and even helps increase your metabolism.
If you’re trying to lose weight, drinking water is one of the easiest things you can do to give your efforts a boost.
Second, cucumbers are what’s known as a “superfood”, which basically means they’re very nutrient rich and good for you.
They also taste great with almost any fruit in fruit infused water recipes.
When you put these two healthy ingredients together, the cucumber water benefits are extraordinary.
Making cucumber water is pretty simple:
- Slice a cleaned, peeled (or unpeeled depending on your preference) cucumber into 1/2 inch slices.
- Combine cucumber slices in water, and type with ice. Allow to marinate for at least an hour. (For best results, allow it to marinate overnight in the refrigerator.)
The cucumber slices will float, so it’s important to top with ice to keep them submerged.
To avoid having to use ice, try purchasing a fruit infused water pitcher that holds the cucumber slices in an infusion chamber. They work great, the large pitchers look fantastic on a dinner table and encourage your family to drink more water, and the travel bottles help keep you hydrated all day long.
You can refill the pitcher or travel bottle several times before it starts to lose flavor.
You can even eat the cucumber slices if you like, but discard your batch after 24 hours.