Temperatures have rocketed here in the UK over the last couple of days, and looking for ways to cool down is a must. Staying hydrated in these extreme temperatures is essential, and we need to drink water.
I'm one of the lucky people who loves a glass of water, but I know so many people struggle with water and find it difficult to drink. By simply adding cucumbers to your water you can not only transform the taste into a refreshing drink, you add nutrients to your water and you cool yourself down. It's time to grab that cucumber from your fridge and slice it up into your water!
Cucumbers are packed with nutrients. Whilst made up of 95% water (so immediately hydrating), they contain Vitamin K, known to help us absorb calcium, therefore beneficial for our bones, they have Vitamin C, which is essential for our immunity, especially in the current climate. Plus they contain potassium, copper and various other beneficial minerals. So as you can see cucumbers come with many health benefits.
According to Ayurveda and TCM (traditional Chinese Medicine) cucumbers not only hydrate the body, but will have a cooling effect on the body, and it will help to flush toxins from the body. As you can see, sipping on cucumber water is packed with benefits.
Plus sipping on cucumber water means you are not reaching for sugar or sweetener filled drinks. It's all natural and all pure.
It couldn't be easier to make either. Each day during the hot weather I fill a large jug with water and toss in a few cucumber slices. I let it stand for around 30 minutes before drinking to allow it to infuse. Or if you're out or going to work, simply add the cucumber slices to your water bottle.
You can use a proper water infuser jug or bottle, but it's not necessary if you don't want to invest in one. They can be quite handy if you are drinking directly from the bottle however.
Get creative as well with your infused water. Add lemon, orange and lime slices to pack in more vitamin C. Berries are a great addition too, as are mint leaves and other herbs you may have in your garden. As I write this I am sipping on cucumber and strawberry infused water. It's strawberry season here in the UK and I love strawberries this time of year. To make it really thirst quenching try sparkling water. Play around and see what you like best, and mix your fruits up.