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    Cucumber - Kheera - Cucumis Sativus

    Cucumber - Kheera

    Cucumber, often referred to as Kheera, is widely known for its many digestive and physical health advantages. It has high water content and offers skin hydration and nourishment. It belongs to The Cucurbitaceae family, with thin skin and wet flesh. Due to the presence of many vital minerals and essential vitamins, you must incorporate them into your diet. Additionally, they make a deliciously crunchy and calorie-efficient snack. Cucumbers are the finest option for losing those extra pounds in addition to this because they are high in water and nutritional fiber. You will get to know in this article about the many health advantages of cucumber and how to use it for your beauty benefits and some of its adverse effects too. So go ahead and read on.

    Synonyms of Cucumber

    • Cucumis sativus
    • Kheera
    • Shashaa
    • Kantakiphalam

    Nutritional Facts of Cucumber

    Calories:30
    Total fat:0 grams
    Carbs:6 grams
    Protein:3 grams
    Fiber:2 grams

    Phytochemical Constituents of Cucumber

    • Cucurbitacins
    • Cucumegastigmanes I and II
    • Cucumerin A and B
    • Vitexin
    • Orientin

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    Therapeutic Uses of Cucumber

    • Battles Dehydration

    Water is very essential for the existence of our lives. Dehydration happens when the body doesn’t get the necessary amount of water, making you more helpless to several illnesses. Cucumber restores the water your body has lost and keeps you hydrated all day. It is 96% water. Add cucumber to your regular diet. Cucumber has the same amount of hydration as twice as much water due to the minerals and vitamins it contains.

     

    • Enhance Memory

    The anti-inflammatory component found in cucumbers is important for maintaining the health of the brain. Because of this, cucumbers have been linked to memory enhancement and a reduction in memory loss.

     

    • Helps in Digestion

    Cucumber has cooling effects and it keeps our stomachs cool. Cucumbers include soluble fiber that aids in slowing down digestion. The water content of this vegetable makes feces soft as a result avoids constipation and eases the digestion process.

     

    • Removes Kidney Stones

    Cucumber’s high water content can help the body rid itself of any pollutants. This can significantly reduce the risk of kidney stones, and urine removes any existing kidney stones and bladder debris.

     

    • Weight Loss

    The abundant water in cucumbers does more for your body than just hydrate. Additionally, it fills you up, which can make you want to eat less. And ultimately it can lose weight so if you are worried about your weight gain you must go for a diest having cucumbers in it.

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    Home Remedies of Cucumber

    • Brightens skin

    Cucumber’s mild astringent helps to remove tanning. You will have youthful, luminous skin just because of cucumbers. It helps to even out your skin tone. You can simply Take some cucumber juice and apply the liquid to your entire face. This will give your skin a natural glow.

     

    • Diminishes Dark Circles

    It not only has an advantage for the skin but also for the eyes too. If you are also one of those who are searching for instant removal of your dark circles then cucumber slices can help you out. Simply you have to place two cucumber slices on the eyes, and then wait 20 minutes. This remedy will give you an instant result.

     

    • Relieve Sunburn

    Cucumber has another advantage as it soothes sunburn. You can get quick and natural remedies at your home for sunburned skin. Only you have to apply cucumber slices or puree carefully and liberally to the affected region. And after 20-25 minutes wash your face with water.

    Ayurvedic Aspects of Cucumber

    In Ayurveda, cucumber is often used to cure diseases like the inability to urinate, excessive thirst, headaches, and sleeplessness. It also proved to be a good remedy in the cure of liver cancer. In Ayurveda, it is known as Trapusha. According to Ayurveda, it is Madhura in taste and light quality and is a sheeta (cool) effect and decreases vitiated pitta. It serves as a Vishtambhi Aahar or food that relieves constipation.

     

    Daily Dose: You can Eat up to three cucumbers every day as your daily dose.

    Side Effects of Cucumber

    • Provoke Sinusitis

    Sinusitis is an infection often known as a sinus infection in which your nasal passages become infected and inflamed. Eating cucumber in high doses can trigger this infection as we have mentioned above that this vegetable has cooling properties so people with respiratory conditions might not be able to benefit from its healthful properties.

     

    • Bloating 

    Burp after consuming cucumbers? This can be a typical cucumber side effect. The cucumber’s cucurbitacin causes indigestion, which in turn causes bloating and stomach pain. When one consumes it in an excessive amount it can cause diarrhea and bloating.

     

    • Allergic Reactions

    Some people have experienced allergic reactions like hives, mouth or facial swelling, throat infections, etc. After consuming cucumber in excess.

    References

    1. University of Illinois Extension: “Cucumber.”
    2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23098877/

    Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergy Specialist

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