The drought in the Midwest has many Americans concerned for their health in the excessive heat, and they have started looking for different ways to keep cool and hydrated.Â In the dog days of summer, keeping your body temperature down is a priority.
Of course, you could sit in front of a fan or camp out in front of your refrigerator, but thereâ€™s another way to keep your body cool and hydrated that most people are not aware of (and is probably far kinder to your wallet than either of the other two options listed here).
This secret solution to making sure youâ€™re not overheating?Â Cucumbers!!!
The cucumber is the unsung hero of the vegetable world.Â One of the oldest cultivated crops, cucumbers are relatively easy to grow in temperate regions and they have multiple health benefits.
The cucumis sativus, from the family Cucurbitaceae (the gourd family), has many notable health properties that include keeping your skin healthy and glowing, helping your body to flush out toxins, and, of course, to help your body prevent water retention.
Cucumbers are also great sources of several essential nutrients, including vitamins A, B and C.Â In addition to that, several newer studies have suggested that several lignans found in cucumbers (lariciresinol, pinoresinol and secoisolariciresinol) have been shown to have a strong connection to a reduced risk of breast, ovarian, uterine and prostate cancers.
Made of about 90% water, the cucumber can help keep you hydrated and assist in regulating your body temperature, according to www.healthonlinezine.com.Â This is becoming increasingly important as the heat index in many parts of America continues to rise.
There are numerous ways to incorporate plenty of cucumber into your diet.Â Tossing diced cucumber into a salad, adding them to a serving of cottage cheese, drinking cucumber juice (which can also benefit teeth and gums) and enjoying them plain are all great ways to make sure youâ€™re getting plenty of this important vegetable.
Some simple and easy-to-make recipes to enjoy cucumbers are:
- Dice up a cucumber (leaving the skin on) with some diced tomatoes, goat cheese, sea salt, fresh ground pepper, and balsamic vinaigrette as an excellent alternative to a traditional side salad.
- Lightly sautÃ© slices of cucumber in olive oil and season with sea salt and fresh ground pepper as a healthy and tasty side dish at meals.
- Serve tuna fish salad on cucumber slices instead of crackers at your next summertime get-together
So this summer, as the weather continues to be unbearable, kick back, relax, and add some cucumbers to a new recipe or two.Â Help your body to stay comfortably cool during the sweltering hot months and healthier in the cold ones!