Eating for Good Health: Cucumber and Mint
Mint aids digestion and helps with irritable bowel syndrome. It acts as a powerful antioxidant, protecting the body against the formation of cancerous cells. Mint inhibits the growth of many different types of bacteria and fungus. The green leaf also decongests the respiratory passages and relieves the symptoms of colds and flu. It doesn’t just freshen your breath, but is also known as a good cleanser for the blood.
Cucumber contains alkaline-forming minerals and is an excellent source of vitamin C and A (antioxidants), foliate, manganese, molybdenum, potassium, silica, sulfur, and lesser amounts of vitamin B complex, sodium, calcium, phosphorus and chlorine.
Acidity. The alkalinity of the minerals in cucumber juice effectively helps in regulating the body’s blood pH, neutralising acidity. The juice is also soothing for the treatment of gastric ulcers.
Blood pressure. Cucumber helps regulate blood pressure because of its minerals and traces of sodium.
Connective tissues. It’s an excellent source of silica that contributes to the proper construction of connective tissues – think cartilage, ligaments and tendons.
Cooling. During the dry and hot weather, drink a glass of cucumber and mint juice; it’s an ideal way to regulate your body temperature.
Diuretic. It encourages waste removal through urination, and helps in the dissolution of kidney stones.
Fever. The temperature regulating properties in cucumber juice make it a suitable drink when suffering from a fever.
Water retention. It supplies the necessary electrolytes and restores hydration of the body’s cells, thus reducing water retention.