Superfoods are natural foods that have an array of nutrients that synergistically work to together to expand the individual nutritional components. Many raw, organic vegetables fall into this category. One of the beauty superfoods are cucumbers.
Cucumbers are found in the same botanical family as melons and squashes. They are considered one of the absolute best foods for the health of the skin, joints, liver & kidneys. They are also a natural energy tonic for the body with their rich array of phytonutrients and electrolytes.
Cucumbers contain high amounts of the mineral silica – an essential component for healthy connective tissue (muscles, ligaments, cartilage, bone, and skin). Packed with ionic potassium, magnesium and vitamin C, giveing it a powerful alkalizing effect within the body. Additionally, cucumbers are rich in fluids that hydrate the skin, joints, and tissues.
Recently scientists have begun studying the unique lignans found in cucumbers. These lignans include lariciresinol, pinoresinol and secoisolariciresinol. New research has indicated a causal link between lignans and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease as well as breast, uterine, ovarian and prostate cancer.
Cucumbers also contain the triterpene phytonutrients cucurbitacins A, B, C, D & E, which appear to inhibit cancer cell signaling pathways.
Fresh cucumbers have been shown to improve anti-oxidant levels within the body and inhibit pro-inflammatory substances such as COX-2 and nitric oxide. The combination of alkalizing elements, electrolytes and fluids ensure cucumbers are excellent for enhancing energy levels, stabilizing blood pressure and stimulating the body’s natural detoxification process – leading to clearer skin and balanced sebum levels.
Cucumbers for Beautiful Skin
Applied topically enhance skin function – natural ascorbic acid and caffeic acid, prevent water retention in the skin. This reduces swelling under the eyes and helps the skin heal from sunburn, inflammation and exzema.
Cucumbers prove effective when eaten and applied topically for removing unwanted cellulite.Acting to draw out excess fluids and tighten collagen, producing the effect of natural cellulite reduction. Simply eat some cucumber, juice it and ideally place the cucumber on the regions of water retention.
Cucumbers are typically highly sprayed with pesticides which are toxic to the body, causing weight gain – choose organic varieties. If conventional is your only option it is best to peel the skin rather than washing. Many of the toxic chemicals are waxy and therefore cannot be removed by washing.
Superfood Morning Beauty Smoothie
This smoothie is my favourite, rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients and flavanoids to effectively neutralise free radicals and reduce the signs of aging – increasing your natural energy and vitality. Regular consumption will lead to flawless, radiant skin.
Makes 500ml (2 servings)
Handful of spinach
2 stalks celery
250 ml spring water/filtered tap water
teaspoon organic chlorella powder (optional)