I cannot believe I am admitting this, but I used to despise cucumbers. I don’t exactly remember why, but their wet cucumbery-ness was just a total turn off. What a shame, when it was at this point of my life, blemished skin and all, when I could have really used the skin beautifying properties of cucumbers.
Cucumbers are an excellent source of antioxidants, beautifying minerals, including calcium, magnesium, and potassium, and enzyme rich water.
Dewy complexion anyone?
Dry skin accentuates wrinkles and imperfections in the skin. Acid forming foods, and diuretics, like caffeine and alcohol, dehydrate the body, causing rough and flaky skin. A cucumber is mostly water (an upwards of 96%), and it is rich in active enzymes that help the body to breakdown waste materials as it hydrates.
Antioxidants, like Vitamin A, and K help to prevent free radical formation, a major culprit in aging. Vitamin A Carotenoids, are plant-derived and are needed to absorb bone strengthening calcium. It also plays a role in cell production, the immune system, vision and the skin. Vitamin A is often used to fortify foods. Unfortunately, Vitamin A retinoids, derived from animals, are linked to bone weakness and fractures. Vitamin K helps to prevent our blood from clotting, and also plays a role in our bone density, as well as cell growth.
Magnesium is a highly alkaline and beautifying mineral required by every part and system of the body. A balance of calcium and magnesium is essential for strong bones. As far as our skin is concerned, stress speeds our aging process. Magnesium counteracts this by relaxing all of our muscles, regulating our heart rate, and lowering high blood pressure. It also aids in our regularity, easing constipation, and helping to rid the body of toxic wastes and byproducts.
Cucumbers are also a good source of the anti-inflammatory mineral, copper. Copper is needed to carry oxygen in the blood, and it is also an important factor in cell respiration, as well as thyroid function. Beyond these important roles, copper has a key role in producing collagen. Collagen is vital for the renewal of our skin cells and for skin elasticity. It is what gives the skin that firmness and suppleness we all desire, especially as we age and the skin starts to sag.
For beautiful skin, try out this recipe!
When combined with the purest fat in Nature, this Cooling Cucumber Salad with Avocado Chunks and fresh herbs, is just a delight on the taste buds, and promotes an absolute radiant, glowing, and dewy complexion.
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Cooling Cucumber Salad
- 2 large English cucumbers, thinly sliced into medallions
- 2 large English cucumbers, peeled, and thinly sliced into medallions
- 1 large avocado, cubed
- 1 cup shallot, thinly sliced
- 2 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced on a mandolin
- 4 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
- 1 tbsp fresh mint leaved, chopped
- ½ tsp pink Himalayan salt
Slice the cucumbers into skinny medallions, leaving the skin on half of the cucumbers for color (about 4.5 cups total). Sprinkle with salt and set aside cucumbers in a colander for 20 minutes in a sink. This will allow excess water to drain. After 20 minutes, press the liquid out of the cucumbers with a paper towel or a clean cloth. In a mixing bowl combine remaining ingredients and toss. Use fresh ground pepper to taste.
Follow it up with this Sweet Potato Noodle Recipe with a Roasted Red Pepper Coconut Curry Sauce, and you are ready to entertain.