Cuke SPA H2O!

As crazy as this sounds, (and I'm sure you're surprised that I"d sound crazy....!), I discovered I LOVE cucumbers in water! I accidently on purpose found out that I loved it, (!) simply by drinking a glass of this summery produce-stand drink at an ice cream shop, of all things! I challenge you - just slice a few cukes and add to a tall pitcher of ice water and - "VOILA!"

Cucumbers are a very good source of potassium, an important intra-cellular electrolyte. Potassium is a heart friendly electrolyte; helps reduce blood pressure and heart rates by countering effects of sodium.

Wow. I eat them in salads and sandwiches, but just recently discovered drinking them is even better! And now I'm finding out that cucumbers surprisingly have a high amount of vitamin K, provides about 17 mcg of this vitamin per 100 g. Vitamin-K has been found to have potential role in bone strength by promoting osteotrophic (bone mass building) activity. It also has established role in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in their brain.

What a "cool" drink! It's a spa in a pitcher!


Sue Duffield said...

And fresh cucumbers from a produce stand are much much better, or even those you've grown yourself! Reason is: the grocery store cukes have that waxy stuff on the skin, that's tough to wash off. A fresh "out of your garden" cuke has no wax or preservatives or nothin' on 'em, so just slice 'em as they are (skin and all!) and put them in your drink! Love it. Right now, I'm sitting poolside, with my laptop, my Bible, my journal, my SPF 50, my hat, my CD player with Bob James playin', my citronella candles burnin' to keep wasps and flies from buggin' me, and a fresh bowl of blueberries. This is a summer office; my oasis from the road, for a few days! Come see me! :)

Melinda Lancaster said...

I've been eating cucumbers from our patio garden all week. I better stop so I'll have some to put in the water. Sounds both refreshing and healthy.
Your summer office sounds like a wonderful place to refresh. I'm glad you are enjoying it.
Bob James? As in the keyboard player. Smooth jazz? Or otherwise? I'm a fan of all kinds of music.
Enjoy your new drink...and all that comes with sitting poolside, my friend!

Sandra Heska King said...

I love cucumbers plain. Or with tomatoes and fresh Mozzarella and a little Italian dressing. I've tried cuke water. But I love me my water straight up. :)