Hello friends. How are things? I hope all is well.
Got to thinking about writing a series on certain foods we eat and how they benefit the body.
Since I have changed the way and what I consume now, I thought I would share those thoughts with you all.
Why I changed? Well, I shared a bit of it in a previous post entitled “So Why the Change”. Here I kinda talk a bit about how I was feeling and the struggles I endured. I share the decision to make an about face with my whole eating and fitness plan. Yay! Glad I did! I feel absolutely great.
In this post, and the ones to come I want to share a few of the foods I consume as well as a progress report on my fitness journey.
So, here we go!
First, I changed a few of the foods I consume. I included more vegetables. In either a salad, blender or cooked way. One of those is the addition of cucumbers. Let’s see what this fella has to offer.
- Provides a good amount of water and soluble fiber-Water is always good to include in any diet. It helps with lubrication and flow of any waste or receiving nutrients. The fiber is a plus too. Fiber helps to remove waste from the body(intestines and gut). Kinda like a scrubber. Lol.
- Low in calories-A cucumber with the peel offers about 45 calories and is high vitamins and minerals.
- Good source of anti-oxidants-Cucumbers offer properties known to be associated with being an excellent source of antioxidants. Without going to chemically deep, in a nutshell, these are properties that help to fight against those molecular forces that encourage breakdown(oxidation), whatever that may be. In the sense of health, these forces(free radicals) are studied and believed to be associated with a few diseases today.
- Aid in weight loss-Due to the low-calorie content cucumbers can be a nice way to manage one’s weight. It is always a nice addition to any salad.
- Maintain Blood sugar-because of it low caloric value and high vitamin/mineral content cucumbers are believed to help in lowering blood sugar levels.
- Reduce swelling/inflammation-Cucumbers have the properties in them that help to reduce inflammation and swelling.
Although not a complete list, I have highlighted a few benefits to including cucumbers into your diet.
They are always great to have in salads, smoothies, and sandwiches. My favorite is in salads. I eat them with skin or no skin and in the pickled variety too.
Try them if you have not. And if not your favorite, that’s cool, there are a variety of other vegetables to choose from with similar properties.
Glad you read. Stayed tuned for the next vegetable. Arugula.
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