Cucumber, Ginger, and Mint Lemonade
If you sit down and think about the properties of each ingredient separately, you’ll realize that there’s nothing in this recipe that’s bad for you. With this light lemonade made with cucumber, ginger, and mint you’ll not only lose some of that pesky belly fat, but you’ll also stay hydrated and fresh. Even better: these aren’t the only benefits of this tasty beverage. Find out the rest in the following article.
How to make cucumber, ginger, and mint lemonade?
The ingredients for this delicious lemonade that’s ideal for summertime are:
- 2 liters of water
- 1 medium cucumber
- 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon of fresh, grated ginger
- 10 fresh mint leaves
Peel the cucumber and slice it thinly, before adding it to the two liters of water. Then add thinly sliced lemon, the grated ginger, and the mint leaves. Store everything in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight. When you’re ready to drink it, you can add a few ice cubes if it’s a really hot day. Drink this lemonade throughout the day to get your recommended daily dose of water! If you’re the kind of person who really struggles to drink enough fluids, this is the recipe for you. Carry it everywhere in a reusable bottle.
The benefits of cucumber
Because it has a very high water content (96%), cucumber is great for weight loss. There are only 20 calories per each 100 gram serving. Cucumber is great for fighting obesity, and it also helps detox the body and eliminate any swelling.
Cleansing diets that contain cucumber help prevent fluid retention and the buildup of excess uric acid. Cucumber also has laxative properties that cleanse the intestines and remove mucus from the lining of the gut. Cucumber is not recommended for people who frequently suffer from diarrhea, a weak stomach, or excess gas. But cucumber is very handy for protecting the lining of the stomach and promoting healthy intestinal flora.
The properties of ginger
Ginger has exceptional anti-inflammatory properties that are widely used in traditional Chinese medicine. It helps fight various disorders like arthritis, problems with digestion, and respiratory issues. Because it has a slightly spicy flavor, it’s a good idea to consume ginger in moderation, accompanied by other foods or ingredients.
Ginger is rich in vitamins, minerals, essential oils, amino acids, and antioxidants. It has countless benefits for the body. It can reduce pain during menstruation, for example, and alleviate rheumatism, fight colds and the flu, help remove phlegm, improve blood flow, and prevent heart disease.
Ginger can also help alleviate dizziness and vertigo. It stimulates the libido and is a natural aphrodisiac, as well as a natural and effective antidepressant. It helps fight premature aging, reduces stress levels, alleviates migraines (by blocking the effects of prostaglandin), prevents certain types of cancer (ovarian and colon cancer, primarily), and aids in digestion.
The properties of mint
There are many medicinal properties of this amazing and aromatic plant. Mint acts as an antispasmodic agent in the digestive tract. It helps relieve pain as an analgesic, reduces inflammation in the skin and mucus membranes, and cleans the respiratory system.
Mint also has very relaxing effects when consumed in a tea or smoothie. This can improve the quality of your sleep and increase your sense of calmness. It prevents stress, ameliorates flatulence, relaxes the muscles, and helps protect the lining of the stomach. Mint is wonderful for people who have problems with digestion, for example.
The ascorbic acid contained in mint facilitates the expulsion of mucus, because mint is a potent decongestant. If you have a fever mint will elevate your perspiration to lower it. It’s also used in patients who have asthma or even just a cold, diarrhea, or gas – in addition to Crohn’s disease (because it reduces irritation in the intestines). Mint also reduces vomiting and abdominal cramps, improves circulation, and prevents halitosis (or bad breath).
Properties of lemon
Lemon is one of the fruits with the highest content of vitamin C, making it an essential ingredient for people who have a cold or the flu, or just to prevent getting sick because it strengthens the immune system. In addition to providing lots of vitamins, lemon also helps eliminate toxins from the body and is a powerful antiseptic.
It’s a good idea to suck on a lemon when you lose your voice or have pneumonia, bronchitis, the flu, or even asthma. It helps soothe the capillaries and blood vessels responsible for your discomfort, and your wounds will begin to heal from the inside. It can also help treat high blood pressure.
This citrus fruit is rich in minerals like potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, sodium, and it even provides fluoride. It also contains B vitamins, especially B1 to prevent inflammation, heart failure, and cerebral palsy.
Lemon also helps fight fevers, improves diabetes, and helps return liver, stomach, and bladder function to normal after a disease. It can prevent the formation of kidney stones and help dissolve those that might already be present in the kidneys or the bladder.
Lemon isn’t recommended for certain people, however. Those who suffer from anemia, rickets, inflammation of the gums, lots of cavities, mouth or throat sores, insomnia, acidosis, chronic constipation, or nerve damage should avoid this fruit.
Now you know that this lemonade made with cucumber, ginger, and mint is incredibly beneficial to your health. Aside from being a delicious and refreshing drink for a hot summer’s day, it’s hydrating and provides a healthy alternative for people who don’t enjoy drinking “plain” water during their day.