Cucumber, Ginger, and Mint Lemonade
Homemade lemonade and flavored water are a great alternative to plain water, and they can help you reach your daily amount of fluids more easily.
If you sit down and think about the properties of each ingredient separately, you’ll see that not one thing in this lemonade is bad for you. This cucumber, ginger, and mint lemonade won’t just help you lose some pesky belly fat, it’ll also keep you hydrated and fresh. Plus, the benefits don’t end there. Find out more in the this article.
How do you make cucumber, ginger, and mint lemonade?
Here are the ingredients for this delicious cucumber, ginger, and mint lemonade (perfect for summertime):
- 2 liters of water
- 1 medium cucumber
- 1 lemon
- 10 fresh mint leaves
- 1 teaspoon of fresh, grated ginger
Peel the cucumber and slice it thinly, before adding it to the two liters of water. Then add the thinly sliced lemon, grated ginger, and 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 it throughout the day to get your 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 your cucumber, ginger, and mint lemonade 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. Along with being good at fighting obesity, it also helps detox the body and reduce swelling.
Cleansing diets with 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.
It’s not good for people who have frequent trouble with diarrhea, a weak stomach, or excess gas. But cucumber is very handy for protecting the stomach lining and promoting healthy intestinal flora.
The properties of ginger
Ginger has exceptional anti-inflammatory properties that make it a common ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine. It helps fight things like arthritis, problems with digestion, and respiratory issues. Because of its spicy flavor, it’s best to have ginger in moderation, with 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 eliminate phlegm, improve blood flow, and prevent heart disease.
Ginger can also help alleviate dizziness and vertigo. It stimulates the libido, is a natural aphrodisiac, and an 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 especially), and helps with digestion.
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The properties of mint
This amazing, aromatic plant has many medicinal properties. Mint acts as an antispasmodic agent in the digestive tract. It works as a painkiller, reduces inflammation in the skin and mucus membranes, and cleans the respiratory system.
Mint also has very relaxing effects when you put it in a tea or smoothie. This can improve the quality of your sleep and increase your feeling of calm. It prevents stress, relieves flatulence, relaxes the muscles, and helps protect the stomach lining. So, mint is wonderful for people who have problems with digestion, among other things.The ascorbic acid in mint helps get rid of mucus, which is why mint is such a strong decongestant. If you have a fever, mint will get you to sweat more to bring it down.
It’s also good for people with asthma or even just a cold, diarrhea, gas, or even Crohn’s disease (it reduces intestinal irritation). Plus, mint reduces vomiting and abdominal cramps, improves circulation, and prevents halitosis (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 flu, or just to prevent getting sick, because it strengthens the immune system. Along with providing lots of vitamins, lemon also helps eliminate toxins from the body and is a powerful antiseptic.
It’s good 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 start to heal from within. It can also help treat high blood pressure.
This citrus 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 symptoms, and can help return liver, stomach, and bladder function to normal after an illness. It can prevent kidney stones and help dissolve any that are already in your kidneys or bladder.
Lemon isn’t perfect for everyone, though. Anyone who has issues including anemia, rickets, gum inflammation, lots of cavities, mouth or throat sores, insomnia, acidosis, chronic constipation, or nerve damage, should avoid this fruit.
Now you know that this cucumber, ginger, and mint lemonade 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.