A bowl filled with sliced cucumbers can do the magic if you are looking for a light snack to relieve hunger and cool down your body in summers. It also helps in weight loss.
Is it safe to eat cucumber for pregnant women? What are its health benefits during pregnancy?
We will explain it all in this guide.
Health Benefits of Cucumber in Pregnancy
Usually, cucumber is not part of any pregnancy diet but there is nothing wrong if you have a little bit of it. There are some side effects like frequent urination due to ample salt and water content, allergic reaction, indigestion, and belching.
Keeping side effects aside, there are plenty of health benefits of cucumber that you can’t ignore, especially during pregnancy –
- Keep you hydrated
There is around 96% water in cucumber. If you can’t drink plenty of water during the day, you can have cucumber to stay hydrated.
- Natural detox
The water content helps remove all the toxins from the body and it serves as a diuretic. It also helps relieve swelling.
- Low-calorie snack
Cucumbers can avoid obesity as they have low amounts of calories. They can help you avoid overeating by keeping you full for several hours.
Fresh cucumber has soothing properties to help nourish and tighten your skin.
- Loaded with nutrients
- Fiber – Cucumbers are rich in both insoluble and soluble fibers. Insoluble fiber cures constipation and makes stools softer, while soluble fiber lowers blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
- Micronutrients – Cucumber is rich in antioxidants like beta-carotene, vitamin C, and manganese to improve immunity and avoid inflammation. It is also rich in potassium, iron, calcium, zinc, phosphorus, sulfur, and iodine, which are recommended to avoid growth abnormalities and ensure fetal growth.
- B vitamins – Cucumbers have several B vitamins to improve your mood. They are known to ease anxiety and control stress.
- Electrolytes – Cucumber juice contains potassium and sodium electrolytes to control blood pressure.
If your gynecologist has shown a green signal to eat cucumbers, you can have all the above benefits. You can also have some fresh cucumber juice. All you need to do is choose some dark-colored and firm cucumbers to blend. Their skin has toxic pesticides. So, you should peel them off. Rinse them 3-4 minutes in running water and scrub them.