SERVING SIZE: 1/4 c
SPECIES: Cucumis sativus
How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
Cool as a CucumberCucumber is an easy-going vegetable with a delightfully pleasing crunch. If you're feeling a little hot and bothered, this natural refresher will alleviate your thirst and freshen your breath. Its jade green skin recalls a cool afternoon under your favorite shade tree, ideal for your next picnic. Moisturizing & cool, a single slice is restorative, helping you mellow the summer heat.
Purifies the BloodAs they calm your eyes and cool down your liver, you may feel the pressure in your arteries decreasing - cucumber's diuretic nature has been used to reduce blood pressure, water retention and detoxify the blood. It's cooling & soothing nature aids urinary, bladder and kidney function. Those who suffer from gout will be pleased to know that cucumbers aids removal of uric acid from the blood.
Cucumbers & Beautiful SkinIf you're looking for healthy, glowing supple skin, then the cucumber is your answer. Topical application of cucumbers restores smoother skin to your face or thighs. The appreciation of cucumbers in cosmetics is ancient, a beauty ritual passed down from generation to generation. To rejuvenate your skin with cucumber, simply place raw cucumber slices on the affected area. Or make a mask with shredded cucumber. For stronger effect, chill before use. The juice, especially when mixed with aloe vera or rose water, softens and whitens the skin.
Natural chemicals in cucumbers help collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer of skin - good for eyes, and good for reducing visible signs of cellulite. In their true essence, cucumbers are cooling, soothing and nutritive. If you are experiencing tired eyes or hot inflamed skin (whether from excess eye strain, wind, sun exposure, or other environmental elements), a slice of cucumber on your eyes helps them relax while reducing redness, puffiness, and the appearance of bags. External application of cucumber has also shown healing effects for acne, eczema, rosacea and psoriasis. Cucumbers are mother natures' cooling ointment. High silica content may help strengthen connective tissues in joints.
Calming Stress with CucumberFor a quick fix stress relief, place cucumber slices into a pot of boiled water, and take some deep breaths. You will walk away from this soothing experience feeling a little more relaxed. For a quick anti-stress facial mask, mix 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt with 2 teaspoons of shredded cucumber for a quick calming fix. Shredded cucumber with honey (3 to 1 ratio) is a soothing remedy for dark under-eyes.
BUYING & PREPARATION
Cucumbers are easy to grow and ideal for container gardening. Plus, growing pesticide-free cucumbers at home produces the most delicious fruit and provides a highly satisfying garden to plate experience.
The skin of certain varieties of cucumbers may be a little tough and difficult to digest, in which case consider peeling and de-seeding this versatile fruit before eating. The skins contain potassium, magnesium, silica and are high in Vitamin A.
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They may be served shredded, julienned, or formed in elegant edible shapes such as cups and vases. Although mostly consumed raw, cucumbers can also be baked, sauteed, or boiled.
Remember, beautiful skin starts from the inside first, namely your digestion. So load up your cucumber dishes with lots of fresh spices and digestive herbs, as pretty much any herb and veggie combines well as well as a variety of vinegars and oils. Herbs such as mint and cilantro will enhance cucumbers cooling effect, while heating herbs such as oregano, & thyme add warmth. As a member of the melon family, cucumber smoothies popularly feature watermelon or honey dew.
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WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with at any given time. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what should be favored in your Ayurvedic menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you experience optimal health.
Is Cucumber Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL QUALITIES
Experiences are PersonalExperiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
QUENCHES-THIRSTAn herb or substance that relieves thirst.
Cleanse and Detox:
DETOXICANTAn herb that eliminates or metabolizes toxins from the body.
Energy Vitality Strength:
NUTRITIVEAn herb that is strengthening and nourishing.
Heart & Circulation:
HYPOTENSIVEAn herb that lowers blood pressure.
OPTHALMICBenefits the eyes.
REFRIGERANTAn herb or substance that strongly cools the body. Can be helpful in cases of heat conditions.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORYReduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.
Kidney & Urinary:
DIURETICHerbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
Lung and Sinus:
SOOTHES-THROATSoothes throat discomfort, including from a sore or ticklish throat.
Skin Care & Beauty:
SKIN-TONICAn herb that strengthens and nourishes skin, improving tone, color, moisture and complexion.
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HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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Comments & Impressions of 'Cucumber'Do you like 'cucumber'? Why or why not? What makes it unique? Is there something you'd like to know about 'cucumber'?
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How can be cucumber not suited for vata and kapha at the same time? Becase of its sweet and watery profile, I thought it could be good for vata.
Cucumber is generally considered too cold for Vata.
Is this cold quality a reason so many people have difficulty digesting cucumber (hence the popularity of "burpless" varieties), or is it the skin and seeds being difficult to digest?And since melons are suggested best eaten alone, just curious: why is cucumber ok to combine with other foods (as mentioned in the write-up)?
Cucumber might be difficult to digest for different reasons depending on the person. It could be the cold quality, it could be its hydrophyllic nature or it could be the skins and seeds. It's hard to say what's causing the difficulty without knowing more about the person having it. While cucumber is in the melon family, it is not considered a melon.
a traditional home remedy forThis information has not been validated by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
DigestionAnal Itching, Burning abdominal pain, Crohn's Disease, Duodenal Ulcer, H pylori infection, Hyperacidity, Pain above belly button, Pain relieved by cold, Stomach Ulcer, Ulcerative Colitis, Vomiting Blood
Mind Stress SleepAnger, irritable, ambitious, analytical, Conflict makes me angry, irritable, Easily insulted / sensitive, Migraines, Sharp language
Blood and CirculationAutoimmune Disorders, Bloodshot Eyes, Chronic Fungus infection, Flushes Easily, Heat aggravates, High Blood Pressure, Hot Flashes, Inflammation, Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), Puffy under eyes / Bags, Red sclera (white part of eyes), Stinging Eyes, Thalassemia Minor
SkinEasily hot, Eczema, Inflamed skin, Itchy skin, Rashes, Skin red after mild abrasion, Sun damage/burn, Warm & rosy skin
PoopExplosive elimination, Frothy Stool / with Bubbles, Stool entirely liquid, no solid pieces, Stool in mushy pieces mixed with liquid, Stool thick mud
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.