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How do you reach your target of drinking eight glasses of water everyday? Try cucumber-infused water.
One to two glasses of cucumber-infused water everyday can be a good thing, says nutritionist and fitness expert Namrata Sheth.

Helps beat the bloat
Cucumbers are natural diuretics, which means they help to flush out excess water, waste and toxins from your body. They help reduce water retention, thereby making you look less bloated. In addition, cucumber is naturally low in calories, fat, cholesterol and sodium.

Hydrates body
Cucumber is made up of 95 per cent water and when mixed with plain water in a 75:25 ratio of water:cucumber, it not only adds flavour to plain water but helps to increase your water consumption for the day. However says Sheth, “Different bodies react differently to food combinations. So, one must try this for a week and only then go ahead if it suits you.”

Maintains bone health
Like calcium, vitamin D and magnesium are vital for bones, so is vitamin K. It is said that cucumbers provide around 11 – 15 percent of vitamin K, a recommended amount for our body for one day. This helps in building healthy bones. “This is true” says Sheth and adds, “One must not overdo the consumption.”

Help fight free radicals
According to Sheth, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and several flavonoid compounds present in cucumber act as antioxidants. And these, to a certain extent, help destroy free radicals that are unstable substances causing diseases like cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and heart ailments.

Youthful skin
Sheth says: “Cucumber has a calming effect. It is alkaline in nature. It helps in maintaining the pH level of our body. A well-balanced pH level reverses ageing.’’

Recipe for cucumber-infused water:
Ingredients:
1 litre of water
1/4th cucumber with skin
Half a half lime
1/4th inch piece of ginger
1-2 mint leaves
Method:
Add all the ingredients to water and let stand for two hours before consuming.

Hint: “Don’t reuse these ingredients once the water is over. Make a fresh drink with fresh ingredients the next day.’’

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