Lemonade is, without a doubt, one of the most refreshing beverages you can drink. It has a pleasant taste and is highly moisturizing, and if prepared right, it can also help you lose weight. Today we’re going to present a great cucumber, mint and ginger lemonade that is low on calories and will help you lose weight in just a short time.
The beverage consists of cucumber, mint, ginger and lemon and is a cocktail of essential nutrients. All of the ingredients have powerful health benefits that will improve your overall health. Here are their main health benefits:
Cucumber contains 96% of water and is very low on calories, which is why it’s often a part of diet plans. It is one of the few ideal foods for fighting obesity – it can satiate your hunger and prevent cravings, while also improving your metabolism and digestion. Eating a small bowl of cucumber salad before each meal will assist with the weight reduction and detoxify the body. Cucumber is a powerful natural diuretic which can fight fluid retention and promote urination. It will protect the intestinal walls from damage, although people suffering from IBS (Irritable Bowed Syndrome), diarrhea or chronic gastritis should avoid the vegetable.
This aromatic herb has numerous medicinal properties and has been used as a remedy against numerous digestive problems for centuries. Here’s what mint can help you with:
- Fights stomach spasms and cramps;
- Eliminates excess gasses and bloating;
- Is a powerful analgesic;
- Improves digestion;
- Relieves respiratory disorders;
- Is a powerful anti-inflammatory remedy that can treat bronchitis, dry coughs, etc;
- Mint is an antiseptic agent that can eliminate bacteria in your body;
- The herb contains a lot of ascorbic acid which stimulates the expulsion of phlegm and mucus and decongests the sinuses;
- It can treat numerous skin problems including eczema;
- Having a cup of mint tea before going to bed can fight insomnia and stress;
- Mint improves the blood circulation;
- The herb can treat most digestive and cardiovascular problems as well as halitosis.
Ginger has a particularly pleasing and tangy flavor which is why it is most often used as a spice. However, the root is often a part of powerful remedies used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. It is an anti-inflammatory agent full of essential vitamins and minerals that can nourish your body and prevent infections. Ginger also contains antioxidants and amino acids which can fight free radicals in the body and prevent cancer. Ginger can fight the following diseases and conditions:
- Menstrual symptoms;
- Heart disease;
- Common colds and infections;
- Improper blood circulation;
- Dizziness and nausea;
Lemon is one of the healthiest foods you can consume. It is rich in numerous vitamin and minerals, especially vitamin C, which can reinforce your immune system and prevent infections. The citrus fruit also contain vitamins from the B group as well as minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, fluorine, iron, sodium, calcium and magnesium. Lemon can strengthen your immune system and help the body fight infections, detoxify the body and improve the healing of wounds. It is also great for the digestive and cardiovascular system and has been known to prevent kidney stones and regulate blood sugar levels.
Lemon has often been a part of many natural remedies used against colds, bronchitis, pneumonia, influenza, hoarseness, tonsillitis, high blood pressure, kidney and gallbladder disease as well as inflammation.
Here’s how to prepare this wonderful lemonade:
- 2 l. of water
- 1 medium-sized cucumber
- A piece of ginger root
- 10 fresh mint leaves
- 4 lemons
- Stevia to taste
Peel the cucumber and cut it on slices, then repeat the same with 1 lemon and squeeze the remaining 3. Now, mix everything well and add it to 2 liters of water, then sweeten with a bit of stevia and stir well. Put the pitcher in your fridge for 6 hours, then strain it and consume the liquid during the day.