Celebrities go to extreme lengths to achieve their enviable figures. From health nuts Gisele Bündchen and husband Tom Brady, who only indulge in avocado ice cream, to Gwyneth Paltrow and her commitment to the macrobiotic diet, it's no secret that maintaining a healthy, fit body takes work. While many of us are far too busy to stick to such a strict health regimen (never mind our pizza obsession), there are certain commonalities between celebrity diets that we can realistically integrate into our own health plans. As My Body+Soul recently pointed out, the cucumber is often the common denominator between all celebrity diets.
"Cucumbers are the fourth most cultivated vegetable in the world, and one of the most loved superfoods, with good reason," said Robyn McConchie, professor of horticulture at the University of Sydney, to My Body+Soul. "They contain hydrating properties, valuable nutrients and are particularly low-calorie, making it a solid staple in any and every diet." Made up of 95% water, cucumbers can assist in weight loss and serve as a filling, hydrating snack to keep your skin glowing and your body nourished.
Cucumbers can also assist with stress management. My Body+Soul even recommends cutting up an entire cucumber and placing in a pot of boiling water for a DIY steam. "The chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma." As if you needed another reason to integrate cucumbers into your diet, they also serve as an anti-aging aid, as they "draw out excess fluids and tighten the collagen" in your skin (this explains why you always see cucumbers in spas).
How do you incorporate cucumbers into your health regimen? Share your tips below!