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10 Foods for Great Summer Nutrition


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Cucumbers
Add cucumbers to your diet for a boost in vitamins C, K and B5.
Add cucumbers to your diet for a boost in vitamins C, K and B5.
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Cucumbers. You can put them on your eyes to help reduce redness and puffiness. You can put them in your water to add a punch of flavor to a cold beverage. And they make a tasty high-fiber, low-calorie snack.

What you might not know is that cucumbers are also a great source of beta-carotene, potassium, magnesium and silica, as well as vitamins C, K and B5, which means they may help lower blood pressure, keep your body's connective tissues healthy and help keep your skin hydrated. In recent studies, researchers have found encouraging preliminary evidence that cucumbers may also have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits.

Be sure to eat the skin and seeds, because that's where you'll find the biggest bang of nutrients.


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