8 Great Benefits of Drinking Cucumber Water (+5 Recipes)

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Cucumber water is one drink that you’ll want to consider the next time you’re feeling thirsty. It not only helps genuinely hydrate the body, it can help you feel better overall, and even look better. Here are all of the benefits you’ll reap, and some recipes to help you along.

You would be surprised at the many health benefits of drinking cucumber water. It can lower your blood pressure, curb your appetite and reduce the risk for cancer. Learn more here and get 5 delicious cucumber water recipes.

1. Helps Hydrate You

When you meet your specific water needs you’ll enjoy the benefits of staying hydrated, like maintaining the right body temperature, helping your cardiovascular system, and assisting in the cleansing of toxins. You’ll have more energy and help each of your organs do its job better when they’re getting enough water. Cucumber water adds that little something extra to regular water that makes you more likely to drink it more often, helping you stay hydrated each day. For the best results make sure you are using purified or spring water to avoid the intake of contaminants.

2. Provides Extra Vitamins and Minerals

cucumberWater is vital to the body, but by itself it’s not a great source of vitamins. When you add in cucumbers you’ll be adding in vitamins and minerals that will help supplement the rest of your diet. Many cucumber water recipes also add in fruit, so you’ll be getting antioxidants and extra vitamins from those, like Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Since these vitamins are coming from whole food sources and not synthetic vitamins they’ll be better absorbed and utilized by the body than if you were to get them from waters marketed as containing added vitamins.

3. Brings Down Blood Pressure

Keeping your blood pressure in check is important because it will help keep you away from debilitating diseases like stroke, heart attack, kidney disease, or vision loss. By drinking cucumber water you’re staying hydrated, and helping your blood pressure thanks to the 4% DV of potassium cucumbers contain.

Since they’re essentially free of sodium you’ll get the maximum benefit of this important mineral if high blood pressure is a concern. Just be sure not to go overboard with your water intake, you’re looking for the Goldilocks amount of “just right”.

4. Curbs Appetite

Drinking a glass of cucumber water when you’re hungry can help you make it until your next meal if it’s not quite mealtime. Eating when you’re not actually hungry can lead to weight gain, sluggishness, and can throw you off your natural eating cycle. When you feel hunger coming on before it’s time to eat again, see if you’re just thirsty. Thirst and hunger use the same signal, and drinking cucumber water can help determine if it’s really hunger that you’re dealing with. Saving yourself from just a few unwarranted meals a week can be a big boost to your health.

5. Soothes the Skin

cucumber for skinStaying hydrated will help your skin stay supple and smooth, and adding in cucumbers to your water intake means you’re getting extra nutrients that helps even more. Cucumbers contain silica, which provides extra benefits to the skin. You can also use the cucumbers after you’ve finished the cucumber water. They’re great for helping to calm irritation caused by acne or other blemishes. You’ll be helping your skin from the inside, as well as topically when you add cucumber water to your skin care routine.

6. Helps Your Muscles

Whether or not you’re trying to put on muscle, helping your muscles stay strong is a good idea. The same silica in cucumbers that helps the skin, also helps your muscle tissues healthy. It’s a great choice if you’ve added a strength training regimen to your healthy lifestyle, or if you want to make sure that your muscles have all of the nutrients needed to function at their best. A daily glass of cucumber water makes a great contribution to the overall health of your muscles, and your body in general.

7. It Has Antioxidant/Detoxing Properties

Use cucumber water during a detox program and you’ll be helping the body out even more. It contains antioxidants that will help battle free radicals, and helps the body flush out built-up toxins thanks to its hydrating effect. Detoxing the body doesn’t have to be a one time or once a year event, you can help your body stay clean with daily attention to the foods that you’re taking in, as well as avoiding foods that are known as being toxic to the body. This sort of regular maintenance keeps you feeling great all year long.

8. Could Have Anti-Cancer Benefits

Cucumbers have shown promise for their anti-cancer properties, and when you use them as part of an overall healthy lifestyle, you’ll be helping to avoid this disease. Of course, they aren’t powerful enough by themselves to ward off cancer, but as part of a broader approach at a healthy lifestyle it makes sense to stay hydrated with cucumber water. You’ll be taking in plenty of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients like the cucurbitacins found in cucumbers giving you a better chance at staying healthy long-term.

5 Cucumber Water Recipes

cucumber lemon mint water
Photo: The Tasty Bite

Lemon Cucumber Mint Water

Cucumbers and lemons go well together, and in this recipe they’ve included the cooling effect of fresh mint to the water so you’re getting several tastes competing for your attention. Lemons themselves are high in Vitamin C, and since you’re unlikely to eat lemons the way you’d eat an orange, drinking this lemon cucumber concoction is a great way to top up on this immune-boosting vitamin. Mint is also a rich source of Vitamin C, as well as important minerals like calcium and magnesium. Consider adding the mint to a soup or smoothie after you’ve finished the water, as it’s an excellent source of fiber.

cucumber herb infused water
Photo: A Couple Cooks

Cucumber Herb-Infused Water

When you add in herbs to regular cucumber water you’re upping the flavor profile and also getting the nutrients each herb provides. This recipe goes all out and adds in three different herbs to get the flavor just right. At the same time you’re getting the vitamins and minerals from these herbs. Rosemary is a great source of iron, calcium, and potassium, and thyme can take care of your Vitamin C needs for the day all by itself. You’re also getting additional minerals from the mint, and the vitamins from the lemon. And don’t forget the goodness of cucumbers. That’s a packed glass of water!

springtime strawberry spa water
Photo: GI 365

Springtime Strawberry Cucumber Water

You don’t have to wait till spring to make this springtime strawberry water featuring plenty of cucumber goodness. The lemon, cucumber, and strawberries make a nice trio of flavors and work well together. There’s also your choice of herbs, and they recommend either mint or basil so you can tailor this to your particular palate. The strawberries will infuse the water with additional vitamins that cucumbers don’t have a ton of, namely Vitamin C. If it happens to be spring this makes a great water to drink to help the body rid itself of any toxins stored up from a long winter.

cucumber and basil water
Photo: Green Evi

Cucumber and Basil Water

The great part about making this cucumber and basil water is that you’re getting the tasty flavor of basil as well as the extra antioxidants it provides. That’s right, basil just doesn’t pack extra taste into the water, it’s also a nutrient powerhouse with the amount of Vitamin A it has. The Vitamin A gets turned into beta-Carotene in the body and has a strong antioxidant effect on the body, going to work on free radicals and helping you feel better. Contrary to popular belief, beta-Carotene helps with more than just your eyes. It helps the immune system and can even act as an anti-cancer agent.

refreshing fruit water
Photo: Kristine’s Kitchen

Refreshing Fruit Water

Feeling parched is not in the cards when you make up a batch of this fruit water. But don’t let the title fool you, it’s packing more than just fruit and includes several slices of cucumber. Blueberries and strawberries give you a boost of antioxidants, and cucumber provides minerals and additional antioxidants that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and ready to take on the rest of your day. When compared to other drinks marketed as energy drinks you’re much better going with an all-natural option that leaves you feeling good with no crash later.

Users Comments:

  • Linda

    Thank you so much. Am putting cukes on my grocery list.

  • April

    Hello. I’m getting to know your blog and I really appreciate the Detoxifying Teas post. As for this post its interesting to learn about the different properties of cucumber. I like lemon water myself. I’d probably have to sweeten my cucumber water, I just wasn’t feeling it.

    I was wondering if you had anything to share in the way of eating for hormonal balance. Or is eating to detoxify your body already going to cover hormonal balance?

    • Judi

      Check out Sophie Uliano recipes online. She has a recipe for a hormone balancing smoothie. I have not tried it yet, but plan to. I have just come across her site and plan to try some of her recipes.

  • Cam

    What do you do with the cukes and fruits after drinking the water? Wouldn’t it be better to put everything in ninja blender and consumer it all vs just drinking the water?

    • Ethel

      I have been doing cucumbers and lemon waters for a few months now! 1 lemon half cucumber in large mason jar with water. Also have added table spoon of organic maple syrup. Drink with a straw. once water is gone I refill with more water and put in fridge until im ready to have another one. The veggies stay good in same mason jar for three days. Then you make it again. Im down two pants sizes no exercising. I drink 2 a day and up to three on weekends. Its easy to drink fast with a straw. Plus I love it and what the results are. Good luck!

    • Barbara

      Wondering the same thing myself, thought it a waste and considered chewing them up when the water was gone.?

    • Kayleen

      I’m assuming you simply eat them afterwords. A drink and a snack! 🙂

  • Renee

    I have been drinking cucumber water since last night. I couldn’t stop drinking it today. I felt like I was hyper from a burst of energy and wondered if the water caused it. Around this time of day (after 7 pm), I am ready for bed. I have energy. I just read that cucumber water will rejuvenate you! I believe!

  • Monica

    How far ahead can I make the cucumber water? Does it lose its effectiveness if made and then refrigerated for work in the morning?

    • Kelsey

      No, that actually allows more time for the nutrients to get “pulled” from the cucumbers and released into the water. Plus it will have more flavor!

  • Lyn

    What can i do to get rid of tummy fat and get that fresh looking flat tummy i used to have when ive not given birth

  • vera

    I was hoping the recipes had actual recipes. How much of this and that?

  • Stephanie

    what are the amounts of water to fruits and veggies? Or herbs?

  • gail

    Bought them today. Will start tomorrow

  • Rumena Rahman

    Thanks. Cucumber is easily available in Bangladesh. So we can use it as a regular drink.

  • Gay

    Hello. I am so anxious to get started on a detoxing routine……..so many great choices here………..can anyone please suggest the BEST one to get started with? Thank you.

    • Tess

      I have been drinking water infused with cucumber, lemon, ginger root and mint leaves for several months now. The benefits are amazing… from healthy hair, better skin, and of course a flatter tummy and more energy!

  • Denise

    I’ve always heard that vinegar has great health benefits also. I’m thinking a few spoonfuls might be a good addition to cucumber water. I love the taste of both together.

  • Arja

    I drink cucumber water with lemon and cayenne pepper every day all day. The first two weeks I did this I lost 7lbs and wasn’t trying to loose weight. This is such a staple item for me. I went from 154lbs to 128. Just drinking this water and got rid of my leg cramps.

  • W

    What if you don’t want anything but cucumber taste? Is it as simple as putting slices in the water and drinking it, or does it have to sit cut a while?

  • Dane Boggs

    It also does wonders for bloating as well. I detox with this and every other detox drinks and raw veagtables and fruits and it flushed out everything.

  • zaza

    What can i do to get rid of tummy fat and get that fresh looking flat tummy i used to have when ive not given birth

  • Grace

    The peice is educative but i do hope by taking this fruit infused water i can conceive easily. Im just scared of lemon , is lemon abortifacient?

  • Lorraine

    I tried cucumber water today. I love it! I’ve drank 4 pints of it! I highly reccommend trying it 🙂

  • Subhasis Mohanty

    Very educative and helpful.

  • cindy

    I love these waters only problem is sometimes I star getting heartburn…

  • iva

    I love this page gave me some good ideas on those detox drinks , as I am detoxing atm to help me lose weight

  • Claudia

    Could I drink pickle water as my girls call it while I nurse my 6 month old. I love how cucumber in water taste.

  • carmen

    thank you cant wait to try.

  • Darren

    I drink two litres a day of Cucumber, mint, lemon grass, lemon and or lime and lime leaves. I have no problem drinking water like that as opposed to just normal water … I refill when I am done and get one more bottle out of it and it is usually made for me the night before I drink it to marinate and get the full flavor out of it…. I even have my staff drinking it now … have banned all sodas in the workplace.

  • RobbieD

    What complicated nonsense if one can simply eat a cucumber.

    • Brig

      Complicated? Chopping up a cucumber and throwing into water? Do you even lift, bro?

      Besides, it’s clearly stated that this is used a substitute in place of just water alone. An idea that’s not all that far removed from drinking a glass of orange juice instead of y’know, eating a bowl of oranges.

      • Debbie

        It’s very easy to make, plus it tastes amazing. I made a batch 2 days ago, and we all love it and it’s a great way to get more liquid in your body, not to mention all the health benefits.

  • Courtney Ellis

    Weight loss and being healthy should never be about fads and special drinks, as I see all these people drinking water with cucumbers and limes, lemons, mints and what have you. How about simply eating properly, drinking proper amounts of water, and coming up with a proper exercise proper (one you can successfully follow) and quite following these fads that may or may not work. Take a look around your work place if you work and get rid or avoid the stuff that may not be good for you. Being healthy is a lifestyle and you can’t hope that throwing cucumbers in a glass of the oldest and most complete weight loss and detoxification drink, now sure the addition of fruit and vegetables to water is nice but guess what gang; this is nothing new.

    • CatM

      There’s always one. You could have voiced this in a nice way, but you felt the need to belittle people who might be looking for genuinely good tips. A lot of people do not drink enough water, and a method like this can increase their likelihood of getting more water each day, as well as getting a little more of their essential nutrients.

      It is true that people should be cautioned about fads, but the truth is, most people reading this are not stupid. They may bounce between diets and exercise, but that can be down to a lot more than just wanting to try silly fads. The article does not purport anything about complete weight loss and detoxification. It just demonstrates how you can help yourself out a bit, and make it easier to do so.

      This comes from someone who runs, does yoga, goes to the gym, eats well and takes care of herself. Although I do drink cucumber water when the mood strikes, I got some nice ideas from here.

      And ‘This is nothing new’ – everything is new the first time you hear about it.

      I’m tired of seeing comments like this where someone has to sit on the healthy high horse and lecture others. Be constructive and educating if you have the knowledge, but be nice and realise that not everybody is super knowledgeable about how to adopt healthy habits and can benefit from these kinds of posts.

      • Linda

        Thank you. Well said and I totally agree!

      • Mary Eaton

        Thank you so much for your response CatM. And I do appreciate these tips because I am one who needs to consume more water. Asthma medicine destroyed my taste for plain water.

      • Lynn

        Well said, Thank you.
        I’ve tried the cucumber water a year ago. my daughter didn’t like drinkn water, so I tried this on her now she can’t go without it, she makes her own cucumber water w fresh fruits. my husband works in the hot fields of Texas as a Surveyor and drinkn plain water dont put a dent into quenching his thirst , so I made a gallon of this cucumber water and he’s more energetic and hydrated, he snacks on the cucumber slices during the day. he said this totally keeps him hydrated thru out the day. so now my daughter makes his cucumber n fruit water for him and he loves his flavored water, I LOVE it also.

      • Candice

        Well said and I 100% agree. People just don’t know how to commicate efficiently anymore…at least when online it seems. If one is really trying to genuinely educate and help people they would do it in a way that doesn’t come across as condescending or like everyone less informed are complete imbeciles. I love fruit infused waters bc I know I’m not disciplined enough to drink plain water throughout the day and the taste of the mixtures helps me intake more water than I ever have in the past. I appreciate sites like this for people like me who may need a few “cheat sheets” to jumpstart healthier living☺️

      • Cheryl

        For years I have “downed” many a gallon of plain water, as I do not like the taste of lemon. Putting cucumber slices in the water is a new idea to me and I intend to try it. I just hope it won’t be gassy! Again, I am thankful for your response as nobody likes to feel stupid and put in their place – when it was not even called for! A person does not have to take offense to someone’s opinion; therefore, I choose not to do so now!

    • Vermelle walker

      Please don’t rain on others parade. If what you do works for you, fine, so give others a chance to experiment for themselves. Nothing defeats a failure but a try and I believe from experimenting and the comments, its working

  • Cindy Hawkins

    I drink my waters, cucumber and mint or cucumber and thyme, instead of refilling I then eat the fruit and herb, also I do watermelon and mint and blackberry and sage and eat it after drinking the water. Is that good to do?

  • Maggie

    I’m a witness i’ve been drinking cucumber water for over a year now and i see the effect it gives also its refreshing to drink

  • ShoniaP

    Very well said CatM! The reason I’m looking for cucumber water ideas is because our garden is producing at a very fast pace right now. We have been eating them daily for 3 wks. and we can’t keep up lol. Sometimes when picking we may miss one and they end up larger than the ones we like for eating. Most people don’t care for the large seeds inside. I thought this would be a good way to use these larger cukes instead of tossing them. Waste not want not so to speak…all the possible benefits are just a bonus.

    • HelenB

      I love cucumber water! I buy them on sale, wash, slice, and freeze the slices in a Ziploc bag. Each morning, I grab my favorite water bottle, throw a few slices and some ice cubes in it, top up with water, and refill during the day at the Subway that has free filtered water. I sometimes add lemon, lime, or even blueberries.

  • Vicki A.

    This has all been so beneficial to me. Some of my co-workers are drinking this so I decided to try it since I’m having so many digestive problems and just after two weeks I and my husband have seen such a big difference in my energy level and over all feeling. I also started using 2 tbs. apple cider vinegar in a glass of juice every day. Thank you to everyone!

  • peaches

    I work with a coworker who happens to be from India who drinks this cucumber and lemon water everyday. His wife does as well. They both have managed their weight loss,drinking this water along with other natural herbal remedies. He also told me about using ginger which has helped my inflammation.. turmeric is next. All natural, cant hurt. To each is own., but I would never tear something positive down to something negative for people who need an extra push. We are all not perfect.

  • shannon

    this is a pile of shite, it doesnt work at all so stop bulshitting!!!!!

    • Dione

      Please try again!!! Loose some of the stress, and do try again.

    • mike

      Sorry it does not work for you. I love it, my whole family loves it and we all feel the benefits. We have all drank tons of water for years, but adding the lemon and cucumber its more delicious and overall feeling good doing it. And by the way I think all on here would agree you do shiiite better when drinking this way consistently, good luck and maybe smile more, frown less, life is too short for negativity. Peace

  • Mohandas

    we using the cucumber and lemon recipe,but we don’t know the medicinal vaiue,thank
    you for the useful infrmation.

  • bill

    how many refills of the water in the pitcher can i get before the cucumbers go bad or am i just concerned with how long the flavor keeps.

  • Henry

    I just started using it today let me see how it works

  • Naila

    Thanks for all the information about cucumber water. I will start it ASAP.

  • Irish toes

    I first tried this at a nice hotel and loved it! They had a huge three gallon jug out for the guests. I came home and bought two refrigerator slide in narrow gallon containers, one for lemon slices and another for cucumber slices. I just drink away on both through the day. I would say they last me about 4 days each. Each has a lot of flavor and the ingredients are holding up. I wonder if 4 days is too long, before making a new batch.

  • Dennis

    You guys hilarious with your “imaginary miracle cures”!
    News flash! YES, you get minerals and vitamins from a few slices soaked in water. Not as much s eating the product itself!
    Losing weight? It’s NOT coming from the stuff you put in the water, it’s THE WATER!

    Most people just don’t drink enough of it daily. Hence the weight packs on and never gets flushed out properly.
    I had some pounds of my own to lose. I ditched sodas and everything else. Started drinking ONLY bottled water for an entire summer. SURPRISE! I lost a bunch of weight I couldn’t even begin to burn prior years.
    No miracle veggy, no miracle fruits, NO WEIRD IDEAS OF PUTTING ANYTHING IN MY WATER!
    … nope! Just plain water!
    Do I exercise? Not even a little! I walk daily, about 6000 steps (cell phone step counter).

    Enjoy your cucumber concoctions peeps!

  • rimsha

    cucumber n lemon water doesnt tastes good….

  • rimsha

    can i use some salt in it to tastes better?

  • Pulkit

    I’ve been drinking this for a couple of weeks now. The taste is refreshing and it sure has helped me in a lot of ways. I keep a 1L bottle with me at all times and it only gets better!

  • Lea

    I love juicing cucumber because it smells and tastes so refreshing, as well as infused waters. I can’t wait to try a few of your recipes that I do not have. Thank you.

  • Bob

    Do you suggest peel or not peel cucumber? Or lemon? Or anything with rind?

  • tita

    I am currently drinking alkaline water from my Kangen water machine. Does it affect if I use the alkaline water to infuse the cucumber, lemon and etc herbs? Please let me know.

  • Savsan

    Am currently drinking cucumber , mint, lemon water
    Can I reuse the infussion for second also
    Can I eat the infused things along with water

  • tyria

    I hear they say it’s good for aids how is that?

  • tdk

    I drink it now and again it great, I recommend it

    • First lady

      I’ve been drinking cucumber water with 2 cap fulls of acv & some lemon juice for the past couple of weeks and let me tell you, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done!!! The taste is amazing. I drink 4 16 Oz cups a day! Try it!!

  • Arkenna

    Can I replace the lemon with lime

  • temby

    wooow thanks for helping this is great,


  • Ann

    Use hot water or warm water?

  • zanele

    It works wonders for me. its true u wil alwats be dehydrated

  • Faith

    Guyz as I read these comment I am blessed with the cucumber issue.Cucumbers are mentioned in the bible in the Old Testament that Israels were crying for cucumbers they left in Egypt…theres something about cucumbers guyz!!!I love them.

  • Supply The Need

    Cucumber Water is working wonders in the lives of many people.
    One of our Community Members is loosing weight steadily since she began drinking different variations of the mixes over the past 5 months.
    Reportedly she looses 5lbs per month without Any other changes to her lifestyle.
    For some who Hate dieting, this is a great healthy option, with no down side.

  • Cecilia

    Thanks for the recipes

  • Cheryl

    As I read through the positive as well as the negative comments, I am encouraged, even inspired to drink more water again. I am supposed to drink a lot of water daily, due to health condition and have been faithful at it for years, but plain water has become boring. And to purchased flavored water is not an option for me. This sounds inspiring and I will pursue trying some of these suggestions. It is not about losing weight for me, although I would be happy with that! It is about what I need to keep doing to stay healthy while taking the prescription medicine! So, to address those with negative comments and opinions: it is not always that cut and dry. My life doesn’t fit anyone’s cookie cutter!

  • Sheree Mumblow

    I bought this, gave me chest pains, I go to facebook 10 times a day and you have different pictures, I will tell everyone what a scam this is until I get my money back….beware, you guys should not, should not have kept my money….People DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT!!!! DO NOT!!!! I will check facebook more and more just to get this point across…ypu messed with the wrong redhead…..

    • Debra

      To the person that said send me my money back. Hello, this is just cucumber, water, lemon, and whatever else you want to put in your water…. You shouldn’t have had to pay for anything

  • Nancy Erico

    Please send me the 5 recipe for cucumber water.

  • LENA

    Please send me the 5 recipes for the cucumber water.

  • soooni

    amazing my 2 kg reduced within one week absolute drink….thanks cucumber

  • jenni

    please, i want to know how cucumber water is prepared

  • fathima

    can u pls tell me i can drink detox drink per day one liter . its lose weight .

  • linda

    i take an english cuke, 3 carrots, 1 apple, some kale and a beet. talk about nourishment. drink to your health. create your own. add ginger. after juicing take leftovers and stir fry. juice to the source and stir fry for bulk for some who need that extra umphphhh. i use A BREVILLE juicer it was afordable

  • Cecily

    Today is my first day of drinking cucumber water again. I did years ago and it made me feel amazing. I let the cucumbers sit for 24 hrs in water refridgerated before drinking. I’m also loving your blog ♡



  • cori

    All the negative comments ummmmm doh! But the lovely, cucumber/lemons has vitamins that help us. This is the reason we are to add it. Geez
    Cant wait to try this tommorow

  • sybil hand

    I love water and also cucumbers I will start this tomorrow I need to lose about 10 lbs its bettr than taking pills I went to cvs today and looked at diet pills they vost too much this cc water is cheaper and safer

  • Kelly

    I always peel my cucumber and puree it before I add it to the water. Then I add *chopped or pureed) fruits or herbs. every other week I add chia seeds.

  • Lucy

    if you have spots does this help to clear them ? if so how long before I start to see the effect ?

  • kinhip

    Cucumber is healthy and most important, I can get it very cheap from where I reside in Malaysia.

  • Bparks

    Are we talking about whole strawberries or blueberries? Or should they be crushed?

  • Jane

    Most of the blogs I’ve read, lemon is the partner of water. It’s good to know that cucumber can be a great partner of water too. Because of this post, I’ve come to know many benefits of cucumber water. Thanks Carly!

  • nicole

    Most of the blogs I’ve read, lemon goes with water..

  • Judith

    Oh..this is so good. Thank you guys for sharing the info… Looking forward to starting today!

  • Allan Dampier

    What the devil, cucumber water? Really? Surely you’d get more out of it, if you drink water and eat cucumbers, what are the real benefits of drinking cucumber infused water.

    Guess I’ll have to try this, but I am going to eat the cucumbers after I am done, so I get all the good stuff anyway.

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