Cucumbers are hugely underrated. Not only do they taste great, but with 95% water content they are amazingly hydrating—helping flush away toxins from your body. They also a number of other health benefits and other useful purposes.
• High in vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6, folic acid, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, silicon and zinc, just one cucumber contains most of the vitamins we need daily.
• Looking for an energy boost? Skip the coffee or soda and add a slice of cucumber to your water. All those vitamins will give you a boost.
• Cucumbers are great for your skin and help keep hair and nails strong and shiny (and cool slices over the eyes really does work!).
• Cucumber contain a cholesterol-reducing compound, called sterols, which may help reduce cholesterol levels as well as reduce uric acid, making them really kind to your kidneys too.
CUCUMBER TIP AND TRICKS
1Relieve headaches. If you have a headache or are looking to avoid the one as a result of a hangover, just eat a few slices of cucumber before going to bed. The next morning, the effects will be greatly reduced and you’ll awake clear headed and invigorated. All the goodness in cucumber helps replenish lost nutrients and brings things back into balance.
2Positively effect cellulite. Problems with cellulite (just like the rest of us)? Just rub a slice of cucumber on the problem area for a few minutes. The collagen in the skin compresses, stabilizing the top layer of the skin. The cellulite will not disappear, but the effect is visible! This also helps with wrinkles.
3 Freshen breath. Forget breath mints? After eating, using the tongue, press a slice of cucumber to the roof of your mouth, hold it in place for 30 seconds, and then chew it for good measure. The cucumber’s vital phytochemicals kill the bad breath causing bacteria and freshens your breath.
4 Prevent sun damage. As a perfect treatment to too much sun exposure, just apply freshly cut cold cucumber slices directly to the affected area. The peelings also provides excellent relief for skin irritations—just use it as you would aloe vera.
5 Aid in digestion. The high water content and dietary fibre in cucumbers is fantastic for flushing away toxins, thus aiding digestion (not to mention low calorie!). Adding cucumbers to your daily diet is considered an effective remedy for chronic constipation.
6 Curb hunger. Not only is it low calorie, it’s makes a great snack. One that will keep you from starving. Do as our ancestors did. Many hunters, traders or explorers took cucumbers as a portable meal to avoid starvation. I like mine dipped in olive oil with a sprinkle of sea salt. The perfect quick pick-me-up that lasts for hours.
7 Natural shoe polish. Important date? Hope your shoes are shiny clean. If not, simply rub a freshly cut cucumber over your shoes. As a result of the phytochemicals in the cucumber, your shoes will take on a lasting shine and will be (surprise!) water repellent.
8 Helpful around the home. Eliminate a foggy mirror—before hopping in the shower, rub a cucumber slice along the mirror. Voila. This will stop it from fogging up (and smells nice). Forget WD40, use a cucumber. Just rub a cucumber slice along the squeaky hinge and everything will be quiet. It’s also a great environmentally friendly sink and faucet cleaner. Sparkle, sparkle.
9 Effective steam therapy. Again no time for a massage or the spa? Then this helps. Cut up a whole cucumber and put it in a large bowl of boiling water and give yourself a facial steam treatment. Not only do the vital nutrients react with hot water and rise with the steam, but they generate a relaxing scent proven to relieve stress and anxiety—and the steam will improve circulation and bring a healthy, smooth glow to your skin at the same time.
10 Keep pests under control. For a natural home pest control use cucumber peelings—they make for an effective ant deterrent. Even more effective is to spreading cucumber peels on an aluminum tray. The phytochemical interact with the metal secreting a scent that will send those critters scurrying.