Superfood Secrets: The Cucumber

Posted: September 15, 2012 in Food and Drink, Outdoor Activities, Recipes
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The Cucumber

The Cucumber is my most Fascinating Vegetable

Why the Cucumber belongs on the Frontline to your good Health

The cucumber is one of the many vegetables that people just don’t get enough of.

This is a cucumber from my garden.

It’s true. The cucumber is probably the one vegetable that is totally useful – in & OUT of your body! The cucumber not only includes MOST of the important ‘B’ Vitamins, it’s packed with Calcium, Folic Acid, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, potassium & Zinc.

“Cucumbers contain Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 & B6
as well as Vitamin C”

Other useful things you can do with the cucumber, OUTSIDE of your body.

About three months ago, I discovered that cucumber slices can help prevent the fogging of the bathroom mirror when taking a hot shower.

It’s quite amazing! Take a cucumber slice & rub it all over the mirror. The oils that are in the cucumber prevent the mirror from fogging up, & we all know how convenient that can be.

This is about the size of an average cucumber that was grown from my garden.

Another fascinating fact about cucumbers is that
if you have a squeaky hinge, all you have to do is
rub a little cucumber in it and let its natural
oils lubricate it just as if you were spraying a
little WD40 on it.

Like WD40, the oils from a cucumber will not
harm or corrode the metal hinge. But unlike WD40,
the oils from the cucumber is safe for the environment – GO GREEN!

Sliced Cucumbers can Protect your Garden

A popular enemy of the common planting garden are slugs & grubs. These can give even the most experienced gardener a hard time. In fact, these bugs are next to impossible to get rid of without having to rely on harmful chemicals.

But not anymore.

Take a freshly picked cucumber & slice it up. Place the slices of cucumber on a pie tin & place it in the garden. A chemical reaction will begin to happen when the cucumber and the tin come into contact with each other.

Cucumbers can give you a Boost of Energy & help ease a Hangover

Feeling a little groggy in the afternoon? Eat some cucumber slices instead of ingesting all that caffeine from coffee & sodas. Cucumbers have plenty of ‘B’ Vitamins & carbohydrates that are natural pick-me-ups.

People just don’t believe that cucumbers can give them the boost they’re looking for. It may not come as fast as a shot of caffeine, but you can better believe it’s a lot healthier for you.

After a heavy night of drinking, and although there is NO SURE CURE for a hangover, eating a medium-sized cucumber before bed, just may improve your chances of avoiding that terrible hangover and even better – that dreadful headache.

Eating cucumbers will replace essential nutrients the body had lost due to alcohol because of the sugar, ‘B’ Vitamins, and electrolytes cucumbers contain.

Cucumbers as a breath mint?

Order a cucumber slice with your lunch

You can believe it. It’s been proven that there is enough phytochemicals in a cucumber slice that can kill the bacteria that causes bad breath.  Think about the money you’d be saving on “gas stationed priced” breath mints… Most restaurants won’t even charge you for just a slice of a cucumber – good ones anyway.

Cucumbers can help Reduce Stress

Boil a pot of water & add a bunch of sliced cucumbers in it. The nutrients and chemicals that are released in the steam have been proven to reduce stress when dealing with anxiety.

CLICK HERE FOR THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR A CUCUMBER STRESS RELIEF METHOD

Cucumbers on the Eyes

You remember seeing women on television and in the movies, when you see them laying in lounge chairs, wearing robes and towels on their head…right? Well, this is an actual cure that expensive spas use to treat wrinkles that form around the eyes and has been proven to work – naturally.

It’s not an “over-night cure” by no means, however, you should see results after about 4 weeks by simply placing a sliced cucumber over each eye for at least 45 minutes each night before bed…viola!

This has also been proven to treat cellulite. The huge amount of phytochemicals that each cucumber slice has is outstanding, and works wonders by tightening the outer layer of skin that can erase wrinkles, stretch marks and cellulite.

Cucumbers can Help Fight off Hunger

No more late night snacking that can quickly add the pounds to parts of the body you don’t want to.

Starving yourself on a regular basis is unhealthy both physically & mentally.

Being hungry most of the day can cause severe depression or make an existing condition worse. Eating sliced cucumbers can stop those hunger pings.

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