Thursday, November 12, 2009
Benefit of Cucumber
The Amazing Cucumber This information was in The New York Times several weeks ago as part oftheir "Spotlight on the Home" series that highlighted creative and fancifulways to solve common problems. 1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just onecucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, VitaminB6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassiumand Zinc.2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick upa cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydratesthat can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing acucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide asoothing, spa-like fragrance.4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in asmall pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. Thechemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scentundetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee thearea.5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out orto the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problemarea for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause thecollagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducingthe visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slicesbefore going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumberscontain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essentialnutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both ahangover and headache!!7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbershave been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, tradersand explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation. 8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don'thave enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over theshoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not onlylooks great but also repels water. 9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice andrub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone! 10. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to thespa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, thechemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling waterand be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that hasbeen shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students duringfinal exams. 11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints?Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with yourtongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will killthe bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath. 12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainlesssteel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want toclean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine,but is won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails whileyou clean. 13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber andslowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons andmarkers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!! Pass this along to everybody you know who is looking for better and saferways to solve life's everyday problems..