Reasons Why You Should Consume Cucumbers On A Daily Basis
Cucumbers are very delicious vegetables and they are a constituent part of numerous kinds of salads. Apart from being delicious, they are also very healthy because they provide one’s body with nutrients that are essential for one’s overall health.
“Like watermelon, cucumbers are made up of mostly (95 percent) water, which means eating them on a hot summer day can help you stay hydrated…With vitamin K, B vitamins, copper, potassium, vitamin C, and manganese, cucumbers can help you to avoid nutrient deficiencies that are widespread among those eating a typical American diet…Plus, cucumbers contain unique polyphenols and other compounds that may help reduce your risk of chronic diseases and much, much more.” (Dr. Mercola, 9 Health Benefits of Cucumbers)
Raw cucumbers, together with their peel, contain potassium, vitamins K and C and are a great source of phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, pantothenic acid and vitamin A. They also have very low levels of sodium, cholesterol and saturated fats.
Whenever you feel extremely tired, you can skip caffeine drinks and eat some cucumbers instead, because these are a good source of B vitamins and carbohydrates.
Simply rub some cucumber slices on your bathroom mirror before having a hot shower and you’ll get two things- you’ll have a great spa-fragrance and your mirror won’t fog.
Say goodbye to bothersome pests by placing an aluminum pie tin filled with cucumber slices, or more exactly cucumber peels, in your garden. As eHow’s contributor Rhonda Abrons explains: “Adding cucumber peels to an aluminum pan or soda sets off a chemical reaction that repels harmful grubs, beetles and even cockroaches in the garden, lawn and around the home.” (eHow: Do Cucumbers Produce Gas and Aluminum)
In addition, cucumber slices will help you fight against cellulite and wrinkles. Cucumbers are great for your skin because “the natural ascorbic acid and caffeic acid within the cucumber act to prevent water retention in the skin. This reduces swelling under the eyes and helps the skin heal from sunburn, inflammation, and eczema.” (TruthWiki) They “are also very effective when eaten and applied topically for removing unwanted cellulite. Cucumbers act to draw out excess fluids and tighten collagen which has the effect of a natural cellulite reduction.”
These delicious vegetables are also a great cure for headaches and hangovers caused by alcohol consumption. This is so because cucumbers are rich in vitamin B, electrolytes, and sugar, all of which can help your body stay balanced. All you need to do is eat a cucumber before you go to bed and the next morning you’ll wake up refreshed.
Cucumbers have zero calories! So, if you’re looking for something that will satiate your hunger without making you gain weight, cucumbers are the ones you need.
Who would’ve thought that cucumbers could serve as shoe polish? Yes, it’s true – when rubbed on shoes, cucumber slices can make your shoes quite shiny.
If you ever run out of WD-40, you needn’t worry because you can use cucumber slices instead. Just cut some cucumber slices and rub them on the hinges, or any other area you want to lubricate.
Whenever you feel that you’re stressed, cut a whole cucumber into slices, place them into a container and pour boiling water over them. The steam from the boiling cucumbers has been found to reduce stress, as well as calm and relax the senses and muscles.
No one wants to give a bad impression to someone else by having a bad breath, right? Therefore, if your breath smells bad, take a cucumber slice and press it with your tongue against the roof of your mouth. The phytochemicals contained in cucumbers will drive bacteria away and as a result you’ll have a fresh and nicely smelling breath.
You can also use cucumber slices to clean sinks, faucets, stainless steel, as well as to restore their long-lost shine.
Last but not least, cucumber slices will help you erase crayon, marker, and pen writings. Simply, rub some cucumber peels on them and you’ll solve the problem right away.
- (2014, August 23). 9 Health Benefits of Cucumbers. Retrieved June 12, 2015, fromhttp://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/08/23/health-benefits-cucumbers.aspx
- Abrons, R. (2015). Do Cucumbers Produce Gas and Aluminum. Retrieved June 12, 2015, from http://www.ehow.com/info_10009725_cucumbers-produce-gas-aluminum.html