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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Importance of Cucumber

The Amazing Cucumber

This information was in The New York Times several

weeks ago as part of their "Spotlight on the Home"

series that highlighted creative and fanciful ways to

solve common problems.

The Amazing Cucumber

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need

every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1,

Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6,

Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium,

Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the

caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers

are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates

that 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 a cucumber slice along the

mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a

soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds?

Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden

will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in

the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a

scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests

crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite

before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or

two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few

minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause

the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the

outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite.

Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache?

Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and

wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers

contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to

replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping

everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover

and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening

snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for

centuries and often used by European trappers,

traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and

you realize that you don't have enough time to polish

your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the

shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable

shine that not only looks great but also repels water.
9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge?

Take a cucumber slice and rub 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 the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber

and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals

and nutrients from the cucumber with react with

the boiling water and be released in the steam,

creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been

shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college

students during final 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 your tongue

for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the

phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth

responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets,

sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and

rub it on the surface you want to clean, 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 while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside

of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen

writing, also works great on crayons and markers that

the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

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