Tuesday, October 19, 2010

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 starvation.
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.
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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