Friday, October 28, 2011

FYI - Cucumbers: The Miracle Worker

  • Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins needed every day. Just one cucumber contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium & Zinc.
  • Feeling Tired in the afternoon? Pick up a cucumber for a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that provide a quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.
  • Tired of 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.
  • Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite?  Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes.  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!
  • Want to avoid a hangover or a terrible headache? Eat a few 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 a horrible day after.
  • Out of WD40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge and voila! The squeak is gone.
  • 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.
  • Stressed out and don't have time for a 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 react with the boiling water and are released in the steam creating a soothing, relaxing aroma shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students during exams.
  • 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 phytochemicals will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.
  • 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 it won't leave streaks and won't harm your fingers or fingernails while you clean.

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