They cost less than a dollar, but boy do they pack health punch. I’m talking about cucumbers.
What many people don’t know is that cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day. The fruit (yes, it IS a fruit) contains:
- Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6
- Folic Acid
- Vitamin C
Also, the skin of a cucumber is rich in fiber and contains many nutrients. It is completely edible, so be sure not to peel them, but of course first wash any fruit or vegetable you eat.
The Benefits of Cucumbers
Do you feel tired? Grab a cucumber. As a good source of B vitamins and carbohydrates, they provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.
Just finish a business meeting and realize your breath is not at its best? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath. They phytochemicals will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.
Do you have a terrible headache or feel like a migraine is coming on? 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.
“The guidelines are for us to drink eight glasses of water per day. However, we don’t need to get our intake from drink alone – foods can contribute towards our daily intake of water,” says Cassandra Barns, a nutritionist.
Looking to fight off those evening snack binges? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders, and explorers for quick meals to avoid starvation.
Are you 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 will react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress.
Who knew the simple cucumber had so many uses?
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