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 ways to solve common problems. I have selected the ones that pertain to your health.

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid (so important for EVERYTHING), Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon? Put down that caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber and get a quick pick-me-up that can last hours.

3. Want to avoid a hangover or a 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 that the body lost, keeping the equilibrium that will defeat a headache and a hangover!

4. Stressed out and don’t have time for massage or a visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water. The steam creates a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams!

5. You didn’t bring your gum or mints to your business lunch? Take a slice of cucumber from your salad 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 that are responsible for causing sour breath.

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