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Cucumbers are really versatile!

CUCUMBERS are part of the gourd family called Cucurbitaceae.

They are usually consumed raw or pickled, and the leaves, stem and seeds are used in Asian cuisines. They also readily used in the cosmetic industry for lotions, soaps, shampoos and fragrances.

This green vegetable will not hurt your waistline, because one cup of slices has about 16 calories and 4 grams of carbohydrates, with only 2 grams of sugar. To maximise nutritional value, cucumbers should not be peeled when eaten.

Cucumbers have multiple benefits. They are high in nutrients with Vitamins C and K, magnesium, potassium and manganese. They are 95% water, and some people get as much as 40% of their water intake from the foods they eat. Being properly hydrated is important for many health aspects, and between the fibre and water of this vegetable, bathroom regularity can be helped.

This promotes detoxification and weight loss. They also contain antioxidants that help block free radicals. This can help reduce the risk of cancer, lung, heart and autoimmune disease. Some studies have shown that they may also reduce blood-sugar levels.

There are also some other interesting uses for cucumber. When the mirror gets foggy after a steamy shower, try rubbing a cucumber over the mirror to see clearly again. They can also help get rid of creatures in gardening soil.

They can also be used to tighten and firm skin. Some claim they get rid of cellulite. They might also prevent a hangover if eaten before bed, after having too much alcohol. They can be used to polish shoes.

Cucumber, when held on the roof of the mouth, can help reduce bad breath, when mints or gum aren’t handy. They can also remove crayon and pen from walls, which is handy if there are young children around! Cucumbers also clean stainless steel really well. It seems as though having cucumber on hand is a great idea. It’s definitely a versatile vegetable.

Cucumbers are easy to add to your diet and are readily available. They can be eaten raw, added to a sandwich, infused in water, pickled, eaten with goats’ cheese (a popular combination), or be used to make a cold cucumber salad.

Cucumber juice is also beneficial for people with teeth and gum problems, especially in cases of periodontitis, which is inflammation of the gums. Cucumber is a good source of dietary fibre, and this fibre massages the gums, and removes bad bacteria from the teeth.

The water content of cucumber acts as a diuretic. It encourages the elimination of waste products from the body through urination. Regular intake of cucumber has been shown to be effective in dissolving kidney stones, and maintaining a healthy urinary tract.

Eating cucumbers, and using them for other skin or beauty-related purposes, are great reasons for having them in your fridge. Making sensible food choices helps to keep you healthy, and home remedies save money.

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