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Cucumbers full of health benefits

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More than a thirst quencher

Eating cucumbers is an easy way to increase our water consumption. Under the crunchy thin skin, the pale green flesh contains about 95% water. One cup of diced cubes supplies about 90ml of pure water. Moreover, the dietary fibres regulate cholesterol level and support bowel regularity.

Cucumbers add potassium to our diet. Potassium promotes flexibility in muscles and regulates blood pressure. Together with its natural water, cucumber is the vegetable for sportsmen doing regular intensive exercise.

 

Eating cucumbers is an easy way to increase our water consumption.

One hundred grams of cucumber has 73mg of potassium. Though in no way comparable to banana (379mg in pisang berangan), it is as good as in watermelon (78mg) and green apple (83mg). Furthermore, cucumber has very little sugar and is low in calories. These features are of advantage to weight watchers and diabetics who prefer low-sugar or low-calorie food.

The manganese in cucumber promotes functions of nutrients, especially those of thiamine, ascorbic acid and choline to improve their absorption. Young people who often feel nauseous and have poor appetite, and those with skin rashes or suffer from loss of hair colour could have manganese deficiency. Including cucumber juice in their diet is a healthful tip.

Worry about preservatives?

Persons who are sensitive to sulphites may experience rapid heartbeats, headache or disorientation. Sulphite is a preservative commonly added to dried foods, dehydrated fruits and vegetables, pickles and wine. Some salad bars may use it to maintain freshness of their salads.

People who react to sulphite may have low levels of molybdenum which is needed to detoxify the sulphite. Other than black beans, cucumber can supply this trace element.

If you eat sausages and burgers regularly, it would be better for you to include cucumber in your diet. These foods may contain the preservatives nitrate and nitrite, which can lead to the formation of carcinogenic N-nitroso compound residues.

Cucumbers contain caffeic acid (3,4-dihydroxycinnaminic acid). It is a phenol antioxidant previously regarded as toxic but is now found to have anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties.

A radiant complexion

The combination of ascorbic acid and caffeic acid contributes to cucumber’s cool and soothing properties. They prevent water retention, reduce swelling and help soothe skin irritations.

Cucumber extract is popular among beauticians as part of facial treatment for rejuvenating skin and facial appearance. Ladies like to place cucumber slices on their eyes while resting to prevent puffiness under the eyes. The “coldness” in cucumber also reduces pain from sunburn.

Healthful juice

Potassium in cucumber helps in regulating blood pressure. Cucumber’s diuretic property also helps to rid your body of toxins. Its magnesium content relaxes nerves and muscles and keeps blood circulating smoothly. Cucumber juice is used as a folk remedy for treatment of kidney stones and hypertension.

The juice is also used to treat rheumatic conditions. Mixing it with celery and carrot juice to enrich the cucumber juice with other phytonutrients would result in a concoction that is more effective.

Do not peel off the skin

The thin cucumber skin is rich in fibre and contains a variety of beneficial minerals especially silica, potassium and magnesium. Silica is an important component of healthy connective tissue for stronger muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, intracellular cement and bone.

Do not peel off the skin; serve cucumbers with the skin intact. Soak and wash cucumbers to remove surface contact pesticides, or use those that are organically grown.

Curbing bitterness A common problem found in cucumber is bitterness. You might have heard the belief that cucumber grown on land that was previously planted with bitter gourd would be bitter.

However, the culprit is actually environmental stress. Wide temperature fluctuations, uneven watering (very wet, then very dry) and soil that is too acidic are possible reasons for cucumber to turn bitter.

The bitterness is due to the presence of cucurbitacin, which is more prevalent in the skin and just beneath the skin. Normally, bitterness is more concentrated in the darker green stem end than in the blossom end that is lighter green.

It can be very frustrating to find that the vegetable is too bitter for consumption. To avoid the bitterness you can peel off the skin, but only if you start peeling from the lighter end and stop about one inch from the stem end, then wash the knife and repeat peeling. Unfortunately, this also peels off the bulk of the benefits of cucumber.

Cucumbers are scientifically known as Cucumis sativus, which belongs to the same family as pumpkin, zucchini, watermelon and squash. The skin either ranges in colour from green to white, smooth or ridged depending on the variety.

Gherkins are the small variety best for making pickles. Pick the fruits that are firm for better eating quality.

Cucumbers are the fourth most cultivated vegetable in the world and known to be one of the best foods for your body’s overall health, often referred to as a superfood. Cucumbers are often sprayed with pesticides so it is important to buy organic or even better, grow them yourself.

Here are 10 Benefits of cucumbers:

1.Quick pick me-up - Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins. Put down your sodas and coffee and eat a cucumber slice.

2. Rehydrates body and replenishes daily vitamins - Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins. Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day. Don’t forget to leave the skin on because the skin contains a good amount of vitamin C, about 10 percent of the daily-recommended allowance.

3. Skin and hair care - If you don’t like to eat the skin, it can be used for skin irritations and sunburns as aloe would be used. Place a slice over puffy eyes and its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce puffiness. The silicon and sulfur in cucumbers help to stimulate hair growth.

4. Fight cancers - Cucumber are known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol. These three lignans have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer.

5. Home care - Eliminates a foggy mirror. Before taking a shower, rub a cucumber slice along a mirror and it will eliminate the mirror fogging up. Instead of WD40, take a cucumber slice and rub it along a squeaky hinge and your door will stop squeaking.

6. Relieves bad breath - Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

7. Hangover cure - To avoid a morning hangover or headache; eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish many essential nutrients, reducing the intensity of both hangover and headache.

8. Aids in weight loss and digestion - Due to its low calorie and high water content, cucumber is an ideal diet for people who are looking for weight loss. The high water content and dietary fiber in cucumbers are very effective in ridding the body of toxins from the digestive system, aiding digestion. Daily consumption of cucumbers can be regarded as a remedy for chronic constipation.

9. Cures diabetes, reduces cholesterol and controls blood pressure - Cucumber juice contains a hormone which is needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin which has been found to be beneficial to diabetic patients. Researchers found that a compound called sterols in cucumbers may help reduce cholesterol levels. Cucumbers contain a lot of potassium, magnesium and fiber. These work effectively for regulating blood pressure. This makes cucumbers good for treating both low blood pressure and high blood pressure.

10. Promotes joint health, relieves gout and arthritis pain -Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, which is known to help promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues. They are also rich in vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium. When mixed with carrot juice, they can relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering the uric acid levels

Sources for this article:

http://www.gardeningchannel.com/the-health-benefits-of-cucumbers/
http://www.healthonlinezine.info/15-health-benefits-of-cucumber.html
http://www.eatingwell.com
http://www.naturalnews.com/035719_cucumbers_anti-aging_vegetables.html

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  1. posted by Samuro on Mar 15, 2013

    Is there something that I can mix into a glass of water? Is there something that I can buy at a local store to help me that’s natural… Possibly something that I can drink or eat.

  2. posted by Marlon P on Mar 16, 2013

    With the new year I wanna loose the baby weight and just curious what u tried and actually work? Especialy curious on sensa and tummy tuck belt… I am excersing but have a busy schedule I recently started counting calories and it seems to be working . Let me know thanks !

  3. posted by Bryan J on Mar 17, 2013

    I’ m 4”11 and I weigh 134. My weight is suppose to be around 94 pounds to 115. But my goal is 124. I exercise 5 days out of the week and its has done me good, only 10 more pounds to go. But I am stuck, so I feel I need to start changing my eat habits. So is there any healthy plan’s I can do to drop the fat? And give my energy? Thank you.

  4. posted by Alun J on Mar 17, 2013

    I currently have a slow metabolism and its bad because I’m losing weight which isn’t good. Plus I have skinny forearms and big biceps / triceps and I feel self conscience about it.

  5. posted by ttocs on Mar 18, 2013

    I am in my early twenties and I am looking for a little bit of help in weight loss. I am looking for a good supplement to buy. I do not want something that just curbs my appetite, I would like a little help with that but also something that can help speed up my metabolism. Any ideas? Something that has personally worked for you or someone you know.

  6. posted by Jon P on Mar 18, 2013

    I’m 14 and about 5’5 and weigh 170 pounds and I’m looking to be in the 130-140 range, within at least 6 months. I’m a guy.

    I can get eating right straightened out, but I need some guidelines on how to exercise properly without stunting growth or anything. I only have a treadmill, and can’t get any other equipment, so what’s a good workout for each week?

    Thanks!

  7. posted by NC Baller on Mar 18, 2013

    I’m working with my little brother and I can tell he isn’t having much fun. He’d committed and turns me down if I ask him if he wants me to treat him to a chicken sandwich, which is good but either way he doesn’t seem to be having fun. Is there any tips you guys can give me to make his transition into a healthier lifestyle less unbearable? Thank you in advance to everyone that can help me.

  8. posted by ScRSC on Mar 18, 2013

    WIthout being hungry?
    And how much bad things can I eat per week?
    How much should I eat a day?
    Is it bad to make myself throw up? Im strongly thinking about it

    How long will it take before I see progress

  9. posted by The Inc on Mar 18, 2013

    I’m 13 and weigh 197. I would love to lose weight because it’s holding me back and people say it’s easier to lose when you’re young. So, any tips?

  10. posted by zigg3ns on Mar 18, 2013

    I am desperately searching for ways to improve my metabolism quickly, effectively, and easily. Any advice??

  11. posted by simply complicated on Mar 18, 2013

    I am seventeen years old and I want to lose A LOT of fat and have a flat stomach, toned thighs, etc.

    What is an everyday diet plan and exercise plan I can use? HEALTHY not harmful.

  12. posted by Erin on Mar 18, 2013

    Like how much did you lose and what did you change with your diet and excercise/lifestyle?

  13. posted by colingrillo on Mar 19, 2013

    I have a good treadmill and I want to loose 10kg and be toned in 3 months before my formal…
    I am a vegetarian and I don’t drink milk and butter.. Can you please give me a Exercise plan and diet choices :) thanks heaps!

  14. posted by liza on Mar 19, 2013

    What are the weight loss and muscle building supplements or drinks or pills to take that really work?!? Please help!

  15. posted by Marshal on Mar 19, 2013

    I am currently trying to lose weight and I was wondering what foods can and will help me with weight loss. I I am trying to lose weight I gained from an injury I am still suffering from. So please ensure that this food is not to heavy. The only exercise I can do know is some yoga and walking! Thanks!

  16. posted by kamikami on Mar 19, 2013

    I’m running for 30 mins everyday.. After that I lift weights. I take monohydrate creatine… But I get hungry and end up eating a lot… What can I do? What can I eat? What can I take?

  17. posted by Bryan J on Mar 19, 2013

    For my final science project, I am taking the blood pressure of 6 students, three males, and three females. I hope to conclude whether the students blood pressure is higher in the morning before school, or after school in the afternoon.
    My only issue is, that I have to tell how it applies to science. Does anyone have any idea of how blood pressure would apply to science?

  18. posted by Kevin on Mar 20, 2013

    Or at least, not exercising much.
    Thank you!

  19. posted by Scott W on Mar 20, 2013

    I eat alot and i want to lose weight but i also want to feel full.
    I cant stand dieting and still feeling hungry all day. -__-
    help

  20. posted by nothin_nyce1 on Mar 21, 2013

    im 150 lbs, and im planning to lose weight. About how much weight will i lose in 3 months, if i do these 2 of these exercises everyday, 5 days a week?

  21. posted by Mackenzie P on Mar 21, 2013

    Started personal training but it made my thighs bulkier. I only want to lose a few kilos but my aim is to slim down my thighs, flatten stomach, burn fat on arms and tone all over. I work full time (8:30am-6pm) every day and study full time so can only really manage to go 2-3 times a week. What are the best things to do? Run on the treadmill? Classes? Weights?

  22. posted by brincks26 on Mar 21, 2013

    Im going on a diet soon and im confused about how much i should exercise a day. Im going to be working out 6-7 days a week. but how many calories should i actually be burning a day to lose atleast 10 pounds a month?

  23. posted by Milk84 on Mar 21, 2013

    This is what I eat most days, about a hand full of lettuce, 1 carrot, 1 tomato, 3-4 medium sized mushrooms, a little bit of onion, some cucumber(like a quarter of a cucumber), a little bit of capsicum, 1 banana, 1 mango, 1 apple, 1 pear, 1 kiwi fruit. Is this good nutrition?
    I forgot, I also eat almonds some days, like 6-8 almonds.

  24. posted by Andre on Mar 21, 2013

    Currently, I eat about 2000+ calories everyday but most of it is just sweets. I feel so fat all the time but I don’t want to starve so I figured I’d bring it down to the bare minimum to 1200. Is it okay to do that and exercise for an hour?

  25. posted by Muzahid on Mar 21, 2013

    Im just really sick of the salad and celery.

  26. posted by have faith on Mar 21, 2013

    What foods should one eat to get slimmer faster along side a cardio workout? I have heard about eating 6 small meals a day 2-3 hours apart but what should those small meals consist of? What is a good nutrition plan/recipes that one can eat every day?

  27. posted by jordenkotor on Mar 21, 2013

    I play basketball all the time. Like, but my coach says im relly good but i would be unstopable if i was more athletic.

  28. posted by Dana G on Mar 21, 2013

    I am about 15 pounds overweight and lost weight last summer but have gained it back. Is there any healthy ways you can make homemade supplements to increase metabolism or ways you can eat differently so small portions won’t decrease metabolism? I will be continuing to exercise but I would like to see results faster and loose weight. I am still growing so I don’t want anything harmful. Thanks so much :)

  29. posted by Brody S on Mar 22, 2013

    I eat 1200 calories a day and I weigh 150. Every time I go on the treadmill I crank up the incline to 12 and walk 3.5mph. How long should I be on the treadmill every day to reach my goal? I really wanna lose weight preferably in a month but 2 months is ok with me just as long as I drop some pounds! Please help!!!

  30. posted by Dr Dorian on Mar 22, 2013

    I’m 16, female … I look good but I’m too heavy (130lbs) ! I just want to loose 10-15 pounds … But I don’t have much fat ! I started intense workout but I’m afraid that if I work out I will just turn it all to muscle and since muscle are heavier than fat I’ll get even heavier ! So, are there any types of food to avoid if you want to loose weight !

  31. posted by Chester on Mar 22, 2013

    My friends always baked them and eat at the times until they run out. I don’t to eat with shells on. I like to eat , but I am afraid to get fat from it.

  32. posted by Erfan on Mar 22, 2013

    I just started the 17 day diet cycle 1 today. What are some good recipes and rules or tips for cycle 1?

  33. posted by Xavier Hawthorne on Mar 22, 2013

    I already eat well enough, I’m just a lazy a$$.

    I’m 14 and I was planning on coming home everyday after school taking a 2 mile jog. Then I would come home and do 25 situps 4 times and 15 pushups 4 times (gradually increasing the number as it gets easier to do them). How long would it take me to lose 40 lbs with this workout?

  34. posted by Harriet W on Mar 22, 2013

    I’m on the depo provera & I’ve been going to the gym for the past few months religiously. Since it’s near impossible to lose weight on the shot I now find it pointless to go to the gym considering it has done absolutely nothing… & I’d just rather wait until I go off of the shot (end of july) to start working out and losing the 10lbs I’ve gained. Is eating healthy for right now okay to maintain my weight? I don’t want to gain anymore.

  35. posted by xLittle21Yaox on Mar 23, 2013

    I eat healthy and I go to the gym about 5 days a week. I take noxipro to get that extra pump in their. I really what to burn the fat fast what can I do?

  36. posted by Wooooody on Mar 23, 2013

    I have tried acai berry and colon cleanse combination, hydroxycut, lipozene, metabolife. And while i was on these i either did a 1000 calorie a day diet or weight watchers. I want a fat burner that actually stays true to the title as a fat burner. Im the biggest i have ever been and i need extreme work done

  37. posted by Armas on Mar 24, 2013

    I was on anxiety medication, which caused me to go from 130 pounds to 150. I am coming off my medication and would like to lose this weight! I know someone on Jenny Craig, any other ideas I can look into? Thanks!

  38. posted by Ev dog on Mar 24, 2013

    Im really down in the dumps lately. i want to get in shape before my 30th birthday. however i have not had the energy to exercise. i have just been having bad luck lately. my car is on its last leg. someone broke into my apartment. i found out my now ex boyfriend who works with me was fraud and enjoys hurting me. i heard the butt bible workout plan works really well.

  39. posted by Gabriel Kenney on Mar 25, 2013

    What are some good exersizes to loose weight? I want to loose weight on my thighs and my stomach especially.

  40. posted by Oilers on Mar 28, 2013

    Is the south beach diet the most effective? If not, what is? And also, what is the most effective ab workout? Obviously crunches, but what type of crunches?

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