Friday, February 17, 2012

Cucumbers they say.....

13 ways the mighty cucumber can improve your life:

“1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need  every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3,  Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium,  Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.
“2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda  and pick up a cucumber.  Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins  and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for  hours.
“3. Tired of your 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.
“4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds?  Place a  few slices in
a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all  season long.  The  chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum  to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy  and make them flee the area.
“5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before  going out or to the pool?  Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers  along your problem area for a few minutes, the 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!!!
“6. Want to avoid a hangover or 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 essentialnutrients the body lost, keeping everything in  equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!
“7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge?
Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European  trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.
“8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize  that you
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.
“9. Out of WD-40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge?  Take a  cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the  squeak is gone!
“10. Stressed out and don’t have time for 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 with react with  the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing,  relaxing aroma that hasbeen shown the reduce stress in new mothers and  college students during final exams.
“11. 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  phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for  causing bad breath.
“12. 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 is won’t leave streaks and won’t harm you fingers or  fingernails while you clean.
“13. Using a pen and made a mistake?  Take the outside of the  cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on  crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!”

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