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The Amazing Cucumber!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

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This information was in The New York Times several weeks ago as part of their "Spotlight on the Home" series that highlighted creative and fanciful ways to solve common problems. A few people have blogged this to continue to share this information and that is what I am doing...sharing it with you too!

1. VITAMINS ~ 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. A BOOSTER ~ 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. ANTI-FOGGER ~ 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. BUG-FREE PLANT ~ 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. CELLULITE QUICK FIX ~ 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. HANGOVER / HEADACHE FREE ~ 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 essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. AVOID SNACKING ~ 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. SHOE POLISH QUICK FIX ~ 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. SQUEAKY HINGE ~ 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. REDUCE STRESS ~ 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 has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. BAD BREATH ~ 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 photochemicals will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. CLEANING GREEN ~ 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. ERASE PEN / CRAYON ERRORS ~ 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!!

Can YOU think of any other use from a cucumber? Here's one I've used:
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TIRED, PUFFY EYES ~ Peel and slice cucumbers in a container of water and store in fridge. When tired and/or have puffy eyes, take two slices and drain most of the water and place one slice over each closed eye lids and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes - relax on a sofa or lounger. Dispose cucumbers and continue with your normal facial regimen.
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MEYLOSE 11/16/2009 9:12AM

    Is that why Bob the Cucumber in Veggie tales is so wonderful? look at all the things he has going for him.

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    Great information! I didn't know a lot of this. But yesterday I was reading about juicing raw vegetables and fruits--and the book said that cucumbers were a natural diuretic.

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RKSPICY 11/15/2009 10:11PM

    Ohhhhhhhhh Yeah no wonder I love them!!

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NAEBUG12 11/15/2009 9:30PM

    had no idea about this stuff! love cukes! thanks for sharing:)

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SPARKYCARLEY 11/15/2009 9:14PM

    Wow... who knew that cucumbers were so handy! lol Thanks for the info!

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CMBELISLE 11/15/2009 8:37PM

    I always knew there were good reasons to eat all those cucumbers I love so much, but all those other reasons??? Interesting!

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BROWNSTUF 11/15/2009 7:04PM

    Thanks for the good information

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JERSEYGIRL24 11/15/2009 6:56PM

    Thanks for sharing!!! I never knew all this.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/15/2009 6:54PM

    And to think, I just ate them all summer, lol.

Great blog! Thanks!!

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GNUATTITUDE 11/15/2009 6:22PM

    Very cool--thanks for sharing this.

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COSMIC_ENERGY 11/15/2009 6:13PM

    Gotta copy and keep this one--I LOVE cucumbers and everyone always says--they have no nutrition, they're all water. Now I can refute that idea. Thanks!

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LINDA25427 11/15/2009 6:00PM

    Really great information .Thank you hope you have a great week. God bless. emoticon

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WALKINGINGRACE 11/15/2009 5:56PM

    No kidding? I love cucumbers! Who knew something so unassuming could have so many uses. Thanks for the info.

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MYFEETHURT 11/15/2009 5:42PM

  Good heavens...and to think all I was doing was eating them! LOL Thanks so much. I will be copying this and emailing it to everyone. emoticon

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SUETINGE 11/15/2009 5:38PM

    I love cucumbers! I never realized they were so versatile, though.

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BARBARASDIET 11/15/2009 5:36PM

    Who knew?

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JUDY1676 11/15/2009 5:35PM

    I never imagined a cuke could do all these things!
Thanks for sharing!

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BARB4RICK 11/15/2009 5:23PM

    cool cucumbers! emoticon How about watermelon?

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NANCYLEE46 11/15/2009 5:23PM

    ty, ty


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    I love cucumbers! emoticon

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SEEMAINE 11/15/2009 4:56PM

    You're so amazing! Thank you for all of this wonderful information! You're the best! I love cucumbers and I'm going right out to get some for the week ahead! emoticon

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DIXIEDD 11/15/2009 4:56PM

    I didn't know it could be used for anything other than a salad. I'll have to try some of these. Especially the afternoon booster.

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SUNSHINEGB 11/15/2009 4:52PM

    Who would have thought?? Thanks for sharing

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ROSEAGG16 11/15/2009 4:51PM

    Wow...I had no idea..Great information

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SHUTRBUG1 11/15/2009 4:43PM

    Its true - you DO learn something new every day! Thanks for the blog.

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XINIXINIX 11/15/2009 4:40PM

    nuh uh!! Really? I'm going to have to add more of these to my grocery list!

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