Thursday, October 13, 2011

13 Things You Should Know About Cucumbers

I got these items (facts?) about cucumbers in an email and thought they were interesting. I don’t know if they are true or not, but thought I would share them with you.; Can you vouch for any of them?

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.
(I think this is true—cucumbers do perk me up.)
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.

(Don’t know if this will work or not, but must try it. At the very least, we get a pie out of it to get the aluminum pie tin!)
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 essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!
(This is a problem we don’t have since we don’t drink alcohol—guarantees no hangover!)
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 explorers 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 oil 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 will react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11) To remedy bad breath, 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 phytochemicals will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

(Who carries a cucumber with them?)
before cucumber treatment
after cucumber treatment

12) Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the faucet, sink or stainless steel you want to clean; not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but it won’t leave streaks and won’t harm your 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.
(I tried this with ink on paper and it didn't work--just made the paper wet.)

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Ann in the UP said...

Once again you made me laugh out loud. "At the very least we'll get to eat the pie from the pie tin."

I'm sure some of these work, but I'm skeptical about the cellulite cure. Well, I'm skeptical about all cellulite cures.

And as you said, who carries a cucumber around with them????

Daisy said...

Too bad it tastes so yucky!

Traci Marie Wolf said...

Wow, very interesting. I'll have to try those things. I have a hard time with cucumbers flavor, I hate them in salads but I have to eat them with chili and lemon.

BeadedTail said...

Those are very interesting facts! I might have to try them to keep the slugs from eating my flowers!

Rebecca Mecomber said...

I had no idea the cucumber was so useful! Some of the facts seem a little wild, though, like the pen eraser. LOL. Glad you tried it. I am always doing things like that--- testing to see if it's true.

Michel said...

I must say thanks to you.Every one must share such information which could give benefits to others.

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