Don’t Dis’ the Cucumber!

July 31, 2013 in Health, Lifestyle, Living by Wendell Fowler

Cucumbers, a cylindrical green fruit, are in the melon, squash and pumpkin family. The green gems were originally cultivated in India around 3,000 years ago.

The much maligned cucumber, with the skin, contains most of the vitamins you need daily. So, wash ‘em, but never peel them. Why? Un-peeled cucumbers are 90% hydrating water and the skin contains vitamins A, C, K, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, Folic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

The fruit contains lignans that have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease as well as breast, uterine, ovarian and prostate cancers. Fresh cucumbers have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Isn’t our magnificent Creator generous?

Over imbibe and put a lamp shade on your head last night? Avoid a hangover by eating a few slices of cucumber before crashing and you should wake up headache free. Cukes contain many of the nutrients lost when you drink, leaving you refreshed and ready the next day. Of course in order to remember, you must to be conscious, not passed with your head in the swirling toilet bowl.

Keep your Temple’s weight balanced. When you get a snack attack, eat a few slices of cucumber. You’ll feel fuller longer so you won’t munch-out as much. In the middle of the day when you’re starting to experience an energy shortage, don’t reach for a caffeine energy drink candy bars or sugary soda. Instead, eat some cucumber or any fruit and vegetable. The B-vitamins and carbohydrates in fresh produce keep you energized for hours.

Breath so bad your teeth duck out of the way? Hold a cucumber to the roof of your mouth for 30 seconds.  Chemicals in the cucumber kill mouth bacteria that cause offensive breath. Bloated? Wash, but don’t peel slice a cucumber. Add the slices to a pitcher of ice water and drink down the refreshing, diuretic gift of creation. Refrigerate a few hours and you’ll have refreshing cucumber water.

Make Stuffed Cucumber Boats. Run fork tines down the entire length and circumference of the cucumber. Cut into 1-inch thick rounds; scoop out a hollow with a melon baller.  Fill them with anything from tuna, salmon or egg salads to salsa, guacamole or hummus. Add thinly sliced cucumbers to a sandwich instead of head lettuce. Blend chunks into your daily smoothie or discretely schmaltz up salsa with diced cucumber.

If you rub versatile cucumber on areas of your temple affected by cellulite, the chemicals in it should tighten the collagen in your skin, temporarily eliminating the cellulite. Stressed out? The steam from a boiling cucumber emits a calming scent shown to relax most stressed out people!

This summer, be cool as a cucumber.