Whether you enjoy eating them on their own or prefer them in a salad, cucumbers are a nutritious and delicious option at nearly any time of the day. In the same family as squash, pumpkins, and watermelon, this health-packed fruit is made up of a remarkable 95% water.
Among their many benefits, cucumbers protect the brain, combat inflammation, and help prevent cancer.
But aside from their dietary perks, cucumbers are also powerful in a number of unexpected ways — and I’m not just referring to their cooling touch on your eyelids.
1. Reduce Cellulite & Wrinkles
Cellulite and wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process, but thanks to the unrealistic expectations of the beauty industry, they are feared rather than accepted. If you have them and would love to reduce their appearance, cucumbers may just be the best solution. Rather than opting for a chemically-laden cosmetic, rub thick slices of cucumber along the affected area for a few minutes.
The phytochemical in the cucumber tightens the collagen and firms up the outer layers of your skin, ultimately reducing the appearance of cellulite and wrinkles. For other natural alternatives to conventional beauty products, be sure to check out The Natural Beauty Solution.
2. Bring Shine Back to Your Stainless Steel
Most of us have at least one stainless steel appliance, and unless it’s brand new, it likely doesn’t shine as bright as it once did. Rather than opting for one of the chemical-based cleaners from your local hardware store, why not harness the power of cucumber?
Simply cut a thick slice and rub it against the area you would like to restore. It should remove any signs of tarnish and revitalize the appliance with a shine that rivals when you first bought it.
3. Polish Your Shoes
A nice pair of dress shoes can be costly, and all it takes is one mistake for them to become scuffed and scratched beyond repair. While shoe polish was invented to help remedy this reality, it was also formulated with many hazardous chemicals.
For a healthier and more eco-friendly option, choose cucumbers instead. Simply rub sliced cucumber over the weathered area and watch as your shoe’s shine is renewed. As an added bonus, the cucumber will make them slightly water-repellant, too.
4. Combat Bathroom Condensation
Like a warm bath or a hot shower? Combat the condensation these cleansing rituals create by rubbing slices of cucumber along any surfaces that tend to fog up. Not only will this prevent cloudiness, it will also infuse your bath with the refreshing aroma of cucumber.
5. Battle Headaches
Thanks to their high levels of water, vitamins, and electrolytes, cucumbers can replenish many of the nutrients your body needs to overcome a pounding headache. Simply eat at least half of a full size cucumber before bed and go to sleep as normal. In the morning your headache should be gone.
6. Conquer the Urge to Snack
Snacking between meals or before bed is a bad habit that most of succumb to at least once in a while. Rather than turning to that bag of chips or candy, why not opt for a much healthier cucumber?
It may not seem as immediately appealing, but cucumbers have actually been used for centuries to stave off hunger.
7. Keep Your Garden Pest Free
Growing a garden can be challenging enough, and there is nothing more frustrating than successfully growing a fruit or vegetable only to discover a tiny critter has already been munching on it.
Keep your garden pest free by placing aluminum cans with cucumber slices inside around the perimeter of your growing zone. The cucumber and aluminum react together to create an environment that most bugs will want to avoid.
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