(NaturalNews) Cucumbers are the fourth most cultivated vegetable in the world and known to be one of the best foods for your body's overall health, often referred to as a superfood. Cucumbers are often sprayed with pesticides so it is important to buy organic or even better, grow them yourself.
Here are 10 Benefits of cucumbers:
1.Quick pick me-up - Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins. Put down your sodas and coffee and eat a cucumber slice.
2. Rehydrates body and replenishes daily vitamins - Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins. Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day. Don't forget to leave the skin on because the skin contains a good amount of vitamin C, about 10 percent of the daily-recommended allowance.
3. Skin and hair care - If you don't like to eat the skin, it can be used for skin irritations and sunburns as aloe would be used. Place a slice over puffy eyes and its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce puffiness. The silicon and sulfur in cucumbers help to stimulate hair growth.
4. Fight cancers - Cucumber are known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol. These three lignans have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer.
5. Home care - Eliminates a foggy mirror. Before taking a shower, rub a cucumber slice along a mirror and it will eliminate the mirror fogging up. Instead of WD40, take a cucumber slice and rub it along a squeaky hinge and your door will stop squeaking.
6. Relieves bad breath - Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.
7. Hangover cure - To avoid a morning hangover or headache; eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish many essential nutrients, reducing the intensity of both hangover and headache.
8. Aids in weight loss and digestion - Due to its low calorie and high water content, cucumber is an ideal diet for people who are looking for weight loss. The high water content and dietary fiber in cucumbers are very effective in ridding the body of toxins from the digestive system, aiding digestion. Daily consumption of cucumbers can be regarded as a remedy for chronic constipation.
9. Cures diabetes, reduces cholesterol and controls blood pressure - Cucumber juice contains a hormone which is needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin which has been found to be beneficial to diabetic patients. Researchers found that a compound called sterols in cucumbers may help reduce cholesterol levels. Cucumbers contain a lot of potassium, magnesium and fiber. These work effectively for regulating blood pressure. This makes cucumbers good for treating both low blood pressure and high blood pressure.
10. Promotes joint health, relieves gout and arthritis pain -Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, which is known to help promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues. They are also rich in vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium. When mixed with carrot juice, they can relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering the uric acid levels.
By Alexandra Du Toit, TRUE Earth Mama
NaturalNews, August 11, 2012
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Before I got into Young Living Essential Oils Mark and I were award winning but, struggling artists. We wanted to have the freedom of working from home so we expanded our part time jewelry design business. We worked at jewelry design marketing our flame-worked glass beads, copper enamel and gemstone designs in boutiques and art shows. What started out as fun became more and more difficult. It was a struggle to make ends meet. Depression set in making it more difficult to earn a living. When you are living off your income, you have to create art even you don't feel like it. Something we loved doing was becoming a drudgery, especially packing up everything and hauling it off to art shows. During that time we also did crappy jobs to fill in the extra income we needed. One job was working for an inventory company crawling around in stores counting inventory, usually in the middle of the night.
After a couple years of living like that, we were introduced to Young Living Essential Oils. It was not the business opportunity that got my attention at first. I knew about network marketing, in fact I had been in another company at the time that marketed herbal supplements. Nothing exciting there and I was not inspired to get involved with another network marketing company. What got me inspired with Young Living was the life changing products. I was suffering EXTREME depression. In fact, it was so bad I was wishing I could die. My mother, who had just started using Young Living products, knew how serious my depression was so she brought me her Essential 7 Kit and Abundance Oil to see if it would help.
The Essential 7 Kit had Joy oil in it but I was drawn to the Abundance Oil. Later I found out that, not only is Abundance oil designed to help attract abundance but I found that it is very mood uplifting, especially with things associated with money issues. Abundance oil smells wonderful. WOW! What a smell! The most awesome part is that within minutes my mood was lifted so much that I was singing and dancing around the house. Brandon lived at home with us back then but he was working at a graphics design company. He came home from work to find me singing and "acting weird." He asked if I was, "on something."
Since then, I have never returned to that level of depression. Yes, I occasionally have down days but never like I had back then. There are lots of oils that are mood uplifting. That is my favorite thing about the oils.
That is also where my Young Living Business started. My life changing experience ignited a passion in me for sharing these oils with people. I started thinking about how many people could benefit from the oils. If I could feel the shift within minutes, how easy it would be to put a drop of oils on someone who was depressed and help them feel a similar shift. That is so much easier than trying to sell herbal supplements that take weeks or sometimes even months for people to feel any changes in their body.
I still do my art for my own pleasure but it is not for an income. I love what I do with Young Living. I get to meet so many amazing people and have a part in changing people's lives.
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