Homegrown vegetables are cost-effective and safer alternatives for consumption when compared to the store-bought ones. One such vegetable you can grow in your balcony or garden is the cucumber. Being a summer vegetable, it needs plenty of sunlight. Once you find a good sunny spot, proper care is needed for about 60 days and your cucumbers will be ready for harvest.
The cooling effect of cucumber makes it a favorite summer sack. But, is it safe to rely on this crunchy veggie too much? If you have cucumber beyond moderation, its diuretic effect may harm you. Sometimes, cucumbers cause bloating and indigestion. And those who are allergic to ragweed pollen may have reactions when they eat cucumbers.
Cucumber can help you with belly fat loss. Thanks to its high water (95%) and fiber content, it can flush out toxins, rev up your metabolism, and combat possible underlying causes like bloating, water retention, and constipation. Its flavonoids can slash the bad cholesterol (by 86%), triglyceride (72%), and glucose levels. Try it out as a raw snack – 0.5 cup of cucumber slices has zero fat and just 8 Cal. Or juice it with lemon, ginger, and aloe vera.
In traditional medicine, crispy cucumbers have been loved for centuries. This cool and refreshing veggie can fight countless ailments, from tummy troubles and anemia to cancer and diabetes. The pulp can even offer anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. You can also eat cucumber for hydration, bone strength, and a glowing complexion. If you have a urinary tract infection, the seeds and pulp may even help. The seed oil can also ward off insomnia. Is there anything this vegetable can’t do?
Cucumber is the solution to everything from acne and scars to laugh lines. It halts the breakdown of elastin and hyaluronic acid which firm up and hydrate the skin and build collagen, keeping the skin moist and supple and fighting signs of aging. Slather its juice on before sunbathing to stay away from sun tan and keep the skin cells undamaged by UV rays. And two slices of cucumber on your puffy, tired eyes can work wonders.
Blend 1 lemon, 1 cucumber, 1 tbs grated ginger, 1 tbs of aloe vera juice, a bunch of cilantro/parsley and ½ glass of water until smooth and drink before bedtime. This drink boosts your metabolism rate and burn fat as you sleep. Cucumber and lemon flush fat and toxins respectively, while ginger eases digestion and parsley/cilantro is rich in antioxidants.
Dark underarms are caused by shaving, regular use of hair removing creams, excessive sweating, poor ventilation, accumulation of dead skin cells, and use of alcohol-based deodorants. You can use potatoes, cucumber, lemon, baking soda, and orange peels to whiten your dark underarms. They all have a natural bleaching agents in them.
Scientifically known as Cucumis sativus, cucumbers share the same botanical family, Curcubitaceae, as melons and squashes. In a technical sense, cucumbers are actually fruits, and not vegetables and are found in a large number of varieties, shapes and sizes. They are broadly divided into three basic types: slicing, pickling and[.....]
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