Looking for a versatile and healthy vegetable (well, technically a fruit)?
Look no further than the cucumber!
This amazing fruit can do more than what you originally thought. From reducing blood pressure to shining your shoes, cucumbers can help improve your life in ways you didn’t know.
After hearing about all of the amazing uses and benefits that a single cucumber can provide, you’re going to fall in love with them.
1. Contains Essential Vitamins
Just one cucumber contains almost all of the vitamins that we need for our day:
- B1, B2, B3, B5, B6
- Folic acid
- Vitamin C
2. Good Source Of Electrolytes
If you’re feeling tired in the afternoon, try eating a cucumber instead of a caffeinated soda or coffee.
Cucumbers are a good source of those B vitamins and electrolytes. Which means they can provide a quick pick me up with a small amount of carbohydrates.
Just a little bit of those B vitamins and electrolytes can re-energize you and your cells for several hours.
3. Helps Reduce Blood Sugar Level & LDL Cholesterol
Cucumbers have been shown in studies to lower blood sugar by helping your pancreas produce insulin. They also found that it lowers LDL cholesterol.
4. Defog The Bathroom Mirror
If your bathroom mirror is fogging up and you’re tired of it, you can take a slice of cucumber and rub it across the mirror before you shower. The natural compounds inside the cucumber will eliminate fog and produce an aroma that will turn your bathroom into a soothing spa.
5. Reduces Bad Breath
If you suffer from halitosis, AKA bad breath, you may want to consider eating cucumber instead of a sugary mint or something with toxins in it.
The phytochemicals in cucumbers can kill bacteria. They enhance the saliva in your mouth that gets rid of bacteria that causes bad breath and cavities. Eating just one slice of cucumber after a cup of coffee or a meal keeps your breath fresh for the rest of the day.
6. Reduces Cellulite
Try taking a little slice of cucumber and rubbing it on the area where you have the cellulite for a couple of minutes. The phytochemicals in the cucumbers cause the collagen in your skin to tighten.
This prevents the breakdown of the elastin (what allows your skin to stretch and return to its original shape), that’s in the skin. It firms up the outer layer and it reduces the visibility of the cellulite, which works great for wrinkles too.
7. Reduces Hangover & Headaches
Eating a few cucumber slices after consuming alcohol will reduce your hangover in the morning.
When we make bad choices with alcohol, or we’re dehydrated and we’re not getting enough electrolytes inside of the body, we get headaches.
As mentioned above, cucumbers contain B vitamins and electrolytes like magnesium, which help restore and replenish the essential nutrients that the body loses.
Magnesium is one of the most powerful electrolytes to fight off a hangover or a headache in the first place.
8. Help You Feel Full Longer
Cucumbers have been used for centuries as a way to quickly curb hunger.
Cucumbers are nearly 96% water, very low in calories, and won’t spike your insulin levels. They make a really good snack because they make you feel full because of the water, but don’t take a hit against your metabolism and weight loss goal.
9. Shoe Polish?
Phytochemicals inside of cucumbers provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great, but can repel water as well.
10. Fix Squeaky Hinges
You can use a cucumber to fix squeaky hinges instead of toxic solutions like WD 40.
Try a cucumber instead and run it along the hinge and get some cucumber juice on it to remove the squeak from the hinge.
11. Reduces Stress & Lowers Blood Pressure
Feeling stressed out? Don’t have time for a massage or a facial or a spa treatment? Try juicing a cucumber. You can do this earlier in the day and take it with you for when you are stressed out during the day.
The chemicals and the nutrients from the cucumber, especially potassium and magnesium, have been shown to reduce stress and lower your blood pressure.
12. Removes Tarnish From Stainless Steel
Cucumber removes tarnish from stainless steel and brings back the shine, just like it would for your shoes. It won’t leave streaks and you don’t have chemicals on your fingers while you’re cleaning.
13. Removes Stains From Furniture and Walls
If you live with little kids like I do, and have marker or pen on the wall, cucumbers can help.
You can take the outside of a cucumber and rub it on the area, slowly erasing pen, markers, or crayons on walls that shouldn’t have been decorated in the first place.
Cucumbers are amazing. Share this with someone and tell them about the amazing benefits of cucumbers.
Cucumbers produce a ton of juice and they’re very reasonable to buy. I would recommend growing and juicing your own cucumbers if you can.