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10 Amazing Benefits of Cucumbers You May Not Know

10 Amazing Benefits of Cucumbers You May Not Know

​Who doesn’t love crunchy, juicy, refreshing cucumbers? I don’t know if this low cal, vitamin-packed, skin-firming food is a fruit or a vegetable and to be honest, I don’t much care. What I do know is that the amazing multi-purpose benefits of these cool cukes makes them worthy of an academy food award.

Being the 4th most cultivated vegetable in the world, we are fortunate that cucumbers are so accessible. This super-food makes for a perfect midday snack.

1.  They keep you hydrated

Cucumbers are 96% water, and the water content is more nutritious than regular water. If you are feeling dehydrated, munch on some cucumbers. They will also help you flush out toxins, so you can slice some up before bed to avoid a hangover.

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2.  Contain antioxidants

Cucumbers contain vitamins A, B, C which boost immunity and keep you looking fresh. The cucumber skin contains about 10% of our recommended daily dose of vitamin C, so try adding cucumbers to your juicer or smoothie for even more benefits.

3.  They’ll soothe your sunburn

If you like your cucumbers peeled, the skin can be used to relieve sunburn and mild skin irritations, just like aloe vera. Cucumbers are known for their cooling properties, which can also relieve heart burn.

4.  Use them in the spa

Cucumbers are often used topically to enhance skin function. The natural ascorbic acid and high water content within the cucumber act to help hydrate thin skin under the eyes; this is one of the oldest tricks in the book. The coolness from the fridge will also help contract blood vessels and reduce swelling.

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To diminish under eye bags, cut two thick slices and place them over your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes.

Cucumbers are also known to help inflammation and eczema, and they also tighten collagen, which can help remove cellulite.

To make a cucumber face mask use 1/2 cucumber and 1 tbsp yogurt. Peel the cucumber, puree with the yogurt, apply to your face and leave on for 15 minutes. Wash with cold water.

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Cucumber also smoothes hair and nails: silica is the wonder mineral in cucumbers, which will make your hair shiny and your nails stronger.

6.  Aid in weight loss

This is a healthy snack and beats grabbing a chocolate bar.

7.  Refresh the mouth

The photochemicals present in cucumber help kills the bacteria in your mouth that are responsible for bad breath. Just press a slice of cucumber in your mouth and hold it against the roof of your mouth with your tongue for at least 30 seconds.

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8. Assist in many bodily functions

  • May help lower blood pressure because it is rich in potassium and magnesium.
  • Help regulate uric acid, which aids in the prevention of kidney or bladder stones.
  • Beneficial for diabetic patients. Cucumbers contain a hormone needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin.
  • Helps digestive disorders, such as heartburn, gastritis, and even ulcers, can be cured by the daily consumption of fresh cucumber juice.

9.  Soothe muscle and joint pain

All the above discussed vitamins and minerals in cucumber make it a powerful fighter of muscle and joint pain.

10. Can be used to make cucumber water

Cucumbers are great in salads, smoothies and by themselves, but many people are discovering that along with all of the above benefits, cucumber water is a healthy, refreshing beverage. This treat used to be found at high-end spas but is fast becoming mainstream.

To make your own, simply cut up an organic cucumber into small slices, add purified water, and let it soak in the fridge overnight. In the morning, you can strain the mixture and remove the cucumber slices or you can replace the cucumbers with fresh ones if you want to make your drink look more appealing.

Optional: add a few mint leaves. Chop the mint up and let it soak with the cucumber chunks in the water overnight. Some people also like to add a few drops of lime or lemon juice.

Now I understand why they call it a super food! When trying to decide your next snack, will reach for the sugar filled cookie or the friendly, refreshing cucumber?

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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