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Some very interesting statistics and very handy hints about using cucumber:

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!! (Who knew?)

6.. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!! (Of course avoiding alcohol is the best choice : )

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

A friend just sent this to me as an email and I thought I would pass along these tips to you all!

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Comment by HippyDaisyChick on May 20, 2010 at 11:30am
Absolutely Fabulous!
Comment by Dennis Clark~ORFR~ on February 16, 2010 at 4:39pm
love cucumbers
Comment by Eva on February 16, 2010 at 2:03pm
This is fantastic :-). Can't wait to buy a cucumber and run around the house rubbing it on everything :-).
Comment by Jodi is Purely Nourished on February 16, 2010 at 5:34am
You are just full of useful tidbits- aren't you?! ;-P
Comment by Susan Stevens on February 15, 2010 at 10:26pm
I love, love ,love cukes! They have been a favorite since I was a child. Good to know about the wrinkles!
Comment by WhollyMeKB on February 15, 2010 at 8:58pm
Only God knew!!! haha!
Comment by Claudia Olivos on February 15, 2010 at 8:45pm
my grandmother taught us to rub cucumber peel on our faces while we prepared the dinner salad!
Comment by Jean on February 15, 2010 at 6:10pm
I love cucumbers and now I can use them for other things too.
Comment by kathleen on February 15, 2010 at 6:04pm
Never realized all the nutrients in a cucumber. I'll have to make sure to put one in my Green Juice!
Comment by Ann Harper on February 15, 2010 at 5:51pm
Talk about synchronicity! I was planning to post a recipe for an oriental cucumber salad I made yesterday. So it will be in the kitchen if anyone's interested...

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