Wednesday, 29 October 2014

23 Health and Beauty Benefits of Cucumber (Kheera)

Cucumber can be used to enhance your beauty naturally. The water content of cucumber is 96 percent, which contributes towards providing moisture to you.  It keeps the body hydrated. Cucumber tastes delicious. So, it is used all over the world for making a number of tasty dishes. Cucumber can make the body feel cool and refreshed.Therefore, cucumber should be used abundantly during the summer season. For instance, cucumber is used to make cold soup in Turkey. It is also used as a garnishing ingredient in salads. There are around a hundred various types of cucumber found all over the world. Two-thirds of the world’s cultivated cucumber is used for cooking and in salads. On the other hand, the rest of it is used to make sauces and pickles. Let's have a look on best health and beauty benefits of Cucumber.

23 Health and Beauty Benefits of Cucumber (Kheera)

1 . Keeps Your Body Hydrated

Cucumber contains 95% water and eating them is a great way to keep yourself hydrated. Not getting enough water can cause several problems as water flushes out all the toxins in your body.

2 . 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.

3 . Cure Acidity

Cucumber juice is alkaline in nature, owing to the presence of several minerals. This is effective in curing acidity by neutralizing the pH content. Besides being a cooling remedy, cucumbers provide soothing effects to gastric ulcers.

4 . 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.

5 . Diuretic

Cucumber juice is diuretic, encouraging waste removal through urination. This also helps in the dissolution of kidney stones.

6 . Cucumber and Olive oil

When combined with olive oil, cucumber works as an excellent cure for blackheads, acne, boils and other skin diseases. Due to the presence of vitamins A, B and C, regular consumption of cucumbers result in a healthy and glowing skin.

7 . Can Be Used to Prevent Hangovers

If the worst part about drinking alcohol for you is the early morning headache that usually accompanies it then there’s a way to avoid it. Nutrients like B Vitamins, sugar and electrolytes will make sure that if you eat a cucumber before going to bed, then the intensity of your hangover next morning will be significantly reduced. Here are some more hangover remedies that you can try.

8 . Turmeric, lemon juice and Cucumber Juice

Mix some turmeric and lemon juice with fresh cucumber pulp. Apply it on the face and leave it for 15 minutes. Wash it off after it dries. This will control oil secretion of the face.

9 . Remove Waste From Body

Studies show that consumption of cucumbers help in regulating uric acid, which in turn, are extremely useful for preventing the formation of bladder stones. They act as diuretics and thus, act as a cleansing agent removing wastes from the body.

10 . Could Help Prevent Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is an extremely scary disease to have as it takes a heavy toll on both the patient and the caregiver. According to researchers at Salk Institute for Biological Studies, a flavonol called fisetin present in cucumbers prevented progressive memory and learning impairments in mice.

11 . Reverse Tanning

Take a fresh Cucumber and blend it in a blender to make a fine paste. Add some lemon juice drops and 1 teaspoon of honey to it. Apply it all over the face and leave it for 20 minutes. Wash it off with tap water and pat dry. This face pack will help to reverse tanning.

12 . Water Retention

It supplies the necessary electrolytes and restores hydration of the body cells, thus reducing water retention.

13 . 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

14 . Puffy Eyes

Some people wake up in the morning with puffy eyes, probably due to too much water retention in the body (or having cried to sleep). To reduce the puffiness, lie down and put two slices of cucumber on the eyes for a good ten minutes.

15 . Aids in Digestion

You should eat cucumbers daily to help prevent many digestive problems like acidity, constipation, ulcer formation, etc.  The reason that your digestive system loves cucumbers is because it has high amounts of water that helps flush out the toxins, dietary fibre that clears the food stuck in your colon and an enzyme called erepsin that helps in the absorption of protein.

16 . 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.

17 . Source of B vitamins

Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins. Put down your sodas and coffee and eat a cucumber slice.

18 . Reduces Cholesterol

A cucumber contains zero cholesterol and if you are at risk of suffering from heart disease or have had heart related problems in the past, then you should definitely eat a cucumber a day. Additionally, researchers have found that a compound called sterols can help reduce cholesterol levels. Read about some foods that you can eat to beat cholesterol.

19 . Sunburn

When there is a sunburn, make cucumber juice and rub it on the affected area for a cooling and healing effect.

20 . Helps Reduce Stress

In today’s fast paced world it is easy to get stressed. This stress creates hormonal changes that can affect your body in several ways. Cucumbers are extremely rich in B Vitamins which help regulate the functioning of your adrenal glands and counters the harmful effects that stress can have on your body. Here are some foods that can help reduce stress.

21 . Skin Moisturization

Mix a teaspoon of oats wit cucumber pulp and leave it aside for half an hour. Apply it on the face and neck and leave it to dry for 20 minutes. This face pack is very effective for dry skin. You can also add honey to this face pack to moisturise the skin.

22 . Skin Conditions

The high amount of vitamin C and anti-oxidants in cucumber makes it an important ingredient in many beauty creams for treating eczema, psoriasis, acne, etc.

23 .  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.