By SOLA OGUNDIPE
Nature really does have the best cures for ill health in the form of herbs, vegetables and fruits. One particular fruit that does wonderful things for human health is the cucumber, which not only does great things for the innner body but it is beneficial for the body’s exterior as well. Apart from being a fruit that is great to eat, cucumber has other awesome uses.
Cucumbers are a great source of B vitamins. Apart from that, they are made of about 95 percent water, making them a great fruit to help hydrate the body. When the body gets good hydration, it can eliminate toxins, which is good for the kidneys and liver as well.
With their skin they possess the most of the amount of daily vitamins that a body needs, it is a good idea to eat them as snacks.
Cucumbers contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol; these are called lignans, and they work in combination to help the body fight off cancer. So, cucumbers have the ability to help fight ovarian cancer, breast cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer.
Cucumbers can also help with other issues as well. There is a hormone found in cucumbers that can help the pancreas produce insulin. Since that is a huge issue with diabetic patients, cucumbers could be beneficial to people who have diabetes. There is also a compound in cucumbers that can help lower cholesterol levels, and because cucumbers are rich in potassium, fibre, and magnesium, they can help a person regulate their blood pressure.
Cucumbers are very rich in a vitamin called silica that helps promote health, because it can give strength to connective tissues such as joints. Since that is the case, cucumbers can help people who suffer with ailments such as arthritis pain, joint pain and gout.
Good for digestion
For weight loss and digestion, thanks to its low calorie and high water content, cucumber is an ideal diet for people trying to lose weight. Numerous studies have been done that prove that cucumbers are also good for digestion, reduces cholesterol and controls blood pressure and even helps with hangovers.
Fibre in cucumbers are very effective in ridding the body of toxins from the digestive system, aiding digestion and preventing chronic constipation.
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 responsible for causing bad breath.
Promotes joint health
Promotes joint health, relieves gout and arthritis pain -Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, which is known to help promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues. When mixed with carrot juice, relieves gout and arthritis pain by lowering uric acid.
5 simple sore throat remedies
Everyone gets a sore throat now and then. Here are simple remedies that will make you feel better quickly and efficiently.
Echinacea: This wonderful herb comes in tea and supplement form and has been proven to work with the same efficiency and quickness as the over the counter alternatives. You can buy it just about anywhere.
Sea Salt Water: Many of us have heard tales of gargling salt water to improve a sore throat. It works like a charm!. Gargling salt water can soothe your throat.
Turmeric Tea: Turmeric is a natural healer for a lot of ailments, but one thing it does well is cure a sore throat. Why? It’s packed full of vitamins that help boost the immune system and cleanses the body.
Apple cider vinegar: Add this to tea with a little bit of honey and you’ve got a soothing warm drink that is sure to knock out your sore throat in a pinch. Steaming: This certainly helps. Take a warm shower, sit in the bathroom with the steam in full effect, or do a “steam tent” over a bowl of hot water to feel the relief.