Did you know cucumbers are
- A fruit, as they contain seeds
- And they belong to the Gourd family
- They are one of the most healing mucus-free raw foods, you can add to your plate or glass!
It is a dying breed, the seed, and seeds are the SEED of life
Many a fruit are being hybridized. We are being sold seedless fruit, which is just about as far from nature as you can get. The more man tampers with nature, the more disconnected we become from nature. Problems will incur with our wellbeing. Nature is not to be tampered with. We will never know everything about nature because that’s how it is meant to be.
The CUCUMBER was something my Dad used to grow them in abundance when we lived in Nigeria. I remember going to the vegetable patch, many a time, especially early evenings to help him to grow veggies and fruit. We ate the Cuke nearly every day as they were cooling for the body. I remember choosing to eat, intuitively, I must have known they were good for me. They help eliminate the dampness, I was prone to being of a Kapha Ayurvedic constitution. You will often notice, that a lot of young children like munching on cukes. Especially, when they are eating a high mucus forming diet.
Did you know during the Victorian period, they often ate their sandwiches filled with cuke in the summer, for this very reason, served with a cup of tea; both having a supercooling effect on the body system.
Here are some interesting facts about the cucumber:
- Doctors, or physician priests, of ancient Kemet (Egypt), began healing practices that were world-renowned (a medical system that was developed over 3000 years). They used the flowers of cucumbers with other ingredients to regulate urination
- According to Chinese records, the cucumber was introduced to China around 100 B.C. (during the Han Dynasty. The first recorded medicinal use of the cucumber was in the 7th century. In Chinese medicine, the cucumber is considered to have: heat-dissipating ( removing damp heat), and therefore having diuretic and detoxifying; and also laxative effects. Its major uses include the treatment of excessive thirst (often caused by excessive damp heat); a sore throat; laryngitis; acute conjunctivitis, and burns. In most Chinese homes, however, whether eaten raw or cooked as a soup, the cucumber is used only for keeping cool in summer
- In Chinese medicine: the fresh and dried forms of roots are used for diarrhea and dysentery; and the stems for dysentery, urinary disorders, and sores
- Cucumber stems have recently been used clinically in China for treating high blood pressure . Extracts of cucumber seedlings were also effective in treating high blood pressure and for treating tapeworm and are effective for reducing inflammation
- It is also used for treating painful acute conjunctivitis using a traditional Chinese remedy using a well-ripened cuke
- Raw cucumbers contain large amounts of water (95%). The rest is made up of about 1% protein; 3% carbohydrates; minor amounts of fats (0.1%); minerals and vitamins – none in unusually high concentration. One cucumber contains: Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, and Zinc
- Their bitter taste is due to compounds known as cucurbitacins, one of which has been found to have# antitumor effects
- In Chinese Medicine, the energetic property of the cuke is cool and particularly works on the kidneys & stomach (and spleen) meridians. Now you can now understand why it does what it does what it does when eaten. I have often advocated many a client who suffered from kidney imbalances; such as kidney stones or high blood pressure etc, to drink the juice or eat cucumbers. They will pee a lot. Eliminating evil dampness and toxins; such as uric acid, and excess acidity, PLUS reduce edema, from around the eyes, the ankles and more.
Cucumbers really work on the JING energy
- The enzyme Erepsin which the cute contains, is also found in the intestinal juices! It helps to break down excessive proteins in the kidneys. Jing energy. Erepsin is produced and secreted by the intestinal glands, in the ileum, and the pancreas. The cucumber helps the pancreas to produce insulin! So it has a beneficial effect in regulating the blood sugar levels. Quite an amazing cool gourde
- If you are feeling zonked or tired then put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a Cuke! Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and healthy sugars that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours
- Are you looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Then get out a cuke to thwart off hunger pangs
- Cucumbers contain phytochemicals. 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 phytochemicals will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath
- Beauty and the skin. Silica is an essential component that helps to maintain strong, and healthy connective tissues including muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and bone. The phytochemicals such as vitamin C, and silica content in the cucumber, cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Add a cute to every juice for longevity. It also works great on wrinkles too, by rehydrating the skin. Also, the cucumber skin contains a high proportion of vitamin A which is excellent for mucous membranes and the skin
- Cukes also contain electrolytes. If you have had too much to drink and want to avoid a hangover, then eat a cucumber. Cucumbers contain enough healthy sugar: B Vitamins, and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost. A cuke helps with equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache
- Cucumbers contain living water. Living water is full of spare electrons. Learn more on the SoulBodyDetox.com nutrition page
- Looking for a green or eco way, to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Then take a slice of cucumber, and rub it on the surface you want to clean. It will remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, and won’t leave streaks
- Are those grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Try placing a few slices of cuke in a small tin, in your garden and it 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
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