Cucumbers – A Fat Magical Wand – Wave It Inside and Out for Health and Beauty

As the summer heat wilts your skin, your smile, and your appetite, focus on cool fruit and vegetable snacks.  My favorite summer skin refresher is the cucumber.   The more I learn about cucumbers there more astounded I am by all of its magical properties. Who knew?!

Cucumbers, scientifically known as Cucumis sativus, belong to the same botanical family as melons (including watermelon and cantaloupe) and squashes (including summer squash, winter squash, zucchini and pumpkin).  I became addicted to them thanks to the innovative cooking of the Serbian grandmother of my child.  At every meal grandma serves a cucumber salad. Sometimes the cucumbers are chopped and mixed with plain yogurt, dill, lemon juice and olive oil and sometimes with mint and feta.

Cucumbers are an excellent palate cleanser and refresh the mouth and breath.  (They are also a fantastic flirtation-starter for those of you who like to send a suggestive message to the opposite sex in the vegetable aisle of the store… Though some men may wilt when faced with the more intimidating specimens of Cucumis sativus, a little fondling of the impressive cucumber may rev your engines…And who knows what could happen then?)

But why are they so magical?? Here are 30 reasons:

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Look Younger in 2 Days with this Quick, Easy and Inexpensive Fix

The other day I had lunch with an older friend of mine.  She is mid-fifties – vivacious and animated – but I’ll be damned if she didn’t suddenly look much younger to me.  I’d never seen her looking that good.  A life-time of sun, cigarettes and cocktails had taken their toll.  I mused it must be her energy and lithe, athletic figure which made her seem so – effervescent.  But she had always been slim and vivacious.  Then, it struck me.  It was her teeth!  They were a sparkling white.  Cautiously, I inquired.  Readily, she confirmed my suspicions.  But what really surprised me was how she’d polished ‘em up.  She claimed it cost her only 5 CHF ($5.59).

Getting your teeth whitened in NYC is expensive.  Even if you had the customized tooth tray made by your dentist (like me) the whitener is pricey.  And tooth whitening boutiques are usually around $500 a pop.  Now, put yourself in Geneva, Switzerland and multiply any service you get in NYC by three and you have the Swiss price – I’m not kidding. Continue reading