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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Ban the Botox. Chew Celery Instead for Plumper Skin

Economizing can bite into your Botox budget but you can get plumper skin by eating a few stalks of celery a day.   Celery is rife with a magical mineral called silica.  This mineral helps the firmness and structure of your skin and makes nails and hair stronger.  Because our food is being grown in mineral-depleted soil (thanks to chemicals, fertilizers etc) we are gaining fewer minerals from our food.

Celery is one of the Dirty Dozen of foods grown naturally that are most vulnerable to absorbing chemicals.  Therefore, it is essential that you buy organic. Continue reading