Cucumber: Be beautiful inside and out

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BEAUTY BENEFITS: Cucumber can also grated and applied to skin Photo Credit: Shutterstock

THE humble cucumber is a summer must have offering a number of health and beauty benefits as well as helping to beat the heat.

The vegetable is made up of 95 per cent water and is therefore incredibly hydrating with the added bonus of helping to detoxify the body.

It can even treat bad breath.

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During long, sweaty days and punishing heat, it’s important to take care of your diet and while certain foods that can ensure you stay cool from inside, others may end up aggravating your body and increasing your body heat.

Cucumber is one of the recommended daily additions to the plate, cleaning the body internally and keeping skin healthy and beautiful on the outside.

With its high water content, the veggie is an effective system cleanser that can expel waste products.

While it’s doing its work on the inside, it can be put to use on the outside, too. It’s no secret that cucumber soothes and refreshes the skin.

When applied to the face, the juice can make skin look refreshed. It is especially great for people with dry skin.

Slices have been used in many beauty treatments, and are particularly effective in reducing dark circles and treating puffiness around the eyes. You can even put grated cucumber on your face for a fresh skin. Simply put them on your eyes for eight to 10 minutes daily.

Not as many people know this, but cucumber helps in reducing excess heat in the stomach, which is a primary cause of bad breath. Just holding a piece of cucumber in your mouth can kill the bacteria that cause stinky breath.

And while the green vegetable, available all year round, is a complete beauty food, and is not just great for the skin, but also for the nails and hair. It can help in reducing tanning and the silica in the vegetable can promote hair growth and make your nails stronger.

  1. Promotes Weight Loss

High in fibre and low in calories, the cucumber is a great snacking option for people wanting to reduce weight.

And, owing to its high potassium, magnesium and fibre levels, is effective in controlling blood pressure.

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