Then I continue my exciting discovery journey through this world of vegetables and the next stop will be, cucumber.
How much do we know about this elongated, green and watery "sly dogs"?!
It is not just a cucumber, but there are 30 species within the family of cucumberplants. It has probably been grown in India since 4000 - 5000 years ago and apparently came to Sweden in the late 16th century.
Vegetable or not is the question! .... When you open a cucumber, you see lots of small grains so someone says it tells you that cucumber is a fruit. well there you see .... never late to learn something new :)
Many years ago I was like "obsessed" with cucumber, I could eat several a day and felt like a labrador dog when I walked into a shop and it started watering in my mouth as soon as I saw a cucumber.
That's so weird...and why this "obsession"?!
I knew it wasn't that I had bad breath because then there was a good trick a friend of mine taught me... my friend told me if I kept a slice of cucumber pressed against the palate about 1/2 minute with my tongue so starts the phytochemicals in the cucumber to kill the smelly bacteria… intresting!
The cucumber also counteracts a swollen stomach.... But no, that's not why I was a little crazy... When all this was going on, I had a tough period after the car crash, the pain and everything, I have to learn about my body and everyday life that had to work, which it hardly did at the time. Things that I took for granted that I could do before the accident and that we might do normaly...
The worry and sadness that was balling around with me day in and day out when I realized that life had taken a new turn!
At this point to eat food and getting vitamins to my body was not on my map and the next step was to go and talk to a dietitian.
Then finally a candle went up... my values were primordial simply, the body screamed for nutrition and vitamins and since I did not understand it myself, my body had to grab it myself , therefore my "obsession" out of cucumber ...
But i thought that's just water.
No said dietician, in the garbar shell there are chlorophyll which is bound to vitamin B1 B,2, B3, B5, B6 and vitamin C.
And also Iron, Zinc, Phosphorus, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and 95% Water. WHAT!!!!
Can you hear more.... trace of the allmino acids glycine and glutamine. High-level content of enzymes and coenzymes, over 50 trace minerals that make it a great intermediate system for the neurotransmitters.
Very good to know if you are plagued by neurological disorders and anxiety.
The cucumber's 95% water is a perfect antidote for dehydration because it moisturizes us at the deepest cellular level.
A refreshing vegetable/ fruit that cools an overheated liver.
If you eat cucumber scans daily, it helps to counteract liver damage, even working against the effect of up to 15 years of exposure to toxins (heavy metals, the pesticide DDT) and a lack of diet.
Antipyretic because it has a cooling effect on the organs and gland. Drinking a cucumber juice releases magical substances that dampen the fever. (like water on the fire)
* Since the cucumber cools down the body's organs, you can keep in mind that if there is someone around you who has problems with their mood, anger, irritated, sour, prepare yourself with some cucumber slices and bid on them....
* Always peel conventionally grown freelance cucumbers so you don't get the wax on your shell.
But do not throw the cucumber shells, the waxed coating found on the cucumber can remove ink... like an eraser ...
* If you burned yourself in the sun too much, put a cucumber slice or mashed cucumber in that area.
Fun to know is also that there can be 20 degree difference between the inside of a cucumber and the temperature that is outside, imagine what nature can arrange.