Monday, November 28, 2011

Another Stress-buster From Nature: the Cucumber

We all know that Feel5ive will relieve stress and help us stay on an even keel. But what if you want an activity you can do that will help you focus on unwinding and letting go while it soothes you?

First step: head to your refrigerator or the grocery store… for a cucumber.
You probably already know that sliced cucumber on your eyelids can relieve tired eyes, but did you know that cucumber steam can relieve anxiety?

Tests have shown its effectiveness, so why not give it a try – especially since the cucumber steam will give your face a skin-smoothing, beautifying treatment at the same time.

Just cut up a whole cucumber and put it in a pot of boiling water. Then breathe.

Here are three more ways that cucumbers can help you relieve stress:

1. Avoid stinky breath by cutting a slice and use your tongue to hold it on the roof of your mouth for about 30 seconds.

2. Avoid hangovers the morning after those holiday parties by eating several slices before going to bed.

3. Snack on low-calorie, vitamin-rich cucumbers before the party to help avoid over-indulgence in those calorie-laden treats that make you cry when you see them resting on your hips come January.

We might have to label the cucumber a "super food."

We all know that cucumbers are low in calories, so are a good snack food for those trying to avoid weight gain. Now you know they'll help you relieve stress.
But did you know that they contain most of the vitamins you need every day? A cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

Meanwhile, be sure to tuck that bottle of Feel5ive into your purse or pocket – for those stressful moments when you're away from your kitchen.

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