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Overview

Benefits of Cucumber And Its Side Effects

Cucumbers consist of 95% water and this makes them an ideal hydrating and cooling food. Cucumbers have anti-inflammatory flavonol called fisetin that appears to play an important role in looking after your brain health. There are polyphenols called lignans in cucumbers that may help to reduce the risks of breast, uterine, ovarian and prostate cancers. The cucumber extract helps to reduce unwanted inflammation. It does so by inhibiting the activity of pro-inflammatory enzymes. Being low in calories and high in fiber, cucumbers are ideal for both weight loss and digestive health.

Benefits of Cucumber And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Cucumber
Nutritional Value of Cucumber
Health Benefits of Cucumber
Keeps you hydrated
Keeps your skin healthy
Helps to manage diabetes
Reduces risk of cancer
Helps to relieve pain
Aids in managing stress
Takes care of your heart
Reduces bad breath
Helps in digestion
Helps to keep your body healthy
Uses of Cucumber
Side-Effects & Allergies of Cucumber
Cultivation of Cucumber

Cucumber

Belonging to the same family as zucchinis, watermelons, pumpkins and squash, cucumber (scientific name – Cucumis sativus) is a creeping vine that bears cucumiform fruits that are used as vegetables. Different varieties of cucumber are grown in different region and they are either eaten fresh or pickled. However, there are three main varieties of cucumber: slicing, pickling and seedless. Pickling cucumbers are generally smaller than slicing cucumbers. Cucumbers are available all round the year.

Nutritional Value of Cucumber

Consumption of cucumber can be extremely beneficial to you health and especially so during summer since they are mostly made of water and other important nutrients that are beneficial for our body. They are excellent sources of Vitamin K and molybdenum. They are also rich in pantothenic acid, copper, potassium, manganese, Vitamin C, phosphorus, magnesium, biotin and Vitamin B1. Cucumber contains silica, a trace mineral that helps to strengthen our connective tissues. They also contain ascorbic and caffeic acids which prevent water loss and so, cucumber is applied topically to burns and dermatitis.

Health Benefits of Cucumber

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Cucumber
Health Benefits of Cucumber

Keeps you hydrated

Cucumber can be a great remedy for dehydration, especially during the summer months, as it is mostly made of water and id full of essential electrolytes. Adding cucumber to water is a great way to increase water consumption.

Keeps your skin healthy

Cucumber contains silica which helps to develop strong and healthy connective tissues in the muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage and bone. Thus consumption of cucumber helps you get healthy and bright skin. Cucumber is rich in water and this helps your skin to stay hydrated. Cucumber extract is also used to treat various skin ailments like sunburn and swelling under the eyes. Ascorbic acid and caffeic acid present in cucumber also prevent water loss from the body.

Helps to manage diabetes

Cucumber possesses a hormone that is required by the beta cells during insulin production and, thus, has been useful for diabetic patients for many years. The carbohydrates in cucumber can be easily digested by diabetic patients and this helps to keep blood sugar in check.

Reduces risk of cancer

Cucumbers contain polyphenols called lignans which may help to reduce risk of breast, uterine, ovarine and prostate cancers. They also have phytonutrients called cucurbitacins which also have anti-cancer properties.

Helps to relieve pain

Cucumbers contain flavonoid, which are anti-inflammatory, and tannins. They help to fight the harmful free radicals that roam in our body. Elimination of free radicals lowers the risks of any illness plaguing our body and, hence, gives us relief from pain and discomfort.

Aids in managing stress

Cucumber contains multiple B vitamins including Vitamin B1, vitamin B5 and Vitamin B7. These vitamins help to deal with feelings of anxiety and also reduce some of the damaging effects of stress.

Takes care of your heart

Cucumber has potassium that helps to reduce blood pressure levels. A proper balance of potassium, both outside and inside the cells, is crucial for the body to function properly. Potassium, being an electrolyte, must maintain a certain concentration of in order to carry out its functions. This may include interacting with sodium to help control nerve impulse transmission, muscle contraction and heart function.

Reduces bad breath

According to the principles of Ayurveda, consumption of cucumber helps to release excess heat in the stomach which is the primary cause of bad breath. Placing a cucumber slice on the roof of your mouth helps you to get rid of disease-causing bacteria.

Helps in digestion

Cucumbers are rich in the most important elements which are required for digestion: water and fiber. You can meet your daily requirement of fiber by adding cucumbers to your juice or salad. Cucumbers may also help you to suppress the acute symptoms of acid reflux. Cucumber skins contain insoluble fiber which adds bulk to your stool and helps you to eliminate undigested food more easily.

Helps to keep your body healthy

Cucumber juice helps to cure rheumatic conditions caused by accumulation of excess uric acid in your body. Gout and eczema can be cured by regular intake of cucumber juice. Cucumber can be beneficial for those having lung or stomach problems. It also promotes muscle flexibility while the magnesium content of cucumbers ensures proper blood circulation and also relaxes your nerves.

Uses of Cucumber

Including cucumber in your diet can prove to be beneficial in a number of ways. It helps to manage diabetes, lowers blood pressure, prevents constipation, reduces risk of kidney stones, keeps body healthy and functioning and provides you with a bright and glowing complexion.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Cucumber

Inspite of its beneficial effects, consumption of cucumber has its fair share of side effects. Cucumber contains toxins like cucurbitacins and tetracyclic triterpenoids which can prove detrimental if consumed in large quantities. Cucurbitin, a mild anti-diuretic, is present in cucumber and excess of it can leave you highly dehydrated. Excess intake of Vitamin C, present in cucumber, can reverse its actions and make it act like a pro-oxidant rather than an anti-oxidant.

Cultivation of Cucumber

Cucumber was cultivated in ancient India about 400 years ago. Later it spread beyond the Indian borders and moved through ancient Greece, Rome, Europe, America and China and eventually became the fourth most cultivated vegetable in the whole world. Cucumber is viewed as an integral part of the cuisine of many cultures. In a few other places, it is regarded as bringer of diseases.

Cucumber is a warm season crop and it grows best at a temperature between 18-24 degree temperatures. Loam, silt loam and clay loam are best for getting a higher yield. However, it is cultivated both as a summer and a rainy season crop and the seed is son according to the type of crop.

Popular Questions & Answers

I have small external Hemorrhoid I don't know how to get rid of this and I'm not comfortable to share this to my doctor please help me.

MS - General Surgery
General Surgeon, Pune
It is a common occurance. Generally there could be small fissure beneath that. If the area gets inflammed it swells in size and causes pain. One good measure to avoid its occurance is to Avoid straining at motion. Avoid getting hard motions. Have plenty of fibers in the diet. Eat lots of carrots, cucumber and greeen leafy vegetables.

I have constipation hard stool and uncomfortable feeling. I drink daily water also more. I am taking deviry nature care powder .but I have no relief from this.

MD Hom., Certificate in Food and Nutrition, BHMS, Diploma In Yoga
Homeopath, Indore
A change in diet can help keep the stools regular and soft. Eat more fiber, such as fruit and vegetables like carrot, cucumber, sprouts, and switching your cereal breakfast to bran. Water is the best drink, so increase water consumption. And avoid caffeine. Taking fibrous diet will reduce the incidence and severity of constipation. Include ¼ Papaya in your diet daily. Drink warm milk at night take early morning luke warm water with honey and lemon homeopathic treatment should be started, if above changes in diet plan doesn't gives relief, consult us.

Is there any ointment or cream for curing discoloration on face. I am 28 years single and my T zone is bit darker than the rest and what type of treatment should I undergo.

BHMS
Homeopath, Hooghly
Ointment which cure this have some adverse effects,,I will advise u to go for natural way of curing this,,apply alovera gel extract ,use atta as a scrubber,,apply fruit pack take 1 pc apple 1 pc tomato 1 pc carrot 1 pc papaya 1 pc cucumber make a paste before applying add honey and few drops of lemon juice,,
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My issue is with my weight unlike other people my diet is not heavy and m not into fast foods also but still the past years carelessness is causing me alot. I went for thyroid test and I do not have it but its on alarming so started gym in locals being a student I did not find much best place but I needed someone to have eye on me so that I do it. O asked the trainer if he can help me out with diet but he just verbally told what to eat and what not to which I know but how to eat so that I stay healthy and can follow that diet for future not being on some strict diet which will help me in weight loosing now but afterwards again gaining. I seriously want to be healthy and ready to step towards healthy life. I want at least to loose 13-17 kgs in 4-7 months I will not push in wrong direction but I need consult.

BHMS
Homeopath, Hooghly
If you didn't get any gym don't worry do regular jogging, do push ups ,do some exercises which burn more calories you can easily find it in Google, now for diet take lemon juice and honey in warm water, take green tea with oats biscuits, in breakfast take 2 boiled eggs oats, fruits of your choice, then around 12 pm you can have a fruit, take one big sized cucumber before taking lunch, in lunch have one bowl rice, daal,veg, fish or chicken, in the evening have some nuts like almonds, walnuts, sprouts, soaked chic peas with ground nuts, in dinner have one roti or oats with green salad, I think it is very simple diet chart to take.
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I have spots in my face I used the spots removal cream but not changes in my face.

BHMS
Homeopath, Hooghly
Apply honey with sugar solution,,apply cucumber juice,,use atta as a scrubber,, use cold milk as a cleanser,,apply milk and honey to ur skin,,apply alovera gel extract,,this will help
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Popular Health Tips

Empty Stomach - 8 Food Types That You Must Avoid!

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, Diploma in Diet and Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Empty Stomach - 8 Food Types That You Must Avoid!

Do you know not all foods can be consumed on an empty stomach? So, it is imperative that you should be aware of such foods and restructure your breakfast menu accordingly. Here is a list of foods to avoid on an empty stomach.

Stay away from the following foods when you eat after a considerable gap

  1. Citrus fruits: Citrus fruits contain fruit acids. When these acids enter an empty stomach, they can lead to heartburn. Hence, if eaten after a prolonged period post meal, a person is at risk of gastritis and stomach ulcers.
  2. Soda: Consuming cold soda drinks on an empty stomach may cause damage to the mucosal membrane while reducing blood flow to the stomach. This may lead to a slow digestive process and difficulty in the abdomen.
  3. Spicy foods: Spicy foods are known to cause irritation and damage to the digestive tract, and are especially not recommended for people who suffer from acid reflux issues since very spicy food leads to consequences such as acid reflux in the food pipe.
  4. Cucumber and other green vegetables: Green vegetables and cucumber are rich in amino acids. If consumed on an empty stomach it may very well lead to pain and bitterness in the upper abdomen.
  5. Tomato: Tomato is a fruit containing high levels of tannin. Tannin causes acidity in an empty stomach and leads to consequences and appearance of gastritis if frequently consumed in such a manner.
  6. Fermented milk products: Fermented milk products such as yogurt typically come with loads of health benefits being full of probiotics. But if consumed on an empty stomach it can interfere with the balance of healthy bacteria as the hydrochloric acid produced tends to be destructive.
  7. Sweets: Items such as candy or sweetmeats contain high levels of sugar and cause a sudden and sharp surge of insulin levels in the blood. Over a long period, this has a bad effect on the pancreas.
  8. Products containing yeast: Edible items such as biscuits, puff pastry, vinegar and beverages such as beer and wine contain yeast which can significantly irritate the stomach and cause bloating.

So, be a little conscious and avoid consuming these items on an empty stomach since a little effort goes a long way. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Pickle Shots - We Bet You Never Knew How Beneficial They Are!

MD - Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Visakhapatnam
Pickle Shots - We Bet You Never Knew How Beneficial They Are!

Pickles are considered divisive foods and different people are always at varying ends of their pickle-enjoyment spectrum. While most people love them, some do not love them at all. But regardless of whether you like them or not, you should include them in your daily diet to receive a wide range of health benefits. Most people are intimidated by the thought of having pickle shots, but they will not just zing up your taste buds, but also offer a host of benefits for your health.

Why should you have pickle shots?

  1. Have quite a few nutrients: There are tons of benefits of drinking pickle shots which includes relieving muscle cramps and help you stay hydrated during workout sessions. Pickle shots can inhibit electrically induced muscle cramps and the sodium and potassium content work as the electrolytes that you lose while sweating. The calcium chloride and potassium present in pickle shots is readily absorbed by the body which makes it an absolute necessity for athletes and fitness freaks. Moreover, it is free of fats which makes it an essential replacement of sugar-loaded sports drinks. If you are a regular sufferer of PMS, it will help you in easing salt carvings. But since pickle shots contain vinegar, it is quite acidic, and thus you should avoid taking them on empty stomach.
  2. Rich in antioxidants: Pickle shots are rich in antioxidants which can combat cancer-causing free radicals. This is especially true in case of cucumber pickle shots which is rich in Vitamin A and E. The antioxidants not just help in preventing free-radical damage, but the nutrients are better absorbed by the body owing to the acidic nature of the pickle shots.
  3. Improves gut health: Moreover, pickle is a form of fermented food which proves to be effective for the digestive system and improves gut health. Vinegar helps in relieving bad breath, and thus, you can have pickle shots to freshen up breath.
  4. Controls blood sugarLast but not the least, pickle shots can help in controlling blood sugar. If you have type 2 diabetes, then pickle shots can regulate blood sugar levels after a meal.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Dialysis - What To Eat & What To Avoid?

FISN, FISPD, MD - General Medicine, MBBS, DM
Nephrologist, Delhi
Dialysis - What To Eat & What To Avoid?

A dialysis diet is a special diet that is customized for patients who are or will be starting dialysis within a short period of time. Such a diet is prepared to reduce the waste and fluid levels that keep on accumulating between the dialysis sessions so that the patient remains healthy for the process to be carried out seamlessly.

What can you eat?
Eat foods which are rich in high-quality proteins (poultry, fish, lean meat and egg whites).

What can’t you eat?
Eat less of foods which are rich in sodium and phosphorus.

Foods high in Sodium
1. Use minimum salt in preparing the dishes; this helps control BP and probable weight gain that might happen between the dialysis sessions.
2. Make use of spices, herbs and other salt-flavored enhancers.

Meat
1. Patients on dialysis need to include more of high-quality protein foods in their diet. This will help regulate blood protein levels. Eat about 10 ounces of foods rich in high-quality protein every day.
2. 1 egg, ¼ cup of ricotta cheese, ¼ cup of tuna.

Salads/Vegetables

  1. The potassium content of vegetables can be alarming for a patient on dialysis. Eat 3 servings of vegetables that are low in potassium every day. These include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, garlic, cucumber, eggplant, celery, radishes, etc.
  2. Avoid vegetables such as beets, potatoes (in any form- wafers or wedges), winter squash, cooked spinach, pumpkin, asparagus and avocado.

Note:

  1. Although seeds, nuts, peanut butter, lentils, dried beans and peas are rich in protein, they are generally struck off from the diet plan because of their high phosphorus and potassium content.
  2. You can have moderate amounts of grains, bread and cereals.
  3. Try and not have brown bread and other whole grains as they are loaded with phosphorus.
  4. Usually, 5-10 servings of these are considered sufficient for patients on dialysis.
  5. Also, limit intake of milk and other dairy products.
  6. ½ cup yoghurt or ½ a cup of milk is considered safe. Also, remember that all varieties of milk- skim, whole and low fat, have the same amount of phosphorus.
  7. All fruits contain some amount of potassium. However, some of them contain more potassium than the others. Limit your intake of fruit juices.
  8. Avoid or limit fruits like: 
  9. Orange juice and oranges
    • Kiwis
    • Prune juice and prunes
    • Dried fruit and raisins
    • Melons
    • Bananas

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Cosmetics Benefit Strong, Powerful and Well-Adjusted Men

MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Cosmetics Benefit Strong, Powerful and Well-Adjusted Men

They'll benefit for you too and here's why

There is still a misconception that only women use cosmetics. Here's news that won't break your heart or bank balance. Smart, successful and famous men use cosmetics too. They know that it enhances them physically, aesthetically and emotionally. It will be good for you too.

Debunking the myth

Before committing yourself to using essential cosmetic products designed and manufactured specifically with men in mind, you need to rid yourself of the notion that it is unmanly to use cosmetics. Since its earliest introduction, confident men have used cosmetics unashamedly with full knowledge of its inherent value to them.

Why masculine men should be using cosmetics

Active men sweat a lot, burning more calories than the average desk worker or couch potato. And have you ever wondered why famous sportsmen are so handsome? Now you know. The use of cosmetics stretches well beyond just making a man look good. It benefits his skin and improves the skin's ability to discard excess waste tissue.

Health and beauty benefits

Well-known actors use cosmetics not as a form of vanity but as an essential tool of trade. Often overlooked are the health benefits. Rugged men of the past have been guilty of not taking care of their skin, sometimes with unforeseen and even deadly consequences!

Health

Many products are geared towards enhancing the longevity of men's skin. Some products are recommended by registered dermatologists who specialize in healing damaged skin cells that require rejuvenation. Short of dermatological advice, guys can read the product labels of their new cosmetics packs or consult with in-store beauticians or pharmacists on how to use the products correctly.

Oily skin - It is not uncommon for grown men to have severe cases of acne. Many men, however, still have extremely oily skin usually caused by increased physical activity and daily stress. But, for those who do have acne, it is recommended that they use cosmetics which contain a solution of benzoyl peroxide.

• Spots - Soft, skin-friendly cleansers which don't burn and are ideal as after-shave balms, contribute healthily towards reducing or eliminating horrible looking blemishes which are caused for a number of reasons related to improper skin care.

• Sun scares - One essential addition to the cosmetics pack should always be a form of good protection against the sun's UV rays. For this, a good sunscreen with an SPF 20 rating (or higher) is recommended.

Beauty

So guys, what are the most welcome benefits for you? Remember those health benefits. Keeping your skin healthy will also contribute towards a younger-looking you. Looking your best will lead to more opportunities with the ladies. More importantly for some, your personal appearance - clothing and clean-looking skin tones - will rub off well in the boardroom.

Three good choices

Men new to cosmetics can take heart that not much is needed to refresh them in a healthy, glowing way. The bare essentials are all that are needed. As basic, entry level products, men should look out for cleansing products, lotions and gels which contain a combination of healthy, natural ingredients which take care of a number of typically masculine toiletry needs.

• Cleansers - Look out for cleaning products that contain natural ingredients such as cucumber and green tea. An effective gentle moisturizer will contain glycolic acid which originates from sugar cane. For those with oily skin, soap-free solutions that contain salicylic acid are recommended.

• Sun factor lotions - The recommended lotions will greatly reduce the risks of skin cancer while exfoliating the skin. Two key ingredients to look out for in your anti-UV pack are the minerals titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. They act as militant blockers which can absorb the sun's rays.

• Gel - By now, most men know that gel is much better than conventional shaving creams. Look out for gels which contain natural ingredients such as lemon and orange extracts. It works nicely as a cure for razor burn.

Eco-choices for the man of the future

Apart from looking after himself, today's modern man cares more about the environment. Now that he has his own, small range of cleansing cosmetics to work with, he has discarded hundreds of harmful chemicals traditionally found in soaps, deodorants, shampoos and after-shave lotions. He also knows that by contributing towards the sustainability of his local environment, he is recreating a healthier, newer man.

Proving your manhood no longer means denying yourself cosmetics and it takes a real man to acknowledge the importance of looking after himself. Today's 21st century man embraces the use of cosmetics and fully appreciates the many benefits of their daily use.

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Health Benefits of Salad

Sexologist Clinic
Sexologist, Faridabad
Health Benefits of Salad

Traditionally salads were known to be prepared of only raw vegetables like cucumber, tomatoes, cabbage and onion which are cut into slices and sprinkled with a pinch of salt and lemon. They were either served as the smallest portion among the other food items in the meal plate or totally ignored.

Hey folks, if you have also been doing the same, it’s now time to change.

But, let me first tell you the importance of having salads which will definitely lead you to start having salads with your meals. You can also be very creative in making your salad colorful, tasty, crunchy, balanced, appealing to eat and obviously healthy.

Why salads?

· Starting your meals with a bowl of salad will help you attain weight loss. Not a joke, it’s true because salads are low in calories, high in fiber and rich in other nutrients. Fiber helps you feel full making you eat, the remaining meal less and ultimately lose weight.

· Eating a high fiber salads aids in lowering cholesterol and also is known to prevent constipation.

  • Eating a little good fat (like the monounsaturated fat found in olive oil, avocado and nuts) with your vegetables in salads appears to help your body absorb protective phyto-chemicals  (known to protect against cancer and heart disease), like lycopene from tomatoes and lutein from dark green vegetables.
  • Best way to skip croutons (deep fried pieces of wheat bread) which are few in nutrients and have a high glycemic load is to replace them by nuts and seeds and maintain the crunchiness in the salad.
  • Want to balance it with proper carbohydrates and protein to make it a whole meal; you can add brown rice or protein packed Quinoe, grilled chicken, low fat Paneer, Tofu or Sprouts.

· People, who do not like to eat fruits, can relish on salads which combine fruits and vegetables and eat it as a whole meal or in between snacks. This will provide them a host of powerful antioxidants which will protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals.

 

 

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Table of Content

Cucumber
Nutritional Value of Cucumber
Health Benefits of Cucumber
Keeps you hydrated
Keeps your skin healthy
Helps to manage diabetes
Reduces risk of cancer
Helps to relieve pain
Aids in managing stress
Takes care of your heart
Reduces bad breath
Helps in digestion
Helps to keep your body healthy
Uses of Cucumber
Side-Effects & Allergies of Cucumber
Cultivation of Cucumber