15 Things Ambitious Girls Do A Little Bit Differently When They’re Dating

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1.Their relationship will not take up 100% of their life, but they will put 100% into their relationship. It’s important to ambitious girls to have other priorities and things going on outside of their relationship. But that doesn’t mean they won’t give it their all when it comes to being happy with someone.

2.They’re not looking for a challenge, but they are looking for someone to challenge them. They’re not interested in the chase or winning the game. But they’re interested in being with someone who’s going to challenge them to be better and to grow every day.

3.Romance usually means something different to ambitious girls. They love dates and surprises just like the next girl. But in their minds, the most romantic thing in the world is being with someone who they can truly relate to, and someone who supports them in everything that…

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Where is the love, my dearest City of Love?

They say ignorance is bliss, and although living in denial is not always ideal, for the most part I choose to live under the rock and not keep up to date with the latest on goings of the world – and everytime I tune into the news, my living in ignorance is further justified. My entire life I have been exposed to a multicultural, “multireligion”, multi-pretty much everything background, and so every hit towards a particular culture, religion, etc tends to feel a little personal. Which is why I had to share my views about today’s horrifying events in Paris, France.

For those of you who choose to live under a rock like myself, click here to read about what happened at 11:30 Wednesday morning Parisian local time.

Having followed the unfolding of the aftermath closely, before I step out on a limb and go on, I have done my research, and these views are strictly my own. I believe in the freedom of speech and I am so blessed to live in a country that allows one to speak their own mind, speak of free will, speak without living in fear. And I am so thankful for that. And I am so heartbroken that lives were lost ironically enough in the name of democracy.

As I sit here and keep up with updates and posts and tweets and pictures, I am still shocked that instead of bringing us all a little closer in a battle to get rid of terrorism entirely and promote unity, there is so much anger and so much increasing hatred toward the Muslim community instead. On the other hand, there are plenty of others who are actually sitting there and justifying these attacks “in the name of God”. Not only is this absolutely horrifying but so far from the true teachings of Islam. Do not get me wrong. I do not condone the actions of the victims and their distasteful and disrespectful propaganda against the Islamic faith and Prophet Muhammed. But to sit there and make claims that any child of God “deserves to die” is absolutely appauling and unnerving. Nobody has the right to take away another human life. And then cower under “the name of God”. Those who kill “in the name of God” do not know God, for God is Love. With that being said, nobody has the right to make generic claims against any religion for the action of individuals belonging to a certain faith. My entire extended family on my maternal side is Muslim and they are some of the most loving compassionate individuals I know. I have the best of friends who are Muslim and they are just as equally horrified at every hit the world takes “in the name of God”.

Throughout history, God has revealed Himself to humanity through a series of divine Messengers, whose teachings guide and educate us and provide the basis for the advancement of human society. These Messengers have included Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad. Their religions come from the same Source and are in essence successive chapters of one religion from God. Bahá’u’lláh, the latest of these Messengers, brought new spiritual and social teachings for our time. His essential message is of unity. He taught the oneness of God, the oneness of the human family, and the oneness of religion. Bahá’ís believe the crucial need facing humanity is to find a unifying vision of the nature and purpose of life and of the future of society. Such a vision unfolds in the writings of Bahá’u’lláh.

It is so thoroughly heartbreaking to see that religion was made to unite us with God and it is now tearing us all apart. Hiding behind the façade of what some believe is “avenging God”, these individuals forget that all the Teachings in every Holy Scripture in every religion all boil down to all of us being children of God. God does not punish. God is love. God is forgiving. It is not up to human beings to decide the fate of others.

Bahá’u’lláh said, “The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens,” and that, as foretold in all the sacred scriptures of the past, now is the time for humanity to live in unity.

One of my friends posted this on Twitter, and before I wrap this up, I thought it was worth sharing. “May we one day live in a world of solidarity that allows for ideas and beliefs to flow freely in society. May individuals not be silenced for expressing themselves and have their right to freedom of speech protected.”

Je suis libre.

Je suis libre de penser.

Je suis libre de tolerer.

Je suis libre de caricature.

Je suis un Charlie.

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Bollywood goes Twitter!

As a Bollywood junkie, I have absolutely no shame in admitting to sometimes wasting away hours reading the ErosNow Blog and the other day I came across something I just had to share with the rest of you. I have found that with blogging, it is an extremely difficult task to try to explain or review a movie when  you are limited to words (and of course, when you trying not to give away the ending) but the contributers at ErosNow Blog have compiled a list of Bollywood movies, and according to them, have explained it in 140 characters, Twitter style.

Please note: I take NO CREDIT for the following post or images AT ALL and all rights belong to The ErosNow Blog. Thank you.

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Please make sure to catch up on everything Bollywood at TheErosNow Blog! Happy reading, loves!

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On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

With Christmas right around the corner, a lot of us are running around like crazy trying to pull everything together to make it a perfect holiday from parties to family get togethers to putting together the perfect gift for your special ones.

If you know me personally, you know that I am a perfectionist who believes it isn’t always the actual gift that counts but the effort and thought that goes into it that matters more which is why I thought I would put together a really simple tutorial about sprucing up your gift bag with a little extra je ne sais quoi simply by adding some tissue paper!

Tissue stuffed randomly into a gift bag reduces the positive impact of the gift. A creative or artful use of tissue paper, on the other hand, actually enhances the significance of the gift overall and strengthens your emotional bond with the person receiving your gift. When using tissue paper in a gift bag, think about using an abundance of paper and just the right colors to make your gift presentation as special as the gift itself.

Place several wads of loosely crushed tissue paper sheets in the bottom of the bag if it’s deep enough to hold your gift with more than 6 or 7 inches remaining above after you place the gift in the bag. If the bag is short and your gift will sit at the bottom of the bag, place only a small amount of paper underneath it. The paper provides a snug nest for the gift.

Lay single or double sheets of tissue paper on a flat surface at a perpendicular angle to one another, with your gift in the middle of the paper. For bags with two or more colors of tissue paper, lay the sheets of different colored tissue at diagonal angles on top of each other.

Lift the tissue sheets at their corners up and over your gift, gathering them and holding them one by one at the top of the gift until it’s surrounded. The tissue should rise at least 7 or 8 inches above the gift so the gift appears hidden once it goes into the bag.

Hold your gift around the middle and place it into the bag. Gently pull apart and smooth the sheets of tissue paper so they stand up inside the bag.

Tie the handles of the bag together with ribbon and tie a bow around the top or bottom edge of the handles. If your bag didn’t come with a gift card, slide a full size card in the center of the tissue paper or attach a small gift tag to the handlesusing ribbon.

Et voila!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Hi all! So with the crazy awesomeness which is the holiday season, I am left with even less time to blog and there is really no other reason as to why I have lagged on this. But in keeping with the Christmas spirit and reaching out to those near and far this time of year, I thought I’d finally put in a blog for all of you wonderful readers who haven’t given up on me quite yet. (Thank you! I love you!) As a promise to you, I will be blogging on all things Christmas all the way up to the actual day as part of my own version of “12 Days of Christmas”.

As per tradition, the one thing my family looks forward to this time of year are the non-stop Christmas movies on almost every channel. With all the amazing movies brought to you by the Hallmark channel every year, it is hard to come up with a list of top 5 favourites, but after a lot of debating, I have come up with a list of go-to movies without which the holiday season would be incomplete.

Home Alone 1 & 2

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Is it a surprise at all that these 2 movies are first on the list?

For those of you who potentially live under a rock (or for some bizarre reason haven’t seen this movie or the sequel yet), Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. The film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, an eight-year-old boy who is mistakenly left behind when his family flies to Paris for their Christmas vacation. Kevin initially relishes being home alone, but soon has to contend with two would-be burglars played by Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci. The film also features Catherine O’Hara and John Heard as Kevin’s parents.

The night before their flight to Paris for a Christmas holiday, the McCallister family gather at the Winnetka, Illinois home of Peter (John Heard) and Kate (Catherine O’Hara) McCallister. Their eight-year-old son, Kevin (Macaulay Culkin), is ridiculed by his siblings and cousins. After a fight with his older brother, Buzz (Devin Ratray), Kevin is sent to the third floor of the house, where he wishes that his family would disappear. During the night, a power outage resets the alarm clocks and causes the family to oversleep. In the confusion and rush to reach their flight on time, Kevin is left behind and the family is unaware until they’re already airborne. Once in Paris, both Peter and Kate desperately try to book a flight home, but find all the flights booked for the next two days. The clerks put Kate on standby for any possible seat opening. The rest of the family goes to their relative’s home in Paris.

Meanwhile, Kevin wakes up to find the house empty and is overjoyed with his new freedom. The Chicago Police Department arrive to check on Kevin but are unable to locate him. Kevin’s joy soon turns to fear as he deals with his next door neighbor, “Old Man” Marley (Roberts Blossom), (who is rumored to have murdered his family in 1958) and two burglars, Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern) (the “Wet Bandits”), who are burglarizing the neighborhood’s vacant homes and have targeted the McCallisters. Kevin keeps the duo at bay by tricking them into thinking the house is still inhabited, but they eventually realize that Kevin is home alone. While the duo closes in on Kevin, he calls the police and escapes the house into a neighboring vacant home. Harry and Marv manage to catch him and discuss how they will get their revenge.

Will Kevin be able to escape unharmed? Do Harry and Marv succeed in their intentions? Will Kevin’s family make it back on time for a happy ending?

As of 2009, Home Alone was the highest-grossing comedy of all time. It spawned a successful franchise, with four sequels and three video games, and with the main cast reprising their roles for the sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

Harry Potter series

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Now I know there is nothing directly Christmas-y about these movies, but every holiday season, ABC never fails to run a marathon of Harry Potter and so over time, I have come to associate these movies with the holiday season.

Based on the infamous novels by author J. K. Rowling, the series is distributed by Warner Bros. and consists of 8 films beginning with Harry Potter and Philosopher’s Stone (2001) and culminating with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011).

In the first movie we are introduced to our loveable protagonist, Harry Potter, who is an orphaned boy brought up by his unfriendly aunt and uncle. At the age of eleven, half-giant Rubeus Hagrid informs him that he is actually a wizard and that his parents were murdered by an evil wizard named Lord Voldemort. Voldemort also attempted to kill one-year old Harry on the same night, but his killing curse mysteriously rebounded and reduced him to a weak and helpless form. Harry became extremely famous in the Wizarding World as a result. Harry begins his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and learns about magic. During the year, Harry and his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger become entangled in the mystery of the Philosopher’s Stone which is being kept within the school.

In the second movie, Harry, Ron, and Hermione return to Hogwarts for their second year, which proves to be more challenging than the last. The Chamber of Secrets has been opened, leaving students and ghosts petrified by an unleashed monster. Harry must face up to claims that he is the heir of Salazar Slytherin (founder of the Chamber), learn that he can speak Parseltongue, and also discover the properties of a mysterious diary only to find himself trapped within the Chamber of Secrets itself.

Harry Potter’s third year sees the boy wizard, along with his friends, attending Hogwarts School once again. Professor R. J. Lupin joins the staff as Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, while convicted murderer Sirius Black escapes from Azkaban Prison. The Ministry of Magic entrusts the Dementors of Azkaban to guard Hogwarts from Black. Harry learns more about his past and his connection with the escaped prisoner.

During Harry’s fourth year, the Dark Mark appears in the sky after a Death Eater attack at the Quidditch World Cup, Hogwarts plays host to a legendary event: the Triwizard Tournament, there is a new Defence Against the Dark Arts professor Alastor Moody and frequent nightmares bother Harry all year. Three European schools participate in the tournament, with three ‘champions’ representing each school in the deadly tasks. The Goblet of Fire chooses Fleur Delacour, Viktor Krum and Cedric Diggory to compete against each other. However, curiously, Harry’s name is also produced from the Goblet thus making him a fourth champion, which results in a terrifying encounter with a reborn Lord Voldemort.

Harry’s fifth year begins with him being attacked by Dementors in Little Whinging. Later, he finds out that the Ministry of Magic is in denial of Lord Voldemort’s return. Harry is also beset by disturbing and realistic nightmares, while Professor Umbridge, a representative of Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge, is the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. Harry becomes aware that Voldemort is after a prophecy which reveals: “neither can live while the other survives”. Therefore, the rebellion involving the students of Hogwarts, secret organisation Order of the Phoenix, the Ministry of Magic, and the Death Eaters begins.

In Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts, Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters are increasing their terror upon the Wizarding and Muggle worlds. Headmaster Albus Dumbledore persuades his old friend Horace Slughorn to return to Hogwarts as a professor as there is a vacancy to fill. There is a more important reason, however, for Slughorn’s return. While in a Potions lesson, Harry takes possession of a strangely annotated school textbook, inscribed ‘This is the property of the Half-Blood Prince’. As romance and hormones lurk within the castle’s walls all year, Draco Malfoy struggles to carry out a deed presented to him by Voldemort. Meanwhile, Dumbledore and Harry secretly work together to discover the method on how to destroy the Dark Lord once and for all.

After unexpected events at the end of the previous year, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are entrusted with a quest to find and destroy Lord Voldemort’s secret to immortality – the Horcruxes. It is supposed to be their final year at Hogwarts, but the collapse of the Ministry of Magic and Voldemort’s rise to power prevents them from attending. The trio undergo a long adventure with many obstacles in their path including Death Eaters, Snatchers, the mysterious Deathly Hallows and Harry’s connection with the Dark Lord’s mind becoming ever stronger. After destroying one Horcrux and discovering the significance of the three Deathly Hallows, Harry, Ron and Hermione continue to seek the other Horcruxes in an attempt to destroy Voldemort, who has now obtained the Elder Wand. The Dark Lord discovers Harry’s hunt for Horcruxes and launches an attack on Hogwarts School, where the trio return for one last stand against the dark forces that threaten to rid the Wizarding World of non-magical heritage to achieve pure-blood dominance.

All the films have been a success financially and critically, and the series is noted by audiences for growing visually darker and more mature as each film was released.

Elf

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Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum. It stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner, and Zooey Deschanel. It was released in the United States on November 7, 2003 and grossed $220,443,451 worldwide.

The story is about one of Santa’s elves who learns of his true identity as a human and goes to New York City to meet his biological father, spreading Christmas cheer in a world of cynics as he goes.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

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Clark Wilhelm Griswold had some disastrous vacations at both Wallyworld and in Europe. Now he wants to compensate for this by having a special “Griswold Family Christmas”, and after months of careful planning he invites both of his parents, both of his wife, Ellen’s parents even his uncle Louis and his senile aunt Bethany. However, what Clark does not realize that his no-manner cousin-in law Eddie was coming over in his new trailer. Clark even prepares his house for Christmas with over 20,000 lights and a tree that does not even fit in the living room. As Christmas eve comes, Clark will soon realize that a series of unfortunate events will start to unravel for him, as the Christmas Turkey would burst and have no meet, his aunt’s cat would chew on the lights and his uncle Louis will burn up his tree, and he will even soon discover that his boss have cut the Christmas bonus to give him a month in the jelly club, can Clark keep it together and understand the true meaning of Christmas?

The Santa Clause

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The Santa Clause is a 1994 American fantasy family comedy film directed by John Pasquin. It stars Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, an ordinary man who accidentally causes Santa Claus to fall from his roof on Christmas Eve.

Scott Calvin is a 38-year-old advertising executive, who is also a father to his son Charlie. Charlie’s mother, Laura is a divorcee. After agreeing to spend time with Charlie on Christmas Eve they are awakened that night by sounds on the roof. After confronting a man on the roof, who inadvertently falls off when Scott startles him, then vanishes leaving his Santa Claus outfit behind, they discover eight reindeer on the roof and Charlie convinces Scott to put on the suit and finish Santa’s work for him. As the morning comes, the reindeer return to the North Pole to Santa’s Workshop, where the head elf Bernard explains that (due to a clausical contract written on a card Scott found on Santa); in putting on the suit and entering the sleigh, he has accepted the “Santa Clause” and has agreed to the responsibilities of that position. He tells a skeptical Scott that he has eleven months to get his affairs in order before reporting to the workshop at Thanksgiving permanently.

Scott awakens in his own bed on Christmas morning and believes the night before having been a dream, but the enthusiastic Charlie recounts several events he hadn’t told him and leaves him in doubt. After Charlie proudly tells his class that Scott is Santa Claus, his ex-wife Laura and her psychologist Neal confide their concerns and ask Scott to put a stop to this delusional fantasy. Not wanting to break Charlie’s heart, Scott tells him to keep the North Pole and everything they saw a secret. Over the course of the year, Scott gains a ravenous appetite for holiday cookies and milk (though previously he had been lactose intolerant) which causes him to gain an inordinate amount of weight seemingly overnight. He also begins losing the coloring of his hair, turning it stark white and long and he has a beard that keeps growing back the instant he tries to cut it off. He also begins to recount ‘naughty’ and ‘nice’ children by name after getting his “list” of children in the mail, as well as his own suit. These changes prompt further concern from Laura and Neal, who subsequently call to have Scott’s visitation rights removed. On Thanksgiving, Scott arrives to visit Charlie, but when Laura steps out of the room for a moment, Bernard comes and takes them away to the North Pole, leading her to believe Scott had kidnapped him. Later, Laura confides that she stopped believing in Santa when she was eight, when he failed to give her a board game Mystery Date for Christmas, while Neal, at three years old stopped believing when Santa didn’t give him an Oscar Meyer Weenie Whistle he wanted.

 

On Christmas, Scott begins delivering presents, and is arrested when entering one of his houses, leaving Charlie stranded in the sleigh on the roof. The E.L.F.S. (Effective Liberating Flight Squad) is called and rescues Charlie and frees Scott from prison. Scott returns to take Charlie home, and manages to convince Laura and Neal of his new identity by giving them the gifts they asked for as children. Laura destroys the court order against Scott and tells him that he can visit Charlie anytime he wants. After a very public departure, Charlie tries to use a snowglobe that Bernard had given him to summon Scott to him and Scott arrives. After getting Laura’s permission for a sleigh ride with his father, Charlie and he head out to continue Santa’s deliveries.

…and finally last, but definitely not the least:

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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There are numerous adaptations of Dr. Seuss’ beloved story of a bitter, grouchy, cave-dwelling creature who is set to destroy Christmas for the unsuspecting happy-go-lucky citizens of Whoville. The Grinch is known to have a heart which is literally “two sizes too small” and lives on  snowy Mount Crumpit, a steep high mountain just north of Whoville, home of the merry and warm-hearted Whos. His only companion is his unloved, but loyal dog, Max. From his perch high atop, the Grinch can hear the noisy Christmas festivities that take place in Whoville. Annoyed, he decides to stop Christmas from coming by stealing their presents, trees, and food for their Christmas feast. He crudely disguises himself as Santa Claus, and forces poor Max, disguised as a reindeer (by tying an antler from a deer plaque on the wall to his head), to drag a sleigh to Whoville, where he slides down the chimney and steals all of the Whos’ Christmas presents, the Christmas tree, and the log for their fire. (He is briefly interrupted in his burglary by Cindy Lou, a little Who girl, but concocts a crafty lie to effect his escape from her home.) The Grinch then takes his sleigh to the top of Mount Crumpit, and prepares to dump all of the presents into the abyss. As dawn breaks, he expects to hear the Whos’ bitter and sorrowful cries, but is confused to hear them singing a joyous Christmas song instead. He puzzles for a moment until it dawns upon him that perhaps Christmas is more than presents and feasting: “Maybe Christmas, he thought, means a little bit more.” The Grinch’s shrunken heart suddenly grows three sizes larger. The reformed Grinch returns all of the Whos’ presents and trimmings and is warmly invited to the Whos’ feast, where he has the honor of carving the Roast Beast.

There are so many other movies I could list here, but I think this post is never ending in its own right. What are your favourite go-to Christmas movies for this time of year?

Let me know and wishing you all a happy Christmukka, loves!

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Nothing is mine within myself. Whatever there is, is yours, O Lord. If I surrender to You what is already Yours, what does it cost me?

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much ado about nothing.

hello loves.

I am so so sorry for my serious absence there has been way too much happening. I got a job (yay) so I no longer have too much time on my hands (yay) nor do I have too much time to get inside my own head (yay. again.)

I will get back to this soon… I promise.

much love.

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Cucumbers & me: A love story. ♥♥

For as long as I can remember I have had nothing but love for cucumbers. Cucumbers have not received as much press as other vegetables in terms of health benefits, but this widely cultivated food provides us with a unique combination of nutrients. Originating from the same botanical families as melons such as watermelon and squashes such as pumpkin, cucumbers are known to contain ingredients known as ligans – high levels of which are strongly linked to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and several types of cancers. Fresh extracts from cucumbers have also shown both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

One of my top go-to snack foods for when I’m feeling down, cucumbers are a great source of Vitamin B. So when you are in need for some energy boosters put down your pop and caffeine and reach for a cucumber slice instead!

Hydration: If you are one of those people who do not drink enough water and need to add in some flavour as an incentive, add in some slices of cucumber for the perfect flavour. (Throw in some lemon wedges and mint too. So good.) Cucumbers are made up of 95% water and keep the body hydrated while simultaneously eliminating toxins.

Skin/Hair care: The skin of cucumbers can be used just as one would use aloe for sunburns and minor skin irritations. The anti-inflammatory properties promote faster healing and you can also place a slice over the eyes to reduce puffiness. In terms of hair care, research has shown that the sulfur and silicon found in cucumbers helps stimulate hair growth.

Say goodbye to bad breath: Bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath can be killed by phytochemicals found in cucumbers. Press a slice of cucumber to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for a few seconds. Goodbye, morning breath!

Home care: So I have never personally tried this one myself but apparently if you rub a cucumber slice along a mirror before you step into the shower, it prevents the mirror from fogging up. You can also rub a slice along a squeaky hinge to stop the squeaking.

Try it out and let me know if this is actually true!

Health check

Cucumbers contain many essential nutrients and eating a few slices before going to sleep reduces the intensity of headaches or a hangover after a night out.  Cucumbers are also ideal for people looking to lose weight. Low in calories and high in water content, they also contain dietary fiber which is efficient in ridding the digestive system of toxins and promoting healthy digestion.

Cucumber juice contains a hormone which is needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin which has been found to be beneficial to diabetic patients. Researchers found that a compound called sterols in cucumbers may help reduce cholesterol levels. Cucumbers contain a lot of potassium, magnesium and fiber, which work effectively for regulating blood pressure. This makes cucumbers good for treating both low blood pressure and high blood pressure.

Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, which is known to help promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues. They are also rich in vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium. When mixed with carrot juice, they can relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering the uric acid levels.

From skin care to health care, pick-me-up snack foods and even home hacks, the benefits and uses of this vegetable are endless.

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