| Updated at: 1324 PST, Saturday, January 01, 2011|
TOKYO: Cucumber is a healthy and highly beneficial to your health in various purposes. Surplus stomach acid after having meals can cause stomach discomfort, heartburn, excess gas, nausea and bloating.
Most of the traditional pills, liquids and tablets for alleviating acidity will be distasteful to ingest and often may not work effectively. Luckily, eating cucumber will help you in alleviating acidity in a most natural and effective way.
Always look out for fresh cucumbers that has dark-green colored skin without any black or yellow spots and the flesh is solid all through the length. If the cucumber stem is light-green, yellow or dried up then it lacks freshness. Also if the diameter of the cucumber is too big, it is over seasoned and contains a large seed in the middle.
Wash the cucumber and chop out into slices of about 1/4th inch thick. Eating 2 slices of this for every 2 hours alleviates acidity. You can also eat the cucumber slices more or less based on the sternness of your acidity symptoms.
If you want to store the cucumber for a long time, then retain the skin and seeds of it in order to maintain its nutrients, fiber and most importantly freshness.
Revamp the cucumber by blending it with few other ingredients that helps in alleviating acidity such as raw garlic, yogurt, mint, carrots or cottage cheese.
You can formulate any type of Greek cucumber sauce by using a cup of yogurt, half of the grated cucumber along with fresh garlic, pepper and salt to taste. You can use this sauce with salads, sandwiches, meats with your daily meal in order to evade acidity.
Always make use of grated or sliced cucumbers in salads, but make sure that you do not use much amount of vinegar in the toppings as this will nullify the effects of cucumber on surplus acid.