Sunday, November 14, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Cucumber is a vegetable that belongs to the same family as pumpkins, zucchinis and other squashes. It has a dark green skin, which reveals whitish or very light green flesh, when peeled. There are basically two types of cucumbers - the pickling varieties and the slicing varieties. Of these, the pickling variety is relatively small, around 2 - 4 inches long. Most of us know that cucumbers have cooling properties and are extremely good for bringing relief to the eyes in summers. However, they are associated with a number of other health and nutrition benefits too. To know about them, read on.
Nutritional Value of CucumberGiven below is the amount of nutrients in 100 gm of raw, unpeeled cucumber
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
65 kJ (16 kcal)
0.027 mg (2%)
0.033 mg (2%)
0.098 mg (1%)
Pantothenic acid (B5)
0.259 mg (5%)
0.040 mg (3%)
Folate (Vit. B9)
7 μg (2%)
2.8 mg (5%)
16 mg (2%)
0.28 mg (2%)
13 mg (4%)
24 mg (3%)
147 mg (3%)
0.20 mg (2%)
Health & Nutrition Benefits of Eating Cucumbers
Raw cucumber, when applied on the skin, can help reduce heat and inflammation.
The diuretic, cooling and cleansing property of cucumber makes it good for skin.
Fresh cucumber juice can provide relief from heartburn, acid stomach, gastritis and even ulcer.
Placing a cucumber slice over the eyes not only soothes them, but also reduces swelling.
Daily consumption of cucumber juice helps control cases of eczema, arthritis and gout.
Cucumber has been found to be beneficial for those suffering from lung, stomach and chest problems.
The potassium in cucumber makes it useful for the problem of high and low blood pressure.
Cucumber contains Erepsin, the enzyme that helps in protein digestion.
Cucumber juice is said to promote hair growth, especially when it is added to the juice of carrot, lettuce and spinach.
Cucumber juice, when mixed with carrot juice, is said to be good for rheumatic conditions caused by excessive uric acid in the body.
Cucumber can prove to be beneficial for those suffering from diseases of the teeth and gums, especially in cases of pyorrhea.
Being rich in minerals, cucumber helps prevent splitting of nails of the fingers and toes.
Cucumber has been associated with healing properties in relation to diseases of the kidney, urinary bladder, liver and pancreas.
Those suffering from diabetes have been found to benefit from the consumption of cucumber/cucumber juice.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Geckos come in various colors and patterns such as purple, pink, blue and also white.
Some are subtly patterned and somewhat rubbery looking, while others are brightly colored. Some species can change color to blend in with their environment or with particular temperatures. Some species are parthenogenic, which means the female is capable of reproducing without copulating with a male. This improves the gecko's ability to spread to new islands. However, in a situation where a single female gecko populates an entire island, said island will suffer from a lack of genetic variation within the geckos that inhabit it. The Gecko's mating call sounds like a shortened bird chirping which attracts males when they are around so the female can create a baby with more genetic variation by using sexual reproduction instead of asexual. Geckos also make a quality pet for small households. They can live and breed in small tanks or terrariums. They must have proper living space to survive. The average temperature in the day should be between 78 and 88 degrees Fahrenheit (25 and 31 degrees Celsius) and at night temperatures should not go below 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius) inside the tank. Proper foods for the geckos range from small baby crickets, roaches, phoenix worms and manufactured diets such as crested gecko diet. Many have a sweet tooth and like fresh fruits and honey.
§ Subfamily Aeluroscalabotinae
§ Subfamily Diplodactylinae, 17 genera, found in Oceania
§ Genus Bavayia (11 species)
§ Genus Carphodactylus (monotypic)
§ Genus Crenadactylus (monotypic)
§ Genus Diplodactylus (40 species)
§ Genus Eurydactylodes (4 species)
§ Genus Hoplodactylus (10 species)
§ Genus Lucasium (monotypic)
§ Genus Naultinus (8 species)
§ Genus Nephrurus (11 species)
§ Genus Oedura (16 species)
§ Genus Phyllurus
§ Genus Pseudothecadactylus
§ Genus Rhacodactylus
§ Genus Rhynchoedura
§ Genus Saltuarius
§ Genus Strophurus
§ Genus Underwoodisaurus
§ Subfamily Eublepharinae, 5 genera
§ Genus Coleonyx
§ Genus Eublepharis
§ Genus Goniurosaurus
§ Genus Hemitheconyx
§ Genus Holodactylus
§ Subfamily Gekkoninae, 74 genera worldwide, some of the biggest genera are:
§ Genus Gehyra, Web-toed Geckos or Dtellas
§ Genus Gekko, true geckos
§ Genus Hemidactylus
§ Genus Phelsuma, day geckos, most are endemic to Madagascar.
§ Genus Phyllodactylus, leaf-toed geckos
§ Subfamily Teratoscincinae, wonder geckos
§ Genus Teratoscincus (7 species)
Friday, October 8, 2010
Cinnamon and Honey
Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. It will do what some call turning to sugar. In reality honey is always honey.. However, when left in a cool dark place for a long time it will do what I rather call "crystallizing" . When this happens I loosen the lid, boil some water, and sit the honey container in the hot water,turn off the heat and let it liquefy. It is then as good as it ever was. Never boil honey or put it in a microwave. To do so will kill the enzymes in the honey.
Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread, instead of jelly and jam, and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also, those who have already had an attack, if they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada , various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as you age, the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and veins.