1. The benefits of cucumber juice

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    Cucumber

    by Sylvie Tremblay, MSc, Demand Media

    Vegetables should help form the foundation of your diet — women need 2.5 cups daily and men need 3 cups, recommends the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Each cup of cucumber juice counts as 1 cup of veggies to help you reach these intake goals. In addition to the general benefits of a diet rich in vegetables — including a lower risk of obesity and some types of cancer, according to the USDA — drinking cucumber juice offers specific health benefits due to its nutrient content.

    Vitamin K
    Drinking cucumber juice helps you reach your recommended daily intake of vitamin K. This vitamin helps you build strong bone tissue and nourishes your kidneys. It also plays an important role in blood clotting — it activates proteins that trigger blood coagulation, so that you can stop bleeding after suffering tissue damage. Consuming cucumber juice helps to fight the effects of vitamin K deficiency, which can include nosebleeds, bruising and bleeding gums.

    Copper
    Cucumber juice also provides a source of copper. Copper helps you make neurotransmitters, the family of chemicals your brain cells need to communicate. It helps you produce healthy red blood cells, strengthens your connective tissue and boosts your immune system. It protects you from free radical damage — cellular damage that develops when you’re exposed to environmental toxins or sunlight. The copper in cucumber juice also supports your active lifestyle, since your cells need copper to produce useable energy.

    Calcium
    Cucumber juice serves as a vegan-friendly source of calcium, an essential mineral. Hydroxyapatite, the mineral tissue that adds strength to your teeth and bones, contains calcium, and getting enough calcium helps retain your bone density. Your muscles also use calcium to contract, and your nervous system relies on small amounts of calcium to help transmit nerve impulses. Getting enough calcium also helps maintain your body’s hormone balance, since calcium in your bloodstream helps control hormone release.

    Considerations and Serving Tips
    Cucumber juice has one major nutritional disadvantage compared to whole cucumber — it does not contain dietary fiber, the indigestible carbohydrate found in intact cucumber. If you drink cucumber juice as part of your daily vegetable intake, make sure you also eat whole veggies to boost your fiber intake. Whole grains, legumes and nuts also contain fiber. You can also utilize the fiber from cucumber after juicing — simply freeze the leftover pulp collected from your juicer, and use it to add fiber to pureed soups and sauces. In addition to enjoying cucumber juice on its own, you can use the juice as a base for healthy smoothies — try blending the juice with frozen melon balls and fresh mint, or with strawberries and basil, for a refreshing beverage.

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  2. The World

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    Do not follow a bad law.
    Do not live in thoughtlessness.
    Do not follow wrong ideas.
    Do not be attached to the world.

    Arise; do not be thoughtless.
    Follow the path of virtue.
    The virtuous rest in bliss in this world and in the next.
    Follow the path of virtue; do not follow the wrong path.
    The virtuous rest in bliss in this world and in the next.

    Look upon the world as a bubble;
    look on it as a mirage.
    Whoever looks thus upon the world
    is not seen by the sovereign of death.
    Come, look at this world resembling a painted royal chariot.
    The foolish are immersed in it,
    but the wise are not attached to it.

    The one who formerly was thoughtless
    and afterwards became conscientious
    lights up this world like the moon when freed from a cloud.
    The one whose wrong actions are eradicated by good conduct
    lights up this world like the moon when freed from a cloud.

    This world is blinded; only a few can see here.
    Like birds escaped from the net, a few go to heaven.
    The swans go on the path of the sun;
    miraculously they fly through the sky.
    The wise are led out of this world,
    when they have conquered Mara and the tempter’s armies.

    Whoever violates the one law, who speaks lies,
    and scoffs at another world,
    there is no wrong that one will not do.

    Misers do not go to the world of the gods;
    only fools do not praise liberality;
    the wise find joy in generosity,
    and because of it become blessed in the other world.

    Better than sovereignty over the earth,
    better than going to heaven,
    better than dominion over all the worlds
    is the reward of reaching the stream.

    ~The Dhammapada

  3. Elk – Cervus elaphus

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    Female Elk. Photo credit: Randy Neufeldt

    Female Elk. Photo credit: Randy Neufeldt

    Elk are also called wapiti, a Native American word that means “light-colored deer.” Elk are related to deer but are much larger than most of their relatives. A bull (male) elk’s antlers may reach 4 feet (1.2 meters) above its head, so that the animal towers 9 feet (2.7 meters) tall.

    Bull elk lose their antlers each March, but they begin to grow them back in May in preparation for the late-summer breeding season.

    In early summer, elk migrate to high mountain grazing grounds where the cows (females) will give birth. Each cow typically has a single calf, which can stand by the time it is 20 minutes old.

    During the late summer breeding season the bugling of bull elk echoes through the mountains. These powerful animals strip the velvet off their new antlers using them in violent clashes that determine who gets to mate with whom. Males with the bigger antlers, typically older animals, usually win these battles and dominate small herds.

    In the winter, wapiti reconvene into larger herds, though males and females typically remain separate. The herds return to lower valley pastures where elk spend the season pawing through snow to browse on grass or settling for shrubs that stand clear of the snow cover.

    Elk were once found across much of North America but they were killed off and driven to take refuge in more remote locations. Today they live primarily in western North America, especially in mountainous landscapes such as Wyoming’s National Elk Refuge and Yellowstone National Park. Some eastern U.S. states have reintroduced small elk herds into heavily wooded wilderness areas. Continue reading

  4. May you realize…

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    May your troubles be less and your blessings be more. May you realize what all your pain and hard work is for. May you find the peace you seek within and have the patience to tolerate women and men! Have a great day friends. ~Julie Hernandez

  5. Our true self

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    Sometimes we fear of exposing our true self to someone to prevent rejection, and the only thing that we think in order for us to fit in is to pretend to be the person they want us to be. ~Unknown

  6. Don’t be sad

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    Don’t be sad or afraid when you start losing friends, be glad you’re getting rid
    of the fake ones. Stay true to yourself. ~Terry Mark

  7. Open your heart

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    Open your heart, open it wide, spread kindness so much that when
    you’re done, people will be in a better place. ~Brigitte Nicole

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  8. Birdie Love

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    Parrots are wild, not domestic

    Currently the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) bans the sale of any wild-caught species, yet the parrots’ popularity continues to drive illegal trade.

    Some parrot species are highly endangered. In other cases, once tame birds have reproduced in the wild and established thriving feral populations in foreign ecosystems. The monk (green) parakeet, for example, now lives in several U.S. states. ~Source: NationalGeographic


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