Thursday, 1 June 2017

Cheap and full of goodness: Cucumber is food for your body organs - updated

Brain: Cucumbers contain an anti-inflammatory flavonol called fisetin that appears to play an important role in brain health.

Eyes: Revives the eyes. Placing chilled slices of cucumber on the eyes is a clichéd beauty visual, but it really helps reduce under-eye bags and puffiness.

Hair, nails: Smooths hair and nails. Silica, the wonder mineral in cucumber makes your hair and nails stronger and shinier.

Heart: Stabilizes blood pressure. Patients of blood pressure, both high and low, often find that eating cucumber brings relief.

Kidneys: Flushes out toxins. All that water in cucumber acts as a virtual broom, sweeping waste products out of your system. With regular use, cucumber is known to dissolve kidney stones.

Kidneys: Keeps kidneys in shape. Cucumber lowers uric acid levels in your system, keeping the kidneys happy.

Mouth: Refreshes the mouth. Cucumber juice refreshes and heals diseased gums, leaving your mouth smelling good.

Muscles: Soothes muscle and joint pain. All those vitamins and minerals in cucumber make it a powerful enemy of muscle and joint pain and stress.

Pancreas: Good for diabetics. Patients of diabetes can enjoy cucumber while also reaping its health benefits: cucumber contains a hormone needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin.

Skin: Fights heat, both inside and out. Eat cucumber, and your body gets relief from heartburn. Apply cucumber on your skin, and you get relief from sunburn.

Skin: Supplies skin-friendly minerals: magnesium, potassium, silicon. That’s why cucumber-based treatments abound in spas.

Stomach: Helps digestion. Chewing cucumber gives the jaws a good workout, and the fiber in it is great for digestion.

**Other health benefits include:**

Cancer. Cut down your risk of several cancers by including cucumber in your diet. Several studies show its cancer-fighting potential.

Energy: Lavishes you with vitamins. A B and C, which boost immunity, give you energy, and keep you radiant.

Hydration: Keeps you hydrated. If you are too busy to drink enough water, munch on the cool cucumber, which is 96 percent water.

Reduces cholesterol. A compound called sterols in cucumber helps reduce bad cholesterol.

Weight loss: Cucumber slows down your digestion. This helps you to feel full longer and is one reason why fiber-rich foods may help with weight control.

When my friend backpacked Vietnam many years back, he ate cucumbers everyday as it was one of the dishes on the table everyday.

You may want to read Health Benefits of Eating Cucumber

More dads are becoming active in parenting

The proportion of dual-income families is on the rise in Singapore, from 46% in 2000 to 66% in 2015, making it challenging for many mothers today to balance their work and family commitments, the Centre for Fathering said.

The centre added that while fathers are increasingly stepping up and becoming more active in raising and spending time with their children, traditional gender roles tend to prevail among married working couples — where women contribute more to caregiving and household chores and men contribute more to household finances.

Urging parents to move beyond these traditional roles and mindsets, Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin said: “Our role as fathers is irreplaceable. It is important that we set aside more time for our children and make our family a priority. When we fathers consciously make time to parent and bond with our children, we can enjoy greater family-life satisfaction and better child outcomes.”


Exceptional people: Filmmaker Eric Khoo is first Singaporean on jury panel at Cannes Film Festival

Singaporean filmmaker Eric Khoo, 52, was among the five judges on the jury panel for this year’s Cannes Cinefondation at the Cannes Film Festival, which focuses on short films and student films.

The other judges are 2007 Palme d’Or winner Cristian Mungiu, French actress Clotilde Hesme, Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari and “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins.

In an interview, the filmmaker was quoted as saying, “Through the years I have returned with other films, but it’s a true honour to be invited back by Gilles to be on the jury for the Short Film Palme d’Or 20 years later.”


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Power bank surge can cause heart to stop beating

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The voltage capacity in a power bank is too low to cause death, but a surge caused by a short circuit can cause a person’s heart to stop.

Precautions to take:
  • Buy power banks with safety stickers or from reputable manufacturers.
  • Do not charge power bank overnight in case of overcharging if there is no safety circuit built in.
  • Do not use device connected to power bank while it is being charged.