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Benefits Of Fresh Prickly Pear Pads As Reptile And Tortoise Food
If you have a reptile or tortoise to look after, you want to make sure that you give them the best possible food. Your home or school is not the natural habitat for a reptile or tortoise but you should do what you can to make them feel at home and replicate some of the natural environments that they will be used to. One of the most important things you can do is ensure that your pet has food that they are used to and which they are supposed to eat.
There are plenty of options when it comes to finding tortoise food but finding natural products will always be of benefit. There is a wide range of reptile food to choose from but the benefits of fresh reptile food will pay dividends in the long run. You may find the convenience of specially formalised food to be a comfort but these products are not beneficial for your pet. They do not replicate the natural foods that your pet likes to eat and they are often high in sugar and protein. These foods are not typical of a tortoise's natural habitat, so they should be avoided. Fresh reptile food can be found and this is exactly the sort of food that your tortoise will love.
The fact that prickly pear leaves are naturally found where reptiles and tortoises call home makes this style of food the natural choice to feed your pet. They provide calcium and fibre to your tortoise, which is a great factor in keeping them healthy. These types of leaves also provide a lot of water content. This is due to the nature of cactus plants and tortoises, just like humans, function an awful lot better when they are properly hydrated. While your pet tortoise is more than happy to chew on a whole piece of prickly pear, you can cut it up into smaller slices if you desire. When left uncut, a whole piece of leaf can remain in good edible condition for up to six months. This means that you can get fantastic value from this style of food.
Prickly pears are suitable for all manner of reptiles
You shouldn't think that fresh prickly pear is only food for your tortoise; it is suitable for a wide range of animals. Prickly pears provide suitable iguana food, turtle food and even chameleon food. For all vegetable eating reptiles, this style of food is the most natural and beneficial that you are likely to find.
This is why finding a reliable source of fresh prickly pear can be of great benefit. When it comes to finding an affordable supply of Opuntia Ficus India, you will find that the Prickly Pear shop has everything you could want or need. They are reputable suppliers of fresh prickly pear which more importantly means that they are suppliers of fresh tortoise feed.
Make sure your reptile stays in the best of health
The Opuntia Cactus is very rich in calcium, which is essential for ensuring that your tortoise stays in the best of health. If you own reptiles, you should take steps to replicate the reptile's natural habitat and the food you provide your reptile with plays a big part in this. It is possible to offer your reptile healthy and nutritious food, which means that you will get the best results. If you want to see your tortoise be in great shape and live a happy and contended life for many years to come, it makes sense to ensure that it receives the best quality diet. With fresh prickly pear, even the fussiest of tortoises will be delighted with what is on offer at dinner time.
Tortoises and reptiles are great to have as pets and many of these fantastic creatures are very independent. However, you can make their life a lot easier and happier by providing them with natural food such as prickly pears.
The Prickly Pears can be brought from Pricklypearshop.web.com or from their Ebay shop. They are one of the only people selling Fresh Prickly Pear Pads in the UK and are inexpensive. You buy by weight.
I have had very good experience buying from Pricklypearshop, they dispatch quickly and it always arrives fresh. Their customer service is outstanding. My 3 Tortoises love it and can't get enough. So I fully recommend feeding Fresh Prickly Pear Pads.
In my opinion Amazon is a classier auction site to that of Ebay.
Your average Amazon customer is willing to pay a higher price for a quality product.
They don't try to get discounts on the products you sell unlike a lot of Ebay customers.
Amazons commission charges when an item is sold is higher than other auction sites but you do not get charged to list your product.
If you become a pro seller the charge is £28 a month subscription this enables you to have a shop, upload your own photos and edit your listings.
This is useful if you are listing a new product.
The only disadvantage of being a Pro Seller is that within a few weeks if not days someone with list the same product cheaper under Your picture.
The competition is fierce and everybody wants to be the cheapest to entice customers. However an Amazon customer is more likely to buy if you have a good feedback rating rather than if you're the cheapest.
The only problem with Amazon is that you do not receive your payments straight away. You can request a dispursement once a day and this can take between 7-10 days to reach your bank account. If you don't request your money it will get released to you every 14days then take another week to reach your bank.
This means you have to send the goods at your own expense initially. Amazon do not use Paypal.
As a seller whatever your returns policy is Amazon overrule it with their own policy. So make sure you read all their terms and conditions first.
There are some categories you need permission to list in. This can take a while.
I must recommend their customer service you can request a phone call which does not charge you.
You get an immediate call and its not automated!, someone will speak to you and answer your questions and solve your problems. They really are very helpful.
If you want to buy on Amazon this is straight forward but you need a credit or debit card to do so.
Allow plenty of time to receive your product as it could take up to a month!.
Altogether I have had a pleasant experience both selling and buying on Amazon and it is my preferred auction site.
Ebay is probably the best known auction site. It has sites all over the world and its a very competitive market.
Buying new or second hand whatever the item your bound to find it on Ebay.
However this is not always good if you are a seller and your products are new.
If you are a dropshipper, wholesaler or shop owner and want to sell your products on Ebay. There is likely to be someone already selling them cheaper or ready to under cut you as soon as you have listed your item.
I have found this out through my own experience. When I first started selling my products I was the only one and shortly after Ebay was inundated with the same products all cheaper than my own wholesale price! Surely after all the commissions they could not be making money!! However it affected my sales. So in the end no one were winners.
If you plan to use Ebay to sell take note of all the fees and hidden charges not just from Ebay but also Paypal. Ebay are constantly increasing their fees.
The other thing to note is the feedback, you will more than likely receive good feedback as long as you as long as the products you sell are good quality, get dispatched quickly and you communicate with your customers, but beware you will always find at least one person who is just trying to get a 'FREEBIE' or DISCOUNT.
they will leave bad feedback just to damage your business. Sometimes these people are your competition and just want to 'get rid of you' so they get more business!.
It is very difficult to get Ebay to remove bad feedback (they are not very helpful when trying to resolve problems), if this is the case your only option is to reply to the feedback in a professional manner explaining your side .
Hopefully other potentially customers who read your feedback will understand and take no notice of it.
If someone opens a dispute with you your Paypal account will be suspended so you will be unable to access any of your money until it is resolved. Your Ebay account may have limited access.
If you buy cheap items with free delivery you will then receive good feedback as long as you pay on time and this will quickly push bad feedback to the next page and out of view.
Most Ebay shop owners offer good products, fast delivery and let you know when your item has been sent, they do everthing to offer a smooth transaction to avoid an upset customer that will leave bad feedback.
There are many bargains to be had from Ebay sellers but remember to read the description carefully and take note of dispatch time and the returns policy just incase there is a problem .
Ebay are always updating their rules and regulations and reviewing what you can and cant sell so keep up with these or your item may get thrown off.
Ebay is a good starting point when starting a business selling products but you will always have close competition see what other people are selling first and make sure you include all fees so you don't loose money
Ebay provides good shopping from your own home if you need a product delivered by a certain time I recommend you order well in advance.
If you suffer from excess acid in your stomach then this could be the answer.
I have been told by my doctor that the reason people suffer from excess acid is usually caused by stress, anxiety and hectic lifestyles and is a very common problem in people under 40.
She advised me to take Rantidine. At the time the only product with Rantidine in it was Zantac. Zantac is a well known Brand and a popular product, but its not cheap.
6 tablets will cost you between £3-£4, and 12 tablets will cost between £6-£7. If you take 2 tablets a day (the maximum daily allowance) this works out expensive.
Now the market for Rantidine has evolved as more people suffer from acid due to their lifestyles. You can now buy non branded Rantidine tablets in most supermarkets, chemists and discount shops. They work just as well as brand names except they are half the price and contain more tablets in a pack. A pack of 12 will cost between £1.49- £1.69.
Rantidine tablets are very small and the maximum you can take in a day is 2 tablets.
I find that the first tablet eases it a little but by the time I've taken the second it has eased a lot if not completely.
Each tablet contains 75mg of Rantidine, 0.31 mg sodium and microcystalino cellulose.
Many people laugh when you say you suffer from sever indigestion, heartburn or excess acid. But I know just how painful it can be!.
If you suffer from this I strongly recommend taking Rantidine Tablets.
Always remember to read the packer
Well they have reunited after all this time and seem to be doing rather well. I use to be a big fan but had my doubts about them reforming as it may be good for some of them but maybe not so much for Ronan.
They had a sell out concert and have released several singles and an album. I would have liked to here more new songs from them on the album rather than just their old songs re done though (they already did this in their Best Of before they split).
I love the song 'love you anyway' it's very catchy but cheesy dancing and clothes. Now Im a huge Ronan fan but what has he done to his hair! If I was his wife I would not let him walk out like that especially as he is now into his 30's!
In the summer I was introduced to Keith Duffy in the Spanish town of Nerja by a friend of mine who's husband is friends with him and I must say he is looking quite haggered these days! too much partying I think.
On the whole they seem to be doing very well and Im just happy to be able to see Ronan on tv again!
Recently I have started to more and more of my shopping online especially with the run up to christmas.
I always use the internet to check out the best deals on insurance, loans, mortgages and flight prices. I now always book my holidays online and I save a fortune as you cut the middle man out by booking direct and I have never had a problem so far.
I also buy my wine over the internet as there are many great companies that offer deals such as tesco direct, laithwaites and virgin. All the big companies have online shopping but I must say I was not impressed by Argos, they kept loosing the data then sent too many items and over charged me, which then took 2 months to get my money back.
I have found one very good shopping site though and I have taken all the stress out of christmas by buying my presents there. it has almost everything you can think of. I ordered a couple of things last Friday and by Monday morning it had arrived and was very well packed. The prices are very good and seem to be cheaper than the high street shops in town.
I would definetly reccommend www.ilivetoshop.co.uk
I use to enjoy shopping but now with the hectic lifestyles we lead it is becoming easier to shop online. However I have not been tempted to do my grocery shop online yet!.
Yes it's that time of year again, time for the famous Wimbledon summer fruit THE STRAWBERRY.
The strawberry is a soft red summer fruit that is juicy and sweet.
It is served raw with cream or ice cream. It can be cooked ,puréed, made into jam and sauces.
Strawberries contain a very good amount of phosphorous, sodium, calcium, copper, magnesium and iron. Aswell as folate, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, B6, vitamin E and K and omega 3 fatty acids. It also contains an excellent source of vitamin C which is an excellent anti oxidant. Strawberries are known as one of the wonder foods. They contain 32 calories to every 100grams.
Strawberries contain a good source of dietary fibre and iodine.
They are beneficial to our health in the fact that they help reduce cholesterol and heart diease, reduce blood pressure, enhance the memory function and help fight against cancer.
Strawberries were first cultivated in Ancient Rome.
In the 13th century France cultivated strawberries for medical uses such as digestion, diarrhoea, upset stomachs, skin tone, sunburn, gout and discoloured teeth.
It was first cultivated in America in 1835. America is now the top strawberry producing country followed by Spain.
Strawberries were considered poisonous in Argentina until the mid 1800's.
Strawberries are believed to be an aphrodisiac the shape of the fruit is supposed to resemble a part of the female anatomy. This is why it is popular for valentines day.
The strawberry is now one of the worlds most famous fruits.
They are available all year round but are more expensive out of season. They can be brought in supermarkets, fruit shops, markets, fruit sellers along the road side and when in season you can pick your own if you can find somewhere that does that.
I recently purchased and went on a Ryanair flight. It was one of their newly added routes Malaga - Bournemouth. I compared all the prices for my chosen dates with lots of airlines but found Ryanair to be the cheapest. As I proceeded to book my flight the priced doubled with all the extras that was added on. Taxes that cost more than the flight, baggage and an airport check in fee. The baggage allowance is also alot less that all other airlines 15kg for a suitcase compared to the usual 20kg and 10kg for hand luggage.
When I came to process my booking the information disappeared and I had to fill it out all over again.
I also advise you not to use their helpline phone number as it costs £1 a minute and its automated and you get put on hold and never actually get to speak to anyone.
When I got to the airport the check-in went smoothly and the plane took off on time and landed early (this happened on the return journey too).
The seats on the plane leave alot to be desired though as they are made of blue plastic and are not that comfy. There was also alot of engine noise and even during the day the bright strip lights were on and combined with the noise gave me quite a headache.
All food and drink on the plane are extras and are rather expensive compared to other budget airlines such as Easyjet and Thompsonfly.
Ryanair is not my preferred budget airline especially with the weight restriction. I would use it only if all other airlines are alot more expensive and weight didn't matter.
The hidden extras also put me off as the £60 flight I was booking soon turned into £120. They do need to improve their website to.
Marrows and courgettes are from the same family as pumpkins and squashes. Courgettes are young marrows. They need to be picked quickly once they reach the size of a cucumber, if left for a few more days they will turn into marrows.
Marrows are the size of a large watermelon and have a harder skin than courgettes and need to be peeled. Inside there is white flesh and lots of large seeds that need to be scooped out. With courgettes you can eat the skin and the seeds are so microscopic you can eat them too. Courgettes are juicier than marrows. The flowers that turn into courgettes can be fried and eaten to.
There is not a massive amount of taste to marrows but they can be stuffed with savoury mince and baked. I like to make marrow and cheese (similar to cauliflower cheese) served with green veg and boiled potatoes. They are also good coated in vegemite and roasted this gives it extra flavour. Marrow can also be used to make wine, whisky and rum as the water content is high.
Courgettes are sweeter and nice and juicy. They are one of my favourite vegetables. They can be roasted, boiled, steamed added to soups and stews and used in the making of ratatouille.
Marrows and courgettes do not have much goodness in them as they are 95% water. They contain dietary fibre and some amounts of vitamin C. They are very low in calories so are good if your on a diet. The seeds of a marrow can be roasted or fried and tossed into salads, these contain vitamin B and minerals. Thay have 45% unsaturated fat and 25% protein.
You can also give them to pet rodents such as hamsters as they love them.
The botanical name for marrows and courgettes is CURCUBITA PEPO. They have been grown in Mexico since 5000BC and in Peru since 3000BC. The North American Indians also used them in cooking and rug making.
The Spanish brought them to Europe in the 16th century. The Italians were the first to use immature marrows known as courgettes. They were excepted as a British vegetable in the 1950's.
Marrows and courgettes are easy to grow. Sow the seeds in April and leave them to come up. when the fruits start to show water them frequently from the roots otherwise they will rot. They can be harvested between August and November depending if you wan't courgettes or marrows.
You can buy courgettes easily from supermarkets, markets and fruit and veg shops the price depends on weight and if they are in season or not.
Marrows are slightly harder to find in supermarkets but can be found in fruit and veg shops and at markets when they are in season (Oct-Nov). They have a set price is for the whole vegetable.
Fennel is a tall plant with feathery foilage and yellow flowers that turn into seeds.
It is thick perennial root stock and there are several varieties. The common fennel is stouter and has a taller tubular. The leaves of the common fennel are less divided than the other fennel plants. The bulbs of the fennel are white and tender and are used in salads, soups with fish and meat and braised as a vegetable. They have an aniseed flavour.
Other types of fennel are wild and sweet . These are cultivated for their seeds and leaves and are used to make teas, added to soups and stews, bread and puddings. They have a very strong aniseed flavour.
Fennel is largely cultivated in South of France, the Medditerrainean, Russia, India and Persia. They can be grown anywhere and can last for years in the ground if they are not dug up. The seeds are sown in April and they can be harvested in July and August.
They like a sunny position and can adapt to dry conditions.
Fennel was grown in Ancient Rome for its aromatic fruits and succulent edible shoots and was believed to have 22 remedies.
In medievial times fennel was used to ward off evil spirits and hung on front doors on midsummers eve.
Fennel is high in vitamins A and E, potassium and calcium.
It is very good for upset stomachs, I drink fennel tea when I have one and it does work, Clipper do a good organic tea. It is also very good for flatulence and colic. It is used to make gripe water for babies.
Fennel also helps increase milk flow in nursing mothers and it helps cleanse the blood. Fennel is beneficial for gout, shortness of breath, jaundice, cramps, muscular and rheumatic pain and conjunctivitis. It is also a god stomach intestial remedy.
You can make up a syrup using fennel seeds or the bulb and this is very good for coughs and very helpful.
Fennel is also disliked by fleas and the smell will drive them away from stables and kennels. You can also rub the bulb over your pet or make a solution with a little water and the juice and seeds of fennel and spray it on your animal to protect against fleas.
You can buy the fennel bulb in supermarkets, markets and fruit and veg shops and it costs between £1.49 - £2.99. It may not always be easy to purchase if it is out of season and will also be more expensive then.
Fennel seeds come in a jar and are called anis seed or star anis. These can be found with the herbs and spices in supermarkets and cost between £1.49 - £2.49.
They are very strong in flavour and only a small amount is needed. They are very good used in bread and buns.
This plant is quite often overlooked especially in the U.K but it has alot of culinary uses.
Fennel tastes like aniseed balls so if you or your children like them its worth using fennel in your cooking especially as it has health benefits
Pumpkins are known as a wonder vegetable.
It comes from the same family as the squash and gourd they are large and orange both on the inside and outside. They have a hard skin and contain lots of large seeds inside. (these can be dried and planted to grow your own).
The seeds are planted in the spring and harvested in the autumn if the skin does not have any bruises or blemishes they can be kept in the cool for up to 6 months.
The word pumpkin comes from the Greek word Pepon meaning large melon. The English termed it Pumpion or Pompion back in 1547.
Pumpkins was one of the many foods used by the Native American Indians both as food and to weave rugs. It was a welcome discovery by the pilgrims. This is why pumpkins are always served up at thanksgiving.
Pumpkins are also associated with halloween and used to make laterns.
Pumpkins have many beneficial properties and are a good source of vitamin A and C and are high in potassium and magnesium. They also contain vitamin B6, vitamin E, folate, iron, phosphoric, panthotheic acid and copper.
They are low in salt and saturate free and can help lower cholesterol.
For 100grams of pumpkin there is 20 calories so they are good for dieting. Pumpkin also helps curb the appetite.
Pumpkins contain lots of antioxidants and protects the immune system. They are very good for the eyesight and can protect against cancer, heart diease and strokes.
Recipes for pumpkins are very limited and I have only found pumpkin pie and a bland pumpkin soup. But they are much more versatile than this. I have made a soup with it but spiced it up. I also like to roast pumpkin with vegemite on it for extra flavour. They are good plain just as a vegetable with meat or fish or in stir-frys and curries or mashed together with potato (especially on top of Shepherds pie).
I have also made pumpkin whisky and pumpkin wine.
You can but pumpkins in supermarkets, markets and fruit and veg shops. You can buy them either whole, in half or wedges if you only want a small amount. The cost usually depends on weight but sometimes shops sell a whole one for a certain price.
Pumpkins are soft with a delicate sweet taste. Ideal for children and very good for the whole family.
Vitamin E is an important part of peoples diet. It has lots of health benefits and if your body of vitamin E it can cause lots of health problems.
Vitamin E comes in 8 forms and each has its own biological activity
Vitamin E is a high antioxidant and it protects the blood cells from free radicals.
Vitamin E is also needed for a healthy pregnancy.
Vitamin E also helps with DNA repair, prevents against cancer, strokes, parkinsons disease and heart disease, lowers cholesterol,helps with arthritis, PMS and the menopause.
It also helps the metabolic process, peptic ulcers and infertility in men.
Not only is vitamin E essential for the health but it also protects the skin fron ultra violet rays which is why moisturisers and after suns contain it.
It is also good for acne, psoriasis and eczema either by taking supplements or using vitamin E creams.
Vitamin E is found in leafy green vegetables, vegetable oil, nuts, mangos, avocado, kiwi, fortified cereals and olives.
I have been taking vitamin E for 4 months and have felt better for it and my skin has a healthy glow to it. I also like to put vitamin E lotion on my skin after I have been in the sun. It prevents it from going red and sore and helps it go brown. It also stops the skin from drying out and makes it look radiant.
You can buy vitamin E supplements in supermarkets, health shops and chemists. They vary in cost depending on the brand, strength, quantity and place of purchase.
The cost starts at 99p for an own brand 30 capsules and 200iu (strength). I paid £1.49 for a high strength (400iu) supermarket own brand, 30 capsules.
I have difficulty swallowing capsules so I pierce the capsule and squeeze the oil into a small amount of water.
It does actually have a pleasant sweet taste which is unusual for a vitamins and oils.
There are many types of olive oil. The first pressing from the olives is known as the Extra Virgin olive oil. This is very low in acid and contains the maximum goodness and is thicker than the other olive oils this is why it is the most expensive of all the oils.
After the first pressing you get the Virgin olive oil which is high in acidity then the regular olive oil. This is quite often blended with other oils.
Most of the olive oils that are available come from Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece.
Olives originated from Crete 5 - 7 thousand years ago.
Olive oil is mild on the intestines it is also beneficial for heart disease, thrombosis, asthma, colon cancer, hot flushes and to help lower cholesterol. It has also got anti- inflammatory properties and is a good antioxidant. It can help protect against free radicals.
Olive oil is high in vitamin E this is good not only for health but also the skin.
The olives for oil are harvested in late November and December. The trees are beaten so that the olives fall into nets laid on the floor below. Once this happens they cease to be nourished from the tree and acidity starts to develop.
For the best olive oil there needs to be low acidity.
It is best to press the olives within 24hours of picking them but this is seldom achieved.
If olives are left too long they rot and the smell is quite revolting (like dung!).
Olive oil is used in cooking (it does burn so is best not to use for frying). Used as a dressing in salads, sprinkled on toast and bread. As a moisturiser or skin barrier and warmed (tepid) can be used to loosen earwax, tilt head pour a little oil in leave for 5-10 mins then clean the ear with a cotton bud.
Olive oil is widely available in supermarkets and smaller shops. The price depends on what type of olive oil you buy, size, brand and place of purchase.
The cheapest starting at £1.19 for a small bottle of regular olive oil
Ginger is my favourite spice of all I especially love using fresh root ginger. I use it in alot of my cooking, to make drinks with and instead of medicine.
It has been grown for thousands of years mainly in hotter climates but it will grow in the U.K in pots if kept in the sun (but not direct sunlight). Although it is called a root it is actually a tuber with roots of its own. Ginger can harvest almost all year round. The longer it is kept underground the hotter and spicer it becomes.
When choosing root ginger to buy pick one with smooth brown skin as this will indicate the freshness of it.
Ginger helps as a stress relief and mood enhancer and is also known to be an aphrodisiac! so use it in your cooking to get your partner in the mood!
Ginger is well known to aid nausea, travel sickness and upset stomachs. When in feeling sick I either chew on a piece of peeled root ginger or make a ginger drink by bruising the root ginger lightly with a rolling pin (releasing flavour and goodness) you don't need to peel it, then adding it to some hot water and lemon juice, you can also add honey. This is also good for colds, flu and sore throats.
Crystallised ginger is also good for upset stomachs and vitality. It always seems to perk me up!
Giner has anti inflammatory properties and can help lessen the pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Ginger can help with athelets foot just bruise the root ginger and add it to a bowl of warm water and soak your feet in it. Do this several times a week until the athletes foot goes, it really does work.
You can also buy ground ginger for cooking (costing between 49p- £1.29) available in supermarkets and ginger health supplements available in supermarkets, health shops and chemists (£1.99+). Root ginger can be brought in supermarkets and fruit shops and is priced according to the weight.
Ginger tea is very refreshing and helps reduce excessive sweating.
I think ginger is wonderful and would'nt be without it. It's the one product I do swear by.
Garlic is known as the wonder drug. It is a member of the onion, shallot and leek family.
Garlic has been grown and used in the Mediterranean for thousands of years in cooking and remedies. Although it is just as easy to grow garlic in colder climates.
I use garlic in most of the meals I cook for the flavour and because I know the benfits of it.
Garlic is known and recommended by doctors to help lower cholesterol, it also helps protect against colds and flu. Garlic is also used as a mosquito repellent.
If you crush or chop garlic do it over the pan or dish your using as the goodness is in the juice.
Organic garlic not only has a better flavour but is higher in sulphate therefore is a more powerful antibiotic. Garlic is a wonderful antioxidant and will help get rid of the radicals in your body.
The body does not build up a resistance against garlic so you can be sure it will always be doing you good.
The only disadvantage of garlic is that it makes your breath smell and this can last for up to 4 days, so don't eat garlic before you go to the dentist!.
You can buy garlic in capsule and tablet form if you don't like it but wan't the benefits. You can also buy odourless garlic tablets but I have been told in a health shop that these are not as affective as the juice is not used in them I don't know how true this is though. It seems the smelliest part of the bulb is also the most nutritious. These supplements cost between £1.99 + depending on the brand and place of purchase. They are widely available in supermarkets, health shops and chemists.
Garlic is a wonderful culinary ingredient with lots of health benefits.