Ubiquitous

I wish I had more hair on my head, but hair is best when it is limited to being contained in certain regions and not present everywhere on your body.  Hypertrichosis is an abnormal amount of hair growth over the body and extensive cases are sometimes called werewolf syndrome.  Did you ever wonder what Cousin Itt (the fictional character in the Addams Family television and film series) looks like under all of that hair?  Gomez once asked him what is underneath all of his hair, and Cousin Itt replied with the nebulous remark “Roots”.

Corn silk is the stringy hair like stuff that you find underneath the husk of an ear of corn.  It’s all about sex, since corn is a monoecious plant, that produces both male and female flowers on the same plant.  Both flowers are initially bisexual, but during the course of development the female components (gynoecia) of the male flowers and the male components (stamens) of the female flowers abort.  The corn silk growing out of the ear is the female part of a corn plant, and the tassel growing out the top of the corn stalk is the male part.  The corn silk is the stigma and style of the female part of the corn.  The stigma is the sticky end of the silk where pollen attaches.

A single ear of corn, which is about a half cup of corn kernels, contains 2 grams of fiber.  Fiber has a number of health benefits, including normalizing bowel function and preventing constipation. Psyllium is a form of fiber made from the husks of the Plantago ovata plant’s seeds.  Psyllium is a bulk-forming laxative, it soaks up water in your gut and makes bowel movements much easier and can help promote regularity without increasing flatulence.  Psyllium husk fiber often comes in a powder form, but if you take it in a tablet, make sure that you chew it thoroughly before swallowing.

Written for FOWC with Fandango – Nebulous and for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Tablet Husk Hair.

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