Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Lucifer Hummingbird

Here is plate. This one features a female Lucifer Hummingbird. I sort of like the soft halos on this, but I know it breaks a lot of rules.

Got Ice - Need Drink!

the gull really did appear to be playing with the ice - or was he looking for a drink to ice down?

Identify Your Headache

Detect the type of Headache

  1. Headaches are irritants that could spoil your day. They could take away your efficiency by almost 50 per cent.
  2. Often we neglect headaches and try to get on with the daily chores till finally 3-4 hours later the headache becomes unbearable. After hours of this slow torture, finally we pop in a tablet to relieve the pain. If you do a quick analysis, you'll realise that from the moment the headache began to the time you took the tablet, you may have lost many hours of productive time.
  3. So the next time you feel the headache coming, first of all try to identify what kind of headache it might be. And then go for the cure.
  4. Headaches occur for many reasons. They come due to tension or inflammation of the sinus. Sometimes headaches come when the eyes are under strain.

Tension headache:
The most common type of headache, immortalised in TV commercials where a harried woman is hounded by a demanding husband, bratty children and a tyrannical boss.

Symptom: Feels like a tight band around your head.
Cause: Tight muscles in the face, neck and scalp, usually caused by stress.

Migraine: A headache has to be pretty nasty to earn the name migraine, which means "half a head" in French.
Symptom: A throbbing pain, usually on one side of the head. Usually accompanied by nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound.
Cause: Uneven levels of the brain chemical serotonin, which causes the blood vessels in the head to constrict, then expand, putting pressure on surrounding nerves. Can be aggravated by the hormonal changes of the menstrual cycle.
Prewarning: Most migraines are preceded by what's called an aura - flickering points of light or jagged lines that distort your vision.

Sinus headache: Pain around the bridge of your nose, jaws and ears. Sometimes pain moves down into the gums. Usually starts in the morning and gets worse throughout the day.
Cause: When you have a sinus infection, trapped air and pus press against the swollen, tender lining of your sinuses.
Hard fact: Sinus infections are common but sinus headaches are actually quite rare.

Cluster headache: The most excruciating of all headaches.
Symptom: A piercing, throbbing, burning pain that bores into one side of the head, around or behind the eyes. Can occur several times each day for weeks or months at a time.
Cause: Unknown.

Ten Bad Sleeping Habits

Curling up: Did you know that sleeping all curled up is not good for your back? This could result in back pain. The best way to fall asleep is on your back, flat out, with maybe a pillow under your knees to flex your lower back.

Having pets sleep in your bed: Animal hair can trigger off asthma and other allergy attacks, so it is advisable to keep your furry friends out of your bed. Even children's stuffed toys can be carriers of dust mites. And that is something you need to watch out for.

Sleeping face down: Sleeping face down can wake you up in just a little while because of the distrupted nocturnal breathing that this can result in. You will not be able to breathe properly when sleeping face down and this will wake you up.

Dropping off in your make up: Apart from producing dark circles around your eyes, eye make up can irritate your eyes while you sleep. Besides having make up on for long periods of time can produce dermatitis. So before you hit the hay, even if you are bone tired, take a coupleof minutes to completely remove all traces of make up from your face and neck.

Sleeping in a cold room: With the air conditioner on full blast and you feeling absolutely cold, you could curl up in a bad posture while sleeping. And this is bad for your spine. So sleep in a comfortable temperature, and set the timer on in your air conditioner before it gets too cold for you.

Putting flowers in your bedroom: Fresh flowers and their sweet scents are great to have in your room. But not while you sleep and in your bed room. Flowers have pollen that could trigger off an allergy attack in allergy-prone folks. Sunflowers are the worst offenders. If you still insist on flowers, have some low fragrance types that can minimise allergy attacks.

Sleeping with a bedside lamp on: Deep sleep can come only when you are sleeping in total darkness. So it might be a good idea to stop being afraid of the boogie man lurking in the shadows and sleep well. But if you are used to sleeping with the light on, gradually dim it, or your sleep can get completely disrupted!

Cleaning your bedroom: Many disinfectants have chemicals that can irritate your skin,nose, throat and lungs when you sleep. So avoid cleaning your room in the evening, but give it a once-over in the morning.

Staying in a freshly painted room: Paints and varnishes also have chemicals that can irritate the system. So, if your have got your room painted, sleep somewhere else for about 3 weeks and then come in to inhabit the place after all the dust and chemicals have settled.

Lying in: We all love to sleep and given the chance we will sleep a lot longer than we need to. And this can leave you feeling groggy and tired and not at your best. So, get just your requried number of hours of sleep and wake up bright and alert to face the challenges of a new day. And did you know that a woman needs 15 minutes more sleep than a man does? So, now you know what to tell him when he asks for coffee or breakfast in bed!

7 Lifesaving Fitness Tips

You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain by becoming physically fit.Get your body moving and eat healthy food to increase your chances to lead a long, active and healthy life.To help you in your quest for better health, the following are seven health and physical fitness tips that can save or add years to your life.

Visit Your Doctor For An Annual Check-Up:

Regular check-ups are a key to good health.Doctors can inform patients about preventive measures and early detection of life-threatening diseases or conditions.The earlier you and your doctor know about diseases like ******, prostate or colon cancer, the better your chances of recovery.In addition, your doctor can help you recognise a threat to your health.Perhaps, you've gained or lost a lot of weight recently, with no clear explanation.Then doctors can outline an eating and exercise regime that is most beneficial to us.

Consult Your Physician Before Beginning Any Health Or

Fitness Programme:

Many men and women go on a health kick, go on a diet, head to the gym and overdo it.Without consulting a physician, its difficult to know if your body is prepared for strenuous exercise or a change in your diet.Without that extra step, you could be putting your health, or even your life, in danger.Talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise or diet programme.Start slowly and seek a doctor who can tell you whether any medications you're taking would interfere with exercise, or whether you're fully healed from the surgery you had a month ago.

Drink At Least 8 Glasses Of Water A Day:

The benefits of water are tremendous.Drinking water quenches thirst, aids digestion, cools your body during exercise, flushes out waste and carries essential nutrients to your body's cells.Water also reduces the risk of kidney stones, lubricates joints, improves skin tone, relieves headaaches and curbs appetite.When you're exercising, your body loses a lot of its water.The more you exercise, the more water you need to drink.So, its vitally important to replace the water you've lost while exercising.Start with drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day, but add 1-5 extra cups of water for each hour of physical activity, fitness experts say.Personal trainers recommend that you should'nt go more than an hour without drinking a sip of water.Add a slice of lemon or lime to give your water some flavour.

Exercise For 20-30 Minutes, 3-5 Times A Week:

Cardiovascular or aerobic exercise helps prevent heart disease, strokes and high blood pressure, and also helps counteract some forms of diabetes.It is'nt about losing weight, experts say, its about burning excess fat.Cardiovascular exercise is the only way to burn fat,build muscle, and drop the unwanted kilos.To begin with, find your target heart rate, which is the rate at which you would ideally burn fat.You maximum heart rate, measured in beats per minutes(bpm) is generally 220 minus your age.So the maximum heart rate for a healthy 30 year old is 190bpm.But you dont want to wok out at your maximum heart rate, so we find the target heart rate, which is generally 60-75% of your maximum heart rate.That's the heart rate you should maintain when exercising.And when doing any exercise, its important to stretch your body.Stretching decreases the risk of injury and increases flexibility.

Try Strengthen-Training To Help Prevent Osteoporosis:

Brittle bones are often a sign of aging, especially among women.But lifting weights and strength-training helps you gain strength, balance and bone density.This is especially important for women over the age of 45.Weight-bearing exercise also increases your lean muscle mass and helps you burn more calories.You should work all of your major muscle groups at least twice a week.You may need to start with light weights at first, until your body adjusts to your routine.Start with a weight you can lift for 8-15 repetitions and then gradually increase it.

Eat A Low-Fat, High Fibre, High-Nutrient Diet:

Most people who eat unhealthy foods on a regular basis are, physicians say, living dangerously.Their diets are high in fat, low-fibre, and are lacking real nutritional value.This type of diet promotes obesity, which can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.Eat a wide variety of foods, including fruits and vegetables.Decrease your fat, alcohol and soft drink consumption.

Proper Diet And Exercise Reduce The Risk Of Cancer:

Regular exercise, along with a sensible diet, can help prevent many types of cancer, including those of the ******, colon and prostrate, though it is not known if a diet low in fat will prevent ****** cancer.But studies show that in populations that consume high fat diets, women are more likely to die of ****** cancer than women in populations that consume a low-fat diet.Studies have also shown that certain foods such as wheat bran cereal, canola oil, soyamilk, yoghurt, carrots and spinach can fight cancer.Exercise,especially in young women, may decrease hormone levels and contribute to a lower ****** cancer risk.

Whether you follow any or all of these suggestions, its important that you realise that becoming physically fit begins and ends with you.Taking time out of your busy schedule to focus on yourslef-a mental break-is just as important as eating right and exercising to achieve good overall health.Remember there is no quick fix.You didnt gain the weight overnight, so you are not going to lose it overnight either.

Mysterious Rock

A huge rock in a village of Al-Hassa region, SAUDI ARABIA
raises 11 cms from the ground level once in a year during the
month of April and stays elevated for about 30 minutes !!!

They say that 17 years ago, one terrorist was shot dead behind this
rock as he was hidden there. This encounter happened in the month of
April 1989. You can see the fresh blood stains on the rock. Most
surprisingly, when the rock raises from the ground, these stains become
darker, fresher and wet. Local residents tried to wipe off the stains
several times, but after some time it appears again on the rock
automatically..... isn't it astounding ?

The Strongest Dog in the World

Well this Big Dog works for the Russian Army Special forces.....!!!
See what they mean Tested on Animals....Looks like he has been tested with all the Steroids in the world.... what do u say guys.....???

Houses With A Breathtaking View

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Environmental Architecture

"Environmental Architecture For All Of Those Who Loves The Nature"

Grand Theft Auto In Punjabi Style

"Grand Theft Auto Punjab"

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