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- In winter, the sun sets earlier, a chill fills the air, and we spend less time outside with less activities and more time inside eating starchy and sugary foods. Our hibernating instinct doesn’t keep us healthy. Rather, our immune system takes a hit, allowing winter colds and flus to grab hold.
Luckily, there are certain things you can do to keep your energy up, your immune system strong and your body healthy all winter long.
1. Drink healthy fluids
Sugary and caffeinated beverages can suppress immune-system function, not to mention cause weight gain and dehydration. Drinking six to eight glasses a day of water or herbal tea can keep your digestive system healthy, your weight down and your energy up. This is especially important over the winter months to help flush the system. Green and white teas are also wonderful antioxidant-rich options to keep you healthy throughout the season.
2. Get some z’s
Sleeping is one of the most effective ways to refuel after a stressful day. Make sure to sleep in a dark room to ensure your body properly secretes the hormone melatonin, which is believed to help repair the immune system.
3. Avoid added sugars
In addition to causing weight gain, refined flours and sugars can suppress immune-system function. In other words, if there is a flu or cold circulating and you go a little crazy on the white sugar (cookies, pop, candy, etc.), you’re creating the perfect environment for illness to strike. Turn to naturally occurring sugars found in fruit for some sweetness. If you crave chocolate, go for dark chocolate (minimum 70 per cent cocoa), which contains plant phenols that have been shown to lower blood pressure. Cut up squares and store them in your freezer. Grab one or two when you need a sweet treat.
4. Go for garlic
The sulfur-containing compounds in garlic help increase the potency of two important cells of the immune system, T-lymphocytes and macrophages, which in turn help battle colds. Eat garlic raw or cooked for an immune-system boost.
5. Eat zinc-rich foods
Zinc helps prevent a weakened immune system. Get adequate amounts by eating oysters, liver, lean beef, pork, turkey, lamb, lentils, pumpkin and sesame seeds, garbanzo beans and yogurt.
6. Favour fruits and veggies
A recent study of more than 35,000 Canadians conducted by the Canadian Community Health Survey showed that the majority of us eat fewer than five servings of fruits and vegetables a day — Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating recommends eating five to 10 servings per day. One serving is equal to:
• 1 medium-size fresh vegetable or fruit
• 1/2 cup (125 mL) fresh, frozen or canned vegetables or fruit
• 1 cup (250 mL) salad
• 1/2 cup (125 mL) juice
7. Move it
Don’t succumb to inactivity this winter — hit the yoga studio, run on the treadmill or suit up and head outdoors. A brisk walk burns calories, gets the blood flowing and increases energy.
And don’t forget to watch your stress levels over the winter — when we don’t get enough sun exposure, mood and energy tend to fluctuate. Journaling, meeting with friends, enjoying “me” time and meditating are all wonderful ways to keep yourself healthy and happy.
(Source : www.canadianliving.com/health/mind_and_spirit/7_tips_for_winter_health_2.php)In winter, the sun sets earlier, a chill fills the air, and we spend less time outside with less activities and more time inside eating starchy and sugary foods. Our hibernating instinct doesn’t keep us healthy. Rather, our immune system takes a hit, allowing winter colds and flus to grab hold. Luckily, there are certain things ...
Offering a Best Man speech at a wedding event is something in life that a ton of guys have apprehension about. Being asked to be a Best Man in the first place will certainly fill you with joy and most certainly you’ll be proud, nonetheless after a short while understanding will most certainly set in that you’ll be standing in front of great deals of household and friends who are anticipating a wholehearted and delightful speech. For most guys, public speaking is not their forte and nerves can quickly get the better of them even if the speech has in fact been prepared down to the very last detail and rehearsed various times.
There are numerous means of making a public speech and in the short volume of time you have with all eyes and ears focused on you it is crucial to have a well structured speech that not only you are comfortable with, but one that the Bride and Groom will also be comfortable with. This does not indicate you have to share the sophisticated information of the speech with them but it’s not rare for the Groom to have heard the speech.
Prior to the greatest Guy’s speech it’s rather typical for the Pop of the New bride-to-be to wish to state a few words about the newlyweds, in particular about his daughter. In the course of this short speech he will certainly congratulate the delighted couple and rather usually will welcome the Groom into the family. When he has made his short speech and thanked who he needs to thank it’s typical for him to raise a toast to the Couple. It is standard after the Dad of the new bride’s speech for the Groom to state a few words. In some situation’s the Groom will certainly talk after best man and make his thanks on behalf of himself and his spouse. The Groom’s speech will normally end with a romantic gesture of exactly just how spectacular his spouse looks.
When the time is ready for the speech it is essential to make a terrific first impression. It’s most likely you might be offered by a professional toastmaster or the New bride’s pop, so now is not the time to let your nerves get the better of you. The feel-good factor most absolutely attributes and including in some witty lines into your speech is always a crowd pleaser! A few noticeable but essential to go over do n’ts are reviewing previous relationships, offensive or extreme bad language. Balancing out the speech with slightly uncomfortable tales consisting of the Groom is acceptable although this balancing act is one to take with caution. There are lots of books about electrical wiring and giving Best Man speeches and you’ll additionally discover sample jokes and chosen anecdotes which can be utilized or adapted to your own individual relationship with the Bride and Groom.
Planning the speech well in advance is the key to every effective speech. Attempting to wing it or perform a speech off the cuff need to be protected against at all times. Alcohol is well recognized for tossing people into an untrue sense of self-confidence and there is far much better time to know that than when planning for a speech of this value. If possible, eat a reduced amount of liquor before the speech, there will certainly be lots of time later on to delight in a tipple!
Practicing your speech is essential to executing a great speech on the genuine day. Usage relative and pals and don’t be offended if your very first speech does not produce the desired results. At this stage you still have considerable time to fine tune your speech.
After losing his parents, this 3 year old orangutan was so depressed he wouldn’t eat and didn’t respond to any medical treatments. The veterinarians thought he would surely die from sadness.
The zoo keepers found an old sick dog on the grounds in the park at the zoo where the orangutan lived and took the dog to the animal treatment center. The dog arrived at the same time the orangutan was there being treated..
The 2 lost souls met and have been inseparable ever since.
The orangutan found a new reason to live and each always tries his best to be a good companion to his new found friend.
They are together 24 hours a day in all their activities.They live in Northern California where swimming is their favorite past time, although Roscoe (the orangutan) is a little afraid of the water and needs his friend’s help to swim. Together they have discovered the joy and laughter in life and the value of friendship..
They have found more than a friendly shoulder to lean on.
Long Live Friendship!!!!!!!
I don’t know… some say life is too short, others say it is too long, but I know that nothing that we do makes sense if we don’t touch the hearts of others.. while it lasts!
May you always have Love to Share, Health to Spare, And Friends who Care.
(contributed by: n.rajtech on 14.09.2011)After losing his parents, this 3 year old orangutan was so depressed he wouldn’t eat and didn’t respond to any medical treatments. The veterinarians thought he would surely die from sadness. The zoo keepers found an old sick dog on the grounds in the park at the zoo where the orangutan lived and took the dog ...
- Bill Clinton’s autobiography and “The Titanic” —a comparison of the two booksStudents at a local school were assigned to read two books,‘Titanic’ by James Cameron & ‘My Life’ by Bill Clinton.One student turned in the following book report, with the proposition that they were nearly identical stories!His cool professor gave him an A+ for this report.Titanic: cost – $29.99Clinton : cost – $29.99Titanic: Over 3 hours to readClinton : Over 3 hours to readTitanic: The story of Jack and Rose, their forbidden love, and subsequent catastrophe.Clinton : The story of Bill and Monica, their forbidden love, and subsequent catastrophe.Titanic: Jack is a starving artist.Clinton : Bill is a bullshit artist.Titanic: In one scene, Jack enjoys a good cigar.Clinton : Ditto for MonicaTitanic: During the ordeal, Rose’s dress gets ruined.Clinton : Ditto for Monica.Titanic: Jack teaches Rose to spit.Clinton : Let’s not go there.Titanic: Rose gets to keep her jewelryClinton : Monica is forced to return her gifts.Titanic: Rose remembers Jack for the rest of her life.Clinton : Clinton remembers Monica for the rest of his life.Titanic: Rose goes down on a vessel full of seamen.Clinton : Monica…ooh, let’s not go there, either..Titanic: Jack surrenders to an icy death.Clinton : Bill goes home to Hilary – basically the same thing.(contributed by: sn on 08.12.2012)
Badrinath is a Hindu holy town and a nagar panchayat in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is the most important of the four sites in India’s Char Dham pilgrimage.
Badrinath temple in night after closing ceremony.
The Badrinath temple is the main attraction in the town. According to legend Shankara discovered a black stone image of Lord Badrinarayan made of Saligram stone in the Alaknanda River. He originally enshrined it in a cave near the Tapt Kund hot springs.In the sixteenth century, the King of Garhwal moved the murti to the present temple.
The temple has undergone several major renovations because of age and damage by avalanche. In the 17th century, the temple was expanded by the kings of Garhwal. After significant damage in the great 1803 Himalayan earthquake, it was rebuilt by the King of Jaipur.
The temple is approximately 50 ft (15 m) tall with a small cupola on top, covered with a gold gilt roof. The facade is built of stone, with arched windows. A broad stairway leads up to a tall arched gateway, which is the main entrance. The architecture resembles a Buddhist vihara (temple), with the brightly painted facade also more typical of Buddhist temples. Just inside is the mandapa, a large pillared hall that leads to the garbha grha, or main shrine area. The walls and pillars of the mandapa are covered with intricate carvings.
Neelkanth Parbat from Badrinath
History and legend
The Badrinath area is referred to as Badari or Badarikaashram (बदरिकाश्रम) in Hindu scriptures. It is a place sacred to Vishnu, particularly in Vishnu’s dual form of Nara-Narayana. Thus, in the Mahabharata, Krishna, addressing Arjuna, says, “Thou wast Nara in a former body, and, with Narayana for thy companion, didst perform dreadful austerity at Badari for many myriads of years.”
One legend has it that when the goddess Ganga was requested to descend to earth to help suffering humanity, the earth was unable to withstand the force of her descent. Therefore the mighty Ganga was split into twelve holy channels, with Alaknanda one of them.
The mountains around Badrinath are mentioned in the Mahabharata, when the Pandavas are said to have ended their life by ascending the slopes of a peak in western Garhwal called Swargarohini – literally, the ‘Ascent to Heaven’. Local legend has it that the Pandavas passed through Badrinath and the town of Mana, 4 km north of Badrinath, on their way to Svarga (heaven). There is also a cave in Mana where Vyasa, according to legend, wrote the Mahabharata.
The area around Badrinath was celebrated in Padma Purana as abounding in spiritual treasures.
View from Badrinath
Located only a few kilometers from the Indo-China (Tibet) border, Badrinath is generally a two-day-long journey from either Kedarnath, the site that precedes it in the Char Dham circuit, or one of the main disembarkation points on the plains. Hemkund Sahib, an important Sikh pilgrimage site, is on the way to Badrinath, so the road is especially crowded during the summer pilgrimage season. The temple and its substantial surrounding village are accessible by road. The best time to visit Badrinath is between June and September. Warm clothes are recommended all year.
The northern math established by Adi Sankara is nearby at Jyotirmath. Other places in the area are Haridwar and Rishikesh.
The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport near Dehradun, (317 km). The nearest railway stations are at Haridwar (310 km) and Rishikesh(297 km) and Kotdwar, (327 km) respectively. There are regular buses operating to Badrinath, from New Delhi, Haridwar and Rishikesh. As the roads are very narrow, for your safety it is recommended to travel by all terrain vehicles. Until recently you could not drive here, but now you can drive right up next to the temple. There are many private helicopter service providers who provide services at very marginal rates like Heritage Aviation and many more other service providers.
(source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badrinath)Badrinath is a Hindu holy town and a nagar panchayat in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is the most important of the four sites in India’s Char Dham pilgrimage. Badrinath temple in night after closing ceremony. The Badrinath temple is the main attraction in the town. According to legend Shankara discovered a black ...