Cartoon Penguins

Penguins – who wouldn’t be able to recognize their distinctive black and white, tux-like plumage, their peculiar upright stance, and often humorous waddling gait? Penguins have captivated the interest of many people all over the world. They are simply one of the most familiar birds, even though most people have had no opportunity to observe the penguin while in its native habitat. The penguin has also found its way into our popular culture notably in film, comics, and cartoons.

Penguins are usually depicted as cute and comical characters in cartoons and comics. The unique black-and-white plumage is likened to a tuxedo, which is why many people joke that the penguin is “well-dressed.” However, some fictional penguins are also sometimes depicted as grumpy or even sinister. For instance, Badtz Maru, a cartoon from Sanrio, is presented as a cute, but bad-tempered penguin. In the 1960s, the title character of Tennessee and His Tales was a penguin that frequently escaped from the zoo with his walrus friend and often found trouble in the outside world.

Perhaps the most famous non-bird penguin of all was the Penguin, a villain introduced in DC Comic’s Batman. Many cartoons and comics also poke fun at the penguin’s physical characteristics and its inability to fly. Humorous comics sometimes depict penguins in various amusing situations. Other representations of penguins in popular culture include the Linux mascot, Tux, several penguin characters in video games, and cartoons.

In these cartoons, the distinct physical characteristics of the penguin are usually emphasized, often with humorous results. Some cartoons feature interactions between penguins and polar bears, which is a misconception since the two animals are found on opposite hemispheres: penguins are found in the southern hemisphere while polar bears are native to the northern hemisphere. All over the world, penguins continue to fascinate people with their distinct traits and behavior.

Articles on Eating Disorders – 4 Gems That Make an Article a 'Must Read'

Gem no. 1: formal or informal?

Are you an academic looking for articles on eating disorders because you're doing research? Or are you a lay-person seeking knowledge and understanding? Just wanting relevant information without wading through academic terms. Do you want to read about an official DSM-IV diagnosis of 'Muscle Dysmorphia' and be given an official definition like: "It's a psychological disorder marked by a negative body image and an obsessive desire to have a muscular physique." Or do you want to read that 'Bigorexia' (which is also known as the 'Adonis complex') is an obsession with building BIG and muscular bodies. What kinds of articles on eating disorders speak your kind of language?

PS Before someone wraps me over the knuckles …. in truth Muscle Dysmorphia is not a true eating disorder, however, body dissatisfaction is probably the most central ingredient in all eating disorders and in laymans terms it falls under an eating disorder in most people's mind. Of course, Bigorexia often does have a dietary and supplement component too as the illness progresses.

Gem no. 2: Links to quizzes or diagnostic criteria

Does this eating disorder article offer you tools (or links to tools) – like eating disorder quizzes – so that you can see when you (or someone you love) is on a slippery slope? So often I read an article on an eating disorder and wonder whether the reader is any clearer at the end of it all about whether they are in danger or not. An assessment tool really can be a big help.

And are you looking for an informal quiz like those you'll find at the Ditch Diets Live Light website (you'll find a link to them below) or do you want the official diagnostic criteria as laid down for Clinical use.

Gem no. 3: similarities and comparisons

Do they link and cross reference with other articles on eating disorders. Because here's the thing – so often one eating disorder has many things in common with another. For example: what are the differences and similarities between, Exercise bulimia (and yes I do know that just like Bigorexia it's not an official eating disorder diagnosis in the DSM-IV) and Bigorexia? Or, how do Orthorexia (also not a DSM-I) diagnosis and Anorexia compare? The eating disorder articles you'll find at the Ditch Diets Live Light website are fabulous for helping you sort out the similarities and differences.

Gem no. 4: the face behind the article

Are these articles on eating disorders written by someone from the medical or psychological profession? Or someone who has been a victim of an eating disorder? Or perhaps someone (like myself) who is a psychologist with a special passion for food and body issues because I've also done my time with not one, but a couple different eating disorders?

You'll either get an academically correct account, a personal but possibly less accurate account, or a combination of both knowledge and experience. What you get when it comes to articles on eating disorders have a lot to do with the 'face' behind them, but be sure you're choosing articles that give you what you're looking for.

A Refrigerator Snack Box Can Solve Your Snacking Woes

One of the best ways to solve your snacking woes is to create a snack box for your refrigerator. Uncontrolled snacking is one of the top reasons why people continually have trouble losing weight and are unable to get in shape. Not only is this due to the types/amounts of snack choices made on a regular basis, but also the fact that numerous snacking instances arise on a day-to-day basis which means each moment presents the opportunity to overeat.

Think about your own personal snacking habits. Are they usually healthy instances beneficial for weight loss or nutritional disasters that leave you feeling stuffed and bloated afterwards?

If you are not prepared to handle moments when hunger cravings kick-in, then you’ll likely end up putting far too many calories into your body.

Let’s change that around for good!

One of the best ways to solve your snacking woes is to make a snack box for your fridge. Plain and simple, a snack box is any type of container you put inside your refrigerator to store your pre-portioned snacks that you prepare ahead of time so they’re always ready to go. Having this handy at all times means that in between your main meals you will easily be able to open your refrigerator door and get a nutritious yet satisfying snack.

Plus, with this snack box stocked at all times, you can easily grab a couple and toss them in your lunch bag before heading out for work in the morning.

Say goodbye to vending machine and fast food trips if you stick with this healthy habit!

However before you can make your own snack box, you need to decide what type of snacks you want to have. Once you create your snack list, you can then go to the supermarket and purchase all the items you’ll need to prepare your very own snack box.

In order to not leave you hanging on the ledge without any help, here’s a list of the snacks we put in our snack box. Actually, we made two separate boxes (one for him and her) which was great in order to play to each others preferences.

– hummus with homemade pita chips

– carrots with lite ranch

– a Bagel Thin w/ 1.5 oz yogurt cream cheese

– celery sticks w/ 1.5 oz peanut butter

– yogurt with granola

– almonds with raisins

– cottage cheese with blueberries/raspberries

– white cheddar rice cakes

A few items that really come in handy when making a snack box are small/medium Ziploc plastic bags, a permanent marker, and various sizes of plastic containers.

Small mini 4 oz. (1/2 cup) containers work wonders to hold appropriate amounts of granola, fruit, almonds, raisins, yogurt cream cheese, etc. They are large enough for the snacks yet still fit in Zip loc bags that will be placed in the snack box. This is important to keep food items separate until they are eaten since you likely wouldn’t want granola rubbing up all over the outside of a yogurt container. Who knows where that container has been.

In regards to the actual box to keep in your refrigerator, practically any type of basket/plastic container can be used. It all depends on how much space you have or what area(s) might work for your snack box storage spot. If you don’t have the space for an actual basket, then just devote a particular bag (clean) and keep all your individually bagged snacks in the larger bag. Keeping your snacks in this manner may allow you to tuck them into a tight corner or space.

Again, it all depends on the space you have in your refrigerator.

With your list of foods you purchase from the market you will be well on your way to creating your own personal refrigerator snack box where you will be able to turn for healthy, delicious munchies.

Remember, snacks don’t have to be dull and boring. All the snacks mentioned above hover around, or sometimes under, the 200 calorie count. When you tie one with a 20+ ounce bottle/glass of water, you have the perfect way to quickly quench a growing appetite without turning the snacking instance into a caloric nightmare.

Try making your own on a Sunday afternoon/evening so your week can start (and hopefully end) on a healthy note. You may really come to love your refrigerator snack box once you start the habit and stick with it consistently.

Air Conditioners Are a Necessity in Summers

Global warming has led to hotter summers and humid atmosphere. People are in dire need of cool temperatures. They have to resort to air conditioners to combat unfavorable summer weather conditions. Temperatures are rising and everyone wants a relief from heat and humidity.

Air conditioner manufacturers are enjoying this season because the demand has gone up drastically and people want to install air conditioner in every room to get relief from heat.

Central Government have made it mandatory to star-rate their products and Air conditioner manufacturers have started supplying large number of these products due to their growing demand. In fact there is a waiting period of some two-three weeks for five-star rated products, although AC-cost is higher by Rs.1000-2000, depending on the model. As per air conditioner suppliers, there is an increase in sales by 40-50%, since June last year.

This summer has brought a boom for the air conditioner manufacturers. These summers are the money spinners for them, thanks to mercury level touching record high. AC suppliers had started experiencing higher sales since mid-February, in western and southern region, primarily. But now, the sales are directed more towards northern India. In fact Companies had not experienced this kind of sales even last year.

In India, Voltas is the lead manufacturer and seller and is expecting a figure of 1million. The next best player called LG will experience a record high with expected figure amounting to some 12lakh units this season.

The demand is more through residential customers, who want to get relief after the days' work. The demand is primarily attributed to soaring temperatures. Earlier people get relief from the water-coolers. But now the investment difference is quite low. Moreover, earning capacity has increased tremendously. Therefore, people want to invest in star-rated ACs – a necessity in summers.

AC-sale is no more limited to upper strata of the society. It comes from middle-class also. This is the reason that AC manufacturers and AC suppliers have not increased the prices in accordance with the rise in prices of raw material. The sales volume will automatically reap benefits for the manufacturer and supplier, both.

$250,000 Per Year With Segway Games

Description: Have a venue that offers fun Segway games for parties and team building events

Start-Up Cost: $50k – $100k

Potential Income: $280k per year or more

Everyone has a curiosity about Segways… I mean really, a two-wheel human transporter that can take you almost anywhere with just a shift in direction. It sounds like something straight from a Science Fiction movie with hovering cars and food replicators from Star Trek. And that’s why a business utilizing Segways is such a lucrative idea – because your marketing presence buzzes with the intrigue of the mysterious human transporter. It’s this “super human” effect that will convince people that they absolutely need a Segway for their next party or event.

Here’s how it works:

Buy Some Segways

Segways usually cost about $5,000 but you might be able to find some used ones on eBay or Craigslist. You will need about ten human transporters so that you can organize two teams of five when you are hosting an event. If you want to buy new ones you will need to purchase from a dealer that sells Segways in your area.

What to offer

OK, as if the joy alone of riding a Segway isn’t good enough-make it even more enticing. Think about having a bachelor’s party that revolves around playing capture the flag with paintball guns mounted on the handle bar of your transporter. That would be soooooo cool! People would eat that up!

Or, how about Segway polo. You know, riding around on horses while holding a mallet and strategically trying to hit the ball on the ground to your teammate for a score in the opposing goal. Yeah, all of that excitement except you’re on a Segway instead of a horse. Just pure fun …and team building …and more fun!

Make some moola

All you really need is a small lot in an area with quite a bit of traffic to get your business up and going. Paintball venues charge about twenty bucks a head, so let’s think about how much money you could make from this idea at only $10 per person.

If you have ten Segways and you’re open ten hours a day, six days a week, charge ten dollars a head and have two games of capture the flag or polo in one hour – you can make up to $100 per hour or $24,000 in one month.

You would be rich just making half of that income per month…sounds pretty good to me!

Brick Paver Care in Fall and Winter

Now that the warm summer months have passed it is not advisable to be doing any brick sealing. With the temperatures dipping into the forties and precipitation being more prevalent pavers do not fully dry out making it a poor time for paver sealing. However; it is still a great time of the year for paver cleaning.

Brick Paver Fall/Winter Tip #1: You can extend the life and beauty of your pavers with a timely paver cleaning. Brick cleaning at this time of the year is usually done to remove sap from trees, mold, mildew, other stains and fallen leaves. It is important to remove excess fallen leaves once you have performed a paver cleaning so the leaves do not stain the brick cleaning. You will find that the brick cleaning process will be much more effective to paver areas where brick sealing had been previously completed.

Brick Paver Fall/Winter Tip #2: If at all possible try not to apply ice melters to paver areas where paver cleaning and brick sealing was performed. Ice melters will cause spalling and can stain the pavers.

Brick Paver Fall/Winter Tip #3: It is also important not to use abrasive plows or snow shovels on your brick surfaces. Be sure to use a rubber bottomed plow and plastic snow shovels so you do not scratch any previously completed paver cleaning and brick sealing. Remember once you have performed your brick cleaning and brick sealing it will be much easier to remove any of those rubber or plastic scuffs that may occur during the snow season.

Apartment Security

Apartment and condo dwellers need to worry about security just as much as people who own or rent houses. When it comes to apartment security, an apartment dweller might have fewer options than homeowners, but they do have options, and they should keep some simple, straightforward suggestions in mind. There are plenty of things apartment dwellers can do to promote apartment security and safety within the rules and regulations of the lease they signed.

First, look for apartments in secure buildings or complexes. It is not a perfect world, and you might not always be able to find a secure location, but do make it a priority. The lot should be gated and closed to intruders, or people who do not have a key or a pass, and the lot should also be well-lit. It would be ideal if the apartment complex had a contract with a security company, or something set up with the local police station so a cruiser patrolled the area regularly. When looking for a new apartment, be sure to ask the property managers about these issues.

Another aspect of apartment security is what you can personally do to keep unwanted intruders out of your apartment. If the door does not already have a deadbolt, get permission to install one. Always make sure your doors are locked, even when you are home. Use your peephole and demand identification verification from anybody claiming to be a delivery driver. Never take deliveries for your neighbors or agree to hold packages that are not addressed to you.

Flat Warts – How to Identify and Quickly Remove a Flat Wart

All warts are caused by a virus called HPV. This virus has over one hundred different strains and these strains will cause different types of wart. Common warts that are found on the fingers and hands usually resemble a cauliflower in appearance. However, there is a type of wart called a flat wart. Keep reading to learn more about this condition.

The flat wart is not typically raised. It appears as small areas of skin that has become slightly thicker. This type of warts can remain flesh colored, or they can have a slightly pink hue. Flat warts will show up in large numbers across a certain area of ​​the body. Unfortunately, the face is a common place for these warts. You can also get them on the hands, chest, arms and back.

This type is usually not a health threat, but they can affect your appearance. this type of wart is classified in three stages. Less than ten warts that are causing you no pain is classified as a mild infection. Ten to one hundred that are not causing pain is called a moderate infection. If you have over one hundred or more that are causing pain then your infection can be classified as severe.

They can disappear on their own within a few months. On some occasions, it may be a few years before they disappear. It is up to you to see treatment or to leave them alone. However, if you have a lot of these warts on your face or another prominent area of ​​your body you will probably want them to go away as quick as possible.

Homeopathic creams are a great way to get rid of flat warts. These types of creams contain nothing but natural ingredients. They are gentle to the surrounding healthy skin will be very effective at getting rid of them.

How to Choose the Right ATV Helmet

You've taken the time to pick out the right ATV but have you taken the time to pick out the right helmet? You're shopping will not be complete until you've taken the time to pick out the proper helmet for you and your family. You're also going to need some gloves, jackets, pants and boots to make sure you and your family is protected. Remember that a helmet is the single most important piece of protective gear you will ever own.

So, how do you go about finding the proper helmet that fits right and also provides you with the most safety? How tight is too tight? How loose it too loose? Are all helmets the made the same? No, not all helmets are made for the same activity. You do not want to get a helmet that would be used for regular street use. ATV helmets cover you head completely with a face guard that protects your face and mouth area. Make sure that when you put the helmet on you shake your head from side to side and up and down. If the helmet shifts it's too big. On the other hand if the helmet is hard to get on and off it's too tight. You must also take into consideration the weight of the helmet. You want to make sure you will be able to endure the weight of the helmet for 15 to 30 minutes without it being cumbersome.

The second thing to look for is how easily the helmet can come off. If you get thrown from your ATV, you do not want your headgear to go flying off in one direction and you in another. Now that you've got the helmet on, adjust the chinstrap. Make sure it is tight and secure under your chin. Next, take the helmet from the back and try to take it off by pushing it to the front. Does the helmet come off? After that try moving the helmet side to side. If the helmet does not shift from side to side and does not cut off any circulation you know you have a good fit.

Children's helmets are another issue. A lot of parents think it's a good idea to buy a helmet that is a little bigger because the child will eventually grow into it. This is not a good idea. There are no cutting corners when it comes to your children's safety. The last thing you want is your child to have an accident and have their helmet fall off. Having a helmet to large is just as dangerous as having no helmet at all.

Roof Tiling – Consider Learning This Trade

Roof tiles come in many varied materials, including blocks of hooked thatch tiles to enable an easy DIY thatching job to an outdoor area. Working as a roof tiler for a profession, however, requires training.

Roof tiling courses are available and cover the following types of tiling (and more):

o Shingle

o Slate

o Spanish

o Roman

o Interlocking

o Plain

o Pantiles

o Double pantiles

Roof tiles are all basically laid in rows called courses from the eaves up to the ridge of the roof, each course overlapping the one beneath it. Vertical joins between the tiles are staggered in adjacent rows so that any one tile partly covers two in the row below it.

Three sizes of tile are used:

o A standard tile for the main covering

o A tile called a tile-and-a-half (which is half as wide again as the standard size at the end of alternate rows up to the roof)

o Short version of the tile-and-a-half (for the course along the eaves and along the ridge of the roof)

On some roofs, there are narrower tiles called creasing tiles at the gable end of each course. They are laid underneath the end to tilt the edge of the roof upwards to ensure that rainwater can not run down the gable wall.

Some tiles are nailed to battens on the roof. Others have small projections called nibs which fit over the battens. It is always necessary to nail tiles without nibs.

All these necessary things you would learn in a Roof Tiling Course, which would include extras such as damp-proofing and structure of roofs, but proper thatching would not fall under a Roof Tiling Course, as it is an art of itself requiring specialised lightning conductors , etc.

At a Roof Tiling Course, you would also learn about safety recommendations and possibly, scaffolding requirements, dependent on the height of the roof.

The ridge of a tiled roof is covered with semi-circular of right-angled ridge tiles, the edges formed by two sloping surfaces called hips which have semi-circular or bonnet shaped tiles.

The eaves course on a plain tiled roof rest on the top of the fascia board with curved tiles filled with mortar at the outside edge. On some roofs, a valley junction may be tiled.

o Pantile eaves are small pieces of tile inserted into the mortar to help reinforce the eaves course.

o Creasing tiles are narrow tiles inserted under the main covering to tilt up the edge of the roof.

o Valley junctions are specially shaped tiles that interlock with each other and are available for tiled gutters.

All such terminology is amongst the essentials you will learn in a Roof Tiling Course.

A good course will also offer damp proofing and roof tile repairs.

Consider becoming a Roof Tiler if you are agile, do not suffer from back problems and are not obese. You could expect to earn a good living wage as a roof tiler – always needed regardless of the state of the economy.

Power Tool and Workshop Safety

Just knowing how to use power tools properly is not enough to help you avoid accidental injury on the job. Working in the proper environment away from potential hazards is of great importance. Although not every accident is always avoidable, you can help minimize or eliminate most possible dangers before you even turn on your circular saw.

Whether your workspace is a garage or a warehouse, how much space you have will determine what equipment and how much of it is safe to operate within spatial limitations. The floor should be flat and even, made of a solid, not slippery surface. There should be plenty of storage space located close to the ground. Heavy power tools and sharp objects should never be hung above head level or carried down ladders.

If you have children, dangerous equipment should be locked in a safe, dry area away from little hands. The floor should have access to a drain if necessary and there should be plenty of space around grounded equipment to easily move around.

You should be free to work and move without knocking elbows with another table saw. Good ventilation and lighting are also a must. Use windows, overhead lights, and have flashlights handy.

Emergency situations should also be accounted for. Have a well-stocked first aid kit handy that includes scissors, band aids, gauze, medical tape, alcohol pads, and fresh water. There should be a working phone nearby as well in case of serious injury.

Fire extinguishers and smoke alarms should be kept in working order and checked regularly to ensure they are in proper working condition. When possible, power tools should have safety devices on. Extra safety equipment such as goggles and masks should also be kept nearby.

Electric shock is a common hazard that can easily be avoided. Power tools should be checked regularly before use to ensure that power cords are not damaged and that there is no moisture. Keep the floor clean and dry and never work near water.

Do not overload wall sockets. You should have plenty of outlets to meet all of your needs, as well as a grounded three-wire system for 120-volt circuits.

Remember that you will also need enough electricity not only for your power tools, but to keep your lights, ventilation system, and heater or air conditioner running when necessary. Unplug equipment when not in use and carefully store power cords to prevent entanglement.

Even if your workshop is in order, you still have to check all power tools before each use. Look for any signs of damage, moisture, or rust. Blades should be kept sharpened. All handles and screws should be inspected, ensuring that they remain tight. If some power tools are battery operated, always check the battery before using. They sometimes leak, which can cause damage to the tool and injury to you. All parts should be in working condition. If something appears broken, only attempt to repair it if you have experience, or else leave it to a professional. If you are unclear of how to operate a piece of equipment, always follow all instructions given in the factory manual. Booklets that accompany power tools should also be kept in a convenient place for reference.

Electrical Engineer Training and Courses

An electrical engineer is an engineer that deals with and develops electrical systems. An electrical engineer has the ability to work in various areas that involve electricity; cities powers grids, computer technology, and even car repair. If you want to become an electrical engineer you will need a college degree. You must also be predisposition to creative and inventive thought processes. The average starting salary for an electrical engineer is around forty thousand dollars a year.

To begin your electrical engineer training you must enroll in an electrical engineer training program at an accredited university or trade school. Most colleges have a list of things you have to complete before enrolling in an engineering program. Some of these things might include learning assessments, remedial courses to refresh any subjects you may be having difficulty with, or courses that are pre requisites to the beginning engineering courses. Pre requisites are course materials that must be completed to a certain degree of satisfaction before being accepted into a degree program. For engineering these will probably include several math and science courses.

When accepted you will then be required to take course work relating to and only to electrical engineer training. The course work includes but is not limited to, computer programming, electrical circuits, engine/machinery technologies, calculus, integrated circuits, and maybe robotics or power systems and communication systems. It is very important to know that any electrical engineer training will be based heavily on math and physics.

Typically in the course of completing electrical training you will be required to participate in some form of internship or apprenticeship. This is to ensure you have learned all the things you need in order to do the job. During the course of an internship you will be required to shadow an experience electrical engineer as well as perform tasks that would be expected for your job description. It has been found that on the job training helps to better prepare the student for situations that cannot be simulated in a class setting.

It is important to realize that many employers will require a master’s degree or higher before employing you in a lead engineer position. After completing your degree there is a licensing process to complete as well. This is a three part process. During the course of your master’s degree you will often complete the first requirement which is to take and pass the Initial Fundamentals of Engineering exam. This will qualify you as an engineer in training. You have to hold this position for no less than two years during which you will gain on the job knowledge that will prepare you for your final licensing exam.

This exam is called the Principles and Practice of Engineering. After completing this exam you will be considered a fully licensed engineer. While it is a long process the benefits of receiving proper electrical engineer training far outweigh the costs. Often you can even short cut the process by completing a few courses ahead of time while you are enrolled in High school.

Detached Retina Symptoms – Fast Action Can Save Your Eyes

Are you experiencing hazy vision or are you bothered by floating specks? These are symptoms of a detached retina which needs immediate attention from your doctor. If not attended to right away, then this condition can lead to blindness.

In order to properly function, the retina should receive oxygen and nutrients from the blood vessels underneath. When it separates from the blood vessels, the condition is called retinal detachment. In the United States alone, approximately 20,000 people annually suffer from retinal detachment. It is the result of an eye injury, cataract surgery, or an extreme case of nearsightedness.

Men are more prone to having this condition than their female counterparts and its onset is higher in people with eye tumor and hypertension. Genetics also play a crucial factor in the development of the condition as it has the tendency to run in families. Doctors characterize it as a medical emergency which requires immediate surgery because it could lead to the permanent loss of vision in the affected eye.

Although the condition is painless, detached retina symptoms manifest themselves prior to the detachment. It involves the shrinking and sagging of the vitreous fluid within the eyeballs. The tugging of the retina results to the sensation of flashing images. When strong enough, this may cause the retinal tear and consequently damage the small blood vessels paving the way for blood to seep into the vitreous.

Whether or not surgical procedures will help is determined by the condition of the patient. For example, if there is only retinal tearing but no detachment from the blood vessels below is involved, laser treatment or photocoagulation can undo the damage. Likewise, performing cryopexy, which involves application of cold temperature to produce a scar which holds the retina in place, can also repair the damaged retina.

Surgical procedures are only resorted to when there is detachment of the retina. The treatment should be performed at once because rods and cones die when detached from their source of nourishment for an extended period of time. This could lead to permanent blindness and nothing can bring back the loss vision.

Detached retina symptoms are usually treated using one of three surgical methods, some of which are integrated with photocoagulation or cryopexy. These surgical procedures are designed to close retinal holes or tears in order to minimize the tugging of the retina from a shrinking vitreous. The kind of procedure to be recommended by the surgeon is dependent on the kind, size, and position of the detached retina. These procedures can successfully treat over 90 percent of retinal detachment patients although another treatment is sometimes needed.

Insulation Benefits – Which Insulation Can Benefit the Most

Insulation benefits homes by rendering energy efficiency to homes to maintain internal temperature and boosting green profile by reducing carbon footprint. This is simply filling up the gap that is catalyst to heat transfer in and out of the house. For an existing home, it can be added to several areas to prevent wasted heat that occurs –

– Around 35% from walls

– Around 25% from roof

– Around 15% from floor

– Around 25% from windows and doors

Insulation benefits in varying degree whether from the areas where installed or the types of materials used in the process. Materials to insulate are of various types that range from green or natural to synthetic materials. The most commonly chosen materials are cellulose, spray foam, fibreglass etc. The formaldehyde is an element that is used as the binding agent in manufacturing most of these products.

Blown-in insulation benefits

Blown-in insulation has myriad options such as fibreglass, foam and cellulose etc. there are different benefits to opt for this option. Easy and fast installation process is one of the significant advantages of this insulating method. Another bliss is that you can inject as much as filling as you need and you get total control over the thickness. Blown insulation involves clean materials and has no risks of skin irritation or allergies. Blown-in filling materials are loose materials that can fit in tiniest openings and thus, ensures the tightest fitting, maximum performance.

Rigid foam insulation benefits

Rigid foam insulating process performs better than other options as the R-value of material is higher than other materials having same thickness. Higher resistance to heat capacity of the rigid foam increases energy efficiency at a greater degree and reduces energy bills. Free from fibreglass particles, the rigid foam has no risks of burning or irritation caused to eyes, skin and lungs.

Cellulose insulation benefits

Cellulose is another option that is made of recycled newsprint and is treated with fire resistance chemicals. Thus, this material is more fire safe than fibreglass materials. Apart from improving thermal efficiency, this is also effective in noise reduction, absorbing and de-absorbing moisture, non-irritant and allergy free elements and biodegradable.

Magnesium Supplements

Magnesium is needed by our body to carry out normal body functions. It is the fourth most abundant element found in the bones, teeth and in the red blood cells of the body. You can take magnesium from food sources or in the form of magnesium supplements.

The good sources of magnesium include green leafy vegetables, Brazil nut, almonds, peanuts, oatmeal, chocolate, fennel seeds, whole wheat bread, baked potatoes, soybean flour and more. But sometimes, magnesium needed by the body is not met by food sources and in this case, magnesium supplements should be taken for proper functioning of the body.

Magnesium supplements are available in many forms including magnesium chloride, magnesium oxide, magnesium hydroxide, magnesium arginate, magnesium gluconate and others. On an average adult, it is required to have 270-400 mg of magnesium intake in a day taken in small doses with water. You need supplements during certain medical conditions due to magnesium deficiency caused by excessive loss or due to improper magnesium absorption. You should always take magnesium supplements after your doctor's prescription as they know the benefits and side effects of these supplements to the body.

You can have several health benefits by taking magnesium supplements. If you are diabetic, then magnesium supplements can help in improving the insulin level and glucose intolerance by maintaining adequate level of magnesium in the body.

Magnesium deficiency in your body can result in various heart diseases. Magnesium supplements helps in treating high blood pressure, high cholesterol level, coronary artery disease, abnormal heart arrhythmias and heart attack by maintaining blood level of magnesium and relaxing heart muscles. Women need magnesium supplements to maintain their health. It helps in combating symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and at the time of menopause. If you are pregnant, then you can avoid complications during pregnancy and delivery such as premature labor, pre-eclampsia, eclampsia and placenta previa. They are also needed for building healthy bones and preventing osteoporosis by helping in enhancing bone mass.

Magnesium also helps in calcium, sodium and potassium absorption in the blood stream needed by body. If you are suffering from asthma attacks, then magnesium supplements can help you in achieving normal breathing by helping to relax the bronchial muscles.

Magnesium supplements should not be taken in over doses as they can cause certain side effects that harm your body. You can suffer from symptoms like tiredness, weakness, cramps in abdomen and legs, diarrhea, and nausea with vomiting and low blood pressure. They can be very harmful to your heart sometimes causing death. They can cause difficulty in breathing, loss of appetite, flashes of heat and fainting. Overdose of magnesium can disrupt the calcium level of the body resulting in muscle contractions and hindering normal functioning of hormone secretion and functioning of central nervous system.