Plagued with headaches but don't like to take pills? Here are some quick, easy cures for headaches that don't involve drugs and take little time.
Are you plagued by headaches, but hate to take medicine? Do pills get stuck in your throat and powders make you ill? Well, you're in luck, because there are lots of ways to rid yourself of that pesky pain without swallowing pills.
Understanding what causes a headache is the first step toward figuring out a cure. What is a headache, exactly? Your brain is surrounded by fluid, and a headache is merely a change in the amount of that fluid. So if you have too little fluid, you get a headache. Too much fluid around your brain, however, causes most headaches.
How do you get the extra fluid out of your head? It is transported by your vascular system, which consists of your veins, arteries, and capillaries. Think of your veins as a garden hose. If you cover part of the end of the hose with your finger while water is flowing out, what happens? The water squirts out faster, right? So what you need to do is constrict the veins in your head so that they pump the fluid out of your brain more quickly.
Put an ice pack on your head or on the back of your neck, and you will find that your headache slowly dissipates. But wait just a minute. If ice on your head makes your veins pump fluid more quickly, then what would happen if you put your feet into warm water while icing your head? You got it! Your headache will disappear quickly.
Another thing that you might do is drink a cup of coffee, or a cola. Caffeine constricts the blood vessels in your brain, so a big cup of coffee can often make that pain in your head disappear like magic. Caffeine is commonly used in pain relievers that are touted as ?headache cures'.
Certain foods can cause you to have headaches. When you get a headache after eating a food, you are actually having a mild allergic reaction to this food.
When you are allergic to a food, your body puts out a chemical called histamine. In an attempt to force the foreign substance from your body, histamine thins mucus by adding additional water, and that loss of water effects the delicate balance of the fluid surrounding your brain, giving you a headache.
To relieve this type of headache, eliminate a food you suspect is causing the problem. If that doesn't cure the headache, eliminate another food until you find the culprit. Some foods that people are commonly allergic to are chocolate, wine, and peanuts.
Other headaches are caused from tension, and they are mostly centered in the neck, and are sometimes perceived as a tight band across the forehead. To relieve this tension or stress headache, sit by yourself in a quiet room for a few minutes. Then run a warm bath and sprinkle aromatic bath salts or bubbles into it. Soak for a while, making sure that your neck is submerged.
After the bath, sit down with your hands in your lap, neck relaxed. Drop your chin to your chest, then gently rotate your neck in a circle until you feel the muscles relax. You soon may find that your headache is gone.
Headaches have many causes, and it doesn't always require a drug to cure them. Use these simple techniques instead and headaches soon may be a thing of the past. Always check with your doctor about your symptoms.
Diamond jewelry clarity is a quality of diamonds relating to the existence and visual appearance of internal defects of a diamond called inclusions, and surface defects called blemishes. Clarity is one of the four Cs of diamond grading, the others being carat, color, and cut. Inclusions may be crystals of a foreign material or another diamond crystal, or structural imperfections such as tiny cracks that can appear whitish or cloudy. The number, size, color, relative location, orientation, and visibility of inclusions can all affect the relative clarity of a diamond. A clarity grade is assigned based on the overall appearance of the stone under 10x magnification.
Most inclusions present in gem-quality diamonds do not affect the diamonds' performance or structural integrity. However, large clouds can affect a diamond's ability to transmit and scatter light. Large cracks close to or breaking the surface may reduce a diamond's resistance to fracture.
Diamonds with higher clarity grades are more valued, with the exceedingly rare "flawless" graded diamond fetching the highest price. However, minor inclusions or blemishes are sometimes considered to have some value, as they can be used as unique identifying marks analogous to fingerprints. In addition, as synthetic diamond technology improves and distinguishing between natural and synthetic diamonds becomes more difficult, inclusions or blemishes can be used as proof of natural origin.
Inclusions and blemishes
There are several types of inclusions and blemishes, which affect a diamond's clarity to varying degrees. Features resulting from diamond enhancement procedures, such as laser lines, are also considered inclusions and/or blemishes. Inclusions
Included crystals or minerals
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA), as well as other diamond grading agencies including the European Gemological Laboratory (EGL), American Gemological Society (AGS), and the International Gemological Laboratory (IGL) use a sliding grading scale based on descriptive terms of overall clarity. These grading agencies base their clarity grades on the characteristics of inclusions visible to a trained professional when a diamond is viewed from above under 10x magnification.
The diamond clarity rating in common use are :
FL - "flawless" in that no inclusions or blemishes are visible under 10 times magnification.
IF - "internally flawless" with no inclusions visible under 10 times magnification, only small blemishes on the diamond surface.
VVS1 and VVS2 - "very very slight" inclusions that are difficult to see under 10 times magnification. VVSA denotes a higher clarity grade than VVS2.
VS1 and VS2 - "very slight" inclusions and visible under magnification but invisible to the naked eye.
SI1 and SI2 - "slight inclusions" that may or may not be noticeable to the naked eye.
SI3 is a grade sometimes used in the industry, originally popularized by the European Gemological Laboratory (EGL). While intended as a range to include borderline SI2/I1 stones, it is commonly used to mean I1's which are "eye clean", that is, which have inclusions which are not obviously visible to the naked eye. Neither the GIA nor the American Gemological Society (AGS), assign this grade.
I1,I2 and I3 - "imperfect", with inclusions clearly visible to the naked eye. For I3, the inclusions impact the brilliance of the diamond and are large and obvious.
All grades reflect the appearance to an experienced grader when viewed from above at 10x magnification, though higher magnifications and viewing from other angles are used during the grading process. In "colorless" diamond, dark inclusions will tend to create the greatest drop of clarity grade. In other colors pale inclusions may have greater relief (may stand out more) and may cause a greater drop in grade.
Beyond the clarity grading terms, other considerations include the type, size and location of the "inclusion". Inclusions near or on the surface may weaken the diamond structurally. Depending on where the inclusion occurs in the cut diamond and how it is to be used, it may be possible to hide the inclusion behind the setting.
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