Is Protein Powder Safe?

August 1, 2017

Health And Fitness

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When it comes to getting into shape people want to be able to maximize their efforts, whether it is to lose weight or to build muscle. To achieve these goals many will turn to different tools and methods. One of the most commonly used and popular tools that people are using to get in shape is that of protein powders.

If you are relatively new to fitness and are curious about protein powders then one of the first things that you may be wondering is whether or not protein powders are safe. Here we will cover how protein powders are best used and properly explain why they have become so popular in the fitness world.

Protein Powder is Food

The first thing that needs to be explained is that protein powder is little more than a concentrated version of the protein that is in food you already eat on a regular basis.

As With All Things, Moderation

The most important thing that you need to keep in mind is that protein powder is absolutely safe, so long as you are sticking to the recommended dosage and following the instructions exactly as described.

There are many people who take in too much protein. This is because they feel that the recommended dosages simply are not enough for them to achieve their goals. Some people double dose and others even take their protein several times throughout the day.

Typical Side Effects

A person who takes more protein than recommended can experience a number of unpleasant side effects. The most common side effect is bloating. Bloating is followed by increased bowel movements, thirst, nausea, headaches, fatigue, cramping, and a reduction in appetite. Nothing listed here is too severe, but it is bad enough that you would definitely find the results to be unpleasant.

Purity is Best

Protein powders are very big business, and when something becomes big business companies start looking for ways to cut corners. Many companies are looking for the best way to make the most money with the least expensive ingredients. This means cutting back on the overall quality of the protein powder in the name of keeping it cheap to produce while still charging the same amount they would if they were using pure protein.

This brings us to the key point: some of the ingredients used to cut the protein powder are definitely not things that you would want in your system if you are trying to get fit. These are ingredients such as aspartame, carageenan, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, cyancobalamin, and other ingredients that the company may deem as being perfectly fine when in truth some of them are not good for you at all.

By using cheaper protein powder you are not only opening yourself up to potentially harmful ingredients. Even worse, you will simply not receive the full effect of the powder. Make sure that you are using powder that is as purely made as possible. A good rule of thumb, though one that is not 100% accurate from case to case, is that if the powder is relatively cheap it is likely to have a lot of filler content.

Always Use Correctly

When you take protein powder you need to do so with a clear idea of what your goals are. It is also essential that you talk to your doctor before you start any real protein powder regiment. Protein powder is not the same as something like a home remedy where you are working with something that, if it does not work, will be a huge detriment. Make sure that it is the right move you need to make for where you are in your fitness journey. Protein powder is safe to use, but it must be used correctly.

Carbon Fiber Bike Frames – Build Or buy?

December 23, 2016


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I love DIY projects, but I don’t think I have the knowledge or inspiration to take on such a project at the current stage of my life.

I do admire people who can make the time to take on such a detailed project, especially considering the long and tedious process of making a frame mold, shaping it and then coating it with layer after layer of strips and sheets of carbon fiber in various strenghts.

That’s just too many steps without a couple of months of study before setting my foot to the first step.

As someone who likes to ride, I took the lazy mans way out and done some research (not months), read a load of review sites like city mountain cycling and took the plunge.

It was the most refreshing dive I’ve ever taken. Love my bike.

How To Stop Your Dog From Jumping The Fence

September 17, 2016

Pet Health

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One of the most frustrating aspects of being a dog owner is having to keep them enclosed in the back yard to keep them from roaming around or going missing. Normally a basic fence is all you need to keep your dog in the back yard but if you have a dog that is tenacious enough then you may have to take other measures to ensure that they stay put. This is especially true if your dog likes to jump the fence. When you have a jumper it can seem next to impossible to keep them contained. If you want to find a way to keep your dog from jumping the fence then here are some tips you can use.

One of the best things that you can do for your dog is to use an invisible fence. When you use an invisible fencing system you give them a collar that is attached to a sonic emitter that puts out a high pitched sound that only your dog can hear. This sound is very unpleasant for them but it does not harm to them. The sound is emitted whenever they breach the perimeter that you have set for them. It needs to be said that an invisible fence is NOT a solution that works by itself. It will only work when paired with the fence you already have. There are pitfalls to using them, and they only really teach your dog to associate breaching the perimeter with discomfort.

If you are looking for a perfect solution then you need the best dog fence on the market! Superior + Low Cost is the name of the game and that is why you need to use a fencing kit from PetPlaygrounds. They offer a kit that is escape proof because it is a complete enclosure. Your dog cannot jump over it and they cannot dig their way out from it. It is a practically perfect fence for keeping your dog safe in one spot.

If you do not feel like shelling out the money for a kit then you can always take the DIY approach. This would simply involve extending the height of your fence. You would need to invest time and money into making this happen and it leaves open the possibility that you accidentally make things easier for your dog if you do not know exactly what you are doing.

At the end of the day having a jumper for a dog can be frustrating but if you are willing to put in the time and effort that it takes to train them to stay in one spot then your life will be much easier. At the end of the day you still need to have a decent fence in place as a precaution. No matter how well trained your dog actually is they are still likely to try and escape every once in a while no matter what other measures you manage to put in place to prevent it.

How to Repair Floor Joists With Mold Damage

September 14, 2016

Home Improvement

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Water damage is one of the worst calamities that a home owner can deal with. This is because it is almost always highly expensive and does damage to places you cannot even see in your home. On of the worst forms that water damage can manifest itself in is that of mold. Mold can be an extremely expensive version of water damage because of how it operates. One of the worst places in your home it can hit is your flooring. When mold hits your floor joists there are numerous dangers that can come about.

First of all, when mold hits the joists of your flooring it creates a series of hazards that put your family at risk. Mold is a highly corrosive substance, so if it hits the joists it can start to rot the wood out. When that happens your floor suddenly becomes a highly unstable and unsafe surface to walk on. It is only a matter of time before your joists become a very serious danger to you and your family.

Making things worse is the fact that if there is mold on the joists then it will not be long before there is mold spread to the flooring itself. When that happens your floor is no longer safe to walk on, not only for structural reasons but for health reasons as well. This is because you could be kicking up mold spores while you are walking which means you could very well be inhaling mold spores without realizing it. When this happens you could develop a serious respiratory illness and possibly die from the exposure.

If you want to ensure that your floor is safe then you need to call in for an inspection with Damage Control 911. Damage Control 911 is one of the best water damage companies because they do thorough inspections of every property they visit. They will give your flooring a top to bottom inspection leaving nothing to chance and using no guesswork. They will determine the best course of action to repair the joists in a way that will not break the bank but will also offer the maximum amount of possible safety.

If you are worried about how much it may cost to make this happen then you need to call your home owner’s insurance provider. They may be able and willing to cover the costs of the repairs so long as the cause is not flood related (as flood damage is covered by an entirely separate form of insurance.) This should cover a significant amount (if not all) of the costs it will take to fully repair the joists and see to it that your home is mold free in its entirety once again.

It may take several days, if not longer, to have your floor joists fully repaired. This may initially be frustrating. However, the end result is certainly worth the wait, as is the good health of you and your family and at the end of the day you cannot put a price on that.

Home Remedies For Hair Loss

September 11, 2016

Health And Fitness

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If you don’t want to go the traditional treatment route for hair loss, there are a few home remedies that you can try. Many of them have only anecdotal evidence to support them, but don’t be discouraged if you try anything once and it doesn’t work. These are ongoing treatments that are totally safe and they have to be done multiple times to be able to show whether they will work for you or not.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has multiple different properties that help with skin health; everything from essential fatty acids to minerals and proteins. It also contains potassium and iron.

Onion Juice

Onion contains sulphur, which helps increase collagen production. Using it on your scalp can help prevent hair loss, even if it does make you a little stinky in the process.


Garlic also has a high amount of sulphur in it. It’s used in traditional recipes for hair loss prevention for this good reason!


Even though henna is usually used to color hair, it can also be good to use to protect your hair.


Hibiscus flowers can help prevent hair loss, lessen the amount of frizz, and prevents most split ends. They are used to make masks and oil to place in the hair. Fresh flowers must be used for these treatments, most of the time, as powder or dried flowers are not as potent or effective. Topical treatments for hair loss are typically the most effective, such as this product: If nothing on this list works for you, you should consider trying it.

Eggs As Hair Conditioner

Eggs contain protein, which helps prevent breakage in your hair. It also nourishes the hair follicles. Using eggs as hair conditioner is easy, as all you have to do is crack a couple of eggs into a bowl and put some lukewarm water into it. Make sure the water isn’t hot or the egg will cook! Beat the egg thoroughly with a fork and then comb your hair well before you massage the egg/water mixture in. Leave it in for about 10 minutes. Afterward, rinse it with lukewarm water; don’t use water you even think feels hot, because you’ll scramble eggs in your hair! Not fun.

Iron Supplements

One of the most common causes of hair is iron deficiency, so taking an iron pill every day may help with hair loss symptoms.

Vitamin & Mineral Supplements

Multivitamins could be a help if you’re losing your hair, also. Many vitamins are tied directly to hair growth and if you do without them, you’re putting your hair at risk.

A few vitamins you may be missing are:



Vitamin C

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

Try checking out a high quality multivitamin if you’ve tried other things that haven’t worked.

Add More Vegetables & Meat To Your Diet

Hair loss is typically a sign that something is wrong in your body and it’s often the case that proper nutrition will help alleviate it. If you haven’t started any new medications and you haven’t experienced anything traumatic recently, you may want to look at your diet as a potential source of the problem.