Is this the water you drink? Comments Off on Is this the water you drink? 68714

Water is pretty ordinary when you think about it. Most of us drink it every day without thinking much about it, and most people don’t even know that it can taste different in different locations and based on the source. Many just think it has a uniform taste, well, it doesn’t! That is because there are elements in water that most people don’t know about. Water tends to vary in content depending on where you find yourself. It usually contains minerals like zinc, magnesium, sodium, or calcium, etc. The list is endless! These minerals are actually pretty important. Calcium, for example, makes your bones strong. Water can be a legitimate and effective source of minerals that our body can’t make on its own, yet desperately needs.

Water Faucet
Water Faucet

Contrary to popular belief, water that runs from a faucet is stocked with minerals. The presence of these minerals are so important that some governments regulate the “total dissolved solids” present in the water supply of certain regions. Although there are substantial deposits of minerals in tap water, they may or may not exactly agree with your body. For example, regional water might be rich in sodium, which could be pretty disastrous for individuals with high blood pressure. The concentrations of minerals across regions are random at best, there is always a chance that your drinking water could be bad for you. First World Example: Flint, Michigan, USA.

Well Water
Well Water

Aside from the minimal complications that could arise from the presence of certain minerals in tap water, there are far nastier possibilities. Governmental organizations like the FDA regulate the content of water to make sure it’s safe for consumption. Without organizations like the FDA there could be some major consequences. In more rural areas, people tend to rely on natural water sources like wells, streams, and rivers. Although these water sources are filled with some A-grade minerals (which are good for you), they don’t tend to remain pure, and often get easily contaminated. Unlike underground water deposits and springs, they are not preserved by their very nature. They are out in the open for animals to die in, for fertilizers and pesticides to contaminate. It is possible to have an uncontaminated natural water source like streams and wells but they are hard to keep pure and probably are not worth risking nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and cramps over. So it’s always safe to stick with more regulated water sources. So if you’re drinking well water, you probably should stop drinking that and opt for some good ol’ fashioned tap water or mineral water (if you miss all those extra minerals).

Stream Water
Stream Water

Additional minerals like calcium and sodium is probably one of the reasons that people drink mineral water… well, that and the taste. Some people are just suckers for taste. Since drinking mineral water is actually much healthier than soda or juice people tend to go for it. However, some drink mineral water for that extra mineral boost that they contain. Certain regions could have low concentrations of minerals like calcium or zinc – and the right mineral water could provide that extra boost if you want it!

Bottled Water
Bottled Water

All mineral water is not identical or balanced. They are rich in some minerals and low in others. Since mineral water comes from natural sources like springs and lakes, it’s not really surprising that they don’t all contain the same minerals.

Spring Water
Spring Water

Mineral water is just like tap water in that it contains minerals, except it contains all the essential minerals and costs way more. People’s views on mineral water are conflicting. Some believe that it’s a waste of money because tap water provides similar minerals that some people pay lots of money for, and others think it’s a substantial source of mineral resources that the body needs and tap water just doesn’t have enough. Both sides have a valid point. No side is particularly wrong, but that’s not the issue…

Fresh Water
Fresh Water

The issue is which mineral water gives you your money’s worth – they aren’t exactly cheap after all. There are a lot of mineral water brands out there, so there’s a need to figure out which mineral water gives you your money’s worth in terms of its taste and its attributes. It’s also important to find out which affordable mineral water can provide all the essential minerals.

Fiji Water
Fiji Water

Fiji Water

If you’re looking for affordable (and tasty!) you should consider Fiji water. It’s pretty smooth-tasting and is actually from Fiji. Aside from its unimaginative name and high magnesium levels, Fiji water is absolutely spectacular. It contains essentials like potassium, calcium, and magnesium. It also has a little bit of chloride, silica, bicarbonate, sodium, etc. It has a spectacular taste and does not linger in your mouth. It also has a standard pH level that hovers around 8 – which is not too bad. Too little pH, and the water would taste bland and you’d be drinking alkaline water, which surprisingly doesn’t actually have any medical benefits or side effects. Fiji water checks most of the boxes: it’s mineral rich, spectacular tasting so it doubles as a soda, the bottle is not weirdly-shaped, and it has a moderate pH level. The only box that this water doesn’t exactly check is the affordability box. Fiji water isn’t cheap, yet it’s not particularly expensive either. The average person could not probably stock up on this brand of water, which leads us to the next suggested water.

Crystal Geyser
Crystal Geyser

 

 

 

Crystal Geyser

Crystal Geyser isn’t the tastiest mineral water out there. It has what some describe as a slightly chemical or mineral taste. However, what it lacks in taste, it more than makes up for in quality and price. Crystal Geyser is FAR cheaper than Fiji water – it’s almost half of the price! This substantial difference makes buying in bulk conceivable. This particular brand of water is loaded with all the right minerals. It’s rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium and sodium. Admittedly, this brand is not as rich in minerals as other more exotic and expensive brands like Fiji or Resource, yet it’s cheap, local, and tastes better than other mineral water of the same price range and mineral content.

The two brands above are not necessarily the better of the two categories established. This review is strictly from a personal perspective and should be instructive in maximizing your experience. These brands fulfill all nutritional and taste requirements. While they don’t check all the boxes, they give you a great deal for your money. Regardless of whether you choose to buy these brands, it should be noted that before purchasing any mineral water brand you should a little research to find out if its contents are compatible with your health requirements. So be careful when choosing brands!

If you’re drinking a more expensive brand of mineral water you should probably consider Fiji. The odds are that Fiji tastes better than your current choice. And, if you don’t have much to spend on mineral water, you should consider a choice that you can stock up on without breaking the bank.

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What we love about Apple’s iOS 12 Comments Off on What we love about Apple’s iOS 12 49097

The 2018 Apple event was a genuine expression of Apple’s ingenuity and dedication to their users. It wasn’t about new shiny things, it was all about the users this year. It featured outstanding changes to all the platforms and introduced groundbreaking software that will be talked about years to come. It was an outstanding success. It was the much-needed change of pace that Apple needed to dispel all rumors, scandals, and reaffirm their place in the tech world. The event was loaded with gizmos and updates, the likes of which can only be referred to as revolutionary. There are a lot of things that we love about iOS 12, and here are the highlights.

iOS 12

The latest update of Apple’s mobile software came equipped with some of the most family-friendly and digital health features to ever grace a smartphone OS. Rather than push people towards screens, the new iOS actually makes an effort to help users reduce screen time, thereby allowing them spend more time in the real world. The digital health bar helps users set all sorts of limitations while using their mobile devices. These limitations include; time limits on certain applications, activating do not disturb at night, and so many other little features here and there.

Memoji

Although it seems like an attempt to recreate the already popular feature that Samsung introduced – AR Emoji, Memoji is not only better named, it comes with tongue detection that lets you create all the tongue related emojis you want.

Other amazing stuff

There are new Google photos-like features in the new updates. It comes with suggestions, reminders, and it is incredibly intuitive when you search for photos. Some say it might be better than Google photos’ find features.

Siri gets more intuitive

The latest iOS update has made Siri feel less like software and more like a real personal assistant. The new update stores your usage information, suggests and allows you to tailor certain actions, and sometimes even alter them. The shortcut app is used for this function, and it basically ensures that your needs and specifications are made convenient with the click of a button.

macOS Mojave

Fret not macOS users, Apple didn’t spend the entire event going on about its mobile operating system. This new OS, like its predecessors, is named after a beautiful natural phenomenon. Like iOS, it comes with numerous updates and additions, the most noticeable and beloved being the return of the dark theme. Originally a star feature of earlier iterations of macOS, it finally makes a grand return to the Mac stage, so to speak. It can be easily accessed from system preferences on the Apple menu, and it works with Apple apps for now.

macOS also comes with an improved Safari browser

It’s still basically the same, except there is a new feature that helps you keep all the ads at bay. It does so by maintaining a tighter grip on user information and basically stops websites from singling you out for ads. macOS also comes with a ton of shortcuts and commands to help your experience feel more organized and smooth. There are quick-action settings for actions like organizing the desktop and watermarking documents, etc.

watchOS 5 basically turned all Apple watches into phones

watchOS 5 introduced a competent web browser, Siri’s suggestions, and a voice message system. This completely revamps the Apple Watch and makes it slightly less tacky than it really is. Its fitness software was also revamped, after all, that is half its functionality. It now has a new feature that automatically records your exercise session in case you forget to start the timer.

AppleTV finally supports Dolby Atmos

The much-anticipated update to the iTunes library has finally arrived. The complaint about AppleTV’s incompatibility with Dolby Atmos on supported programs and movies has finally been addressed. Like all the other changes to AppleTV, it was an improvement on the previous standard and so far, so good. There have been no problems.

Of course, this doesn’t begin to cover all the amazing things that happened, but these features really caught our eye. If we had to pick, these updates were the best thing about the event, of course, that is only our opinion.

Should I hire a personal trainer? Comments Off on Should I hire a personal trainer? 38205

That is a great question; one that has no clear answer. I guess to answer this question, you need to ask yourself a couple of questions and the first is: Do I actually need a personal trainer?

This question logically precedes the original question because it’s important to establish just how important exercise is to you. There is no reason to hire a personal trainer and pay him/her a lot of money if you don’t feel that you are dedicated enough to fitness as a whole. However, if it’s important to you, then by all means we can proceed to the next question.

Am I satisfied with my results?

Since it’s crystal clear that you are dedicated to the whole exercising thing, then you need to proceed to the next question which is far more important than the first. The second question is more important because it accesses your footing and your desire to grow and help you determine if hiring someone to guide you is the next step in your fitness journey. When working out we all see gains. Regardless of what you are into, it’s always present. It’s one of the general perks of sticking to a workout routine. And usually they come either quickly or slowly depending on how hard and well we workout.

You need to ask yourself how satisfied you are with your current rate of gains and improvements. Are the gains coming fast enough? If they are not then you might want to consider hiring a personal trainer to help you get those gains much faster. Most people just hop on the personal trainer train right off the bat. Most of them don’t see what they could really accomplish by themselves before bringing someone into it.

This is risky because it not only robs of you of your money, it also robs you of the opportunity of discovering just how good or bad you are at a given field before you have someone help you. Hiring a personal trainer if you aren’t satisfied with your current gains is a great idea. He/she can help you by showing you some tricks of the trade and improving your technique.

At this point, I would definitely say that it’s a great idea to hire a personal trainer. But if you are tight on cash and it’s not a do or die thing, you can always find out if this slow growth or gains is something you can fix or speed up yourself.

Can I fix it?

A reduction or overall halt in gains can be brought about by two factors. The first is physical, as in improper form, intensity, etc. The other is mental. Both factors are incredibly tricky and difficult to overcome alone. Even if you had the help of a personal trainer, it’s still going to be quite a challenge to overcome a plateau. This question cross-examines your ability to deal with your problems personally. Are you strong enough to overcome your plateaus or do you need some professional help? If you need help then a personal trainer is what you really need.

It’s ok to get a personal trainer of you really need it.

The decision to get a personal trainer isn’t particularly an easy one – or cheap one. If you are confident that you can push yourself to the next level, I see no reason to get a personal trainer but if you aren’t in intermediate need and just need a little push, then you can be in the beginner’s section and just need someone to show you the ropes of a fascinating and dangerous new world. In this case, research might not be enough, you might choose to hold onto a personal trainer for a couple of months until you break the whole “working out thing” down and get accustomed to everything that comes along with it.

To speed things up.

You could also be an intermediate athlete or an expert and you feel like you might need the personal touch of a professional to speed up your gains because you might be preparing for something big or important. In instances like these it’s great to hire a personal trainer. Nobody observes and sees your excesses like an outside party. Supervision to maximize gains is never a bad thing.

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