Is whey protein bad for you?

Whey protein is a protein supplement used by athletes, body builders, and average women, or men trying to build muscle or optimize athletic performance. Alot of people are quick to have a protein shake or two throughout the day without thinking about if they really need it. Is whey protein bad for you? 

Whey protein is one of the proteins found in milk along with casein. It is seperated from the casein or formed as a by-product of cheese making. Is is a complete protein with all 9 essential animo acids. It is has many benefits that can also come from a real food diet. If one is to consume whey protein the suggested amount is 20-25 grams a day or less depending on your needs. 

It is recommend to get your protein from a healthy diet and not protein supplementation. To much whey protein can put strain on the liver and kidneys, increase body fat, and cause other health issues. It is important to know how much whey protein to consume if you decide to consume it. Usually one serving a day is enough which is right around the suggested daily intake.

Knowing how many grams of protein per day is important. The DRI( Dietary Reference Intake) is 0.36 grams per pound of body weight. This is 56 grams per day for the average sedentary man and 46 per day for the average sedentary women. For athletes or more active people protein consumption is 0.5-0.7 grams per pound of body weight. If an athlete weighs 150 pound the protein intake per day should be 75-85 grams of protein per day.

So is whey protein bad for you? It can be if you consume to much. Always remember to limit your daily intake if you decide to use it and allways get most if not all of your protein from a healthy protein diet. Since protein powder is processed your best bet is to get protein from fish, nuts, beef, chicken, and other real protein foods.

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Android vs Iphone

When it comes to smartphones you most likely ether have an android or an iphone. Each smartphone has its differences which sets it apart from one another. At the end of the day each smartphone can accomplish the same task. Preference is the main factor as to why people use ether android or iOS also because it’s the smartphone they got used to first.

User friendly and customization 

This plays a key role in deciding which phone is best for you. The iphone is known to be easy to use and a bit more simple then android. That may be true however this makes the iphone less customizable then android. The iphone does not allow you to set default apps forcing you to use the safari browser by default. Chrome or other browsers won’t run as fast as safari on ios devices because they aren’t allowed to access safaris javascript library. Notifications are easier to edit and clear on android. You can prioritize your notifications. Android allows you to move around apps on the home screen to your preference and hide apps in the app drawer which you dont use. Widgets are better and more usefull on android. Android also has 3rd party launchers allowing you to change your home screen completely. Android is open platform meaning alot of developers can customize and personalize alot of android devices. People may not use such as a fancy new home screen which actually runs down your battery and device performance slightly. However android still wins the argument for being the most customizable. ios wins the argument for being the more simple and easy to use phone. 

Voice assistant

Siri on the iphone gets the vote. Siri has a funner personality and understands language better. It can also do more. Androids voice assistance isn’t bad but is still a little behind siri in terms of capability.

System updates and security 

Apple updates its devices more frequently then android making it the slightly more secure device. Since only apple makes ios devices they have alot more control over the updates. Apple is also better as supporting older devices then android. Google nexus or pixel devices are the only android devices that update regularly because they are directly overseen by google. Alot more malware is written for android because of the amount of users and because its an easier target. 

Application’s 

Apps are almost always launched on ios before android. Periscope was availble for two months on ios before it was available on android. This may be a plus for iphone users but shouldn’t be a huge factor since almost all apps are availble for both devices in the end. 

Device performance and hardware

Even though apple devices tend to have slower processors, the user interface still feels a bit more fluid then android. However, a well built android device will also run pretty smoothly. The iOS UI (user interface) is the slightly more smooth and fluid choice. With that said well built android devices will still outperform ios devices in terms of hardware. 

Screen resolution and quality 

Iphones use a retina display which first appeared on the iphone 4. The resolution of the latest android devices is greater then that of the iphone. Both devices look great however the screen of a high end android device wil look a little more detailed and vivid then an iphone screen will. If you want the best looking screen out there for watching your youtube videos and other content go with one of the high end android devices.

Camera

Inexpensive lower end android devices can have lower quality cameras. However if you compare a well built up to date android device against a up to date iphone, both smartphones will take very high quality pictures. However the iphone seems to take more natural looking photos. It is important to know that the iphone doesnt have unlimited storage like android does making android the superior choice for photo storage. 

Charging

It depends on the device but usually android wins this argument. Alot of android devices now come with fast charging capability allowing them to charge faster then iphones. With that said it still doesn’t take that much longer to charge an iphone however it can be a factor for alot of people deciding which smartphone to use. 

Conclussion

So which phone is superior? Honestly I’m an android user and I still don’t think android is superior it’s just what i prefer. I really can’t say you have to decide which is better for you. 



Are video games bad for you?

Video games are very popular and always have been. Way back to sega and nintendo 64 systems and now to PS4 and Xbox one systems. Mobile gaming on smartphones has also been increasingly popular. Some people dont play much video games and others spend countless hours playing GTA or Call of duty online. Video games can be alot of fun but is it ok to sit and look at a Tv screen for countless hours? Here are the things to consider while playing video games.

Violent behavior 

Some studies claim that people who play violent video games can be more aggressive and accepting of violence. This should be taken lightly because it all depends on the persons age, history of any medical problems, and the type of scenarios in the video game they are playing. So yes video games can possibly make somebody more aggresive but underlying problems are likely the main cause and are otherwise fine for a healthy normal person. With that said most rated mature games are still inappropriate for young viewers. 

Eyesight

Your eyes are very important so its no surprise that incorrect lighting and other factors can put strain on your eyes. When playing video games always use proper lighting to reduce glare. It is a good idea to take short breaks every so often also. The national institute of health actually proved that proved that action video games can enhance visual processing which lets gamers see things easier and clear. Video game therapy is also used to treat lazy eye.

Correct posture

If you often play video games it is important to use correct posture while sitting. Incorrect posture can lead to shoulder stiffness. It helps to have a comfortable chair or couch. Taking short breaks to avoid playing for long hours is a good idea. 

Lack of activity and exercise 

Some people can argue that video games are unproductive. This is true to an extent because long hours of playing every day can get in the way of other tasks and other activities. Video games can also make you loose track of time and interfere with your sleeping schedule which can be an issue for people who have to wake up early. If you already spend your free time staying up late watching tv and other leisurely activities then video games should be fine for you. However if you feel like video games are taking up valuable time then you may want to play less then you’re currently playing.

Triggering seizures 

People with epilepsy should avoid playing video games or even viewing them. Unless cleared by a doctor, witch is unlikely, video games can trigger seizures in people with epilepsy. Most video games will have a warning displayed on the introduction screens when you first start playing. 
With all this said, video games are safe as long as you use good judgement and take precaution.

Are beats headphones good? 

Beats headphones are known more or less as the expensive headphones with booming bass. They are popular around the holidays. They have different styles and types to choose from as well as different colors. Without paying much attention to specifications and detail one might think a pair of Beats headphones is a good buy. These are the reasons why Beats may not be as good as they seem. These are just my honest opinions nothing less nothing more.

Build quality
Beats are made out of mostly plastic. They get a good score for looks since they look nice. Other then that the material is known to be susceptible to cracks and breakage. One drop and they’ll most likely break. People have also complained about the left or right ear phone shorting out. If you take care of them then they may last for a while but with the price tag it’s a no for me. 

Sound quality 
The sound quality isn’t bad it’s just not very good ether. They are promoted as headphones with studio like bass but the bass isnt as clear as it could be. Its rather on the muddy side which drowns out the mids and highs which to began with didn’t sound to clear. The mids and highs sound supressed. You can get a pair of Audio Technica ATH – M50 for $150 which will sound way better then the mids and highs on any pair of beats. The bass isn’t as muddy and sounds alot more acurate without drowning out the mids and highs. 

So with all this is mind are beats worth the price tag? In my opinion definitely not. People make decisions without realizing what else is available for the same or better price. It is up to you however I would take some time and review better headphones on the market. 

Are online surveys worth your time?

Online surveys can earn you a little bit of cash on the side in your free time. Is it worth it? Online surveys aren’t for everyone. There are multiple online survey sites that offer payment through pay pal, check, or gift cards. Certain sites have a better reputation than others but each work the same way. Dont expect to make more then a few dollars a day off each site at most however you can earn bigger bucks doing a special survey such as a in store survey. I find these to be rare and have never used a site that offered high paying surveys. 

A few decent sites/apps that I have used are inbox dollars and quick thought surveys. They are both available as apps on a smartphone or as regular websites. The good news with inbox dollars is that they can send you a check once you hit thirty dollars. You can make up to around 75 cents per day watching videos and stratching off the bonus tickets that often appear after each video. The money earned is credited to your account the next day. If using the app the navigation buttons are always on the bottom of the app. This makes accidentally backing out of a survey possible so be carefull.

You also receive usually around one or two paid emails a day which are worth two cents each after you confirm them. You can earn up to fiften cents a day using the their search engine if you search daily. The main source is surveys. You can earn anywhere from twenty five cents to two dollar’s on average usually on the lower side. It can be a little frustrating since alot of surveys have strict criteria. Combined with all this and you can make up to a few dollars a day if consistent.

Quick thoughts is one of the first survey apps. You usually earn a dollar or sometimes more for each survey you take however with quick thoughts you can only redeem ten dollar amazon gift cards. This shouldn’t bother most people because for a survey site, you can rack up money quicker then you would think. You can make anywhere from a dollar to seven dollars a day. If you dont qualify for a survey you still earn ten cents for trying. I’ve made nine dollars in a day before and qualified for most surveys. 

So is are online surveys worth your time? In my opinion they can be. If you treat it as it is and be patient you can really save up a decent amount of money on the side. However if interested it’s fair to say that you should try it out for yourself and see if you think its worth your time. 

Is fast food that bad for you? 

About 25% of americans eat fast food more then twice a week. Everybody eats fast food at one point or another. It just depends on how much you eat and what you eat. If you consume fast food more then once or twice a week that’s probably more then you should. Not everyone has a perfect diet however eating fast food consistently is not one of the healthiest choices. 

Fast food industries scored a 48 out of 100 for the Federal Nutrition Guidelines for Americans. Fast food usually has a high amount of calories, unhealthy fats, sugar, and sodium. Fast food also contributes to obesity. Eating fast food once in a while isnt nearly as bad as multiple times per week. Fast food restaurants usually dont focus advertisements on healthier eating options however restaurants menus do a have a selection of healthier options that are sometimes overlooked. 

So if you decide to stop by a fast food restaurant once in a while say maybe one to three times a month while regularly eating a somewhat healthy balanced diet, then I wouldn’t worry too much especially when you have the option to order healthier options. So yes fast food is bad for you no matter how you look at it but consuming it every once in a while isn’t terrible. 

What is a Firewall?

A firewall is a security device that filters information (packets) entering and leaving a network. A firewall is often installed inside of a router making it a non separate device as well as pre installed with a operating system. A secure firewall can prevent malware such as worms from infecting a network. It is always recommended to have a firewall in place. A network without a firewall is very dangerous and can infect the computers on a network alot easier. 

The user can ajust the firewall settings to their preference. You can control who can connect to the internet, what kind of content can be accessed, and what kind of connections can be made. You can allow only certain websites to be accessed by your computer as well as only allowing certain websites to access your computer. You can also block or disable ports. 

Using a firewall with windows is a must. Windows uses .exe files which run in the background. If you have malware it can be ran in the background as a .exe without you knowing about it. However a firewall is generally not needed for a smartphone such as android. Android uses .apk files for apps so you have to grant permission for the malware to be installed. As long as you use the google play store for apps and not other sources a firewall is not needed. 

Even though smartphones dont get infected with malware that often, anti-virus can still be used just for precaution. A firewall is a very important part of internet security and should not be overlooked.