After the recent supplement articles, we got a lot of questions about one of the more mainstream supplements, creatine.
Creatine is an interesting supplement, but more than anything it has been studied extensively and declared safe for use.
How Creatine Works
Creatine is something found in meat that our body converts to phosphocreatine in its muscles. When your body needs to regenerate ATP (for quick energy) it uses your phosphocreatine before anything else.
Using creatine supplements allows you to saturate your muscles with phosphocreatine which means you will have more energy when working out hard in the gym.
The best creatine supplement will obviously depend on a few things, including your budget, your diet, and your workout schedule. Decide if you need the extra energy in the gym and if it’s worth the extra expense.
Today I want to address a growing concern in the nutrition field, which is a protein deficiency. Many people are experiencing a boost in health by adding more protein to the diet.
Protein is a basic structure that the body needs to repair itself and keep it strong.
How to get more protein
One of the reasons why people are often protein deficient is that it can be hard to get enough protein from common foods. One alternative is protein powder, but those often don’t taste very good. The best solution in my opinion is to eat protein bars.
The best tasting protein bars will taste pretty much like candy bars, the big difference is that they are packed full of protein. I would recommend between 1 and 3 bars a day.
This is more of a warning post than anything. Recently in the news it has come out that some supplements are contaminated and contain unsafe substances and bacteria that could make you really sick.
This is really important for anyone taking pre workout supplements in particular because these are the least regulated substances and you have no idea what could be in some of them.
What can you do about it?
If you absolutely must have a pre workout supplement because you’re really into training and need a boost then please go to bestpreworkoutsupplements.net and research whatever supplement you want to get first.
Make sure primarily that the company has a good reputation and that the ingredients included are safe. If you don’t know what half the things are on a giant list of ingredients you probably shouldn’t be buying it to be on the safe side.
If you experience any negative effects from supplementation you may need to see a doctor right away if it doesn’t go away in an hour or two.
Train Hard, but train Safe!
A reader sent in the following question:
I was recently running and felt a sharp pain around my hip, I think in my hip flexors…what’s wrong with me?
One of the initial steps and possibly the most difficult one is to diagnose the hip injury based on the type of pain you are experiencing. This article should help you identify what kind of pain you are feeling and then help you understand why the pain is occurring.
Types of Hip Flexor Pain
- Swelling/Inflammation: Usually associated with the tendons attached to the Hip Flexor muscles, swelling can cause significant pain as the tendon will start to interact with other internal body parts it is not supposed to.
- Intense/Sharp: A sharp pain usually occurs after a minor or partial muscle tear in the region. Typically the pain is felt when you lift your leg vertically, but it can also be felt anytime you bend at the hip.
It is very important to look into the specific kind of Hip Flexor pain you are experiencing since each type has a different treatment.
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You might have noticed the altered Roth IRA Rules, if you haven’t check this post before reading the rest of this article: rules for Roth IRA. Perhaps you have wondered if you should contribute in your Roth IRA as opposed to your Conventional IRA account? While an exact answer to that is extremely complicated, there are a few basic points you can observe that can help offer you a less fuzzy outline of the scenario at hand in order to decide on a solid monetary choice.
- Look at the correct tax segment before anything else. If you’re earning a large amount this tax year you will be in the highest taxes segment, and for Roth IRA contribution you will have to pay out a lot in fees. On the other hand, using the Conventional IRA you’d not have to pay taxes before you are a lot aged and then you may possibly fall into a lesser earnings bracket
- Second, should you contribute into your Roth IRA you have to pay out state income taxes too if your state demands it. In the event you stopped working anywhere without state fees you’d benefit much more from holding a greater amount in your Standard accounts.
Figuring out Your Roth IRA Contribution Restrictions
It is extremely common to end up being confused by the Roth IRA Contribution Restrictions in 2012, specifically when you may not have a Roth IRA to start with. Without having a savings account, it is usually quite challenging to recognise every one of the conditions as well as the concepts which tend to be often used in the principles. Fortunately, it truly is much easier than ever to begin a Roth IRA account today. To start a savings account you have a couple of options, you can do it directly at an investment banking organization or even open it on the net. If you choose to get it done online it’ll be less difficult plus more hassle-free in the foreseeable future to maintain your savings account. When making an account simply check out almost any important finance broker similar to Scottrade or Zecco and create an account. There’ll be step by step manuals on setting up a Roth IRA in particularly. Make sure that you look at various broker agents so you have the lowest charges every year, if you spend a little bit of time before hand you can help save hundreds of dollars later on.
You might have driven past it, but in case you haven’t you should check it out. There’s a new Vanguard open on Bay Dr. after a few months of construction. In case you are unfamiliar with them, Vanguard is famous for their simplicity of offering a personal Roth IRA, which is what I will be opening with them. Roth IRAs are great tools to boost your savings fund for retirement, which is why I asked financial adviser Paul Jones to give us some background on how to use a Roth IRA. The most important thing he told me is to learn the rules so you take full advantage of your Roth IRA, this is what he said below…
The reason that you want to know the Roth IRA rules of 2012 is so you can stay current with anything that affects your financial future; this is a really good thing.
Check out http://roth-ira-contribution-limits.com/roth-ira-rules-2013/ for more details
The rest of this post will look at some of the major rules that will affect your Roth IRA, and how they will do so.
- Eligibility: If you do not have a Roth IRA yet, but wish to get one, you are eligible to get one as long as you have a reported taxable income
- Contribution Eligibility: Look up the contribution limits for 2012 and find out which bracket your modified gross income falls into. As long as it is less than a certain amount you can begin your contributions.
- Maximum Contribution: This is decided by your age. If you are under 50 years old you can contribute up to $5,000 to your Roth IRA and up to $6,000 if you are over 50.
This very first post is something that’s really important to me personally, it’s about medical massage therapy. In case you didn’t know what this is, it’s using massage therapy to treat conditions and diseases. In this community there is a very good practitioner on Garden St. By the name of Joanne Grimes. She was the therapist my family turned to when my little brother got sick with a skeletal disorder.
We could manage the disorder but there isn’t a known cure. A doctor suggested we try medical massage therapy, there weren’t any downsides but at least it would give us hope. What happened seemed to be a miracle, within a few months of treatment by brother was virtually cured. There are many great aspects of massage therapy and any one of them could have been the one that helped, but most importantly is that one of them actually helped, and for that I’ll never disregard medical massage therapy as a viable treatment option.