Best health & personal care according to redditors
We found 68,363 Reddit comments discussing the best health & personal care. We ranked the 26,103 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.
1. Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein Powder, Double Rich Chocolate, 5 Pound (Packaging May Vary)
Packaging may vary - New look, with the same trusted QualityGold standard 100% whey blend – 24 grams blended protein consisting of whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, and whey peptides to support lean muscle mass – they don't call it the Gold Standard of quality for nothingOver 5 gra...
2. Doctor's Best High Absorption Magnesium Glycinate Lysinate, 100% Chelated, TRACCS, Not Buffered, Headaches, Sleep, Energy, Leg Cramps, Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten Free, Soy Free, 100 mg, 240 Tablets
HIGH ABSORPTION MAGNESIUM GLYCINATE: High Absorption Magnesium uses a patented, organic, chelated delivery form of magnesium to optimize bioavailability and GI tolerance. It is not buffered and is more absorbable than magnesium oxide.*BETTER ABSORBABILITY: Magnesium Glycinate - 2.3x greater than mag...
3. Yogasleep Dohm Classic (Tan) The Original White Noise Machine | Soothing Natural Sound from a Real Fan | Noise Cancelling | Sleep Therapy, Office Privacy, Travel | For Adults, Baby | 101 Night Trial
THE ORIGINAL SOUND MACHINE: Beloved by generations since 1962, the Dohm Classic model features our fan-based natural white noise producing our signature sound – the soothing ambient sounds of rushing air, without the disturbance of actual moving air.CUSTOMIZED SOUND EXPERIENCE: With two-speed opti...
4. mberry Miracle Fruit Tablets, 10-Count
MBERRY MIRACLE FRUIT TABLET - The new indulgence is practically magic! Turn sour food sweet by inhibiting your taste receptors. Truly transform foods you never thought could be so sweet and delicious.PERFECT FOR - Explore the many ways to use mberry tablets. Host “flavor-tripping” dinner parties...
5. Natural Vitality Calm #1 Selling Magnesium Citrate Supplement, Anti-Stress Magnesium Supplement Drink Mix Powder- Raspberry Lemon, Vegan, Gluten Free and Non-GMO (Package May Vary), 16 oz 113 Servings
CALM MAGNESIUM POWDER: Number 1 selling healthy dietary supplement in a flavored powder form that helps support healthy magnesium levels and supports a calming and uniquely relaxing experienceSTRESS RELIEF: Our Natural Vitality Calm gives your body the fundamental nutrients your body may be lacking ...
6. Mack's Ultra Soft Foam Earplugs, 50 Pair - 33dB Highest NRR, Comfortable Ear Plugs for Sleeping, Snoring, Travel, Concerts, Studying, Loud Noise, Work
ULTRA COMFORTABLE - Made with super low-pressure, slow release, Comfy Cush Comfort Foam. Their user preferred color is as easy on your eyes as they are on your ears.ULTRA NOISE BLOCKERS – With a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 33 decibels, these versatile, noise blocking earplugs are great for sle...
7. Eargasm High Fidelity Earplugs for Concerts Musicians Motorcycles Noise Sensitivity Conditions and More (Ear Plugs Come in Premium Gift Box Packaging) - Blue
PROTECT YOUR HEARING from harmful noise levels at loud events. Cut out excess sound from everyday life and your favorite activities.PRESERVES SOUND QUALITY with our patent pending innovative attenuation filters. Reduces noise evenly to maintain the full spectrum of sound while protecting hearing. Wo...
8. Omron HBF-306C Handheld Body Fat Loss Monitor
Accurately measures body fat percentage and body mass index (BMI) using proven bioelectrical impedance methodTwo modes– Standard and athlete– To provide accurate results based on your exercise regimenStores upto 9 individual profile settings so the whole family can track their progressDisplays r...
9. Prolab Caffeine Tablets 100 Count (Pack of 1)
ENERGY AND FOCUS WITHOUT JITTERS: Prolabs Caffeine pills give you energy and focus with no jitters or anxiety. Calorie-free, fast and easy caffeine to reduce fatigue, elevate mood and increase endurance *IMPROVE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL FOCUS: Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system to improve men...
10. Body Back Scalp Massager, Head Massager for Stress Relief, 1 Pack Color Varies
So Relaxing - Get a calming head massage or scalp scratch any time with Body Back Scalp MassagerTangle-Free - 12 rubber tips gently massage without tangling or scratching. Great scalp soother.Great for Itchy Heads - braids or weaves making your scalp itch? Get relief without damaging stylePromotes S...
11. Howard Leight by Honeywell Laser Lite High Visibility Disposable Foam Earplugs, Pink/Yellow , 200-Pairs (LL-1) - 3301105
LASER LITE HI-VIS COLORS: Vibrant yellow & magenta color is highly visible from a distance to help ensure employee compliance and hearing safety; it also helps prevent loss or misplacementEXCELLENT NOISE REDUCTION (NRR 32): Self-Adjusting foam earplugs expand in the ear upon insertion to create a se...
12. RENPHO Body Fat Scale Smart BMI Scale Digital Bathroom Wireless Weight Scale, Body Composition Analyzer with Smartphone App sync with Bluetooth, 396 lbs - Black
Smart app syncs with fitness apps. Over millions of happy global users. Easy setup app syncs with Samsung Health, Fitbit, Apple Health, Google Fit, and offers App for Apple Watch.13 essential measurements. The scale shows body weight only. Other body composition data including weight, BMI, body fat ...
13. Bar Keepers Friend Powdered Cleanser 12-Ounces (1-Pack)
As a bleach-free product, Cleanser & Polish is an ideal stainless steel cleaner and can easily remove rust, tarnish, mineral deposits, and tough stains from most surfaces.SURFACES: Stainless Steel, Porcelain, Ceramic, Copper Alloys, Fiberglass, Corian, Brass, Bronze, Chrome, Aluminum.KITCHEN: Sinks,...
14. Nature Bright SunTouch Plus Light and Ion Therapy
SOOTHING LIGHT THERAPY LAMP: The Nature Bright Sun Touch 2-in-1 Light Therapy Lamp combines light and fresh air therapy in a compact design. It helps balance your body clock, leaving your entire body feeling rested, refreshed, and nourishedPERFECT MOOD ENHANCER: Our Sun Touch Plus sun lamp is ideal ...
15. Marpac Dohm Classic (White) | The Original White Noise Machine | Soothing Natural Sound from a Real Fan | Noise Cancelling | Sleep Therapy, Office Privacy, Travel | For Adults & Baby | 101 Night Trial
THE ORIGINAL SOUND MACHINE: Beloved by generations since 1962, the Dohm Classic model features our fan-based natural white noise producing our signature sound – the soothing ambient sounds of rushing air, without the disturbance of actual moving air.CUSTOMIZED SOUND EXPERIENCE: With two-speed opti...
16. DownBeats Reusable High Fidelity Hearing Protection: Ear Plugs for Concerts, Music, and Musicians (Clear Ear Plugs, Black Case)
DownBeats: High Fidelity Hearing Protection and Ear Plugs for ConcertsReduces sound moderately and evenly for a better concert experience. Speech, high notes, and music comes through crisp and clear.Clear ear plugs have low in-ear profile for subtle use. Try our Long Stem version for larger fit.Dura...
17. Optimum Nutrition Micronized Creatine Monohydrate Powder, Unflavored, Keto Friendly, 120 Servings (Packaging May Vary)
5 grams pure creatine monohydrate per servingSupports increases in energy, endurance & recoveryMaximum potency supports muscle size, strength, and powerSupreme absorbency micronized to get the most out of each doseUnflavored can be mixed in your favorite beverage with ease- Product does not come wit...
New plan. Constantly blow whistles outside the White House and at all trump speaking events from now on. That would make him so enjoyably livid.
EDIT: thank you for the silver and gold! Let’s get out there and blow some fucking whistles!
SWS 72Pcs Plastic Whistles, Training Sports Whistles with Lanyard, Loud Toys Whistles for Christmas Birthday Party Goody Bag Fillers Games Survival Emergency, 5 Brilliant Colors https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J65XRNQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_ffIMDbQYF44JS
EDIT 2: Thank you again for the awards! I feel it is also my duty to remind you to save your hearing. I have comments of people who want to get together to get this done. Pick and time and place and I’ll post it. Protect your ears! You only get one set and tinnitus is permanent.
Mack's Ultra Soft Foam Earplugs, 50 Pair - 32dB Highest NRR, Comfortable Ear Plugs for Sleeping, Snoring, Travel, Concerts, Studying, Loud Noise, Work https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0051U7W32/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_EbJMDbYPVHZG9
EDIT 3: Thursday 10/10 at 6pm. Bring your whistles to the Target Center in Minneapolis. Get some whistles, get some friends, get irritating.
EDIT4: It’s been awesome to keep getting responses and interest in making this an actual thing! I’ve heard from people in MN, DC, SLC, California, and even England who want to get this started! I’m all for it, but let’s make sure we are there as an irritant, not as bullies. If you go out to blow some whistles tag your work with #irritatingwhistleblowers. So go get some friends, get some whistles, and get irritating!
EDIT 5: Good morning! Head on over to r/whistleattrump for further updates and shenanigans. I’ll continue to post updates and events as people get me the information.
Wow, I could have written this. I'm down 54 lbs as of this morning (220 to 166).
First, please check out r/loseit. There are wonderful people over there who absolutely excel at providing advice and support much better than me. You'll see thousands of stories of people just like you (and me) who have been where you are and who are still where you are.
As others have said, motivation fades and sheer determination is what will pull you through. Just take one small step every day. Today, just read a little on r/loseit. Next week, google TDEE and write down what you eat without trying to restrict.
Also - No zero days
You've got this and people are here to help!
EDIT: OK, now I'm on a computer and can type for real. I'm 35, female, 5' 5" tall (or 1.67 meters) and weighed 158 lbs at 10 yrs old. I've been there. I've been depressed. I've felt worthless. I won't pretend to understand exactly what you're going through, but I think I can relate.
First, let me say congrats on taking a step by posting here. You know you want to change and that's the first thing you have to do - make a decision. The second step is much harder...actually taking the step. You can plan forever and feel like you've accomplished something, but planning doesn't count without action.
Before I type out actual weight-loss advice. I want you to check on one thing - your medication. I'm absolutely not saying you need to go back on it, but please take a hard look at going off and if what you're feeling is related to that. Please, make sure you're working with a doctor to change/go off your medication. You may still be "coming down" from it. I truly don't know the specifics of these things, but I've seen the effects. I've seen too many people go off their medication because they "feel fine" not realizing that it's the medication that creating that feeling. Talk to your doctor, (s)he may say it's normal, maybe you need to try something different, maybe you don't need them any more, but please please please put some hard, rational thought into it. OK PSA over.
I know you're looking for motivation, but motivation fades. And it's not even determination that keeps you going. It's habit, making something so common, so boring, so regular that it feels weird to not be doing it. Measure your food (e.g., servings) until anything more than one serving that looks weird. Walk 15 minutes everyday at 4:45 PM until going a day without it feels weird. By the way, it took me maybe 3 months of dedication for these things to become habit. Make a chart. Do your habits 3 days next week. 4 days the week after that. Work up to 6 or 7. Give yourself gold stars. (No zero days...)
Ok, some concrete things. I'm going to offer a few universal pieces of advice, followed by a few things that worked for me. Take everything with a grain of salt. If I've learned anything, it's that everyone needs to figure out what works for them.
Ok some specifics that worked for me.
I've become addicted to seeing results and, frankly, it's kinda fun at this point. People notice. I get compliments. I feel proud. You can do this.
Today is Sunday. Pick one of these things and implement it tomorrow. Download MyFitnessPal. Buy a food scale. Set up a spreadsheet. Take your before photo. Or at least read No Zero Days.
Hope this helps!
EDIT 2: Several people have asked me for my spreadsheet, so here it is. I'm not going to lock cells so people can edit it as they like, but the idea is that you only type in the pink cells. I filled in the first row as an example. Everything else will fill in automatically. You'll need to fill in your goal too if you want it to appear on the table.
It's up to you to track calories in and out. Like I said, I use my FitBit for this . I also have a cheap fat monitor and started tracking that when I started HIIT workouts and the weight loss slowed. Anyway, add columns, delete those you don't need, and most importantly keep with it!
The miracle fruit, known as Synsepalum dulcificum that temporarily changes the way you perceive sour flavors, essentially making things such as Tabasco sauce taste sweet.
Edit: they're pretty easy to find online, here's the link to a pack available on Amazon.
LPT: When doing anything that can damage your eyes, invest $2 in some safety glasses that meet ANSI Z87.1 so you can see what you're doing.
LPT: When doing anything that can damage your ears, invest $0.10 in a pair of ear plugs. Double up if possible when shooting firearms (ear muffs and ear plugs).
ATTN: If you are planning to attend the rally in Minneapolis, please bring your whistles!
You can purchase a pack of 24 whistles for only $10 on Amazon here
Also please keep your ears safe! You can purchase 50 pairs of earplugs on Amazon for only $10 here
If you have any extra whistles or earplugs while at the rally, please hand them to fellow friends.
Soon WE will all be blowing the whistle on the President as well!
The Miracle Berry
You'll trip balls. Inside your mouth.
It's not as gay as it sounds.
EDIT: Link to where you can buy them. Link
I'm getting my parents miracle berry tablets, so they can host a miracle berry tasting night with friends.
And then I got another packet for my boyfriend's family with whom I will be spending Christmas; that and a small assortment of foods that are fun to try, like limes and stout beer and Greek yogurt, for our own miracle berry tasting night. Miracle berries are fun and last ~1 hour; something that creates memories but not at a huge expense.
Price: $14 / pack of ten, $25 / two packs of ten.
Use Barkeeper's Friend. Will take it right off and look brand new.
*Edit: Fixed link, sorry!
That’s right damnit! The most masculine thing is to be perfectly confident with what you like and who you are, regardless of whether it’s “masculine” or not. Theres going to be someone who makes fun of you for anything you do. Don’t dress nicely? You’re a lazy slob. Dress too nicely? Must be gay. Enjoy wine? What a sissy. Talk about how you’d rather drink beer than wine? You uncultured redneck.
Just do you the best way you know how.
Also, have you tried one of these?
You and me are in the same boat. I have one of those fabled Internet jobs so dispensable money comes when I want it to. Here are some of the things I bought just yesterday.
LED light strips to accent stuff in your house, with remote control -Video example
Threadless shirts Seriously these shirts are sweet as hell. Look under clearance, too, the $10 ones are very cool. Nothing like those "LOL I KNOW MEMES!!" type t-shirts that litter most t-shirt sites.
Boon Glo Nightlight Completely, completely unnecessary and overpriced. But cool as hell. Unboxing video
Candy dispensers are fun
Sites like Woot and 1SaleADay post new deals on a daily basis, and they are often really sweet things. Bookmark them if you haven't already.
Buy yourself a sweet looking fish tank
Obligatory head massager post
Edit: Couple of you are asking about the job. I figured I had that coming. Please don't perceive this as dick-ish, but I'd rather not talk about it. Yes, it's perfectly legal and no I'm not flaunting my hot body for money, but there's some quote out there about keeping ingenuity a secret from others so...that. I will say this, though. You can make money doing ANYTHING online. Remember the used socks eBay AMA last year? That dude made thousands. Don't look at some TV commercial about taking surveys online for cash, realize it's a low paying scam, and give up. Those are shallow waters. Keep trekking!
Living with roommates sucks, especially roommates with very different class/work/sleep schedules. Everyone suggesting 9-10 pm quiet time needs to get out of their morning person bubble. Everyone else suggesting that OP go out every time they want to have a chill conversation with friends is also being unrealistic. For one, that's going to get really expensive. For another, OP has a right to use the living room they pay to rent, which is equally as strong as Roommate's right to sleep, so they must find a way to balance these rights.
I say this as a very, very light sleeper. In a decade and a half of living with roommates, I have never come to a point of not being able to work it out, nor come to a point of putting my foot down and telling a roommate they couldn't use the living room at conversational volumes whenever I was sleeping.
OP - maybe in the politest way possible, you can help your roommate explore some techniques to sleep better. White noise machine or fan, blackout curtains, eye mask, ear plugs. I would again politely encourage your roommate to at least try ear plugs for a week. I recommend the Mack's 32 dB - they are small and squishy enough to comfortably sleep on even for a side sleeper (33 dB are quite a bit bigger) and you can still hear a nearby alarm through them, though they block out background noise. Here is an Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0051U7W32/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_99exDbNDEE7RA
Same ratio as ON Whey. Chugging down 10 Taco Bell coffee's = post-workout superfood confirmed. Just be sure to not shit for a few hours or you lose your gainz.
https://www.amazon.com/mberry-Miracle-Fruit-Tablets-10-Count/dp/B001LXYA5Q Right here. Turns off your sour receptors, I think. But the acid can still damage your mouth so don’t like, start chugging citric acid after you take this.
A Rubber Band Shooting Pen
They've actually got quite a few cool things. None of them really useful, but definitely some awesome up in there.
EDIT: Also, a scalp massager.
"It makes you feel like your head is cumming." - /u/The_Horse_Yeller
You should check into one of these. They're worth every penny.
Supposedly the 8th miracle of the world.
Miracle Berry Tablets
Mack's Ultra Soft Foam Earplugs, 50 Pair - 32dB Highest NRR, Comfortable Ear Plugs for Sleeping, Snoring, Travel, Concerts, Studying, Loud Noise, Work https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0051U7W32/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_wp90DbVRFDFRW
You should try the noise reduction ear plugs that musicians use at concerts and things, it reduces the noise levels coming into your ears while still allowing you to hear mostly clearly.
Check em out.
They make those indoor lamps that you can use for SAD. I have no idea how well they work, but maybe you could give one a try? Like this one? It's very highly reviewed. They're a little pricey but could be worth it if it helps.
I don't know how to solve your neighbor problem, but I would highly recommend investing in some earplugs:
I live near a fairly major city street where a motorcycle shop moved in. These things, and a white noise generator, have been lifesavers. (At least for me, it was the relative quiet to 90Db motorcycle engine with a radio that would wake me up. This combination dulls it.)
You can also get a white noise machine that makes noise without blowing much air. It's just a little fan in a container with holes in it. They work very well.
Call me a corporate shill but I use a happy lamp and, I know it's anecdotal, but it makes a huge difference for my mood and energy in the winter months.
You can get a 10,000 lux lamp on amazon for 40-50 dollars. Use it for 30 minutes in the morning while you are drinking your morning coffee. Game changer.
EDIT: Since there were some questions about recommendations, [I use this one.] (https://www.amazon.com/NatureBright-SunTouch-Light-Therapy-package/dp/B000W8Y7FY/ref=pd_lpo_121_bs_img_2/166-1337885-5426712?_encoding=UTF8&amp;psc=1&amp;refRID=G0EE30FB4N1A4WTGEJNQ) I actually spent quite a bit of time agonizing over what to buy since I have a min-max issue in real life and I have to say I'm happy with it. If I recall, a majority of the negative reviews were regarding the "ionizer" portion of the product which, to be frank, I have no idea about. There is no research to suggest that inhaling ionized air is beneficial. There is plenty of science to support the benefit of these lights for SAD as long as the strength of the light is 10,000 lux. This is important. Again, there is no scientific evidence to support that anything less than this will be beneficial. As with any product, user mileage will vary so I can't, in good conscious, suggest that you buy one of the "higher end" models for 200-400 dollars without knowing if you benefit so this is a good option. Having seen one of the more expensive lights be used in the resident room of the hospital I worked at, I suspect the more expensive ones do the same thing but are more aesthetically pleasing and have a larger spread of light.
As for use, the idea is to expose your skin to the light. I have it sitting on my dining room table so, in the morning while I drink my coffee and surf reddit, it's hitting my face. I use it for 30 minutes a day.
I can’t tell if you’re joking or not, but barkeepers friend is a cleaning powder product lol
They don't stand for fitness. They stand for profit off of people who want to be fit. Forget GNC, that shit is overpriced and no better then amazon.
Best Whey out there. Lab proven to be even better then the label says. One click shop, get it the next day, no bullshitting around bro-science idiots who wouldn't know one Amino Acid from another
I use these. Cheap, and work as well as I want them to.
Try some miracle fruit, mberry Miracle Fruit Tablets, 10-Count https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001LXYA5Q/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_sx1hybZPGJH1T
Makes lemons taste like the sweetest things in the world and other odd situations.
Mack's Ultra Soft Foam Earplugs, 50 Pair - 32dB Highest NRR, Comfortable Ear Plugs for Sleeping, Snoring, Work, Travel & Loud Events https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0051U7W32/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_-c4tDbS3KH1YT
Barkeeper's Friend will remove the scratches:
Bar Keepers Friend® Cleanser & Polish: 12 OZ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000V72992/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_96FeAb3K8H79A
You can fix it:
Aka "the tool from Gods".
If anyone is looking to purchase one, there's a sale on 'em at Amazon at this time:
Amazon - $2.52 + S&H
Here's the kind that I bought, there's a lot of brands but this one seemed to have the best reviews. Not too pricey, and it was a fun experience, I'd recommend it at least once. Just get a potluck going with a group of friends!
Edit: Make sure to try wasabi. It tastes like ice cream, it was my favorite of all the things I tried.
here you go lazy person! https://www.amazon.com/Marpac-Dohm-DS-All-Natural-White-Machine/dp/B000KUHFGM?th=1
Try Barkeepers friend!
Magnesium before bed. It will help keep your tolerance down.
I think it really depends on how long you've been working out. When I was new to working out I said to myself that I would never try creatine (I still don't know why but ignorant people always seem to think it's not "natural"). However, I did a lot of reading on it and figured I'd finally give it a try last March since I kind of hit a plateau.
I started taking 5g a day (forget the "loading phase" there are no studies that actually support it) and about a week in I went from benching 200lbs x 8 to 220 x 8. I had an increase of about 10% on pretty much all my lifts! I gained 6 pounds in the first 3 weeks. I was also eating about 3500kcal a day at the time so I don't know how much of that was the creatine.
Didn't have any negative side effects apart from having to take a piss about 5 times a day due to drinking 5l of water.
Should you choose to try it be sure to buy quality creatine. Read the reviews or better yet, buy "creapure" creatine. It's manufactured in Germany and therefore strictly regulated. Most other products are from Asia/ eastern Europe and can cause all kinds of nasty side effects. It's well worth paying an extra 20% just to be sure. Creatine is still the cheapest supplement you'll find!
EDIT: I use Optimum Nutrition Creatine which is made from Creapure. At 5g/day it costs me 5$/month. Generic cheap creatine might be a dollar cheaper a month but it's not worth the risk.
This is the one we use. Ours is great. It was actually my MILs, it's lasted a long time.
Marpac Dohm Classic White Noise Sound Machine, White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HD0ELFK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_PeY0Bb5RF6RTT
ON Gold Standard Whey has been mentioned frequently on this subreddit as a popular choice (link).
That's the way I was about the flavor-changing berries on Amazon that someone linked once. I still consider it every now and then though.
Edit: Here's a link.
They sell them on Amazon
looks like they cost about 15 bucks for 10 tablets
>Caffeine addictions when you don't work at a coffee shop can be expensive, and make you grumpy.
Take caffeine tablets. They are SO cheap relative to coffee, if all you want is caffeine.
First result on google. I am guessing you can probably do even better if you want.
What toothpaste do you use, specifically? Toothpaste with SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) is what causes the reaction. SLS is used as a foaming agent in a bunch of stuff (toothpaste, shampoo, etc.) and it suppresses your sweet taste buds. Kind of like those "miracle fruit tablets" which basically have the opposite effect.
Sorry to bring bad news, but, assuming you got the same one that Amazon calls "Nature Made High Potency", it only contains Magnesium Oxide.
Magnesium Oxide has extremely low bioavailability, and has some other issues as well. It's rust, in essence. So unfortunately you'll really not get any benefit whatsoever by taking those. Your body will only absorb about 5% or less of each softgel, meaning each is really only going to give you 10-20 mg.
Really the one you want is Magnesium Glycinate. I take the Doctor's Best brand which is unbuffered, meaning the pill contains 100% Mg Glycinate with no other lesser forms included. Glycinate is the most bioavailable form of Magnesium and is the best for supplementation. This sort of logic rings true with a lot of other supplements. Many brands will happily sell you minerals with poor bioavailability (multivitamins have this flaw especially), so it's wise to do this check for all supplements you buy.
To answer your question though, no, 400mg isn't too much. Really you can take as much as you want and your body should just not absorb what it doesn't need. 400mg is a solid daily dose though. Take it before bed, as there is a small amount of evidence to suggest it can be a sedative and help sleep.
Don't take it at the same time you intake Calcium, as Calcium does inhibit absorption of Magnesium to some extent. Taking Vitamin D/K and Magnesium in addition to a diet with lots of Calcium is a pretty strong combo, as D/K/ Magnesium all have important roles in Calcium absorption and its integration in bones. Take the D/K/ and your Calcium food in one sitting, and the Magnesium later once the Calcium has already been digested.
For a good overview of Magnesium and its effects, check Examine.com.
I no longer travel without foam earplugs. They have got me to sleep in environments where I could not without them. Screaming weans....no problems. "Naaaaa naaa naaa naaa" hen party groups....blocked. Groups of wee dicks drinking buckfast....ignored.
I have them in every bag I am likely to travel with including my laptop bag and holdall.
I buy these fuckers in bulk...
>I need a lot of caffeine to function as a college student and I'm not a fan of pre-workout since it makes me jittery...
How is the caffeine in coffee any different that what's in PWO...aside from the amount?
Plus those drinks are an easy $3-4 per can...for 20g protein and 210cals? I can make a shake for >$1 with double those numbers.
[Usually less than $.10 per] (http://www.amazon.com/ProLab-Caffeine-Maximum-Potency-100-Count/dp/B0011865IQ/ref=pd_sim_121_5?ie=UTF8&amp;dpID=41LcOhoUG3L&amp;dpSrc=sims&amp;preST=_AC_UL160_SR90%2C160_&amp;refRID=17PA92K20FSQSF7GS2RS) ....split them in half if you need to.
Only prework out I need.
We had this one for a long time and it's adjustable so you can adjust the pitch of the noise a little. However, I think it was a little lower-pitched than the video you posted at our regular setting (we don't have it any more though, so I'm not sure).
Yep. They're disposable ear plugs.
Similar ones, not sure if they're the same though.
EDIT: Just noticed the brand on the machine is the same as the ones I linked.
Massive electrolyte problem!
Heart palpitations are typically potassium, cramps are typically magnesium (although maybe potassium), and lack of sodium leads to deficiencies in both magnesium and potassium (and also causes low blood pressure).
Get some lite sale or no salt or nu salt (all contain potassium chloride and are salt substitutes). Get some high-quality magnesium like this (I would eat 2 pills 2x/day until symptoms are gone then cut back a bit):
And get plenty of sodium! 5g/day (I add sodium by drinking broth from a bouillon cube in addition to salting my food).
Please do re-read the section of the FAQ on electrolytes.
Are you really getting the numbers in the FAQ? I'm guessing you're not, but regardless up your intake as these are pretty clear symptoms. On the magnesium side in particular make sure it's not oxide (as it's useless).
There are lots of other things I use daily:
But the point I guess I'm making is that you can get lots of good, cheap stuff to start with.
I have really bad tinnitus. Get an old school white noise machine, it’s much better than music.
Marpac Dohm Classic White Noise Sound Machine, White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HD0ELFK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_KLz3BbZPJKD16
Foam ear plugs
This powder is really cheap given that it tastes absolutely delicious and you can mix it with pretty much anything (oatmeal, milk, eggnog, cream, shakes) to add chocolate flavor without much sugar and with a boatload of protein.
a watch and a tub of protein powder, not a bad deal since I still use the watch to this day!
Yoo. My dude. Fuck Ajax. Get your hands on Barkeeper. That stuff had my bathroom looking like I first moved in. I'm never going back.
That puts you at around $750 depending whether you have to pay tax on the handgun, transfer fees, etc.
The remaining $250 should be enough for an introduction to handgun safety class at your local range plus a bunch of cheap ammo to practice with.
Edit: I forgot, don't forget to account for the cost of your CCW permit. Depending on where you live and what required classes you have to take that could easily consume your remaining $250.
THIS THING is like better than orgasms. No joke. I will literally be put into such a trance after a few minutes of head massaging with that glorious artifact of the gods.
I just gave these a try, they are pretty cool:
As others have posted, tablet forms of these are available on Amazon
I've actually thrown "Miracle Berry" parties several times and it's a lot of fun! Just walk around a grocery store and try to think of everything that tastes sour and buy it! Some tips from my experiences... Each tablet will last you about 15-60 minutes (generally about 30 before effects diminish), not ALL the sourness goes away (lemons do not taste like pure sugar), thoroughly dissolve the tablet in your mouth (3-5 minutes) and then wait a couple more for the full effect, and lastly, bitterness is NOT the same as sourness. Eating the lemon peel will still be incredibly bitter.
Lemons/limes: Taste like the best lemonade/limeade ever
Pineapple: Incredibly delicious, but almost TOO sweet for some people
Oranges/orange juice: Really depends on the kind, but can substantially change the flavor
Hot Sauce: Vinegar almost tastes sugary, so it is both sweet and spicy
Pickled items: Again, vinegar becomes rather sweet
Cheese: Some cheeses taste like "dessert" cheese, especially sharp cheeses, cream cheese, cottage cheese, and goat cheese. Some people don't seem to be as effected by the cheeses as other though.
Beer/Wine: Not as profound as citrus, but definitely changes the flavor profile
Random note of caution: You'll end up wanting to eat a TON of citrus foods. This will give you an upset stomach if you don't moderate.
The only things that worked for me are a white noise generator or moving elsewhere.
Noisy people never stop being noisy.
And if you can still hear them, get a white noise machine to keep in your room, near the door.
I'm a REALLY light sleeper. Naturally I own one cat who wanders the halls at night, wailing (for no reason at all), and one who runs around like an idiot all night (at 13 years old!!).
Drowning them out is your best defense. The white noise machine is a good start (I like this one). Add ear plugs if necessary.
Have you ever tried one of theeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee?
Vitamin D enchances the absorption of calcium, so if someone eats a fair amount of dairy or spinach they should be fine. Magnesium should be the one people need to look out for. It's one of the most important minerals that we don't get enough of, PLUS it works in synergy with vitamin D! If you regularly eat almonds (or pumpkin seeds), avocados, dark green leafy vegetables and legumes then you're probably fine. If not then I'd definitely recommend you start including them in your diet if possible, and if not you can supplement.
Another critical micronutrient would be K2, which helps direct calcium to your bones and teeth and prevent calcification of your arteries (big no no!). If you're thinking of supplementing Vitamin D3, you can find those two vitamins together. They are fat soluble so make sure you eat them with your nuts/seeds and avocados! :)
I bounce between several, but can definitely recommend Doctor's Best. I have not noticed a difference between all of the top brands on amazon.
Lodge Cast Iron Skillets are great but you have to make sure you clean them immediately afterwards.
For something more practical (and cheap), take a look at these guys (depending on what size you are looking for. You can sautee something, throw it in the oven, and when they start to get ugly, take some Bar Keepers Friend and go at it. It will look good as new in no time. P.S., please don't pay $5 for BKF, it is at your grocery store for only a dollar or two.
Edit: Here is a test of this one vs. the expensive All Clad version.
Scrub with Barkeepers Friend http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000V72992/ref=redir_mdp_mobile
I have several friends that live in Finland, so I get to go and stay for free. I spent about 4 days in Rovaniemi for skiing last year. As an American looking over the side of the bridge and seeing a partially submerged speed limit sign, I thought, "Huh. The road has been flooded by the adjacent river and frozen over." Nope. They turned part of the river in a road. The river road speed limit is about 20 mph. :)
Useful information, VITAMIN D and a sun lamp are your friends. I used this sunlamp while living in Northern France. Seasonal Depression is a real thing and it blows.
Like the kind Finnish redditor mentioned, Finns don't generally do small talk. This is almost always true. Fight the urge to chit chat American style.
Also, learn sauna etiquette as saunas are very important in Finnish culture. Your board shorts in the pool and shower aren't going to fly. There is nothing better than beer and a sauna.
Speaking of beer, Finland has some great beer, but you may have to look around for it. I've some excellent beers in Finland which had complex flavors.
Remember that you are in Europe. Travel is relatively cheap once you get there, but living up north may make it a little more inconvenient and / or expensive.
Sign up for a VR account -national rail system. You can get some excellent deals.
Good luck and have fun!
There sorta is. Miracle Berries and by extension Miracle Berry Tablets.
It's not permanent and wears off anywhere from 30-90 minutes in my experiences, but it really does make things taste completely different. It's fun if you are a foodie. I could see it being a potential thing really picky eaters may need to get them to eat more foods and not stick with certain unhealthy options.
We had some of those flavor pills that changed acidic foods to tasting sweet (made lemons delicious). That's worth looking into
I have only had the tablets (Amazon link) and they do what they say, it was quite interesting to eat a straight lemon that tasted sweet.
A word of caution, especially for older (and generally) louder planes. The QC35s do not have the same level of noise reduction as the A20s, and you're likely to experience some hearing loss. For the budget minded, you honestly are going to have trouble beating an old fashioned DC set with a pair of something like these under them: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A3Z44R2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_HimYAb98X5NTB
Also super useful for when you're sharing the ramp with jets :)
AMEN. I know a lot of people with tennitus and that shit's no joke.
I bought these on amazon and haven't looked back. They work great, don't look goofy in your ears, and the metal case they come in is perfect for stashing party favors...if that's your thing :)
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Good recommendation! I also recommend this pair of Downbeats as I own both and like how downbeats are a bit more subtle/less protruding from my ears.
Second the white noise. We got https://www.amazon.com/Marpac-Classic-White-Noise-Machine/dp/B000KUHFGM this model and it is incredible. Mechanical, super soothing, changed our kids sleeping habits almost instantly.
https://www.amazon.com/NatureBright-SunTouch-Light-Therapy-package/dp/B000W8Y7FY on mobile, so I’m not sure this will work but this is the one I have. It’s just one of the cheapest on amazon and it gets the job done.
I love my EC stack. I buy OTC bronkaid and take 25mg with a 200mg caffeine pill. Quality of caffeine seems to vary, so I get this brand
The full stack is ECA, including asprin. I don't have any heart conditions or problems with my blood work, so I don't take the asprin. Some people take fish oil instead of asprin, but most fish oil capsules are sold rancid due to how the oil is processed and can actually be bad for you. Just the ephedrine and caffeine work well for me. Boyfriend takes them too and loves it. You can take the stack long term without negative side effects, too.
I ramped up the dose slowly, taking half a pill once per day in the mid morning when I usually started feeling snackish, slowly increasing the dose over a week. If you start at the full 25/200 dose, you might feel funny. I had some shortness of breath when I did, so I cut to half dose.
It's honestly been really great. When I take it, I intermittent fast or eat very lightly during the day with a larger dinner. It doesn't completely kill my appetite, but I appreciate it because I need to be able to listen to my body.
One thing I haven't quite figured out is whether I should be supplementing more potassium. Apparently ephedrine can deplete potassium, so I have lite salt (half sodium, half potassium) and eat avocado everyday.
I think the potassium issue is discussed with EC stacks because of the danger of taking ephedrine when you have a heart condition. Potassium levels are critical in the management of some heart conditions. I'm not sure if ephedrine specifically warrants potassium supplementation, or if it's the underlying heart condition. Would love to hear more about this from someone knowledgable
Changes your sense of taste so that bitter and sour things taste sweet. Effect lasts for up to 2 hours.
That's called miracle fruit, it's pretty fun to try at least once.
I got these tablets from Amazon, if anyone wants to try them.
In the festival: Gold Bond powder for chafing/sunburns/itchiness, hi-fidelity earplugs (I use DownBeats bcecause they're more compact than others), Anker 10000mAh battery pack and a multi-USB charger cable so all your friends can get their charge on w/o having to stop at a charging station
Camping: Mio water enhancer for electrolytes + flavor, Anker 20,100 mAh battery pack
I bought an amazing white noise machine because my neighbor's dogs love to bark a lot at night. It's the best thing ever- you could just saw you need an extra white noise machine to help you sleep now that you don't have the noisy fan anymore.
This is the one I swear by. I even bought an extra one to travel with.
I used a white noise machine with my first kid starting when she was a baby, and she still uses & loves it today. She's 10. I use one too! It's scientifically proven to help you sleep better, plus it just blocks out some noise. To be most effective, get a white noise machine that uses actual air to create the noise, rather than a digital recording. It really fills the room without sounding harsh or grating. I love this one. It's $50 but it completely gives us our money's worth.
You have my absolute sympathy, we lived in an apartment for our first baby and now we're in a house for our second, and it really is a whole different ball game.
Why would you hide one in someones campsite? And I didnt say anything about food or consumables.. Fill them with lego men or buttons or love notes or something. Edit: Someone above mentioned earplugs, great idea! If not for protecting your ears in the festival, then helping you sleep at night while your neighbors play Animals on repeat.
A couple of years ago we stayed at my wife's parents for a few days, in between a two week road trip of festivals and other family visits.
MIL offered to wash some of our clothes while we were at Festival #2 which we thankfully accepted and so left a load of stuff in our room.
When we returned, as we sat at the breakfast table, she quietly said, "I think there's something upstairs I shouldn't have seen".
My mind was racing... what the fuck could it be?
"I've left it on the side, next to the bed, would you mind going to get it, dear?"
Wifey went upstairs and we all sat in silence waiting for her to return.
"They're my ear plugs mum, /u/globaldu snores..."
"Oh, thank goodness for that! We thought it was 'spliff' "
That's what you're up against, OP. You simply cannot explain drugs to some people. For them, prescription meds are totally fine but one toke on a joint and you're going straight to hell.
Ninja edit: It was the very same ear plugs... bright pink & yellow.
The TYPE of Magnesium you take is key. You want one that has TRAACS (The Real Amino Acid Chelate System), on the label since that's a proprietary way of binding it that does NOT give you diarrhea. (If you have to have a colonoscopy they literally give you magnesium to clean you out.) I use this one: https://smile.amazon.com/Doctors-Best-Absorption-Magnesium-Glycinate/dp/B000BD0RT0/
I've gone through something similar, it was during major depression. Honestly what helped was reducing inflammation within my body/brain.
I'd suggest trying lithium orotate as a first line of action along with fish oil, magnesium glycinate and maybe turmeric with a source of black pepper.
I don't know which supplements you've tried in the past but I don't think you've permanently damaged your body.
Depression can deplete and drain you completely especially any creative and positive thoughts. Start meditating even for a few minutes a day. Well-being is fostered not only with a good diet but a good mindset, there could be a lot of things draining you emotionally and physically you just need to figure out what those things are and try to correct them.
I hope you feel better soon, as someone who's been in your shoes it does get better.
I can't believe no one has mentioned Magnesium yet! Get you some Magnesium, if you haven't already.
Being keto flushes that shiz right out of your body, leading to fatigue, anxiety, depression, and major stress. Trust me, it sucks major to be Mg-deficient -- taking just 400mg extra per day drastically reduced my anxiety symptoms that I was on the verge of treating with serious medication. GET YOU SOME MAGNESIUM.
(This is good advice for everybody, but in my experience women struggle more with anxiety and depression. Magnesium is a cheap, easy fix.)
The Marpac Dohm-DS White Noise Sound Machine is great for people who need a fan to sleep. I've had one for years.
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Good on you! I am a big fan of Eargasm. Etymotics are cheaper and are also good, but my personal preference is for the Eargasms.
Been using a few over the last few years:
Etymotics: good for shorter shows but after a while they start to bug me, YMMV
Eargasm: a little more comfortable than the Etymotics over longer stretches of time
EarPeace: the three different filter options are nice and easy to swap out, plus they include a third plug which definitely would've prevented that time I accidentally dropped an Etymotic onto the piss-covered floor of an Oakland bathroom and then spent most of the next band's set walking to the nearest Rite-Aid to get a pair of the shitty ones that make everything sound like you wrapped a blanket of mud around your head
People say https://www.amazon.com/RENPHO-Bluetooth-Body-Fat-Scale/dp/B01N1UX8RW/ plays nicely with the FitBit app, and it's a whole lot cheaper than the Aria.
It’s relatively easy. Many people think it’s super hard but it’s not. When you get hunger cramps you’re actually thirsty so drinking a lot of water is key. What helped me the first few weeks was sparkling water (La-Croix) with 0 calories and sugar. After about 3-4 weeks your body adjusts. Black coffee also helps.
My number one advice for all of you guys is buy a smart scale because it helps you keep track not just of weight but BMI, Body fat, etc. it really motivates you. Every 2-3 days measure yourself in the morning after taking a piss and you have to be fully naked no socks for accurate measurements. Maybe one day I’ll make a video on my experience with more tips as I see a lot of people struggle with this. Good luck!
We have this one from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N1UX8RW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
Each of us use it and it tracks separately on our phones. Works great
CALM Magnesium powder is a good one.
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Highly recommend some of these. Hopefully none of your friends have lice so they don't mind sharing.
Miracle berry tablets. https://www.amazon.com/mberry-Miracle-Fruit-Tablets-10-Count/dp/B001LXYA5Q
Messes with your tastebuds so sour tastes sweet. Plain lemons taste like lemon candy. Fun with other sour or rart stuff. Pickles, sauerkraut, cranberries.
I use them, they're awesome. Unless your roommate is extremely loud, snoring should no longer be an issue.
Sleep Sound Machine
One product helps prevent you from hearing so much noise when you sleep.
The other helps replace or mask unpleasant sounds with pleasant ones.
You WILL get used to it - I promise.
I use ON and I buy it on amazon.
Since I have Amazon Prime, this is perfect for me. Way cheaper than most stores and the shipping is free. It's 70+ servings, and I usually just have it with water. Tastes bland, but I just drink it really fast.
A not disgusting, cocoa powder tasting powder. Use wisely.
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Yea, I'd day say the noise is a given. I used to live in a downstairs apartment. The upstairs neighbors weren't loud people, but you'd occasionally still be able to hear their steps.
I prefer the top floor.
For now, I'd say get some ear plugs. I shared a room once with a heavy snorer. Had to get ear plugs. $20-$30 a box can last you around half a year.
They will, in the meantime be proactive with these https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0007XJOLG?psc=1
I have no experience with either, but I just looked up the nutrition data for coconut water. The amount of electrolytes is pretty small. If you are concerned, I would just get some Lite Salt and add a tsp to a glass of water in the morning. Plus magnesium supplements. These are the ones I use.
As someone who is constantly on the road and also a full-blow fan-while-I-sleep addict I have to recommend the Marpac Dohm-DS.
It's "real" white noise caused by the movement of air, but can be packed extremely easily. Trust me, it saved my life and marriage.
This is the one I use, you can probably find it locally too.
Read the second review, it has a good comparison of magnesium forms and brands. This brand/form doesn't have the pooping or sleeping all day effects.
Ok so I used to live in an apartment with thin walls, and as a light sleeper it drove me nuts.
Years ago, I got one of these. It sounds like a constant fan noise, but it blends in so well that you stop hearing it pretty much immediately, but it keeps outside noise from bothering you too much. I would sometimes fall asleep without it on, only to wake up repeatedly throughout the night, until I realized what the issue was.
I live in a much quieter place now, but I still find it helpful and comforting to sleep to.
White noise machine. To mask what's going on behind that door.
I use this Dohm sound conditioner. Expensive but awesome.
Get you one of these thingies.
They're the bee's knees.
They're called miracle berries, or miracle fruit.
All good, helpful advice. I'm going the easy route and going to suggest Miracle Fruit tablets.
They change how things taste to your taste buds temporarily! I've had multiple friends try them and say they're definitely worth the few bucks for them. They're on my list as well, mwahaha.
I think most of us are light sleepers. White noise is the only way I can sleep, been using one on my nightstand, and one on my wife’s for over ten years. We take one with us on trips.
This is the right advice: what you need is good ear plugs and a white noise machine. Not all ear plugs are created equal, I highly recommend these:
I have this noise machine, and it works great at drowning out traffic/ambient noise. I find it works well in conjunction with the earplugs:
Grab a big box of the disposable foam ones. I like these ones because they're really soft and expand really well. A lot of the fancy flanged ones are irritating to me.
Dont use those.
Hearing ain't nothing to fuck around with. Don't do cheap or stupid when it comes to protecting your ears.
I use that setup, and i could shoot my AR all day in comfort with those together. Also, the plugs come in individually wrapped pairs, so you can always keep a few extra for friends/ strangers in your range bag.
For your specific situation, 500mcg of melatonin and 400mg of magnesium glycinate should fix you right up. Melatonin is extremely safe and nontoxic. Same with magnesium (to a far lesser extant than melatonin, though).
A note on melatonin dosages: Less is more. It is frequently sold in 5-20mg pills. This is way way way too much for most people^.
As far as taking other things like St. John's Wort, kava, etc: Do not start out with these. You are a young person. There are many other things to try before these things. If the magnesium and melatonin don't work for you, feel free to PM me, and I'll do my best to give advice however I can.
Here are some links to brands of melatonin and magnesium that I would recommend:
Pure Encapsulations - Melatonin 0.5mg - 60 capsules for $9.30: this is the one I would most recommend in terms of quality, and the price happens to be pretty reasonable. If it's too much, let me know.
Pure Encapsulations - Magnesium (Glycinate) - 90 capsules (120mg each) for $19.50: Once again, this is ideal but if it's too much let me know. Here is a cheaper option that will work.
Best of luck to you my friend. I have had sleep problems before, and I know all too well that they will fuck your life up. This is an important issue to me, so I'm quite serious about offering my help. Feel free to PM me. Hope this helps.
In the meantime.. :D.
Art museum/fairmount area strikes me as quite quiet and very nice in general - I stayed around there for a week before my apartment was ready to move in to and it was really quite peaceful at night.
Though I would have had a jar of theses to give to the complainers.
Indeed. For anyone interested, check out these or these or these.
Anyone got any suggestions for earplugs to wear during concerts? I was looking at some yesterday and through some amateur research (there was a thread on from r/LPT and head-fi.org), I came across these brands. Alpine, Hearos, DownBeats, and Etymotic. I had trouble figuring out which ones to get so I bought the Hearos because they seemed similar to the rest and they were the cheapest with Amazon Prime. But if anyone has any suggestions or comments, I'd like to read em.
Water + magnesium citrate is helpful. You may get diarrhea from changing gut flora. But if it's constipation, up your water intake and get electrolytes, including magnesium. Natural Calm magnesium citrate powder is a good one, you may find it at Walmart. Or a liquid magnesium citrate that you could find at Target or Walgreens - though it's not as tasty as the powder.
Try magnesium! Colace didn't do a thing for me, but I started taking a magnesium supplement before bed every night, and I am now the most regular and easy pooping girl you'd ever know. This is the stuff I got (https://www.amazon.com/Natural-Vitality-Magnesium-Organic-Raspberry/dp/B00BPUY3W0/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1473267595&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=calm%2Bmagnesium) -- but I found it locally in the health section at my normal supermarket for like $15, I didn't pay $25!!
You stir it in water & drink it, it tastes like overly sweet lemonade, and works like a charm for me!
> I don't know where to start! What do I eat? How do I exercise?? What is a normal routine like? What do you guys do?
What? I do what's in the FAQ. You should too.
> I am very good at following instructions. I just need some damn instructions! Please and thank you.
Okay. Follow my instructions:
Ceramic you say? Get some barkeeper's friend and clean that nasty bowl.
Bar Keepers Friend Works awesome on porcelain and metals for removing rust and discoloration. I use it on any stubborn stains. Best way to clean burnt stainless steel pains and bring them back to new.
get one of these: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000KUHFGM/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&amp;th=1
I buy Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey, as well as their unflavored Creatine Monohydrate.
ON's gold standard whey is widely accepted to be high quality, as well as one of the less expensive brands. I personally use the milk chocolate and double rich chocolate flavors. And creatine monohydrate is just creatine monohydrate, no matter how you slice it.
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Highly recommend a light box to help offset the season change.
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That's kiddie shit. Where I come from we just eat caffeine pills.
Caffeine is a wonderful hunger suppressant that is readily available and quite cheap. Also has an added benefit of needing less sleep.
You should get one of these.
Ja uvek koristim, mozda sam zbog toga "ne kul", ali toliko je lepo kada izadjes napolje, skines cepove i nista ti ne zuji iako si bio u galami. Plus bolje cujes samu muziku sa njima, a i neku osobu koja ti u toj galami govori nesto.
Gledaj neke koje su bas za muzicare/zurke, one penaste koje su dobre za spavanje ce da ti sve zaguse, ove za muzicare ti samo "smanje ton" bez da uniste cistocu zvuka.
Ovako nesto vrv, ili ovako neke.
Ja licno imam ove i fenomenalne su.
No, I agree with the problem. I have tried a bunch of ambient apps and I can notice the loop edit right away and find myself waiting for it. It does not make falling asleep an easy feat when you are fully alert and waiting for the pattern to repeat.
This, in my opinion, is the only way to fly.
I have the marpac noise maker, it just stresses me out. I also use the ceiling fan as a noise distraction, but my problem is not being able to shut my brain down. I constantly think about this project, that meeting, did I remember to roll out the patch to that site. I need to get back into reading or some other distraction to help turn off my brain and stop being such a worry wart all the time.
It's this white noise maker so that you don't overhear people having therapy.
Marpac DOHM white noise machine
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Downbeats are another good, inexpensive option. They come with an aluminum keychain case and don't stick out of your ears, which seems to be a love/hate feature. $13.95 on Amazon
You would probably be better off just continuing the water fast and forgoing the bone broth. It could certainly make you hungrier, and its primary benefit is usually that it helps some people get through the early days, which you've already bypassed (and those are generally considered to be the hardest where hunger pangs are concerned.)
Also speaking from personal experience, I tried adding 2 cups of bone broth to my 10 day water fast after experiencing a few days of very low energy, and I had a very bad reaction to it (intense nausea, belching, and dry retching / vomiting). I mentioned it here, and the suggestion from a few folks was that the sudden influx of sodium had probably triggered it.
If you'd like to supplement electrolytes, here are some recommendations:
For sodium, Celtic Sea Salt on dissolved on the tongue or small sips of Pickle Juice. For potassium, NoSalt has a good amount per serving and can be mixed with water and taken as a shot. Magnesium can be supplemented in pill form, a lotion/spray, or by soaking your feet in Epsom Salt. These will all be most beneficial on a longer fast, although I find that supplementing sodium starting on Day 2 of my own fasts has made me feel better (less brain fog and dizziness, improved mood). As for the most beneficial amount, a general recommendation - provided on the Fasting Talk podcast - was discussed here.
Couple tips if you're having insomnia. Listen up cuz this is the real deal, this WILL help get you through these first few days (take it from someone who just got through it and is feeling great now).
Take two pills as soon as you wake up, and more importantly, take two 30-60 minutes before bed. When you take it at night it will make you sleepy. You can take it on an empty stomach, it's super easy on the stomach.
Magnesium is the 2nd most common deficiency in the developed world, AND alcohol flushes magnesium out of your body. So chances are that your body is WAY low on it, and that will mess up your sleep AND it will make you depressed. Getting your magnesium levels back up is proven to lower symptoms of depression and improve your mood, something I've experienced first hand, so it should make your moods a little sunnier.
BIG POINT FOR MELATONIN: Most melatonin pills are 5mg. I don't know why this is, because that's actually a massive dose. Break off about a quarter of a pill and that should be a good dose (.75-1.5mg). Also, if you go the melatonin route, try to limit your usage to 1-2 weeks of daily usage. If you take it too often, then when you stop you might have trouble getting to sleep again, cuz your body got used to it. So just take it for a 5-14 days while your body heals itself and naturally learns how to fall asleep without alcohol.
In general, you may have to take it on faith that it gets better for now while you're hurting, but it's the OVERWHELMING experience of everyone that it does get better. Nobody, ever, in the history of the world, was having a shitty life, and then they started drinking more, and then things got better.
But if you go to an AA meeting (which I highly recommend doing), you will meet people with 1, 5, 10, 20 years of sobriety, and every single one will tell you that their lives got insanely better when they stopped drinking. You'll hear a lot of people saying stuff like "back when I was drinking, I couldn't possibly imagine my life being as good as it is today". And I've had people close to me quit, and I've seen them go through a similar situation.
Hang in there friend. What you're doing right now is worth every bit of effort.
Honestly, ear plugs are going to be your best (and cheapest) solution. You can get 200 pairs for $20.
These ones will block out practically all sound. For me the problem is that they are a bit uncomfortable and they also block out audible alarm clocks.
These are the ones that I settled on. They are perfect because they are low density, so I can't feel them at all when I am wearing them. They block out 90% of noises, but still let my audible alarm clock through.
When I use the first earplugs I linked, I use this alarm clock that vibrates the bed, that way I don't have to worry about hearing the alarm. It also works wonders.
(Note: If you think you can't sleep with earplugs in, please try the green ones. I need everything to be very specific/comfortable or I can't fall asleep, and I don't notice that I'm wearing the green ones at all.)
at first i could sleep with them for only a few hours before they would wake me up and i had to take them out but i eventually got used to them.
a search for "soft ear plugs" on amazon gets a number of hits. they might work for you or make it easier to get used to wearing them
i've used several of the Howard Leight brand. I bought a large box of these. i also like [these](
Anyway, I hope this helps. I'll check back in a little bit (studying for finals right now) if I think of anything else.
This has one of the best bioavailability, I take 2 daily: https://www.amazon.com/Doctors-Best-Absorption-Magnesium-Supplement/dp/B000BD0RT0
I also had sleeping problems and had the same issues with Magnesium until someone on r/xxketo recommended this one. No diarrhea at all. The only issue I’ve ever had is it makes my stomach hurt for a minute it or two if I take it in the morning on an empty stomach.
Edit: the recommended dosage for this one is 2 pills twice a day. Also, they are on the large size.
Me and my partner have been attending festivals longer than the age of many attendees. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of hearing protection that also preserves fidelity of music. I have had tinnitus that has taken 6 months to resolve. It is not fun. It can be permanent, which would be awful. I recommend Etymotic on price versus performance, but many other good ones also. Eargasm also recommended.
I also bring cheap blue foam plugs that I give to people that need them, but those degrade the music.
UMF is limited to 110 dB at a certain distance, which can certainly do hearing damage. There are louder festivals, but it is enough to cause damage. We are also almost always in first row against fencing so that is directly in front of speakers. Far enough back not as loud.
yes wear earplugs. once your ears are damaged, the damage is irreversible. always wear ear plugs to concerts and festivals.
here are some i use
These are the best pair I own so far. Having tried HearOs and Entymotics (or whatever it's spelled) I've really liked the low profile of these Eargasm plugs and they do a great job of cutting the dB level without cutting the sound quality.
Try high fidelity earplugs. I have tinnitus too, and also photograph EDM shows for a living. I usually keep two pairs of Eargasms off Amazon in my tour bag at all times. I no longer have tinnitus post shows and the ringing has severely decreased.
Suggestion - get a scale like this. I have it, and love that while my weight has varied by less than a pound for 5 weeks, I’ve watched as my composition has changed in other ways.
RENPHO Bluetooth Scale
I'll do my "fighter's meal". It's what I eat before I go to my Muay Thai class.
Avocado with this stuff on it. 2 Roma tomatoes with lemon juice on them. Some slices of Havarti cheese. A banana. A protein shake (milk and this stuff). Multivitamin, fish oil, vitamin D. And a whole lot of water throughout.
That'll give me a high, constant energy level for the next 4 hours. If I start getting tired or hungry, I'll devour one of these.
The main goal is healthy fats, fiber, protein, and no processed foods. That'll give you a nice steady energy source with no crashes and no foggy brain.
just skip the filler and go straight for caffeine pills, no teeth stains either
Its not a net dehydrator when consumed in fluid, pills aren't providing any fluid.
Caffeine pills I have used before, 75mg Calcium each
This is seriously the best way you can spend $3.19, hands down.
Buy one next time you order from Amazon. If you can spend only $4 to significantly improve your happiness even for just one day...
No problemo, it's a Head / Scalp Massager @ Amazon for $3.
edit - ($2.03 / oz) that's a hell of a deal!!!
What type of sound is it?
If its slamming doors, heavy bass etc thats structural vibration and there is basically shit all you can do with that.
If you are looking at just deading sound (TV, non heavy bass) then a cheaper solution is just white noise machines. I have had similar to below where I slept in a room with basically closet doors in an apartment full of 5 people and didn't have a problem drowning out the noise.,
Edit - Copied the wrong link
This is the greatest $45 you will ever spend. You may even want to get two. It will seriously change your life. It's not particularly loud but a bomb could go off and my kids won't wake up.
Marpac Dohm-DS All Natural Sound Machine, White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HD0ELFK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_TibizbQWE50R2
My Fiance, my 3 year old (possibly ADHD) daughter, and I went on a 13 hour road trip to see family just a few weeks ago.
It went incredibly well, seriously.
Bring lots of dry snacks and things she normally has, and some things that are limited treats. We brought Lemon Zest Luna bars, lots of NutriGrain bars, fruit cups, pudding cups, single serving snacking crackers. We also brought a cooler for her to have her lactose-free milk and propel waters chilled.
I bought a few look and find books for her (Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Sofia the First, and Bubble Guppies), loaded her ipad with episodes of Wally Kazaam, Little Einsteins, and a couple of movies she hasn't seen in a long time (Finding Nemo and Monster's Inc). I also bought some Crayola Color Wonder coloring books and markers.
We started off the trip without any entertainment, no music/movies/books, just conversation. After about 3 hours, she fell asleep (it was around her usual nap time). After she woke up from her nap she was a little irritated that we were still on the road, so I broke out the ipad and snacks.
After she would settle down, we'd take a break from entertainment and just talk. We rationed entertainment for when she was getting uncomfortable.
Even though she's been potty trained for over a year, I dressed her in a Pull-Up in case we couldn't get to a bathroom in time, or if she had an accident while asleep (something that does happen at home).
For sleeping, we brought her own sheets, pillowcase, and mattress cover, oh and her special blanket. We brought along her white noise machine as well. This is her Dohm and it seriously saves my life on a regular basis. We did semi-normal bedtime routines in both hotels and my in-laws.
I was incredibly stressed out before the trip, just try to write a real plan down that fits with your kids. You know them best! I tried to research things to do on road-trips, but my daughter could really care less about license plates haha.
I've had the marpac below for 5+ years without any issues. I can't imagine sleeping in the city without it.
Solution to your fan problem.
In my opinion, in order of supplement importance - protein, fish oil, and creatine.
if used correctly, these won't come out (roll them tightly, insert straight in, hold fingers over them as they re-expand)
There are hundreds of different earplugs. I've worn most of them since I've working in noisy environments most of my life.
Soundproofing the room itself is going to be expensive, a lot of work, and probably look bad. You're going to have trouble with finding the materials too, if you can't even find earplugs.
Ear plugs - the little foamy disposable ones - from Amazon
Also a good eye mask, I found one at Bed, Bath, and Beyond years ago. Something like this should do the trick.
downbeats (i wear the short stems but i bought both) - https://www.amazon.com/DownBeats-Reusable-Fidelity-Hearing-Protection/dp/B00A3Z44R2
Bring earplugs. Rock concerts are very very loud and can damage your hearing. I know people debate this and often see temporary hearing loss as a 'rite of passage' for going to shows; but talk to anyone in their 50s and 60s who went to rock concerts when they were younger and they wish they would have used hearing protection. I always wear earplugs and they actually improve sound for many shows, but I did buy a pair specifically for concerts.
Be prepared to stand the entire time depending on where your seats are. The set lists that are available online are going to be the same songs they will most likely play when you see them, at least that's what JP has led us to believe in recent interviews.
Here are the ones I bought if you're interested.
Saying you're a college student implies you're looking to save money? Any creatine monohydrate will do. I like to get Creapure. I use ON creatine, which is about the same price as the bulk options. You don't need BCAAs as long as you get enough protein.
Personally I don't really care for beta alanine. I do like citrulline malate, but it isn't necessary. You can buy caffeine pills for really cheap or drink a cup of coffee or something as a pre-workout.
Optimum Nutrition Creatine Monohydrate is a little under 16 US dollars for 120 servings on Amazon. It's not stupidly cheap but it's a reputable company and it's not expensive by any means.
You're really overpaying. Right now you're paying 20 dollars per pound for protein from GNC. ON Whey protein is $11.60 per pound of protein. You can also get 30% more creatine for the same price from Amazon. Their shipping is also very fast, and you can always just order around a week before your supply runs out and it will get there in time.
Invest in these fam https://www.amazon.com/Macks-Ultra-Soft-Foam-Earplugs/dp/B0051U7W32
I use this a lot in the last 4 years with room mates at uni. Sleep like a baby through basketball ceiling neighbors and next door neighbor rough sex. No problems.
Trust me, I know about irritating neighbor noise, I use to think headphones or earbuds were adequate to block noise. They are not, ear plugs is the way.
Here you go:
Honestly, it's going to take some trial and error to find the right ones for you.
There's plenty cheap but decent options so that if you lose yours on a somewhat consistent basis, it won't cost too much. It might happen as you get used to carrying them with you. A lot of people do Keys, I do my wallet but YMMV.
Three Popular options: Etymotic 20 DownBeats & Earasers I used US Amazon to show examples.
The Earasers are the Pricey option, but from my understanding, they offer the best Clarity. No case either, so you'll need to look for one. There's a fully "licensed" (meaning they'll fit) case for an extra 10$.
Etymotic 20's are what I use. Again, no case but I use a cheap key-chain pill case. Sounds good to my ears.
DownBeats are the most popular option I've seen around. They're too small for my ear canals, but they work for most. Come with a case, which is nice. Nice silicon and a friend who owns a pair usually forgets they're in.
All of these might work, or none of them. You just kind of have to try them out and see what works for you. Best of luck!
I use Lyte Balance. It's an electrolyte concentrate, you add a capful to a glass of liquid. 281mg Sodium, 350mg Potassium, 50 mg Magnesium. Taste is fine, I usually say it tastes like tears. The bottle describes how to use it.
For more Magnesium, Natural CALM has 325 mg. I like the Raspberry-Lemon flavor but you can buy sample boxes of 5 flavors. I can't find the assorted box on Amazon without buying a whole display, but I've found it at health food/co-ops before.
I'm about 6 months on keto (lost 30lbs, no migraines from 2-3/monthly, lots of energy/stamina). At first I documented my electrolytes everyday now I usually just add the electrolytes when I feel like I need it. Usually I'll get a mild headache or not feel as energetic.
This one on amazon is $58.
Based off of what you linked, I found one on amazon that is about $22 with 24 servings. The one I linked has 74 servings for $58. 74/24 = ~2.84. I then multiplied 2.84 by $22 to see where an equal price would be for 74 servings and that came out to be $63. So the one I linked is not only more cost-effective, but also cheaper in general since you'd only need to buy one and that would last you a longer time than one of the 2 pounders thus saving you shippings cost :).
I think Optimum Nutrition offers the best quality/price ratio out there (it also scored the highest in /u/heyf00L 's link). It also tastes okay (although if you drink it with water and not milk you might gag a little).
What I do is take a shaker bottle, fill it with heavy cream and then dump a heaping scoop of the ON whey in. It's about 2,500 calories and a fuckload of protein. It tastes repulsive and I chug it in 3 seconds and I feel a bit sick/wonky for the next 30 minutes but man does it help with gains.
Optimum Nutrition Whey Protein seems to dissolve very easily for me. I've never used a blender, and don't own a shaker bottle - just use a spoon. They label it as "instantized."
As a side note, it's the first and only protein powder I've ever used, and I think it tastes pretty good. I've heard several people recommend it as one of the best tasting. I assume their other products, such as the casein protein, are good too.
Sorry, but I feel the need to correct some things here.
The rest, I agree with. You should not be getting 100% of your protein intake from powders. Eat protein-rich foods like eggs, meat, beans, and dairy. Balance your protein intake with complex carbs such as whole-grain breads, pastas, and rice. Get a solid vitamin/mineral intake by taking a multi and eating lots of different vegetables and fruits. Aim for naturally sweetened supplements whenever possible. It may taste a little bland, but it's better than throwing all those chemical sweeteners into your system.
Optimum Nutrition: 100% Whey Gold Standard is a good, standard protein at a decent price (that tub is huge!)
Shakes are all up to you. I tend to just mix however much protein I'm taking in a shaker with water. It's a lot less messy than making actual shakes. However, good things to put in shakes include: milk, almond milk, bananas, berries, (frozen) yogurt.
As far as too much/not enough. Anything less than a scoop is not enough. Too much is probably anything more than 2 scoops as some studies suggest that your body can only absorb so many grams of protein at one time. Also, I'd suggest taking another scoop before you go to bed.
Just get whatever protein's cheap and you actually like the taste of. No need to spend $ on expensive shit that's essentially the same thing.
I second Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard. Cheap and good.
If you've never really weightlifted before, do something like Stronglifts 5x5 and just focus on increasing your numbers on the big lifts.
No reason to get into complex intermediate/advanced workouts with 30+ exercises when you're not even squatting at least 1.5x your body weight.
Use those noob gains and progressive overload to your advantage.
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But seriously, I buy ten pound bags of this.
A quick google search found me what recipe you're probably thinking of using... 130 cals for 8g of protein? Meanwhile this guy has 120 cals and 3x the amount of protein (24g)... and 1 gram of sugar (that 1 gram won't kill you). It also prices out to about $0.78 per serving.... the protein/calorie ratio for the homemade stuff just doesn't sit well with me...
I don't need to further justify buying powder, but assuming you're working out 3x a week that's $2.34 you'd be spending on protein a week. Don't buy 1 cup of coffee a week and you've already paid for it.
The warped bottom you can't really fix. If you have a gas stove, it probably won't matter much, but it's annoying for sure. The other stuff... you can try some bar keeper's friend, or you can try the boiled salt water again... assuming you actually pay attention to it. What you're doing is basically deglazing the pan. I typically do that every time I cook, makes cleanup a breeze and sometimes is great for an awesome pan sauce.
Use bar keeper's friend. It will clean it up quick and easily with just a bit of scrubbing.
I used a Dremel rotary tool with one of these buffing wheel attachments and some Barkeeper's Friend mixed with a little water to form a paste. I just used a low speed and tried to be patient. The crystal is pretty tough but I did manage to get one really fine scratch (barely noticeable) so be careful.
I use these if I'm riding for more than 15 minutes.
This is why it's a good idea.
I do occasionally use GPS directions or music through bluetooth helmet speakers but at motorway speeds I normally don't bother since it can be hard to hear over wind noise anyway.
Let's face it, none of us do 45MPH on the motorway, so I'd highly recommend everyone protecting their hearing if they like it the way it is.
I use those moldable foam ones like they use on construction sites. I steal them from work. :) They're kinda like these on amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Howard-Leight-Visibility-Disposable-LL-1/dp/B0007XJOLG/ref=sr_1_9_s_it?s=hpc&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1479239868&amp;sr=1-9&amp;keywords=ear+plugs
eargasm (normal size)
eargasm (small size)
Once you get these, you’ll know why they’re called that. The best ones that I’ve ever used. :)
your comment reminded me of a kind of earplugs I had seen on Amazon, but never had the chance to buy/try yet:
apparently they lower sound levels, but maintain clear sound. maybe those could help? (this is 100% not an ad, just trying to help :P)
I use this one that is half the price and has the same features. Work great for syncing with health app on iOS.
RENPHO Bluetooth Body Fat Scale... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N1UX8RW?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
hmmm, well this is the one I have: https://www.amazon.com/RENPHO-Bluetooth-Body-Fat-Scale/dp/B01N1UX8RW/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=renpho&amp;qid=1556646875&amp;s=gateway&amp;sr=8-1 it was recommended to me once, I've since converted my coach and I've suggested it to other competitors and it's always been very accurate for us!
I own this scale from Amazon. It's less than $30 and I've had it for two months now. Beyond its body fat readings, which I'm not sure of the accuracy of most scales, the Bluetooth feature is really helpful for recording results to your phone in apps like Apple Health or My Fitness Pal. The scale also has a phone app that is pretty decent by itself; again, like any piece of technology, it will not be 100% accurate but if you're measuring yourself as well as weighing yourself consistently it can certainly help with organizing your data trends wirelessly.
At breakfast, lunch and dinner I take 1/4 TEAspoon lite salt (290mg sodium & 350mg potassium), 1 bullion cube (900mg sodium) and 1 magnesium pill (100mg magnesium). Of course when I am fasting I don't take these with meals, just water. The magnesium pill I had to switch out for topical magnesium because oral magnesium was giving me daily diarrhea while fasting.
My Supplemented Electrolytes
Recommended Supplemented Electrolytes Plus Food Sources
Magnesium Pills: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BD0RT0
Magnesium Powder: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YQGLW38
I followed the instruction on the back of the bag of magnesium powder to create the magnesium oil/spray. I am applying it morning and night to my feet and calves. The bottom of your feet are the most absorbent for this.
The type matters. Oxide causes the digestive effects more. But they are also cheaper. So I get my first 350 from citrate powder dissolved in water then add in the more expensive horse pills of the good stuff later in the day. This seems to work okay for me. I found this on the internet "Forms of magnesium most commonly reported to cause diarrhea include magnesium carbonate, chloride, gluconate, and oxide". The pills I take are some chelated thing--> http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BD0RT0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
Not meat-head but I've had the same results. I take 100 mg of Magnesium chelated and 300 mcg (0.3 mg) of melatonin each night and it makes a big difference. This is what I use:
I also add a scoop of powdered Mangesium Citrate to my breakfast shakes which also seems to make a big difference.
Magensium is a very important enzyme cofactor in more than 300 biochemical processes. Most people don't get nearly enough. I supplement since magnesium rich foods don't seem to have nearly enough for me of an effect for me.
You can read more about magnesium deficiency and human health here: http://openheart.bmj.com/content/5/1/e000668
You're pretty muscular and in good shape. I don't think you need to lose any weight.
Also, since you have higher testosterone and are more muscular than an average woman, you can't evaluate yourself based on only BMI. BMI is based on height and weight for average women, who don't have high testosterone levels. So, if I were you, I wouldn't pay attention to only BMI.
DEXA and Bod Pod are good methods for measuring body fat, but they can be expensive, as you mentioned.
If you go to a gym, you can ask them if they have a body impedance analyzer or calipers. Those aren't as accurate as DEXA or Bod Pod, but they are usually cheaper.
You can even buy a body impedance analyzer for about $33. If you use a body impedance analyzer, just be sure to follow all of the directions regarding when you use the analyzer. I think it's supposed to be used exactly 2 hours after you eat a meal. (I haven't used one in a while). They are fairly accurate. I think the accuracy is about +/- 5%.
The best purchase my wife and I made was a dohm sound machine. It’s way better than any electronic white noise generator and helped my girls sleep through many nights of fireworks and lightning storms. Link for anyone interested: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000KUHFGM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_wrShDbDXQK18Q
Have you tried an actual white noise machine? And I don't mean the electronic kind but this kind. There's a small fan in the box, and you can adjust the tone and noise level by swiveling the outside casing to adjust the size of the holes. It works very well.
You need a mechanical one like this.
White noise machine will drown out most/all of the noise. It'll take a night or two to get used to it but then you'll never sleep without it on ever again.
You'll never hear the dog again if you buy this
I had the same problem. I used a fan on high for white noise and it worked great.
I've also read that these little devices are amazing:
I've had success using light therapy in combination with supplementation to fix my circadian rhythm disorder and SAD. I used this light therapy in the mornings, supplemented with vit B12 and vit D3 in the mornings, and melatonin at night. I also use St. John's Wort 300mg 2x/day in the winter for my SAD.
link to buy one
i don't know which is better
Scalp massagers are magical!
This awesome thingamajig
Scalp Massager. I'd consider it more of a mini gift/ stocking stuffer. It was part of the gift I got for my conservative Catholic father's birthday. The man tells his children to just get him golf balls for every gifting occasion, which gets old after awhile and does his other passions a disservice (like his love for novelty items/gadgets). This item was the jumping off point for my new golf ball supplementing gift strategy and he enjoyed it so much that he even gave it as a gift for a few of his coworkers.
They do work. Let them dissolve on your tongue for a minute or two and try stuff. Generally sour foods will give you the most effect turning them somewhat sweet. A cup of white vinegar tastes like Apple juice. Straight lemons taste like lemonade. Though there is a distinct "artificial" sweetener taste.
Note that you probably will get sick the first time - not from the tablet, but from the ridiculous stuff you will eat and think tastes good. And be careful with alcohol. Tequila tastes good, but it doesn't mean you should drink it like juice.
Magnesium! This seems to be a common problem with IF. Start adding way more leafy greens, pumpkin seeds and avocados, and/or supplement with magnesium.
I like Natural Calm: https://www.amazon.com/Natural-Vitality-Magnesium-Organic-Raspberry/dp/B00BPUY3W0?th=1
It works immediately, so I keep some around for when I get that restless feeling.
As far as the closest to a BIFL product, this is the sound machine I love.
I like Natural Calm for mag.
You can also get mag from adding Epsom salt to a bath and soaking for a bit(great for sore muscles).
Hi there! I don't have insurance either at the moment and have had periods over they years with no insurance. I would start looking into a low carb diet like keto, this can help with your blood sugar and loose weight. I just started taking DCI for about 4 weeks, and got my first period in 10 months. I take two a day in the morning, along with coconut oil pills, vitamin D3 and magnesium. I recently purchased Ovasitol to try the mixture of both myo and d-chiro inositol. I've seen a lot of girls on here who use this brand. I've now been researching berberine which is supposed to have equivalent effects as metformin. Hope this helps!
We have a Dohm white noise machine; it's the sound of air rather than digital sound and I love it. We got it for our twins but I sleep with it on for me at this point. Perhaps white noise would help you.
Here's what we have:
Yes, it gets better. It might take awhile, but it gets better.
Our twins didn't fully sleep through the night for 11 months. It was not a fun experience; honestly I was a zombie for basically a year and I really don't remember much of it. We were woken up 3-6x per night that entire time. Not fun.
BUT, now, our girls are a month shy of being 2 and they sleep like champs. I honestly can't remember the last time I had to get up in the middle of the night to do something for them. They go down in their cribs between 7:30-8pm, we close the door, they might whine for 5 minutes or less, and then they're asleep until we wake them up in the morning.
Do you have some sort of white noise machine? We have one of these in their room and it works great (in fact we have one in our bedroom too).
Yes, do it. Even if it turns out you don't have ADHD, you'll at least have ruled that out and can focus on getting treated for whatever else you may have.
Also: talk to the department that runs student disability services at your school. It's slightly different everywhere, sometimes they're connected with the tutoring center, sometimes they're part of the general administrative services, it varies from school to school. They can help you out with getting testing and filing paperwork with the school so you can get accommodations. Especially for exams, since going by how you describe how your ADHD affects you, taking your exams in an alternative environment would probably do you a world of good.
Another thing, consider picking up a white noise machine from Amazon. The sound they make doesn't sound all that different from when the air conditioning is blowing through the vents, and they're effective at blocking out annoying noises all around you.
I got one of these. It's not electronic and just like a fan type thing. I just wanted a white noise machine... Not waves or crickets or jungle sounds, etc. This works wonders...I live along a busy road near an airport and this lets me sleep so much better. No looping sounds
Marpac Dohm Classic White Noise Sound Machine, White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HD0ELFK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_cNxyCbYXNY5M2
Get a white noise maker. Not a white noise app on your phone or computer - it's not the same as a real white noise maker with a fan. I use this one.
I get triggered by car and motorcycle engines revving. I live near a military base with tons of idiots revving their idiotmobiles down the street - the sounds aren't loud, but if I can hear them (usually when I'm trying to sleep at night), I'm very uncomfortable. The white noise maker has made a huge difference in my quality of life.
For the sweet tooth (like my dad, these are all things he likes):
For the executive (like my mom, these are all things she likes):
If it is for convenience get a headband and have it hold your earbuds in place.
Or buy such a product with it built in.
But I would rather recommend a white noise machine to leave in your room for tinnitus. Though such a machine can't play for you ASMR videos.
This is what I use for the same problem - total game changer. Therapists use it to block voices from being heard and it works to block road noise just the same: https://www.amazon.com/Marpac-Classic-White-Noise-Machine/dp/B00HD0ELFK
What about one of those white noise sound generator things like they have in some offices? Might help mask some of the sound.
Edit: These things
Edit 2: There's also the Thundershirt for the doggo.
Just basic ones for concerts will be fine. The foam plugs are more for deadening sound without regard for any distortion (like who cares about the subtleties of chainsaw noise). The sound quality won't be ideal. Concert or musician's earplugs will just bring everything down a bit with little distortion.
These are what I have: link.
Well worth it. These bands will ruin your ears. When I saw Sleep I almost wanted them to.
A lot of ear plugs are designed to let in sound, but reduce noise. Depends on what kind you have.
See things like this. If you're just using basic foam, then it's a different story.
Years ago I bought a box of 200 sets of Howard Leight Laser Lite NRR32 disposable plugs. I use them on the motorcycle, at the track, for sleeping, and hand them out to friends and family members any time we need protection. Everyone loves them. They are by far the most comfortable I have ever used and a single set will last at LEAST 2-4 weeks for sleep use (used nightly). I still have the box and have maybe gone through 1/2 to 2/3 of it. It was < $20.
Here is a link on Amazon (I bought them elsewhere at the time): http://www.amazon.com/Howard-Leight-Laser-Earplugs-Cords/dp/B0007XJOLG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1406299348&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=howard+leight+laser+lite
Tell him you’re concerned for his health and suggest he do a sleep study. He likely has sleep anea. If he doesn’t have a cpap next time, pack earplugs.
I like this ones. They’ve become a necessity for me on trips.
These are the comfiest earplugs I've used, and that they're individually wrapped can come in handy. May I suggest cutting them (or any earplug) in half for sleeping purposes so they don't pull out as easily when you're moving your head around on your pillow. I cut mine approximately in half, but cut at an angle so there's still a little tip to pull them out by conveniently.
If the earbuds aren't blocking enough noise, try ear plugs coupled with actual headphones. You will be able to turn the music down less because the earplugs are dampening the outside noise. On REALLY bad days I do this. Any over the ear headphone will work... I use these ear plugs.
Just FYI, Asporotate is a proprietary blend that includes magnesium oxide, which is commonly used as a laxative. You may have better results with regular taurate, orotate, or glycinate versions of magnesium, taken by themselves. I use the Doctor's Best stuff which is chelated glycinate. Chelation increases absorption.
Magnesium Glycinate works great.
$15 and it would last you a few months easily.
Also: http://examine.com/supplements/Creatine/ (Thanks SilverHydra and Solox.)
A few key facts:
1.)Creatine has been proven to work. Source:http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/873.html
2.) 5 Grams a day is usually advised on the SIDE of your creatine container. 5 Grams is around a teaspoon. Source:http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=Mass+of+one+teaspoon+of+Creatine+monohydrate
3.) Cycling creatine is key. Source: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/phano85.htm
4.) Creatine is cheap. 14$ a serving. Source: http://www.amazon.com/Optimum-Nutrition-Creatine-Powder-600g/dp/B002DYIZEO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1292895221&amp;sr=8-1
A few comments on what ever people have posted. You should already be drinking a gallon of water a day. If you are don't worry about that. Creatine is usually grainy. It tastes like nothing. Throw it in a Protein shake. Do not expect to become god after taking it. Your mileage may vary. Penultimately, qho cares if you gain water weight? Odds are, you're not Arnold yet or anywhere close. Five extra pounds of water isn't going to break you. Finally, watch out for Grade A Bro science and stick to the good sources. Trust the NIH.
edit: minor spelling.
She might have trouble sleeping the night before the exam. Maybe get her a sleeping mask, a lavender reed diffuser to help her relax at night, some ear plugs in case the hotel is noisy at night, and snacks. Go to Whole Foods and pick up some of the healthy and tasty snacks they have. Something light and easy to eat.
I've used ER20s for years and highly recommend them, I've never had an issue with them, but then again I don't really get in the pit anymore.
Looking around I found these, which also have good reviews and don't have much of a protruding stem if you are worried about that:
Go find some actual reusable earplugs. I have been using the same pair for like two or three years that I won free in a RSD giveaway. I know it might be a bit late, but something like these will change your life.
I bought these because they seemed a good combo of well rated and affordable, but I’m sure fancier ones are better: DownBeats Reusable High Fidelity Hearing Protection: Ear Plugs for Concerts, Music, and Musicians (Clear Ear Plugs, Black Case) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A3Z44R2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_f6C4Bb0R1207E *edit for typo
Finally a topic I'm passionate about!
I don't have a specific answer for you, but that's because I have a lot of experience with ear plugs, and I know taste and fit will vary immensely from person to person.
Unfortunately, that means the best advice I can give you is try a whole bunch of different ear plugs, and see which ones fit best and work best for your purposes.
Judging from my experience, I'm certain you're going to need more than one type of earplug.
A bunch of tips:
If you have any questions or just want to talk earplugs, let me know. Like I said, I'm an earplug aficionado!
As for the rest of you, I can't recommend the earplug lifestyle to people on this subreddit strongly enough.
Earplugs are like a warm, cozy blanket for your mind.
Once you start using them regularly, you'll wonder how you ever managed to live without them.
I have DownBeats and I know they're pretty-well regarded, and perform similarly to several ETY models.
Any worth/sense in switching it up?
Don't know any place that sells them locally. Maybe call a few guitar centers/music stores that carry amps. They might have something similar.
Down beats!!! Meant to lower the level of the noise you hear evenly across the sound spectrum, so the bass and treble all still sound good, just a bit quieter.
Amazing for music
Bring ear plugs, people! These are pretty good, and not obvious to anybody hanging around you: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A3Z44R2
I'm a big fan of Optimum Nutrition. There's 24g of protein per scoop with only 120 calories, so it's a pretty good ratio for the price, which is about $58 for a 5lb tub. The flavors are also really good for what I've tried (which is only two, extreme milk chocolate and mint chocolate) but I definitely recommend it!
here's a link to amazon
I'm particularly fond of Optimum Nutrition's Gold Standard Whey in Double Rich Chocolate flavor. I've tried a few others, but this is the best tasting (mix with milk, not water ick) and the easiest to stick with using. You can get it from Amazon with free Prime shipping here
Protein shake with soy/fat free milk. Maybe mix a banana in there. With this brand in the extreme milk chocolate flavor, it literally tastes like a delicious milk shake (as Amazon reviews will confirm). The shake itself is low in calories/carbs and high in protein. Drinking one for breakfast is part fo why I can run a -500 calorie deficit each day.
I see. You can always just eat a chicken breast, or some eggs, cottage cheese, spaghetti with ground turkey, whatever. Tons of options.
IMO, there are tons of protein powders that taste just fine. Plus, who really cares how it tastes? Throw in a scoop in 8oz of water or milk and chug it down in 5 seconds.
Tastes like a chocolate milkshake, mixes fine with a spoon with no lumps. Costs $55 for a 5lb tub of it that has 74 scoops/servings, each being 24g protein.
$55/74 servings = 75 cents a serving, if you mix it with water.
Good luck getting that cost efficiency and health balance somewhere else. Will last you over two months if you just take one scoop per day.
What protein powders have you tried?
I'm pretty lactose intolerant myself but I rarely experience significant issues like this. I make the same shakes as well, sometimes using 2-3 scoops. I use this whey protein if you are interested in switching to a different brand.
Here's what I use. 5 pounds for that amount of $ is a goddamn steal. I do 2 scoops (6 carbs) and some chocolate syrup (another 6 carbs) after I workout and it never leads to any bad spikes or anything. Recommended!
This is the best stuff IMO. Works on almost any set-in-stain.
Bar Keepers Friend.
I've heard really good things about Bar Keeper's Friend for cleaning stainless steel.
You can pour a layer of vinegar in the bottom of a pan and heat it up. Once it gets hot, turn it off and let it sit for 15 minutes, then scrub like crazy. It removes most spots.
Try this stuff....Barkeeper's Friend. It will get rid of a lot of that deposit stuff. It's an acid/cleaner...you make a paste out of it with a little water, rub it in for a minute or two and then...well let's just say that I've seen it work miracles. Better than any other normal cleaner I've used (and I've tried them all). It's fine for tiles too. Try it before you try anything else.
Bar Keepers Friend - This stuff is magic for cleaning. It gets rid of all kinds of stains on tile or porcelain and makes sinks look awesome.
Magic Erasers - These are obviously sorcery
Power Squid - Helps deal with the situation around my computer and tv.
14-Piece Knife Set - Not a great knife set, but better than a drawer of miscellaneous knives, which is what I have now! Decent reviews, too.
One of these: https://www.amazon.com/NatureBright-SunTouch-Light-Therapy-package/dp/B000W8Y7FY
It really does help me. This is the one my doctor recommended.
Hello! Have you looked into getting some sort of sunlamp to help you out? I live in SoCal, so this sort of thing is not an issue, but I hear these can be useful, along with full-spectrum lights.
>I know it's not as good as medicine.
There haven't been as many studies as with many drugs, but so far the research is at least suggesting they're as good or better than most antidepressants. So good, in fact, that you have to watch out for mania. Using them in the middle of the day seems to reduce this risk, but again, not a lot of research.
>I am having financial issues and it's kind of expensive
This one seems pretty reasonable: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000W8Y7FY
Here ya go, bud. My condolences to your REM sleep.
Pointless waste of money.
Get some caffeine
Maybe some Ephedrine (I use Synephrine, ephedrine's little brother)
And for me personally I find I function better when I add in some L-tyrosine
Finally I like to add in some L-theanine which helps prevent any kind of jittery feeling.
I usually use:
Everything I use would cost you $40 and it will last quite a while.
I use this caffeine and this l-theanine. Couldn't say if they're the best on Amazon, but they work well for me and are well-priced.
tl;dr is they make things taste different. One of the biggest changes is sour stuff tastes sweet (citrus, vinegar, etc.)
Wiki, you can get them on Amazon
Unrelated but the one time I took acid I found miracle berry pills I had stashed away.
I spent the next 10min drinking lemon juice and the 10min afterwards vomiting. It was an experience.
Indeed, everyone should try to see what fan get togethers are going down. Either check the organizational mega thread on Reddit, or #meetups on discord.
I purchased these earplugs for the shows. I used them for Judas Priest and they worked great. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019M576XW/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_rt93AbYER385N
I unfortunately have no advice for the drinking. But if you're gonna go to loud environments like concerts and such you can buy high-fidelity earplugs that allow you to hear everything clearly but protect your ears. I have them for concerts and they are amazing.
Jesus christ they come with cases put it in your car/house key ring
Hearing protection is massive. I recommend these, been using them for a couple years now and they've never fallen out. Best way/most affordable way to protect your hearing, and still hear the music with clarity.
Someone on this sub recommended Eargasm ear plugs. I have been using them for a couple weeks, and I like them. I can hear the coaches, but I can’t hear if the person next to me is talking to me. They dampen the sound more than block it out.
I wish I started wearing ear plugs years ago in loud classes (OTF, spin, etc.) - I think have permanent ringing/static in my ears.
I have these. Seriously, don't go to another show without some kind of earplugs. You do not want tinnitus, I cannot stress this enough.
It comes with the scale I bought from Amazon.
RENPHO Bluetooth Body Fat Scale - FDA Approved - Smart BMI Scale Digital Bathroom Wireless Weight Scale, Body Composition Analyzer with Smartphone App, 396 lbs https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N1UX8RW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_kiJTBbGXCT77S
There's the link to the one I got.
I have a ton of muscle spasms - it's honestly what causes me the most issue of all my symptoms.
Honestly - the two things that helped me most were PT (Muldowney Protocol) and CHOWING on Magnesium (which helps with muscle relaxation - and pooping!).
I took Gabapentin, Diclofenac, and occasional Tramadol - they all help, but once I layered this stuff on top of it - I had a lot of success. I took 4 a day. For the record - it is elemental magnesium (a little different than what you typically get in a grocery store, but not sure how, exactly) - it was recommended by my doctor who is a huge EDS advocate/ally.
I also struggled to pee - so in addition to all of this, I do a lot of kegels on top of ab work outs. Check out this app - it has really helped!
Can't say if it's just EDS you are dealing with - but I can most certainly relate to a lot of what you experienced.
Let me know if you have any questions - I usually type out a much longer response, but short on time today!
Edit: I noticed someone else mentioned muscle relaxers here - I just had to chime in and say these were not good and made my spasms worse. I relaxed INTO my injuries and it only causes my S-Curve scoliosis to get worse. I had to maintain some of the spasms and work to strengthen my muscles before I could take the muscle relaxers without further injuring myself.
After trying multiple kinds to minimize anxiety and help with sleep, this is one of my favorite magnesium supplements thus far
Amazon's always really bad about this. They'll invent MSRPs that never existed just to bring it down to normal prices so "you can save" 30% on basically everything always.
Also, consider installing a browser plugin to integrate CamelCamelCamel or something similar. They track Amazon prices across time. Example for the magnesium: https://camelcamelcamel.com/Doctors-Best-Absorption-Magnesium-Glycinate/product/B000BD0RT0
1300 calories is way to low, IMO. I'm muscle building and losing some fat and I eat 1600-1800 calories a day. 22-23% body fat for a woman is healthy.
Uping your protein intake is important for muscle building and helps burn fat, too.
Carbs is what really makes it hard to lose body fat. There have been a lot of research on it.
My intake is:
Carbs: 50-100 grams
Personally, this is just my diet, I'm not saying that everyone should follow it, just a general idea. (I'm 5' 6'5" and I weigh 138-140lbs but I look about 120 because of muscle)
I hate cardio, I really do, aside from swimming, but cardio helps burn fat quicker and tightens your muscles. While weightlifting builds your muscles and body tone.
How often do you weightlift?
I suggest getting a BFP Hand Scale or something similar to this:
And maybe reading up on If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM)
Oh and I went from 136lbs at my lowest weight up to 140lbs and lost a pant size, too. So, I definitely gained muscle and lost fat. :)
Well also note that I have zero muscle tone. (If I had muscles they would probably show through at this BF%). I used my trusty Omron Monitor to measure the BF%.
I've used it on my boyfriend and he's about 6% with visible abs so that seemed about right. (We plan on getting calipers soon) My BMI right now is about 16 (normally 17.9). Many companies are starting to not allow models with a BMI under 18 to work for them.
I think that people tend to overestimate the body fat of models. And forget that appearance is dependent on amount of muscle (along with amount of body fat).
I use [this](Marpac Dohm-DS All-Natural White Noise Sound Machine, Tan https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000KUHFGM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_UXlnzb8RG76JB) white noise machine. I was previously using fans, but they always developed ticks or squeaks that annoyed me and they were not as effective. If the iPhone apps don't work, this could be worth a try!
It's mechanical as opposed to being something playing a recording on a loop, so it definitionally can't result in that issue you're describing of noticing when the loop restarts.
Chihuahua - VERY vocal dog
Pitbull - another quite vocal dog
Pit/Chihuahua mix = VERY vocal dog.
My girlfriends Pomeranian barks when I fart. Just something we accept. You can try something like a white noise maker for when you're sleeping. It might help drown out the sound. It can also help you sleep.
swear to God it works.
My shrink uses it too outside their offices when seeing patients so others can't hear therapy sessions outside the door.
You do realize it costs way more to pay a lawyer for one hour than it does to move dorms once even twice then? Try buying a white noise machine. This is a popular white noise machine.
Anecdote: A few weeks after taking these magnesium supplements I became depressed. A few days after stopping I felt normal.
Apparently such a reaction isn't totally out of the question, as I've seen similar reports.
I've brought this experience up before on this sub because I feel it's important that people are aware there can be serious side effects when messing with one's body chemistry.
I usually chew gum satisfy my urge of clinching. I also take Magnesium Chelated ( must be chelated) to get of the clenching and the headaches. I was about to give up on VYvanse until I fond those two things and haven't had a problem yet/
Here is the brand I chose: amazon.com/gp/product/B000BD0RT0
It's true that weight doesn't matter on its own. It's just a tool that we use to track fat loss. But depending on how quickly you're losing weight, it would be very difficult to put on muscle at the same rate, especially from cardio, as opposed to weight training. Muscle growth caps out around a couple pounds per month for most people. The world's strongest man may be around 400 lbs, but he can also deadlift over 1,000 pounds. It's just important to keep some perspective on that, because none of us are on his level.
It sounds like the psoriasis could play a role in the fat percent reading. You could try to use one of the impedance testers that goes through your hands (like this one). But I think the bigger factor is that the impedance fat percent testing just isn't that accurate to begin with. It can be influenced by all kinds of thing. When I test mine at night versus the following morning, it can easily differ by 4 or 5%. So I don't really trust it. The calipers are a good alternative, as long as you're careful to use them correctly, and the same each time.
I've been lifting heavily for some time now (while eating on a deficit), and muscle growth has certainly happened, but not quickly enough to stop weight loss. I find it's a lot harder to track getting healthy without being able to put some numbers to it. To each his own, though.
The BMI ratio supposedly shows how overweight someone it, it's not like there's a good test that's easy to administer to show body fat % instead of this.
...oh wait and another
Side note, I just got a full workup the other day complete with blood test, everything except BMI was healthy. Doctor looked at it, mentioned that it is an outdated method because it doesn't take into account muscle and said nothing else. So I guess I am a special snowflake.
Something like this I think will serve your purpose, along with a simple digital scale.
I know, it's meant ot be a humorous FWP post, but we have 2 of these noise machines (one for us, one for our toddler) and they are really great.
Failing that, (if we're traveling and don't feel like packing it, etc.), we use the whitenoise app for the iPhone in concert with some little portable speakers.
If you are this concerned with the looks of a fan In a dorm room, specifically when it's only being used for ambient noise.. I'd suggest a sound conditioner instead. Like this one https://www.amazon.com/Marpac-Dohm-DS-All-Natural-Machine-Actual/dp/B000KUHFGM
Tell him to get one of these: http://www.amazon.com/Marpac-Natural-actual-inside-Machine/dp/B000KUHFGM
these are expensive as fuck but it works wonders. Also kid is less likely to wake up due to loud noises.
if you know all this than ignore me. just trying to be helpful.
> I plan to do my own research on this. But I'm assuming these supplements were manufactured/synthesized ethically?
Well, they are usually vegan. The top taurine and creatine supplements on amazon are vegan.
> This is controversial. Some sources say the iron found in plants is inferior to heme iron.
It's absorbed differently. All you need is enough iron at the end of the day, and plants provide plenty as long as you eat a well balanced diet.
I would not use a protein powder with creatine in it. Depending on how much protein I get in a day from normal food, I'll adjust how much whey powder I'm taking in (to meet my ~1g/lb body weight/day level). If creatine is mixed in the protein, that means my creatine dose would differ between days. This may be bad because 1) I may not get the 5g dose that is suggested or 2) I may get more than suggested and I'll piss it out which is a waste.
I use this whey: http://www.amazon.com/Optimum-Nutrition-Standard-Vanilla-Cream/dp/B000GISU1M/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1377492870&amp;sr=8-5&amp;keywords=on+protein+vanilla+ice+cream
I use this creatine: http://www.amazon.com/Optimum-Nutrition-Creatine-Powder-Unflavored/dp/B002DYIZEO
As a note, PWO are generally really expensive for what you get. You can generally get the raw ingredients for much cheaper, tailor it to your preferred proportions, and throw it into your protein shake or make your own PWO without getting as many random add-on ingredients that don't really do much that PWO love to throw in.
The main ingredients, caffeine, beta-alanine and creatine are dirt cheap and you can mix them to your own proportions. E.g. C4 $35 for 60 servings comes out to ~$0.58/serving for 1.5g beta-alanine, 135mg caffeine, and 1g creatine.
Doing it yourself with 1.5g beta-alanine =~$0.08, 200mg caffeine =~$0.08, and 5g creatine =~$0.13 or $0.29/serving to get more caffeine and the recommended amount of creatine. You can get it even cheaper ordering in bulk powders.
You'll probably also want to get a cheap food scale ~$10 to get the correct amounts since scoop measurements can be unreliable. Definitely get a scale if you mess with powdered caffeine.
edit: mathed wrong on cost/serving of C4
I really like the Mack's 32 db plugs https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0051U7W32/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_i_cwLjDb76EN21F
Use those under the highest rated over ear muffs you can find.
Foam plugs work very well. They reduce overall sound while still allowing you to hear high pitches horns and sirens.
Preachers hate him for this one simple trick.
Have you tried any kind of mindfulness practice? Meditation, deep breathing, autogenic training, guided imagery, that sort of stuff? Doing these things regularly can sort of bring down your baseline level of anxiety, and then doing something like deep breathing in the moment can help calm you down when you're having anxiety.
That time when you're alone for a while would be an excellent time to do some meditating. If you'd like some resources for how to meditate, let me know and I'll dig some up. :)
A good deep breathing technique is to just close your eyes, breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds, then breathe out through your mouth for 8 seconds, focusing your attention on the sensation of your breath entering and leaving your body. Some people find it helpful to have words they think of while breathing, like I say "here" while breathing in and "now" while breathing out.
You can find videos on YouTube for guided meditations, autogenic training, or guided imagery.
Also, how about ear plugs, like these?
Depends how far away you are from any speakers.
85dB is more than sufficiently loud.
110dB-130dB is what you can expect.
These are popular (pick correct size, most people are medium, but I almost always use the smallest buds with my headphones, so small would likely fit me best). Comes with a case.
These aren’t as high-fidelity, but do the best at reduction
These are too cheap and easy to pass up
Here are the ones I brought, was not disappointed.
Mine didn't have a cord connecting them, but the carrying case helped at least.
There are three kinds of people who don't wear earplugs to live music events:
The choice is yours: earplugs now, or hearing aids later.
Someone else said it, but get earplugs. I can't stress this enough.
Swing by CVS or something on your way and you can get some crappy foam ones for tonight (ABR is LOUD). Then, for other shows, I would suggest buying a pair of these Downbeats for $14. They have lasted me years, and let in all the good sound and dull the roar that destroys your ears.
I am in my 20s and have the hearing of someone in their 50s or 60s, my doctor said. I destroyed my ears at shows. Don't be like me.
Have fun, don't worry about people judging you, and you'll get the vibe in no time.
I use these. I have gone to about 50 concerts with them and have never experienced any comments about my appearance or hearing damage. The plus for these compared to the foam ones you can get at CVS or something is they don't block sound nearly as much, but offer you the same protection.
I use DownBeats
They're comfortable and allow a safe amount of sound to come through. I started using them because the ringing in my ears for a few days after a show started driving me crazy, hasn't happened since. Plus I feel like I can hear the instruments and vocals even better, they drown out a lot of the speaker feedback and crowd noise.
Can anyone recommend a good pair of earplugs? I'm planning on attending my first concert (Madeon) and I'd like a some input. My two current options are the Etymotic Er20 and the Downbeats Ear Plugs. Anyone have any experience with either/both? Id like to keep it less than $15. Thanks!
Try magnesium supplements instead of laxatives. THIS ONE is my favorite.
Also helps improve calmness.
I use the app Flo in order to track my PMDD and take HTP-5 and ashwagandha root capsules during those two weeks. I feel like they help my cravings, anxiety, and depression. I have been prescribed Prozac for depression and anxiety since I was 13, and I make sure not to forget taking it (my dosage remains the same).
At night I have trouble falling asleep, so I take these magnesium supplements a few hours before bedtime. I also try to meditate for at least 5 minutes every night using the app Insight Timer. It helps me with impulse control and not overreacting to things. All of this took many years to figure out. I hope you find something that brings relief!
EDIT: I didn't know there were any possible reactions of HTP-5 and antidepressants, but apparently the main warning for supplements containing 5HTP is “do not consume if you’re taking antidepressant drugs.” It can lead to serotonin syndrome.
I'm going to stop taking HTP-5 for now and just take the ashwagandha root supplements, which don't seem to have negative interactions with antidepressants. Let me know if I'm wrong.
I bought the white noise machine off Amazon. Love it. Just plugs in. Marpac Dohm Classic White Noise Sound Machine, White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HD0ELFK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_aVERBb1N8WK2J
Splurge item: a baby monitor with a camera and app on your phone. We originally used a motorola one because I was convinced I needed a separate little screen and I could still see it on my phone through an app, but we recently bought a Nest camera and I love it. I love being able to see what time she goes to bed if we have a sitter, I can tell when she's gotten up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom - even if she doesn't wake us up and its several hours later... overall, I just really love it.
If you guys like white noise, you should check these out.
A white noise machine helps. This one is awesome http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00HD0ELFK/ref=mp_s_a_1_1_a_it?qid=1462070849&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=white+noise+machine
I got Eargasm plugs from Amazon which are pretty good. I also got a pair of Vibes after seeing them on Shark Tank. I prefer the Eargasms slightly but both are pretty good performance especially considering the value.
But now I'm probably going to invest in a custom pair due to hearing loss and tinnitus. They actually take a mold of your ear canal and make them just for you but they're damn expensive!
fyi i really recommend this magnesium. only Mg that's worked for me without stomach issues and i've tried all the types.
i also recommend not trying any carby replacements or substitutes. i'd fall off the wagon with bread-like things or fake sugar substitutes. however i've been doing great thus far cutting all that out. natural whole foods only. just none of that mess. full on pure keto.
and making a chart, 30 days or 100 days, where you cross off each box for each day, makes it REALLY helpful. esp if you use a big fat red marker. :)
edit: if you use sweet stuff, do NOT use maltodextrin or malitol. it's the devil's ass crack when it comes to weight loss. use liquid stevia (Sweet Leaf or Trader Joe's brand) or Swerve / erythitol.
I picked up a pair of Eargasm earplugs before Hangtown Halloween Festival... I can't recommend them enough. Silenced all the chompers, protected my ears, and made me hear the music a lot more clearly.
I bought some for Sunn O))) last month. It was my first time seeing them and the ear plugs were so effective I had to take them out a few times to get a taste of what I was missing. Zero lingering ringing or regrets the next day.
Eargasm High Fidelity Earplugs for Concerts Musicians Motorcycles Noise Sensitivity Conditions and More (Ear Plugs Come in Premium Gift Box Packaging) - Blue https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019M576XW/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_i_8l4MDbTY8ZJW6
I use two types of earplugs.
Vibes High Fidelity Concert Earplugs - Hearing Protection Ear Plugs Noise Reduction for Concerts, Fitness Classes, Motorcycle, Sensory Disorders (Tinnitus Relief & Autism) - As Seen on Shark Tank https://www.amazon.com/dp/B018WPOQSG/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_i_rWqODbPD5326E
These for when I need things toned down but don't need to be aware enough to, say, notice someone coming up behind me. So, places I feel safe. Theyre fairly comfortable. Designed similarly to earbuds. Easy to take with you and keep clean.
Eargasm High Fidelity Earplugs for Concerts Musicians Motorcycles Noise Sensitivity Conditions and More (Ear Plugs Come in Premium Gift Box Packaging) - Blue https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019M576XW/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_i_OXqODb425E193
These for when I have to be aware of my surroundings but can't deal with all of the sound because it's overwhelming. It makes things manageable on a good day, but they wouldn't do much on a bad day. They're really, really comfortable. Easy to take with you. Require a bit more care than most earplugs.
Both will let you hear conversation/tv/etc without issue.
I've been using Eargasm for a few months. Happy with them so far. https://www.amazon.com/Eargasm-Musicians-Motorcycles-Sensitivity-Conditions/dp/B019M576XW/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1521648975&amp;sr=8-1-spons&amp;keywords=eargasm&amp;th=1
These are the best I've ever used https://www.amazon.com/Eargasm-Musicians-Motorcycles-Sensitivity-Conditions/dp/B019M576XW/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=eargasm&qid=1574179452&sr=8-4
Far more comfortable and better than the Hearos
I had never used earplugs before the Vegas show but I got these and they were amazing, sounded so much better, no headache after. I highly recommend these. I bought the connector cord also so I dont have to worry about them falling out.
Correct me if I’m wrong, OP, but I believe it’s the Renpho Body Fat scale. It’s super cool, I use it too!
I found caliper to be the more precise of all way of measuring, I have a couple of model, but they are kind of hard to use in a consistent way.
Like you, I want to monitor my progress, especially monitoring that I am not loosing muscle or a minimum amount while cutting fat. In the past, I did loose a lot of muscle while loosing the last 20 pounds, so this time I just want to be sure this is in check.
Unfortunately, using caliper is kinda a pain in the ass to use and the slight variation in pitching the fat, or the emplacement and the measurement is off and hard to compare.
Personally, I am using this body fat scale:
It measure your weight and you body fat, your lean body mass, etc and it sync with your phone automatically. Bio Impedance is not reliable if you want to know your true bodyfat percentage (can be off by +- 4%), but to track your progress it is awesome if you use it in the same circumstance. I weight in the morning at the same time every morning after I wake up and pee. On the other hand, in my case, the bodyfat this scale is estimating me is the same as what I measured using my calipers. So for me, it is pretty accurate while being very cheap and very very convenient.
we have a 2 year old and an 8 month old. For naps we close the door in what ever room they're sleeping in and turn on the white noise maker . They are worth every penny.
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard. I was looking for a new one last month and found some that were cheaper but when you figured out the cost per gram of protein, Optimum Nutrition was nearly the cheapest and they have a better reputation than the ones that were slightly cheaper. Surprisingly, Vitamin Shoppe has it for the same price as Amazon, so you can pick it up in person if you want.
Most of the protein powders have very little carbs. They generally use artificial sweetners for taste. This (http://www.amazon.com/Optimum-Nutrition-Standard-Double-Chocolate/dp/B000QSNYGI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1317780937&amp;sr=8-1) is one of the best, and decently cheap if you can't find any local brands. Walmart/Sam's have a few varieties that are cheaper, but usually don't taste quite as good.
As for bars...Quest Bars are pretty decent. They're all natural proteins and fats (no sugar alcohols or other crap) and stevia (I think). Again, pricy, but not out of line. I avoid bars like the plague because I find them kinda gross, but they are nice in a pinch. The brownie one is good (free samples http://www.questproteinbar.com/freesample1)
I like this:
I blindly trust Gold Standard whey protein because it has good reviews on Amazon. I haven't read any of the reviews, but it has an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars, so I trust it.
Optimum Gold, tasty and full of good stuff.
The science of the optimum metabolic window (which prompts the recommendation to eat w/in 30-45 minutes of working out) is pretty shaky. It may or may not be necessary to consume some protein and carbs to fuel optimum muscle repair during that time, but it certainly won't hurt! For me, eating right after a workout helps stave off the "oh my goodness I'm so hungry I could eat eight hippos" impulse and headaches, too.
I also think of a post-workout protein shake or protein bar as my source of extra workout-day calories, so I don't have to mess with my meal planning for the rest of the day. I like Optimum Nutrition's whey protein to mix with milk or coffee and the Think Thin protein bars. (Hate the branding, love the macros.)
Protein shakes? Get a big ol' tub of whey. From what I understand, whey is probably the lowest calorie dense form of getting your protein.
They are completely unnecessary, unless you are choosing to do fasted training. That is, your Stronglifts session would begin not until at least the 10-12th hour of your fast, and your first meal of the day would be your post workout meal. Since you are basically working out with nothing at all in the tank, the BCAAs are there to prevent possible muscle catabolism during your workout. BCAA specifically are recommended only because they are 'pure protein', so 10grams of BCAA are 10 grams of protein (40cals). If you were to use the-next-best-thing, which is probably whey protein isolate (which contain BCAA, other amino acids, and some carbs) you'd need over 100cals of the whey to get the same amount of protein, which could break the fast.
Anyway, I only take them on Saturdays before a fasted workout. During the week I have a small meal, usually chicken breast, at around noon, followed by a workout around 3. In this case the BCAA are completely unnecessary because of the previous small meal. I do prefer and feel I have a better workout doing the fast training but because of scheduling I can't really do it that way during the week.
Other than that, food is always the preferred source of protein. Chicken breast on sale for 2$/lb. is about as cheap as it gets. If you find it difficult to hit your protein macros for a day, whey protein is a solid option to get about 24g protein, 3g carbs, 1g fat in a scoop. This stuff is pretty highly regarded and if you get the 5lb tub its nearly 80 servings, at about 68cents per serving. So actually quite cheap for the protein. For reference, a 2lb tub of purple wraath (EEAs) is about the same price.
Supplements and a bunch of pills is not necessary. I read this guy's book and he pretty much lays it out for ya. He recommends only Gainers and Protein Shakes. Pills and such are just a way to empty your wallet fast!
A lot of people on this sub really like this Gainer and this "Gold Standard Whey" ... Fish Oil is a De-inflamatory and helps to reduce muscle soreness. Those are the three I use.
Search this subreddit if in doubt, and do some research. Unfortunately a lot of the crap online is catered toward helping fat people loose weight. Find communities (like this one) and get advice straight from the skinny guys who have gotten bigger.
And if you're diet doesn't include every vitamin, start taking multi vitamins. You must be healthy, not just mad. Initially since you weigh 100Lbs you may want to do the Seefood diet: You see food, you eat food.
DO NOT GIVE UP! I let work get me down last year (working 150+hours a week) and stopped lifting. All I had time for was running. I finally got back into lifting this month. I could be pretty set right now if I kept at it.
Bar Keepers Friend
I've done the same thing and no long term damaged. Clean with Bar Keepers Friend and it will be good to go for many more years.
A few ways to get rid of this, a melamine sponge (the same thing that Magic erasers are made of), Bar Keepers friend, vinegar, baking soda, or anything that will scrub the hard water deposits from the ceramic.
Oxalic acid to the rescue.
HAHA, I have also self diagnosed myself with this. Good old Google. A constant resource for the hypochondriacs!
I use a therapy light in the mornings to mid afternoon to help combat this (especially in the winter when I'm totally thrown off schedule) - these are the two I recommend:
Both well worth the money in my opinion. I use the little one at work and when I travel, and I use the larger one at home.
Finland gets very little sunlight in the winter, so bright therapy lamps are popular here. You could try those.
Here's a quick example of such a lamp: https://www.amazon.com/NatureBright-SunTouch-Light-Therapy-package/dp/B000W8Y7FY
There are also alarm clock models if you want it to turn on as you're waking up, here's an example: https://www.amazon.com/Philips-Wake-up-Simulation-HF3500-60/dp/B00F0W1RIW/
Well, I don't know exactly how helpful this is, but I purchased this light on Amazon two years ago. I use it every day for 45 minutes, and it is still going strong. It is not particularly handsome, but I do think it looks better than many other models out there and it is small enough to put away in a cabinet when you are done with it.
This is the one I use. Light therapy has been around forever but there aren't a lot of studies. Probably because there isn't a way to monetize it.
Some doctors will tell you that you have to wait till fall to start but that's never proven true for me. When I start feeling depressed (no mixed states, make sure you know the difference! It can make mixed states worse) I spend 10 minutes with the light 12 inches or less from my face around noon. I can increase to 12 minutes after a week and to 15 after another. Not more than that as it can cause mania.
I went to doctor after doctor who prescribed extremely expensive newly minted drugs, later I looked up the amount each of them took from pharmacutical companies and they all had taken something, one took $118,000 in 12 months! When I went to a local Depression Center that had a policy against taking pharma gifts is when someone finally suggested the light and fantastically it worked. I still take drugs but I take far fewer and older drugs that are much cheaper now. When I think of all the years and money I wasted . . .
I'll never go to a doctor who accepts free samples or gifts or speaking fees from pharma companies. They say it doesn't affect what they prescribe but I call bullshit.
Hello, sorry you have had such a tough time here, and that people are not social to you. As a fourth generation Vermonter, I just want to say welcome to Vermont. I wish you had it better here. Also, it is what you make of it. Taxes, and stuff are undoubtedly high, everything here is except peoples pay. It is getting worse as time goes on too. Also, you may be suffering from a lack of sunlight, a buddy of mine has one of these:
and it helps him with getting through the winter, you should give it a try.
I mean no ill feelings, and wish you the best of luck. We are not all unfriendly here.
I'm in the same place right now, so I figured if I can look outside myself for a minute and and focus on something to help you, I might feel better.
Nature Light Therapy Box
[There now...I do feel better]
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You will be overspending tremendously on pills. Just buy 00 size gelatin caps and fill in with the amount of caffeine you want. The caffeine pills cost $350 for the same amount compared to a $35 1000g bag.
For those who are wondering what this is: http://www.amazon.com/Scalp-Massager-Colors-May-Vary/dp/B001IHXFQK/
I seriously just bought one on Amazon because of this. $3.42 shipped.
Agreed. Spend this time dry to plan out an awesome night to get to know her. Maybe invite a few of your close frients, smoke quite a bit and then flavor trip. Always leads to a memorable night. :)
Is there a spending limit or how much are you willing to spend?
Get her some miracle berry tablets and some sour or spicy foods like lemons, peppers, and pickles. It's supposed to make everything taste sweet.
This kind of thing:
Truth, works great for me. This is the one I have, it's great. Use it in the morning right when you wake up. I felt a difference in about a week.
I have been using this one for about a month and have seen significant improvement! It helps if I wake up early and use it first thing in the morning while I drink my coffee. At the end of a half-hour session, I feel ready to face the day!
NatureBright SunTouch Plus Light and Ion Therapy Lamp (package may vary) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000W8Y7FY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_D7-AybSFSZ9RP
It's not a space heater. It is a special lamp that puts off UV rays.
A friend & colleague of mine struggled with SAD for years. He, by his own testimony, tried everything, including various kinds of light therapy, before it had been more widely talked about. His self-experimentation started with different wavelengths, at different intensities, even exposing different areas of the body, at different times of day, from different angles, for different lengths of time. The guy's a scientist, who takes the function of his mind pretty seriously, so while his experimentation was definitely abnormal, I appreciated his scientific rigor. Ultimately, he found that blue light (I forget the specific wavelength he uses), especially in the upper-half of his vision (ie: shining from above center), for as little as 15 minutes, works spectacularly for bringing him back from the SADness.
Personally, I had never really felt afflicted by SAD, but I figured, what the hell, with all this light equipment around, and given the remarkable success my friend had had with it, why not see what kind of effect it would have on me? I'm prone to getting gloomy, stir-crazy, irritable on gloomy days, so when the next opportunity presented itself, I switched on one of these bad boys for 30 minutes (note: didn't use the ionizer; wasn't sure what it did; only used the light) and proceeded to feel my mood lift substantially. Maybe placebo, but at that point, and on the numerous instances of mood-lifting success, I did not argue with the results.
I have this one!
For me, it also helps to have nice cozy slippers to wear right when I get out of bed, and coffee ready. (I have a programmable coffee maker.)
I used this one. I moved to an area with lake effect precipitation, and it honestly feels like it's cloudy for months. I started using it in the late fall, and I feel like I'm a bit in love with the bright light. Last week I looked up if it was bad to use it for more than 45 minutes.
I have a [sad lamp]( NatureBright SunTouch Plus Light and Ion Therapy Lamp https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000W8Y7FY/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_liNUub1T5TKS0). Its pretty awesome. If you ask your doctor, most will write a "Prescription" for it, so you can use FSA to pay for it, or even some insurances cover it as a medical device, in the category as a cpap machine. I had it at my old office where there were no windows, now I have it at home, next to the sofa.
I know this sounds weird, but this really works …it’s a light box used in several studies. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000W8Y7FY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
I have this mood light that I've used for the past few years. I can't say it cures the SAD completely, but I think it's made it less severe.
I recently bought one of these and have been using it every morning. I have noticed some minor improvement, particularly in the mornings, with my energy level and ability to concentrate, but it may simply be placebo effect - I've had it less than a week so probably too early to tell. My advice: drink more milk than you normally would (vitamin D), and try to get a little bit of exercise every day, even if you don't have the energy for it.
Depends, do you think 1$ per serving is worth the extra stimulants? 8 cents per serving seems a lot more reasonable for just caffeine pills
Happy cake day to youuuuuuu!
You already mentioned my favorite dessert CHEESECAKE!
cheesecake all day everyday
here is a link for amazon, http://www.amazon.com/ProLab-Caffeine-Maximum-Potency-100-Count/dp/B0011865IQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=hpc&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1404311093&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=cafeen+pills
I don't go home for a pre-workout either. I just dump a scoop of whey, 2 scoops of PWO, and some Lo-Salt in a shaker bottle and head off to work, and fill it with water from the cooler at the end of the day.
Even easier, just get some caffeine pills. Much cheaper.
They probably steered you away from it because of the price.
Good old fashioned Caffeine tablets are cheap as hell and help me focus pretty well.
A head scratcher. Just $3.99. Will be the best $3.99 ever spent.
Have someone use a head massager on your head. It feels good using it yourself too, but when someone else is controlling it, the pleasure is almost unbearable.
for those who are wondering: http://www.amazon.com/Scalp-Massager-Colors-May-Vary/dp/B001IHXFQK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1299891771&amp;sr=8-1
Do you know those head massage things? Get one of those and use it on on them. It works for most people even if they don't experience ASMR.
"Yeah, it's like that, only without the massage thingy."
This fuckin thing.
You want one of these: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001IHXFQK
(Honestly. Not a referral link. Best $3 you'll ever spend).
Just need to use a Miracle Berry tablet first.
Happy cake-day to you sir and I wish you the very best!
Btw, /u/Rathkeaux is awesome!
These will blow your tastebuds with awsome
There are evolutionary reasons why children are averse to bitter foods, the most important of which is avoiding poisonous plants. sauce
As a person becomes an adult, they are supposed to lose this sensitivity. He might have retained the sensitivity due to biological or psychological phenomenae.
Whether this is biological or psychological is irrelevant, he must eat plants.
He can use miracle fruit tablets to counteract the effect that bitter flavors have on him.
He should also search out ketogenic recipes, such as those found in /r/keto, as these are healthy foods which are light on vegetables.
Miracle berries, haven't had it before, but it sounds amazing, apparently it's a fruit that if you eat it, for the next hour or so, anything sour you eat will taste sweet, and anything sweet will taste sweeter.
Try taking a Miracle Berry tablet before eating strawberries. It makes every strawberry taste sweet.
Heck, they make lemon juice taste like sweet lemonade. And you don't need a whole tablet, you can split one in half and share.
Get them from Amazon.
I found they worked really well with sour and sweet things like lemons, but not so well with savory foods. I was able to eat a whole lemon and it tasted like sweet lemonade.
They don't last very long. I'd say maybe 30 minutes.
Edit: Here's the link on Amazon
Amazon has them
or mBerry that does the exact opposite!
Not surprisingly, I got a bunch of pictures of pies, desserts, and berries. I also got this, which made me google the product (maybe it is just a graphic design student's project) and found it is totally real: mberry.
I've heard of these and feel like this is a sign. I need to have a Miracle Berry potluck party!
have you tried these?
I do not even want to know.
That being said, something like Miracle Fruit tablets may help. Never tried them, so I do not know. Here is one such item on Amazon.
They're from another thread I saw. They're called miracle berries and they make sour things like lemons taste sweet after you eat them.
They already exist!
This changes sour and spicy tastes to sweet
You NEED totry these:
DO NOT WAIT. Do it. Do it now. Thank me later.
My friend suggested these: http://amzn.com/B001LXYA5Q
I say it's more of a workaround than a solution.
I was getting horrendous daily headaches at the start of my second trimester (26 weeks now) and am not Pre-e. My midwife and doula both suggested taking Magnesium. So I ordered some off of Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Natural-Vitality-Magnesium-Organic-Raspberry/dp/B00BPUY3W0?th=1)
No idea if its placebo or not, but it seems to have done WONDERS. I rarely if ever wake up with a headache anymore (unless I forget to take some). Might be worth looking into?
try to get some really good fats. make sure you're eating healthy saturated fats like cold pressed coconut oil and then also cold pressed hemp oil (and hemp seeds) and olive oil.
It's easy to miss getting good fats if you're just cooking with a refined oil or light vegetable oil. Fat is one thing that depletes a lot after switching to not eating animal sources, but the health and tissue of your brain rely heavily on good fat consumption through your diet.
Also check your magnesium intake. I'll always recommend hemp seeds because they have a lot of magnesium. But supplements work well too. I like this https://www.amazon.com/Natural-Vitality-Magnesium-Organic-Raspberry/dp/B00BPUY3W0/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1495277823&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=magnesium+drink
Hi there, I've only been a lurker up until now, but I work night shift so I know a thing or two about sleep aids! Melatonin works really well and then there is this Magnesium drink called "calm" that I have also found to be helpful. Fair warning... it is magnesium so it can make you just a little more than regular!
I got mine at Whole Foods and I had the raspberry lemonade flavor and it's not bad!
Things that have helped me:
I know grapefruit juice is supposed to help with swelling, although I didn't try it myself during/after my pregnancy (I had swelling everywhere but especially my feet for the last couple months of being pregnant as well as a week or so post partum).
What really helped me was magnesium, specifically this stuff. It helps with sleep and constipation too, which is also nice! :)
Magnesium Threonate theoretically crosses the blood-brain barrier easier. I personally find it to be less sedating or calming than the Magnesium Citrate I take at night. It is pricier, but the research so far shows promising results. Also, my doc recommended it!
According to this study from the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: "In an intact rodent, treatment with conventional magnesium salts is ineffective at elevating brain magnesium and improving memory function. This is because active transport systems tightly control the amount of magnesium that crosses first from digestive tract into blood, and then from blood to cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). In human, increasing blood magnesium by up to 300% only changes CSF magnesium by less than 19%. To overcome this problem, we developed L-Threonic acid Magnesium salt (L-TAMS, formerly MgT), a compound that can effectively enhance CSF magnesium concentration via oral intake."
Also from the same study: "Supplementation with magnesium threonate may improve cognitive function in older individuals with memory and concentration issues, say results of a randomized, controlled, double-blind study."
So thanks for the explanation. Someone recently suggested I get this one. Was it a good suggestion? And in case I'm missing anything, is the powder good as far as absorption is concerned?
if eliminations is the issue - I would start with getting your magnesium in check.
https://www.amazon.com/Natural-Vitality-Supplement-Raspberry-Lemon/dp/B00BPUY3W0 or similar
So I know a lot about this. I've been dealing with acid reflux at night for 10+ years and I have a pretty good handle on it. So first of all, if you can sleep on your back, it's the best position for acid reflux and noticing palpitations. What works for me also is to create a wedge incline with several pillows so that my head is elevated above my stomach. I also drink Calm mixed with Benefiber and that helps to aid with digestion, especially heavy meals (I sometimes drink Kefir as well). What I've noticed over the years is that once my stomach empties, maybe 3-5 hours after eating, I can usually sleep however I want, but sometimes you just eat really late and it can't be helped (maybe eat a lighter meal is this instance). So basically, try not to lay down or at least sit upright until it's time for bed. The last advice is to try and avoid foods that you know bother your stomach, for instance, I know that I can eat Whole Wheat Bread, because I get horrible heartburn and reflux. Good luck.
I used to have trouble sleeping but then I discovered this stuff. I do a teaspoon ~30 mins before I want to go to sleep, put on an audiobook with a 15 minute sleep timer, usually out like a light five minutes in.
I had this happeneing and did two things - not sure if only one helped or if I needed both. First I started taking a magnesium supplement ( http://www.amazon.com/Natural-Vitality-Calm-Raspberry-Lemon/dp/B00BPUY3W0/ref=pd_bxgy_hpc_img_y ).
I also started massaging my feet with a tennis ball while watching TV, and then I'll massage other tight muscles in my calves with the ball. So I guess pretty much "foam rolling" with a tennis ball.
I have this one and I like it. Popular and gets good rating. The second one is also popular and has a good rating,
All the best!
Uh I'm so sorry to hear this. You definitely have a nuisance neighbor and that's so anxiety inducing on top of a chronic illness. I also have a chronic illness and work incall from home.
Have you thought about ways you can limit or muffle the noise? Do you have a carpet or can you put down an area rug? If you don't want a rug, maybe you can wear flip flops or slippers at home to help dull the noise? Do you ask clients to take their shoes off at the door?
I have a white noise sound machine that I use for sleep but a lot of psychologists use them to muffle noise in their office so people can't hear their patients. I have the professional one they use: https://www.amazon.com/Marpac-Classic-White-Noise-Machine/dp/B00HD0ELFK/ref=sr_1_7?crid=2IN38LJZ07OLK&keywords=white%2Bnoise%2Bmachine&qid=1566443701&s=gateway&sprefix=white%2Bnoise%2Caps%2C206&sr=8-7&th=1
It's pricer then the others but it's worth the $$.
I had a problem with my headboard & bed frame after 6 months of working. It was banging on the wall and creaking loudly during activity, it's a freakin miracle my neighbor next to me didn't' complain! It was a single guy so maybe he was happy to listen 😂. I ended up investing in a new bed frame when their was a memorial day sale and I'm pretty happy with my purchase. It's pretty and super quiet now.
Faced a similar situation in a new place - bought a Marpac White Noise Machine and sounds are now muted enough that it is no longer an issue.
I used to have two chihuahua-mixes. One was high-anxiety.
When we also had two cats, the dogs couldn't relax unless they were in a room with the door closed where the cats could not go. The dogs would stay vigilant the entire time the cats were around. The high-anxiety dog would follow the cats around and try to herd them. We had to re-home the cats (due to allergies we weren't aware of before) and the dogs were so much calmer after that. I know you said you tried closing the door, but, maybe he won't feel relaxed unless the cats no longer live there.
Exercise also really helps with their anxiety. I understand this isn't your dog and you are doing your best. Maybe someone else will have a great idea to help in this area.
You could try a thundershirt? It didn't work for my anxious dog but there are lots of success stories.
If noises set him off, you could try a white noise machine. You can even download a white noise machine app on your phone to test it out. The dog could go in a room without cats, and have the white noise turned on.
To me it seems like you may have done everything you can. It sounds as though the dog would need a lot of training and effort to get him to be happier and more well-adjusted, and your roommate isn't willing to do that :(
You have all ready gotten some excellent security suggestions in the thread. My tip is that instead of the big fan for your tinnitus you can try a white sound machine. If it works for you, then you might be able wake up if someone breaks a window.
If you search for “tinnitus” in the customer reviews you will get an idea of how it works for others. I don’t know if this is the best white noise machine but it had over 11,000 reviews so its a good start.
This white noise machine has been life saving for me. It will at least help drown out the noise at night so you can sleep.
Buy a few white noise machines and put them in your roommates rooms https://www.amazon.com/Marpac-Dohm-DS-Natural-Sound-Machine/dp/B00HD0ELFK/ref=sr_1_4_s_it?s=hpc&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1499527510&amp;sr=1-4&amp;keywords=white%2Bnoise%2Bmachine&amp;th=1
Gorgeous room!! If you haven't gotten one already, might I recommend a sound machine? I mention it because of the doors leading to possibly lively general living spaces. We have one right inside the bedroom door and it deadens most noise so we don't have to creep around the house like shitty ninjas. We also have a second, portable one which might be overkill but whatever gets us sleep gets a 👍 from me!!
In case anyone is interested we have Marpac Dohm and Marpac Hushh which also is great for clipping to her carseat!
We use this one in the office: https://www.amazon.com/Marpac-Classic-White-Noise-Machine/dp/B00HD0ELFK/ref=sr_1_6_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1536091504&sr=8-6&keywords=white+noise+machine
I also have one at home for my kiddo. It can get loud enough that you can't hear the shower running from the bathroom adjacent to his room.
Re: white noise — I bought one of these about 10 years ago and I swear by it:
Marpac Dohm Classic (White) | The Original White Noise Machine | Soothing Natural Sound from a Real Fan | Noise Cancelling | Sleep Therapy, Office Privacy, Travel | For Adults & Baby | 101 Night Trial https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HD0ELFK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_TD2YDb1CP6MVQ
These are the best mechanical white Noise machines imo, I have had this model running nightly on a smart outlet for 6 years. It runs for at least 8 hours every day.
Marpac Dohm Classic (White) | The Original White Noise Machine
White nose machines are awesome. I prefer an analogue mechanical one vs digital, the digital ones I've tried bother me.
I've had this one for about 6 years now, it's fantastic. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00HD0ELFK/ref=mp_s_a_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1495969154&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=white+noise
If you can spring for the extra cash, I recommend these instead: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B019M576XW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_9igtDbG9N7496
Having tried both, the ones I linked sounded better, were softer, and are shorter, so they're unlikely to get shoved painfully deep into your ear by someone's elbow or a crowdsurfer's foot.
The ones you linked are still miles ahead of typical foam earplugs though.
> Also, put your phone and screens away 30-40 minutes beforehand. If you need sound, put on an audiobook or sounds.
Try blue blocking glasses. I've been using these for over a year. 1 hour before I want to sleep, I take 1 melatonin, 2 magnesium, and browse reddit on my tablet for an hour wearing my glasses.
This routine works pretty well for me. Half the time I don't even last the hour before I roll over to sleep.
200-400mg is a standard dose
this is the kind that I buy - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BD0RT0/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&amp;th=1
It didn't even occur to me you could get it as a powder. I guess that's fine, pills are just powder compressed, and what's important is that the magnesium molecules are bound to something that keeps them from getting destroyed in your stomach, not whether it's a pill/capsule/powder. I'm not sure what you linked is a good choice (it doesn't mention that it's chelated or any amino acids it might be Chelated to), the magnesium I take is this one. Based on what I know that's gonna have about as good absorbtion as you're gonna get and it's much cheaper. Those 240 pills last me a long time. It's 100% chelated with glycine and lycine.
I make my own magnesium lotion from magnesium chloride flakes, but previous to this I bought Life Flo Magnesium lotion:
For oral magnesium I take Dr.'s Best Magnesium (magnesium glycinate) : https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BD0RT0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;th=1
I take 600 mg of the oral mag per day and put the lotion on all over my body each night. I do this whether I'm fasting or not. I take boron, taurine and selenium to boost absorption of the mag. So far, it's working WONDERFULLY! Boron, btw, really helps w/vitamin D absorption too, which everyone these days seem to be low on.
I pulled it up on amazon to get more information, and here is what I see:
As for the OP, muscle cramping is most commonly tied to magnesium deficiency. A supplement like this:
Is a pretty cheap way to get a high quality magnesium supplement.
I bought one of these electronic scales.
From my understanding, they are pretty inaccurate. This might be something you could look into if you were interested.
BF is what percentage of your body (as an estimate) is made of as fat as opposed to muscle, etc. Muscle is more dense, so for people that lift weight BMI doesn't work (for example, probably ALL NFL athletes are "overweight" to "obese" including wide receivers, quarterbacks, etc according to BMI scale because they "weigh" a lot, however most of that is muscle).
160 is probably the "proper" weight (according to BMI) for someone 5'11" that may not have as much muscle on their body, but is in no way even close to overweight.
There are a couple ways to get the most accurate measurement for BF%: Link
It's kind of an inexact science to detect body fat composition because SO MANY factors change it (your hydration level, heart rate [I think], food in your stomach, and so on) that quick and easy ways don't always work well (calipers test I'm told is pretty inaccurate).
I got my estimate from this thing from Amazon, which got favorable reviews: Link
It is however an estimate, so you can't just use something like that and go "well, there you go, that's for sure my BF%"
I guess I can try asking a question here rather than starting a new thread for something related.
I bought this machine for checking body fat and I'm not so sure on some things. If I set it to athletic mode (I'm just starting SL but I was running and doing 1.5 hours on cable machines previously) it tells me my body fat is somewhere around 15.5%, if I set it on normal it tells me about 17.5%
Last Body Fat Friday I was estimated at 20%, and I'm pretty damned sure I'm not close to 15, 20% from all comparative pictures seems about right. Anyone know anything about this machine to know what setting to use?
Everyone stores fat in different places, that's why skin fold calipers assess and take the average from a few different places. If you want another reading, I suggest also using another means of measuring your body fat %, such as a Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis device, or BIA for short. I personally use this one. Just make sure you use this first thing in the morning so any water intake doesn't mess with the measurement. I use both BIA and skin folds to check the validity of the other.
Anyway, you look to be at about 8-10% body fat, unless you carry a lot of fat in your thighs.
> I would assume so, but to not lose a single pound overall seems a little weird.
Don't get hung up on the scale. In 3 years of crossfit (still dipping my toe into the paleo waters) I've gone from maybe 245->230. But I've gone from XXL shirts to L, and have replaced a whole ton of fat with muscle.
If you need to track something, track body fat percentage. Get one of these or these. I have no idea how accurate they are, but if they're consistent they might do something for you.
Distraction is key - if you guys don't have a sound machine, get one immediately. Best 50 dollars I've ever spent - worth every penny.
(If interested, here is link to the one I have and love and it's on sale!)
Listen to lots of "nice" music, quietly. You can take the initiative here. When I say "nice" I mean quiet-ish, acoustic.
And most importantly --- talk about it. Ask him about it. He's going to have to learn to live with this (or it will go away!)
> Next time, try throwing a load of laundry in or start the dishwasher. If possible, consider getting a place together with more separation between the rooms or at least rearrange the furniture for maximum sound insulation.
We have one of these on a nightstand. Very handy for good sleep and for masking sounds.
I have a white noise machine:
What you could do is go to this white noise website and turn up the volume really loud (or with headphones):
You have to determine what is different about your sleep routine when she stays over vs when she doesn't. Then try to adjust it accordingly. If it's just her presence, you will get used to it.
Also, buy a good sound machine. They have always helped me sleep. And every person who has had it in their lives for a while ends up buying one.
> white noise machine
The white noise machines that play noise through a speaker are supposedly not as good as those that produce noise mechanically. This mechanical white noise machine is very well-regarded, however I own one and it still doesn't beat a box fan. With light there's a concept of getting a full spectrum light. It's similar with noise. You want a rich, wide spectrum of noise.
Barring that, there are phone apps you might try such as White Noise Lite, Relax Melodies, and Chroma Doze. Relax Melodies is pretty neat, as it lets you create custom noise by layering in different sounds. These apps are on Google Play, dunno about iTunes.
We use this one for our room, it's really neutral. We have a baby one that does ocean waves in the nursery. Part of our "sleep routine" with the baby includes turning on his white noise machine.
Oh yes! We still play ours all night long!
Here's a link to ours. I've never embedded a king in Reddit Mobile so I hope this works.
Another white noise fan. This is what I use. I like the sound of air moving better electronic white noise.
Melatonin helps me drift off. It doesn't make me sleepy, but if I'm already a little tired, my thoughts become more like dreams than thoughts, and I stop reacting to sounds or ideas. Isn't enough if I'm wired or wound up.
I also take mitrazipine now, which is similar to trazadone. They are antidepressants that are also commonly used to treat anxiety and insomnia, among other things. I take a tiny dose, specifically to help me sleep. Taking it doesn't change the rest of my medication plan, it's just a little bump. Docs commonly give trazadone to old folks who can't sleep due to evening anxiety - it's that harmless (compared to other sleep and anxiety drugs). My 93 year old grandmother who was medically frail was taking it!
I don't do this, but I diaphragmatic breathing is very helpful for bringing down the anxiety and can help get you out of your head. So peaceful. Plenty of tutorials online.
We have two of THESE and they both have been used every night for the past 6 years, plus travelling, with no failures. This unit actually has a small fan that blows through the holes in the case and that is what makes the noise. You can adjust the number of holes for the desired sound volume, and the fan motor has a low and high speed.
Lived in FHK the first two years it was coed (96-98).
Assuming you're not interested in sites like Simply Noise (which I use a lot), I would recommend the Marpac Sleepmate. I bought one for my mom and she loves it. She let me test it when I went home to visit, and it was pretty awesome.
Yeah, ya done goofed.
Just get some of this. At 5g/day, that jug will last about four months.
Creatine Monohydrate is pretty ubiquitous, I would make sure of a couple things:
Other than that just avoid any gimmicky products, here's a good one for instance:
It's fine to just stick to creatine monohydrate; it's cheap and readily available anywhere. Brand is irrelevant, although I personally get mine from Optimum Nutrition (600g for $20 on Amazon, which is about 4 month's worth). There are other forms of creatine, but they haven't been shown to be as reliable or effective for everyone, last time that I checked.
If you feel like throwing money away, it's fine.
That's 54cents a dose or ~$16.25/mo with the sale price.
https://www.amazon.com/Optimum-Nutrition-Creatine-Powder-Unflavored/dp/B002DYIZEO is 12cents a dose or ~$3.80/mo
I bought this and just take a small spooful in the morning with water. It should be a 2 or 3 year supply. You can get it either flavored or unflavored.
I am about 6 weeks into BJJ after 7 years of wrestling. I have also done a bit of Muay Thai, but don't have the energy/time to do both right now, since I ride my bike to work and am training for a half marathon.
At 6'2 145, you aren't, and likely have never, been eating enough. Download MyFitnessPal, and track your calories. Don't estimate stuff, put it in a measuring cup or on a food scale. If I were you I would aim for 3000 calories a day to get started at least. It'll probably be tough for you to get there. If you're not gaining weight over the next couple weeks doing that every day, you're counting the calories wrong (fast and slow metabolisms are a lie).
A lot of people are saying there's no need for protein or creatine when you're just starting lifting. The first and most important thing is to eat more. If you don't eat more you won't get bigger. Once you start eating enough though, I would add protein and creatine on top of that. When you couple them with the newbie gains, in my experience, it's pretty noticeable.
You didn't mention lifting in your post, but my response is assuming that you are going to lift. If you don't, you'll only gain fat. Pick a good routine from the r/Fitness wiki, I really enjoy the PPL on there.
To sum things up:
The protein I use is MyProtein Impact whey
The creatine i use:
Optimum Nutrition Creatine Powder, Unflavored, 600g https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002DYIZEO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_pURmzbBXDWFRS
Feel free to ask if you have any questions
Creatine yes, BCAAs are really only valuable if you're taking them immediately before a workout after fasting for a significant length of time (great for IF dieters).
Amazon. Get Creatine Monohydrate. I buy this.
5g/daily; timing is irrelevant. a cheap, reliable brand tends to be ON. here is their product. any brand that sells 100% creatine monohydrate is fine, really.
Optimum Nutrition Creatine Monohydrate. Extremely cheap and reputiable. Here is a link.
O.o OK first off, I thought I was thin when I was younger. Freshman Year of High-School I was 5'3-4, weighing in at 90 lbs appx. 4 years later and I am 5'11, weighing in at 165 (also due to the help eating properly/pushing myself during workouts/bodybuilding.
Unfortunately if you want to put on some bulk, you will need to eat more now then ever. And if you think you are eating enough at this moment, you are wrong.
Food that you will need to incorporate are:
You will need a routine, but you should workout Mon-Fri. My order starting from Mon is Back, then Chest, Legs, Bi/Tris and end with shoulders/traps. Starting Monday and cycling on and off, you should do Abs, Calves, Abs, Calves, Abs. Weekends are rest days.
Last and just as important, proper sleep. I do not know if you are a early bird or a night owl, but if you are a night owl, BOOM, stop what you are doing and start going to bed early. If you don't rest at a proper time, and for a proper amount, it will severely restrict any kinda of Gains you get in the gym, as known hopefully by most, you don't gain muscle in the gym, you gain muscle when you rest.
Hope this helps.
Unfortunately, this is going to cost a decent amount of money/and/or communication with your parents about purchasing said meals and having a gym membership, as I doubt you have anyone nearby that has an at home gym like I do. It's not uber common.
Always remember, Gains are consistent of Rest, Food, and Working Out. If one is out of balance, it screws with the entire order of how quickly you make progress in the gym.
Mono powder has the most research backing it's effectiveness--not to mention it's super cheap and tasteless.
This is what I've been taking:
Earplugs, like these https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0051U7W32/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_WT-BDbK8D3KBM
My dad worked night shift for twenty years, along with another full time job, in the middle of the city while sharing a one bedroom apartment with two kids, and he was able sleep through the evenings.
Like another person said, get Flux. Also use Nightshift if you have an iphone. There is an app for androids that does the same thing. You can also get blue light filtering glasses.
Another thing to do is meditate for 5 mins or so before you sleep. You can just lie down and concentrate on your breath, try practicing with the mindful app. This is optional but meditation really has improved my quality of life.
Also, make sure that your room is as dark as possible and that you aren't being bothered by sounds. If I am in a noisy area I always wear earplugs that can be found cheaply on amazon. I use these and they are perfect.
You want your room to be a cave. Think cool, dark, and quiet. Distraction is the enemy and if you have insomnia I'm guessing that your mind wanders a lot. Get more exercise during the day and be more active if you aren't tired by sleepytime.
Also, don't drink caffeine less than 6 hours before you sleep.
Hope this helps you man.
For everyone that doesn't use ear plugs: Buy a set of these. Put a pair in each pocket of your riding pants, put a pair in each pocket of your riding jackets, put a couple pairs in different pockets of the backpack you use most. You'll wonder how you ever paid attention or focused while riding on the freeway without them.
I love these. Almost can't sleep without them anymore: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0051U7W32
And these are my favorite headphones. I even got a Bluetooth transmitter for my TV so I could use them watching TV. Obviously other people have different ones they prefer but this is my personal favorite: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H2DBFQZ
Howard Leight Impact Sports + whatever cheap foam ear plugs I can find. I'm currently working through a jar of Mack's which come out to less than 10 cents per pair. I also take them backpacking to drown out my backpacking buddy's snoring.
These are the ones I use: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0051U7W32/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;th=1
I like foam ones more than the silicone ones and I've had a good experience with these ones.
yes, pretty much. NRR = what the government-mandated test says, "noise reduction" = what the manufacturer says. Typically audiophilia is filled with bullshit claims, but I do trust the numbers that Shure puts out.
Keep in mind that the amount of isolation of a universal IEM is very dependent on how good a seal you can get. Thats why IEM manufacturers use words like "up to" instead of just specifying a number. The SE215 does come with foam olive tips, which IMO are very decent.
Why not try out a pair of foam earplugs first? They will cost you just a few dollars, and you will get a great sense of whether you want to spring $100 on the 215s or not.
I have used these in the past and they are consistently good - easy to fit into your ears and rated for 32 dB. IMO if this helps, either stick with earplugs or go for some 215s. If you still have issues focusing after trying out the earplugs, maybe take the medical route.
Good luck with your attempts to study, dude!
These are the ones I use. I've tried many and I find these to be the most comfortable.
I got these off Amazon http://www.amazon.com/DownBeats-Reusable-Fidelity-Hearing-Protection/dp/B00A3Z44R2 and I love them. Super comfortable and doesn't screw up the sound. Highly recommend them.
They will have earplugs to give out in the chill down zone by Kinetic but they are the foam kind and they suck for being at a show and listening to music.
I have these and they are wonderful. Any type of "high fidelity" ear plugs will be good for EDC.
Downbeats are great! My daughter and I both use them.
I know I'm late to the party but these Downbeats earplugs were the best investment I've made. There was a show in Atlantic City in some nightclub that RL performed at, being in the would have been unbearable if I didn't have the earplugs. Front and center for most of the show and I heard absolutely fine. Ear protection is serious
I've been rocking downbeats to every show I can remember to take them to. Would def recommend and I think they are usually 10-15 a set.
I bring these to every show
Hello, I use these two Etymotic https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0044DEESS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_hmtxzbRYEFZZA and DownBeats https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A3Z44R2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_1ntxzbJ6GA996
Really recommend these
I do too! I sleep with earplugs so I always have a pair, but I started packing it with me when going to the movies because I really, really can't stand the sound of people chewing, bags wrinkling, and them shuffling the popcorn around before grabbing some. But seeing as how eating is a part of the movie going experience for many, it's unavoidable. So I just put the earplugs in and bam! those little noises that distract me and get me irrationally annoyed are no longer audible.
edit: to add more options to the linked earplugs, this is the one I use. You can clip the case onto your keychain to make sure you always have it with you. And since I sleep with it -- and I'm a side sleeper -- I can attest to it being comfortable.
I recommend these ear plugs from amazon.
Since I got them I’ve taken them to every concert and they’ve saved my ears from a lot of damage.
Hey bud! I've been to my fair share of shows, and I saw Animal Collective back in 2013 in Madison, WI. Some tips about concerts and how to enhance your experience:
Earplugs are a must. These are the pair I own, and they work super well; I go to a wide variety of shows in different sized venues (ty Minneapolis) and I've worn those every time. I used to go earplugless, but when I went to see TOBACCO last year, some shoegaze band opened for them and they were literally the loudest fucking thing I've ever heard, ran to get some earplugs, and it was still painfully loud. Some bands like to crank it, generally AnCo keeps it on the lower end but it's never a bad idea to invest in saving your hearing. That's the end goal, isn't it?
When I saw AnCo, I went solo. Senior year of high school, travelled 50 miles on a Wednesday night to see em. Met some really cool guys at the show, shot the shit. Chances are, there's gonna be a fair amount of weed in the crowd. Toke if you want, but some venues are super vigilant while others really don't give a shit.
My general rule of thumb is to get there a bit before doors for a band I either really really love or a show that's gonna attract a big crowd so I can get up front. I'd follow this if you want to be right up against the stage, or at least be there around doors if you want the authentic 9th-row-in-the-pit experience. Being pushed far back kinda sucks, especially if there's an NBA player-sized person standing right in front of you.
Pretty much just go there, scream the lyrics, dance your ass off and vibe. There's gonna be quite a few pretentious hipsters who stand off to the side and just stoically watch them while sneering at anyone who dances. Fuck em, dancing to the boys was one of my best memories. Don't think drunk assholery will be an issue, but pretty much every single show I've been to has involved me being stuck next to someone who can't handle their liquor, be it tiny women at Beach House forcing their way to the front of the stage halfway through the set (and literally standing sideways, wedged between me and my friend) or some large, leather-coat-wearing fuckwad at Com Truise who has been sexually harassing as many women as possible. If you spot one nearby, don't let them harsh your mellow. If they're bumpin into you a lot and you want them to stop, just tell them to give you some space while being as smiley and polite as possible and they'll usually wander off. If they get aggressive, just push towards another spot in the crowd. I doubt there'll be many bad drunks in the crowd, but it never hurts to be a lil mentally prepared.
Anyway, pm me if you have any other questions, and I hope you have as good of a time as I did!
EDIT: Oh yeah, download a Mad Libs app on your phone. Play it with the people standing near you when you're waiting in line/between bands, it's a perfect icebreaker and it's pretty fun.
Any suggestions on affordable but decent quality earplugs? Does anyone recommend going to an audiologist and getting custom ones, or will cheap store bought ones do the trick?
Edit: Looks like the cheap solid foam ones muffle the sound. Anyone tried these:
Hah! Should've checked my Amazon orders - downbeats was indeed where I too landed:
DownBeats Reusable High Fidelity Hearing Protection: Ear Plugs for Concerts, Music, and Musicians (Clear Ear Plugs, Black Case) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A3Z44R2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_GHU9AbJR1FEGE
I really like Downbeats: https://www.amazon.com/DownBeats-Reusable-Fidelity-Hearing-Protection/dp/B00A3Z44R2?th=1
They stay in, still make the music sound good, and offer good protection. They even worked well when I was photographing a festival from the security pit, a foot away from the giant speakers.
I have a pair of etymotic (as linked by /u/buboy3) which are great, but it bothered me that they always stuck out so much. Now I use downbeats:
Which are the same price and similar fit and (to me, since this is obviously subjective) also preserve good sound quality.
I've tried Dubs and Downbeats. I like the fit and sound of Downbeats much better, plus they don't stick out of your ears, and really aren't even visible. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00A3Z44R2/
I got a pair of downbeats high fidelity plugs. They are pretty awesome. They don't dull out any of the high or low end sound so it sounds like what you normally hear only quieter. Plus they are not even easily noticeable when they are in your ears.
Not an herb, but Natural Calm magnesium citrate works wonders for me.
I found that Time Released Melatonin 1mg is very powerful. Too powerful for me but maybe an option for you?
Also Natural Calm Magnesium Is a particularly sedating form of magnesium in my experience.
The least practical form of magnesiumon a regular basis is a hot epsom salt bath. For me it’s about as sedating as a double dose of benzos.
[edit: Apology: reread your question and realized you’re looking for alternatives to melatonin. Will leave up that first sentence though, since I haven’t seen much discussion about time release melatonin and I was really surprised at how different it felt than 0.5mg quick dissolve melatonin.]
It's never given me a straight up laxative effect, but I definitely notice a smoother move! I use this brand and I think they even make gummies now. Hopefully you get some relief soon!
get a white noise machine. this one is baller. then tell them you're sleep deprived and could they put on some music or try to be quieter in the middle of the night. be congenial. this is not some sort of bullshit alpha magic situation. it's common courtesy. i would try to talk to the guy instead.
EDIT: stop posting in TRP right now. lurk moar. lerk moore. lrk. read/lrk more. read some books. books. read them. lurk more. no posting. you seem like a troll because you have not grasped the concepts.
i want to help you, so here is advice: lurk. read. models by mark manson is a good book that covers most of what you ask about on an ongoing basis.
Oh, my bad. Guess I just assumed you were coming from the other direction. I was way underweight for most of my life until my early 20's, so I feel your pain.
I don't know enough to give diet advice, but here's my normal schedule (working 7p-7a):
8p: Chipotle bowl, double chicken and all the rice and pinto beans they'll give me. Sour cream, guac, and cheese.
3a: 1lb cottage cheese. It's not my favorite, but it's hard to argue with the nutrition facts and it keeps me full so I'm not snacking on break room cookies, cake, pizza, all that crap. I also usually have a couple of sugar free snack pack jello cups (10 calories and not much else) to stave off boredom eating.
7a: Pre-workout and lift. I use ANS Ritual, but there are plenty of other options.
~9:30a: 1-1.5 scoops protein powder immediately after workout. I used Optimum Nutrition Gold for most of this, but recently switched to Dymatize ISO 100. Though a weight gainer might be a better option for you (and taste like you're drinking a cake.)
Then rinse and repeat. First 4 days of my week are pretty much that. I relax a bit on the other days and eat more, but that basically keeps me where I am now. There's also /r/gainit, if you haven't checked them out already.
Go to Amazon instead
Change the size of the tub you get, it tells you how much you're paying per pound. Compare there and BB.
I did that one that I linked (double rich chocolate) delicious stuff. My buddy did cookies and cream, and he LOVES it haha.
But in case you can't get a Credit card or some other issue, walking into a GNC is no big deal. We all start somewhere man :)
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein Powder, Banana, 2.27kg £25.99 UK store
I recommend Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey Isolate, its definitely good for the price. On Amazon a 5lb tub is around 55 dollars. Extreme Milk Chocolate is by far the best flavor. You can usually never go wrong with chocolate flavors. Isolate is the way to go, its usually plentiful in protein, while being low on carbs. You'll want to get your carbs from a whole source.
Meal replacements need your macros: Protein, Carbs and Fats. So, some Whey, Oats, and Whole milk, blend. Done. If your calorie conscious, Whey, half oats (or skip the oats for low-carb), fat free milk (or half whole milk, half water), done.
Casual meal replacement use one scoop whey. Post workout, use two scoops. Be prepared though, Whey Protein can add up over time and get pretty expensive. You may go through the whole 5lb tub in a month.
Widely used, tastes pretty good: http://www.amazon.com/Optimum-Nutrition-Standard-Double-Chocolate/dp/B000QSNYGI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1398812111&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=on+double+chocolate
Also, creatine isn't a substitute to protein - creatine is creatine, I generally buy the cheapest I can and take 5g of it a day. Something like this is fine: http://www.amazon.com/NOW-Foods-Creatine-Powder-Pounds/dp/B0013OXD38/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1398812354&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=now+foods+creatine
The easiest thing you can do to start putting on some weight is eat just like you do now, then add in a shake at the end of the day for more calories. Mix up a couple scoops of a reputable whey in 3 servings of whole milk and bask in your new found gains.
Just get some ON whey and mix it with milk.
100% whey by optimum nutrition is great, esp. chocolate. I like to add a bit of cocoa powder, and combine with milk. Pretty cheap too.
Why did no one point out the fact that a protein shake is used to supplement dietary protein? You don't need any particular shake, they're just a convenient way to get additional protein into your diet (especially immediately following training).
That being said... I drink Optimum Nutrition as well; Chocolate Mint is delicious.
Sounds like you need some weight-training, and honestly it wouldn't take much to get where he was in Fight Club. His body fat % is pretty low, which is mostly thanks to diet, not the track or weight room.
Make sure you're getting enough protein. Also, would recommended a daily multi-vitamin. HIIT in the morning is great for reducing body-fat, but I'd limit it to 3 times a week max.
You don't need to drink a gallon of milk a day, you need to eat above your daily caloric maintenance. That can be achieved with a gallon of milk, or it can be achieved with a bunch of other stuff.
A protein shake is recommended if you feel that you're having trouble getting 1g/lb of protein (that is, X lbs of lean weight = X grams of protein a day).
The type of protein powder doesn't really matter, as long as it's some decent tasting whey protein. A good brand is Optimum Nutrition: http://www.amazon.com/Optimum-Nutrition-Standard-Double-Chocolate/dp/B000QSNYGI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1331509088&amp;sr=8-1
If you drink just one cup of milk a day, you might not be getting as many calories you need.
It is possible to get strong without bulking, but it helps if you're bulking. If you're starting SS, you can make some good gains without bulking, but down the road you might stall.
Hope this helps (:
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My pick is Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey
I do a protein shake after climbing (I use this one) mixed with almond milk and occasionally have another one with lunch as well.
I just started taking Creatine HCL yesterday after researching a lot about it. I mix it with BCAA's since HCL form is very sour, but the popular mono- creatine I've heard a lot of people mix with a protein shake after working out. No calories between the two - I use Scivation Xtend Pink Lemonade for the BCAA and Beyond Raw for the creatine.
I am trying out a caffienated BCAA from Gnarly Nutrition for my pre-workout drink. I've used other true preworkouts, and I hate the jitters and sweat that comes with it. I've always taken BCAA's before and do notice less muscle soreness and better recovery, so my hope is the caffeine combined with it will give me the little boost I need.
Black coffee is another good preworkout with no calories to give the energy boost you might be looking for, but if you're not very sensitive to caffeine one of the others that has other stimulants might be a better fit I suppose.
What do you dislike about using 2 scoops? Is it the additional calories, or value for money? Because I just compared it with 4 other random protein powders on Amazon (on the first page of results), and at current prices, you get considerably more protein per dollar than the others.
protein per serving * servings per container / price
Edit: For the record, the place I've been buying EAS from sells it for $40/5lb bag, so I've been getting about 37.7g/$
20% sale on ON whey protein, seems like a good deal to me so I wanted to buy a few extras. What flavors have you guys tried other than the chocolate that taste good mixed with water?
sorry forgot to link deal for other people. There's a 20% off coupon you can use on Amazon atm: https://www.amazon.com/Optimum-Nutrition-100-Whey-Gold-Standard-Double-Rich-Chocolate-5-Pound/dp/B000QSNYGI
I always feel the need to mention that protein powders are cheaper than people think. They see the $50 price tag on the tub you just mentioned but neglect to do the math. Protein is generally the most expensive of the macronutrients (carbs and fats are cheap). Even considering that, you're getting 74 servings of 120 calories worth of protein for ~$50 (I just bought two tubs at $43 each earlier today from Vitamin Shoppe). That's $0.56 per 100 calories of mostly protein. That per calorie cost compares favorably to anything, even fast food prices (and again, protein is generally the most expensive macro to get).
A classic. I've been using it since I started and it hasn't let me down. I blend it with milk and it tastes great.
This is what I use to use.
This particular flavor (Double Rich Chocolate) doesn't have any alcohol in flavoring (those others do). I can cite the email I sent them if you need.
If you want an "affordable" but well-regarded protein shake, I really like Optimum Nutrition. On Amazon it's $55 for 5 lbs.
The reality is protein shakes aren't very sustaining, filling, or cheap, but whey protein absorbs quickly after a workout, which some studies suggest helps to prevent delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS: the achy soreness after a hard workout). If you really need protein, hard-boiled eggs are incredibly convenient, filling, and cheap. Canned tuna is a cheap way to get your protein as well.
Simple and easy way to get more protein into your diet. When looking at the nutrition label, if it says "Nutrition facts" the contents have been verified by a relatively strict process. if it says "Supplement facts" the actual content is allowed to vary a lot from what's listed on the label.
If you're looking for a meal replacement, I've found that Muscle Milk brand powder works well. If you're just wanting a protein supplement, I really like the flavours of Optimum Nutrition and they're relatively low carb. If you're trying to lean more towards the vegetarian side of things, Garden of Life is an excellent option as well. Although I personally think the texture is pretty "gritty" the flavours aren't bad.
Regardless of what you choose, if you do some price comparison among top brands, you'll find it to be a fairly good deal in price/calorie compared to pre-packaged foods. Almost all of the powders are going to be a healthy option for adding to your diet. For myself, I've found protein shakes to be the best small meal replacement for when I'm trying to cut weight, and a great source for extra calories to add between each meal if I'm trying to bulk up.
Oh, well if it's all you can get then no biggie. I was just pointing out that dairy fats aren't the type you need to worry about avoiding.
I've never used ON, but if you want the cheapest/leanist whey, go with optimal nutrition. They don't put anything extra in there.
From this forum post, I decided to try Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey. Note that some flavors have gluten (like cookies and cream), and some don't. I went with Double Rich Chocolate, and have had no issues with it. It's also the best tasting protein powder I've ever had.
Where the fuck do you buy protein from? Here is ON whey protein for $53/5 lbs
Just looked it up on amazon. Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard, Double Rich Chocolate, 5 Pound, 80 Ounce https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000QSNYGI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awd_MsyGwbK0T1PG5
If you are buying from GNC, you are getting robbed
And an edit. This is also without "subscribe and save" feature. Which drops it down another 3-4 dollars I think.
Use ON it mixes so easily.
Buy whey powder from amazon or any nutrition store in bulk. Mix with milk. I used it after workouts but you could drink it with meals to get more protein.
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard. A 5lbs jar will run you about $55 right now on Amazon.
Start off with the r/fitness FAQ - it helps a lot. Additionally take a look at Examine's article on 'how much protein do I need a day' to see how much you need.
For purchasing? [Go for Amazon, ON Gold, it's the best selling protein powder out there.](http://www.amazon.com/Optimum-Nutrition-Standard-Double-Chocolate/dp/B000QSNYGI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369449551&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=optimum+nutrition] - The price beats any local store.
Let me know if you have any more questions!
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein Powder, Double Rich Chocolate, 5 Pound https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000QSNYGI
Amazon has ON 5lbs on sale for $57.99 right now which is pretty sweet (~75 cents a scoop):
There is a drop box on this page with a lot of different options
Whatever you do, don't do steroids. One of my friends knew a guy on a snare line that wanted to keep his bulk throughout the season so he took anabolic steroids. They were on a water break and the guy laid down for a short rest. Next thing they knew, he had gone through cardiac arrest and slipped into unconsciousness. I know you probably would never consider this but just know that it'll fuck you up.
I recommend just eating a ton. Even when you feel full during a meal, stuff down one serving more of chicken or vegetables. Oats, cottage cheese, and yogurt are god-tier protein snacks. Peanut butter will give you a lot of gas and so will beef jerky but both are good as far as broteins.
Also, this is the best deal on whey protein I've ever found http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000QSNYGI/
Bar Keeper's Friend--sprinkle some on, and then scrub with a damp sponge. It's magic, I tell you. Magic.
I'm not sure since I haven't compared them in so long. I would play it safe and assume about 1/3 or 1/4th as much to start if you're worried about damaging things. Another awesome one I found that gets rid of hard water stains and caramelized oil on pans is this. (It's about half that price in the store) and no added fragrances or other garbage.
I soak them in hot water and use some powdered Bar Keeper's Friend surface cleaner, it really seems to work better for me than Goo Gone and doesn't carry that cirtusy smell. It also does wonders for dirty stoves, sinks, and counter tops.
As nice as cast iron is, if you ever want to make any kind of pan sauce after you've cooked your protein that might involve wine or vinegar or lemon juice, you'd be out of luck. I'd go with a good, heavy traditional-finish skillet with some sort of clad construction for optimal even heating across the surface. As far as that sticking issue goes, you don't have to use as much oil as long as your skillet is already heated before you put any food in it. In some cases (not all), meat in a traditional finish skillet will stick at first but release from the surface right around the time it's supposed to be flipped or turned, which is perfectly normal anyway.
One of the other perks of a traditional finish skillet is fond -- a.k.a., the stuck-on brown bits left in the pan after you've cooked your food. All those brown (not blackened, that's too far) bits = flavorful awesomeness, and are key in making a good pan sauce to go with whatever you're making. Deglaze the pan with a bit of broth or wine or whatever and scrape up the brown bits with a wooden spoon, throw some butter and herbs in there, baby, you got a sauce goin'. (Plus, this makes cleaning the pan later a lot easier, since you're using what would otherwise be "mess" to your advantage.")
Problem is, good-quality stainless steel skillets are expensive, and the drop-off in price represents a really steep drop-off in quality, which would of course give you worse results in cooking and make you less likely to want to use one anyway. One thing to watch out for is skillets with disk bottoms, where the only place the manufacturers put the highly conductive aluminum core which appears in most stainless steel cookware in a disk on the bottom of the skillet. These are the cheapest options, but the problem is the sides of the pan don't heat up as evenly or as well as the bottom, which results in uneven cooking if you're using the entire surface of the pan. Better to go with a "clad" pan -- one in which the entire skillet is made out of a layer of aluminum sandwiched between stainless steel. Better conduction, more even heating, better performance, better food. Yes, clad skillets are more expensive (~$110 versus ~$50 for a disk bottom), but 1) Cooking.com, etc. run sales on these things all the time, and 2) as long as you take good care care of them (Bar Keeper's Friend works wonders for me), there's no reason why they shouldn't last a lifetime -- definitely worth the investment.
Looks like it could be some hard water staining. I agree with the barkeepers friend. it will bring it back to life. it won't even take much scrubbing to clear that up. You can get it at Walmart or most grocery stores.
You want the powder cleanser. the liquid cleaner is shite! this is what it looks like. it's really cheap like a dollar something per canister.
Bar-keeper's friend and elbow grease.That is sure to clean this up real nice.
I came here to say this. All of my pots look brand new! Barkeeper's Friend is a staple in my kitchen.
I have All-Clad. Pick up some Barkeeper's Friend it'll clean up the pans fast!
Also, medium heat for steak is a little low. I have an electric range and end up setting 7 out of 10. Basically, let the pan heat up. Then toss a few drops of water into the pan. If the water dances around on the surface, then it's ready for your oil and within a few seconds of heating up the oil, the steak.
For stainless you need bar keepers friend, takes off anything on stainless steel cookware with minimal elbow grease (burnt egg, milk, w/e just a minute of scrubbing). A magic eraser works wonders as well.
Buy a box of 200 pair of 32 NRR disposable foam earplugs for $20.
Even the quietest helmets expose you to permanently damaging levels of noise after a few hours. Don't risk your hearing. Tinnitus is no fun, don't ask how I know.
Get some earplugs?
I use those for going to the range, and occasionally sleeping with.
If you used a fresh set each week, that box would last you years. You could probably use them quite a bit longer than that though.
but how much protection are from over-the-ear foams and electronic muffs?
they're also around 30-32dB protection so it's equivalent or better...
I use these and haven't had any problems with ringing in the ears...
I prefer foams because over-the-ear muffs get in the way of rifle shooting...
I recommend these.
These earplugs are very comfortable in my ears. I bought a box to help me study and sleep when I lived on campus. Best decision yet!
Yeah I wear them correctly. I wear them at night too, though a different brand. The ones I have worn while riding are Howard Leight LaserLite earplugs. I like them a lot.
At night I wear these, which I would not wear while riding because they block out practically all noise.
I bought these. They work well and now I'll never have to buy earplugs again.
I also wake up by the slightest noise. The only thing that works for me is earplugs. But not just any earplugs. The ones workers in factories etc. use.
I'll try to find a picture or link for you, hold on.
Edit: i dont know if exactly these are available outside of germany but they are called bilsom laser lite.
They look like this. They are stronger than normal ear plugs because they are supposed to be used when working with heavy and loud machinery.
I hope you find something like that and it helps you.
It's the type of magnesium! Comes in a few forms, ones a laxative and one isn't - IIRC! My mom researches vitamins ALL the time, so I just listened to her advice but I remember a few Google searches backed up what she said. I ended up getting this one from Amazon two weeks ago to try and help get better sleep. No issues so far!
I chose that because it was cheap and on subscribe and save.
I take two of these as I’m getting ready for bed so prob 10-15 mins before.
Doctor's Best High Absorption Magnesium Glycinate Lysinate, 100% Chelated, Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten Free, Soy Free, 200 mg, 240 Tablets https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000BD0RT0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_aPvaAb8YB8QBN
I also have Mag Calm Plus but I don’t think it is as good as the above tbh.
Threonate is a total scam. Just get Glycinate from Doctor's Best and save $50 on a year's supply.
6 month+ supply for $15.
Maybe change the Magnesium citrate to Magnesium glycinate (chelated). Not only is Magnesium glycinate better absorbed than citrate, it is easier on your stomach (won't give you stomach pain) and won't give you diarrhea which magnesium citrate often does.
Dr's Best do a fairly cheap one; http://www.amazon.com/Doctors-Best-Absorption-Magnesium-Elemental/dp/B000BD0RT0/ref=sr_1_1?s=hpc&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1411834938&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=magnesium+glycinate
I should have been more clear in the original post.
I didn't take any additional potassium supplements as the 150mg from the electrolyte concentrate was enough. I did however take an additional magnesium supplement.
So I took the concentrate first thing in the morning (electrolytes, potassium, and some magnesium), salt between 8am and 2pm, and then 200mg additional magnesium before bed.
Here's the link for the magnesium I took:
Just a heads up that labdoor.com tested that and it came up high in some heavy metals, so I stopped using it. Over at r/nootropics, we love Doctor's Best Mag Glycinate as the best for relaxation and sleep. Any glycinate form really, though I know the citrate and malate are good, too.
be CAREFUL about taking any magnesium oxide, its the cheapest form of magnesium and the least absorbable - meaning it's basically a laxative and will give you liquid diarrhea REALLY easy
you really want the stuff that ends with -ATE , doesnt have the side effects
as far as multivitamin, you may want to switch to something with join suporrt like this stuff which is praised highly in the body building community. I take half the daily dose since i'm not an athlete.
on the same note i've heard nothing but good things about Cissus for join pain.
Another thing people say helps is circumin/tumeric, available in caps but you can just get a bunch of the indian spice at a grocery story if they have it
I would recommend taking magnesium glycinate daily, I use this kind.
In addition to food, I was taking at least 5,000mg of sodium, at least 2,600mg of potassium in the form of "No Salt", and at least 200mg of magnesium which can be found: https://www.amazon.com/Doctors-Best-Absorption-Magnesium-Supplement/dp/B000BD0RT0?th=1
I recommend this brand of magnesium.
Some types just pass through you and just give you diarrhea but this one gets absorbed real good.
Magnesium - 5 cents a pill. I find taking three a day before bed works for me. You may find you need only two. Maybe your body will be happiest with four.
Potassium - NoSalt. I don't like the taste of salt in my water, just the potassium, so I make sure to generously salt my food otherwise.
yeah being so young doesnt help. benzos are sort of seen as a last resort. they dont just throw them around, well good doctors dont at least.
when you say different pdoc everytime, are you going to the same building/network, or are you actually switching to an entire new office every time? the latter is called drug seeking. even the way you talk to your doctor may come across as drug seeking. you have to realize how many people they deal with everyday that are trying to finesse them for benzos. especially your age
ssris are not just "antidepressants" they are also used for anxiety, as are other classes of meds. there are several classes used for anxiety (like ssris), as well as other classes of meds used "off label" for anxiety. things like trazodone, vistiril, gabapentin, these are commonly used "off-label" for anxiety and sleep.
so what meds have you been prescribed so far? and how long have you been seeing your pdoc for this actual anxiety problem? it sounds like youre seeing both your primary care doctor as well as a pdoc for this. do they communicate to each other? you should be seeing a specialist (pdoc) not primary care
edit - i see on your thread on /r/drugs that youre on probation. what are you on probation for? do your doctors know youre on probation? im not trying to jump to conclusions here but just reading your posts, and how you talk about being jealous of your friends who got benzos thrown at them, it sounds like you just want benzos and nothing else. youre already convinced that "antidepressants" or anything else wont help you and your mind is made up.
the other guy recommending magnesium is actually a decent idea as well. i take 200-300mg of magnesium glycinate every night (and 100mg in the morning). it actually helps a lot to relax and fall asleep. without a doubt the best/most noticeable supplement ive ever taken, honestly. its certainly not a cure all, but it definitely helps. im in my early 30s and have tried almost everything.
i suggest you get some either way: https://www.amazon.com/Doctors-Best-Absorption-Magnesium-Glycinate/dp/B000BD0RT0/ref=sr_1_4_s_it?s=hpc&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1521492163&amp;sr=1-4&amp;keywords=magnesium+glycinate&amp;dpID=413m9XIoQtL&amp;preST=_SY300_QL70_&amp;dpSrc=srch
a bonus is that magnesium helps with constipation BIG TIME. i have several digestive "diseases" and constipation is one of the biggest side effects. magnesium fixes that. just dont take too much or you get diarrhea, takes a little trial and error to find the right dose.
Have you tried magnesium?
Read these reviews and see if it's interesting to you: https://www.amazon.com/Doctors-Best-Absorption-Magnesium-Supplement/dp/B000BD0RT0?th=1
If it's muscle-based pain (like a cramp), then yes, magnesium may help. I take it daily for spasticity/chronic pain, and a big dose when I get a migraine.
Many people find magnesium calming (hence products like Natural Calm) and can help make you sleepier at bedtime. It's also helpful for treating constipation, as it relaxes the muscles of your digestive tract (along with all your other ones).
I've taken this one for about a year.
I'm not a big believer in most supplements, but magnesium has good evidence of effectiveness, relatively low cost, and few (if any) unwanted side effects. If you want to try it, you'll know within a day or two if it's helping. Heck, if nothing else, it may help ease the tension of living in pain.
Also came here to post a link for musicians earplugs. I have these ones by Eargasm and they're great. I've been going to shows since the nineties and only recently started wearing these, but wish I always had. I even wear them at sporting events and loud bars - they actually make conversations easier. Don't have permanent tinnitus and would like to keep it that way.
Give Eargasm a shot. I used them for Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine and Breaking Benjamin. They really do take out all the harmful bass and my ears felt great afterward. Any kind of high fidelity earplugs should be good. They don't make the sound as muddy as foam earplugs. Sound quality is much better. I have heard Dubz is a good brand as well.
I keep these on my Keychain and just bring them everywhere in case I forget my normal pair or just need some
But if I'm going to a festival I use westones. So if you're really about it and as anti-tinnitus as I am, You can go to an audiologist and get custom molds & a hearing analysis that they'll send off to westone to make a pair of custom earplugs for you.
I really like the Eargasm earplugs.
I linked you the better ones, but there also cheaper model of the same factory that still are fucking gold.
They're a little expensive but really worth the price
Great thinking! I'll give you my experience with the ones I've used.
First I bought this set from Etymotic for myself and my Croo years ago. For the price they're great and served me quite well at local shows and Roo alike until I lost them at Roo in 2016 (luckily I always carry disposable ones too in case anyone around me in the crowd wants a pair so I wasn't deaf by the end of that Roo). I liked them for the price and the carrying case however they did have some issues like their odd fit for some folks.
After losing the Etymotic's at Roo in 2016 I bought this set from Eargasm pretty much as soon as I got home. They're a bit pricier than the Etymotic's but well worth the price in my opinion. They come with a large and small in ear insert in order to ensure a good fit for most and instead of using a tube and dampening materials like the Etymotic's the Eargasm's actually have a tiny filter that makes for much more even tones/sounds. They also come with a much better carrying case and have yet to have an issue with them in the ~2.5 years I've had them.
Side note about the Eargasm's, their carrying case is a tiny metal canister that comes equipped with a keychain and I take them to every show I go to, I mention this because the canister does look like something you'd house party favors in so the security may have you open the canister up so they can inspect it. I've also found the canister sets off metal detectors so if you do attempt to get through using it as a party favor holder it may come back to bite you. Just figured I'd give you a heads up there since I've gotten many strange looks from security and fellow show goers alike until I open them up and pop the plugs in.
Hopefully this helps! If you've got any questions about either set let me know!
Not just for marching bands! A very important issue for all musicians. Noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus are no joke.
There are now multiple, affordable options for reusable "musician's earplugs," which block all frequency ranges equally (normal earplugs can leave the music sounding muffled and dull because they block more treble than bass sound).
use earplugs with a 3kHz resonant filter like these
I don't have that particular set. I have Rooth C&P 25dB, but I don't recommend them because of fit.
Yes. Here's a list of some of them.
I use these:
They muffle noise without killing the noise. I wear them when in traffic, when going to sleep, and when I want to focus.
You should consider Frequency reduction values table. Here are the tables for ~$20-30 earplugs for gigs:
Vendor \ Average reduction Value | 125 HZ | 250 HZ | 500 HZ | 1000HZ | 2000HZ | 4000HZ | 8000HZ
Crioxen Earplugs | 15.1 | 15.4 | 17.1 | 19.9 | 26.9 | 17.7 | 29.9
ER20XS Earplugs | 14.5 | 14.2 | 17.1 | 21.1 | 25.3 | 20.5 | 23.3
Eargasm Earplugs | 14.7 | 14.8 | 16.8 | 20.3 | 24.3 | 21.4| 25.7
It can help to prevent negative impact to the quality of the show.
You can find some other comparison for earplugs for gigs.
I always thought I was above this, that "yea, ok, but I've never felt the effects of a concert before, so I'm fine."
Until LCD Soundsystem at Bill Graham last year. Ho. Ly. Shit. I was in pain at how loud that concert got. Ears were plugged for a week. Now, I'm buying some plugs and keeping them in my pocket at shows just in case that ever happens again.
Also, just as a heads up, these Eargasms are going on an Amazon Lightning Deal at 12:50 PST today (3/30). Would be a good time to buy.
I have this scale
I haven't tested the accuracy of the body fat part, but I have a DEXA scan next month and was planning to compare then.
>If I was you I'd just buy some Withings scales
Just looked up the one I have - yup it's a Withings. Works great, syncs with my Garmin and Strava apps (compatible with lots of different health apps), can do multiple people, and it's $60. If OP just likes DIY, knock yourself out, but considering there's a product on the market likely as cheap as you could DIY, why not put your time into other projects.
Edit: here's one for $25 that has over 11k ratings.
It came with the scale I use.
RENPHO Bluetooth Body Fat Scale - FDA Approved - Smart BMI Scale
RENPHO digital scale
These two scales are really good for the price. I own the second one myself and its useful to track your progress with an app. Doesn't cost too much also.
Got this for $37 canadian ($30 US) https://www.amazon.com/RENPHO-Bluetooth-Body-Fat-Scale/dp/B01N1UX8RW
The scale only shows your weight, but everything else sends to an app. Cool af
To save you some time :) and thank you
Another brand that you should possibly consider are the ones I personally use, eargasm. They're relatively affordable(20$ I think) they are really comfortable, and they are pretty discreet-looking. They also come with a cheap little case for holding them that you can throw on your keys. :)
Eargasm High Fidelity Earplugs for Concerts Musicians Motorcycles and More! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019M576XW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awd_.-nkxbC8Q5HF2
Here you go
Hi I have sensory issues too. I use these really great invisible ear plugs. You can barely see them when they're in so no one will notice, and they don't just muffle sound, it's more like the volume gets turned down so you can still talk to people. https://www.amazon.com/Eargasm-Musicians-Motorcycles-Sensitivity-Conditions/dp/B019M576XW/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?keywords=ear+plugs+eargasm&amp;qid=1566312844&amp;s=gateway&amp;sprefix=ear+plugs+ea&amp;sr=8-3
They're kind of pricey, but worth it. My friend who has autism too uses the same kind as well
I don’t know about comfort but all of my friends used acoustic earplugs in high school for drum line and said good things.
Wear ear plugs. I recommend the Eargasm ones. They're great at blocking out wind noise and manage overall sound quite nicely so you can still hear your music and traffic noise. Waaaaaay better than foamies.
Eargasm High Fidelity Earplugs for Concerts Musicians Motorcycles Noise Sensitivity Conditions and More (Ear Plugs Come in Premium Gift Box Packaging) - Blue https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019M576XW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_vTBOBb1AP8H1C
Bought these before center and they absolutely saved my life for good stayed in and everything sounded so good still!
these are the ones i got.
they do their job very well, but i find the silicon fins to be a little stiff after extended wear.
i should mention i'm a fire tech, so i sometimes wear these for 8 hours at a time during extensive testing.
there's others with better ratings, but back when i got these there were fewer choices and i was unsure if they would really be any different than regular baffled earplugs, so i went for a cheap set.
i should probably upgrade :)
I've worn Eargasm plugs to several weddings (with live bands, indoors, may as well have been a concert) and each time the event has had no impact on my tinnitus. 10/10 I recommend.
I've used these for years and I've never left a concert with ringing ears. These lower the volume without muting all the sounds like traditional foam ear plugs. For a child you my want to go foam earplugs or over the ear ones.
Edit: just saw he was 19 so yeah I really recommend these for both of y’all. There clear discreet and still allow you to enjoy the music without the side affects
Not so much for white noise, but I bought these for concerts and motorcycle riding and loved them:
My partner then upgraded me to these, and I love them as well, but TBH I don't see how they are better than the $10 ones I bought myself first:
I've since given her my Hearos to use at concerts. If I were you I think the Hearos would do you just fine; I haven't looked at the specs of either, like I said, they both appear to work pretty much the same.
Hope this helps.
I use the Eargasm High Fidelity Concert Earplugs. I’ve worn them through three Love Yourself concerts (two GAs, right by main stage near the speakers) last year and various rock, hip-hop, EDM, and pop concerts.
Eargasm High Fidelity Earplugs for Concerts Musicians Motorcycles Noise Sensitivity Conditions and More (Ear Plugs Come in Premium Gift Box Packaging) - Blue https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019M576XW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_XAI9AbFD8PVP8
Would these type of plugs be good for a regular concert attendee?
I bought [these] (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019M576XW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1) and they stayed in even during moshing with Pusha T!
I own both the Etymotic plugs and these ones from Eargasm
They both work well but the Eargasm ones are way more comfortable and go on my keychain.
I'll wear either these: :https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019M576XW/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
Or my headphones:
Amazon carries Eargasm brand earplugs for $35. I use these for work (since I teach rock music for six hours a day lol) and these are consistently comfortable to wear and easy to clean. They also come with a little metal case to help keep them clean and safe while not in your eyes. Maybe these could help?
If I may-- this ones quality https://www.amazon.com/RENPHO-Bluetooth-Body-Fat-Scale/dp/B01N1UX8RW/ref=sr_1_3?crid=13UZAE48P8TXF&keywords=scale+body+fat&qid=1563375222&s=gateway&sprefix=scale+body+%2Caps%2C162&sr=8-3
'Smart' weighing scales if you're bothered about tracking your weight. They've been great as my missus and I tracked our weightloss. £24.99
Or.. save it until the next time Amazon Echo dot's go on sale.. they normally drop to £25-30ish.
RENPHO Bluetooth Body Fat Scale Smart BMI Scale Digital Bathroom Wireless Weight Scale, Body Composition Analyzer with Smartphone App 396lbs - Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N1UX8RW
I strongly suggest using a scale. Ignorance may be blissful, but awareness is successful.
The scale has a cool app, synchs with Google Fit, which can then synch with Cronometer. I'm sure there are other apps it works with, but that's just how I use it.
Haven't been disappointed and can only blame any inconsistencies on my own behavior. ;)
I use the RENPHO digital scale and have been really impressed. I went through a couple different ones and this is the only one that I have found to be accurate with my doctor’s scale. You can find it here:
RENPHO Bluetooth Body Fat Scale - FDA Approved - Smart BMI Scale Digital Bathroom Wireless Weight Scale, Body Composition Analyzer with Smartphone App, 396 lbs https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N1UX8RW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_MUEZAb775CYWK
I was looking for a scale that worked with Apple Health and this does the trick. It’s much cheaper than a lot of others out there so maybe it’s worth a shot.
RENPHO Bluetooth Body Fat Scale - FDA Approved - Smart BMI Scale Digital Bathroom Wireless Weight Scale, Body Composition Analyzer with Smartphone App, 396 lbs https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N1UX8RW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_GrALAbKJ1DJBA
Do you mean something like this?
24 5'8 M 215 lbs
Body fat according to the device at LA fitness: 30.2%
Body fat according to this new scale I got: 29.2%
Majority of my fat is around my stomach and my butt/thighs.
My immediate goal is to have a flat stomach (and wider upper body?) And slimmer butt/thighs.
I play soccer twice a week and go to the gym twice/thrice.
At the gym my workout is at follows:
Bench press 40lbs x 5 x 6
Assisted pull ups 60 lbsx 5 x 6
Lateral raises 20 lbs x 10 x 3
Mountain climbers 30 x 3
Squats 20 x 4
Cross body Crunches 10 x 3
20-30 mins cardio.
My tdee at the current numbers is 2700-2800 calories.
I eat about 2000 calories as follows:
The macros are going to be a little higher for each category as I have Indian lunch that is not prepared by me but is homemade and on the healthy side so I assume it to be 400 calories which is included in the numbers above.
Given my current targets : to loose fat around my core, should I maintain the current nutrition and exercise or change it and how?
One of my gymbros tells me that I should replace some meals with just protein shake but I need to physically eat something to feel satisfied.
Beginning of this year I was 222 and am 215 now.
Thank you so much! (:
I use this: RENPHO Bluetooth Body Fat Scale Smart BMI Scale Digital Bathroom Wireless Weight Scale, Body Composition Analyzer with Smartphone App 396 lbs - Black, 11 x 11 Inch https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N1UX8RW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_s7u2CbQ5CR29D
It has consistently said 12%, do you not think it's reliable?
I've had this for over a year now and it's pretty consistent, just make sure you let it calibrate for a sec
RENPHO Bluetooth Body Fat Scale https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N1UX8RW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_qYZ5CbTBKF11P
Noodles! Happy birthday to your little one!! Here's a picture of my dog that cheers me up! I recently got a little rat from ikea for my dog and she immediately loved it!
RENPHO Bluetooth Body Fat Scale Smart BMI Scale Digital Bathroom Wireless Weight Scale, Body Composition Analyzer with Smartphone App 396 lbs - Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N1UX8RW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_NkgDCbAGY4E46
I'd really like to keep up with my weight better now that I'm working out and eating better. I've never had a digital scale and heard they're more accurate. The scale now I have was my grandmothers scale.
This is the one that I have.
Gives pretty decent readings, bluetooth and has some other bells and whistles. For $25, you really can't go wrong.
The brand is RENPHO and they have a few different models. I have this one and I’ve been using it since December. I like it a lot!
I like this guy, especially for its price. I also considered Eufy's smart scale; Eufy/Anker is a pretty solid brand for its price point.
It technically sends it to Fitbit and then Fitbit sends it to MFP. I still manually log my weight into the libra app but I usually wait until my lunch break to log it.
This is the scale I have if anyone is interested. Warning: it rounds to the nearest even decimal on the app but, Fitbit records the actual decimal.
I haven't used it very long so I can't really say if it's a good long-term solution but I recently bought this scale: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N1UX8RW/
It's blue tooth enabled and, though I've not tried it yet, their app claims to sync with the Fitbit app (along with a couple of other apps). I've not used that functionality yet. If it did work, though, it's a much cheaper alternative for automatically syncing with Fitbit, as it's $32 instead of $100.
I also like that it uses AAA batteries. My last scale used those small, round disk-like batteries, and they're a lot more expensive. Plus you can get rechargeable AAA batteries but I've never seen rechargeables for those disc-like batteries.
That screenshot is from google spreadsheets. I export from my app to that spreadsheet and it updates the charts.
Thats the scale I have, but there are lots like it. I paid $31 for it, so $22 is a good deal on prime.
I got this one:
Super cheap and works great! It has its own app to keep all the data but I also synced it with my fitbit app.
This is the one I use. Cheap and works great: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N1UX8RW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;th=1
Do you NEED wifi and tie in with automation?
If not, no bullshit, https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01N1UX8RW/
Renpho. It's as accurate as our old scale. Forget the name but I did a shit ton of research to find one of the most accurate around. This one tracks a ton of data points. Syncs with fitbit and Apple Health. And it's only $25 but also only Bluetooth. Supports multiple devices just fine. Just make sure both people create their own account in the app and whoever is weighing just opens the app before they get on.
Hey! Congrats on deciding to make a lifestyle change. I just did, too! About to finish week 2 of keto. I’ve lost weight already and feel really great about it! I haven’t followed a specific meal plan, but I have mapped out my grocery lists and stopped eating out at restaurants and strictly cooking my own food, with the exception of 1-2 meals at my restaurant job that I work several shifts a week at. This really helps me count my carbs and calories in the really helpful app Carb Manager.
I feel less bloated without gluten! It’s awesome. I made my first fathead pizza last night with my coworker and friend who went keto too! Having someone else who is willing to undergo the change with me has been more than helpful, especially since my spouse is still eating carbs and sugar in the same apartment as me!
Things that have helped me so far:
-buying a great food scale
-buying an awesome body weight and body fat scale ...this scale comes with an app that shows me statistics like bone density, water weight, body fat %, and weight. It also tracks my progress, shows me healthy/normal levels and percentiles, and more. I really like it. Almost as much as I like watching my weight decrease every few days from keto.
-having a friend or two who are new to keto as well. They have recommended different products to me like:
Personal mantras I remind myself to continue keto in a healthy way:
-don’t obsess over the scale. NSV pop up daily and they’re sometimes even better than watching the number on the scale drop. It’s not healthy to let your mood rely on scale results. Once a week is enough moderation in terms of weighing yourself. (I’m struggling hard with following this direction myself)
-make sure you hit your protein quotas! They’re important. You need protein for muscles, and so much more.
-try not to eat sweets at all for the first few weeks. You need to give your body time to stop craving sugar (and it will happen!)
-drink a fuck ton of water. It will help you feel less full at first, and you need it especially to keep healthy while your body transitions from eating carbs to eating fat. Water is your new bff.
-listen to your body. Eat when you’re hungry. If you’re hungry, eat. Don’t starve yourself, you will begin to feel less hungry as you continue on tho. If your eat something that’s keto friendly, but it makes you feel funky, try to feel out different options. You want to feel your best in order to keep up the inspiration to continue!
-last but not least: TAKE PROGRESS PICS!!! I lurk this sub/weight loss subs constantly and I always see ppl talk about regretting not taking more before pics! Once they reach the time to take after shots, they really wish they had a lot more to compare them to!
Hope this helps :)
Yeah, I definitely am not taking that measurement as gospel, but using the calipers is a pain and I haven't had any other really good way of doing it, so I'm just glad to have something to track. Percentage has been slowly going down from day to day, so I'm trying to pay most of my attention to that.
But here ya go, it works, integrates with fitbit/google fit, and it's pretty cheap. You will need a smartphone, though.
I'm sure there is a lot of marketing BS in here. I don't know how it could track everything it claims it can. But, I was interested in the app that would easily record and track my progress and the body fat % measurement. I do know from experience that scales can measure body fat %, so as long as it does those things I'm happy.
Here is a good write up on magnesium, I take this one.
Try a Magnesium supplement. Most Americans are said to be Magnesium-deficient, and a keto diet can worsen that, so you probably could use it anyway. And it will definitely get those bowels moving. In fact, it's so effective that I have to stop taking it at times because I get too loose.
There are several different forms of Magnesium - some are absorbed better than others. You can read the Magnesium guide for newbies and comments on this forum.
I currently take this.
P.S. If you don't decide to take Magnesium, I'd continue the daily stool softener. Source: I'm a nurse, and I see a lot of constipation issues due to pain meds. Most people do best with a combo of a stool softener and a fiber supplement (plus extra water), and they have to be taken regularly for best effect (but hold the stool softener temporarily if you have loose stools). You also might want to increase the stool softener to twice a day and decrease the amount of cheese you eat until your bowels become more regular.
This is my magnesium supplement. Top review has fantastic info on why this is best absorbed.
Doctor's Best High Absorption Magnesium Glycinate Lysinate, 100% Chelated, Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten Free, Soy Free, 100 mg, 240 Tablets (packaging may vary) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000BD0RT0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_0IMOCb0CAQVAR
I will certainly take a bath if my day allows, but I did do a lot of digging and found that magnesium absorption through the skin is a bit dubious. Basically an old unproven remedy that the medical community kept recommending out of tradition. Zero studies on actual efficacy. But it’s not like baths don’t feel good, so why not.
Its pretty common to not get enough magnesium in the typical american diet anyway, so when you are going on a diet that is known for having limited access to dietary magnesium (like keto) its probably wise to take a supplement.
Keep in mind that not all magnesium is created equal. Magnesium Oxide is the cheapest form used in supplements, but it isn't absorbed very well. I took a supplement that used primarily Magnesium Oxide for awhile and it gave me digestive issues. I switched to chelated magnesium and things have been much better. I use Doctor's Best Chelated Magnesium, but I'm sure there are other good brands. Look for "high absorbency" magnesium or check labels and avoid Magnesium Oxide.
I wouldn't worry about monitoring magnesium intake too closely. The National Institutes of Health says you can safely supplement up to 350mg per day (that's in addition to magnesium from food), and that too much magnesium in the diet doesn't pose a health risk since the excess is excreted via urine. Magnesium toxicity can have more serious effects, but you need to consume upwards of 5,000 mg/day to get to that point. That is extremely hard to do.
Unless you want to shit yourself while tripping avoid the milk, it's a laxative.
Assuming you're American you will want something like this https://www.amazon.com/Doctors-Best-Absorption-Magnesium-Glycinate/dp/B000BD0RT0
I take up to 6-800mg on the days leading up to and the day of the trip. If you start a few days before you can adjust the dose if you start getting loose stool from taking too much.
I used to get a lot of tension in my legs/feet when tripping but not anymore.
Edit: this is the brand I buy https://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/product/solgar-chelated-magnesium-tablets-60001385
This one is actually a lot higher potency: https://www.amazon.com/Doctors-Best-Absorption-Magnesium-Glycinate/dp/B000BD0RT0/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1525240988&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=doctor%27s+best+magnesium+glycinate and
You might want to try supplementing with Magnesium. I used to get cramps like crazy and it turns out that I was super deficient in Magnesium. I still supplement almost every day (also helps with sleeping) because my body is dumb and won't let it hang around. Doesn't cost much money, but may work wonders for you.
I use this one: http://www.amazon.com/Doctors-Best-Absorption-Magnesium-Elemental/dp/B000BD0RT0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1427834301&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=magnesium+glycinate
I take one the morning of and another an hour before. If I'm still clenching hard and chewing during the roll, I'll take another one during the roll too.
With Magnesium Oxide, most of it is not absorbed by the body. If you take a 500mg pill, your body will only absorb about 10-20mg of it. 480-490mg is completely wasted. Mag Oxide also acts as a laxative, so it will induce your bowels and off to the bathroom you will go. It is considered the worst of all the Magnesium types. The only upside is that it is very cheap. You can get a 300-500 pill bottle for around $4 (you get what you pay for).
Magnesium Glycinate (also known as Chelated Magnesium) is considered the Cadillac of magnesium supplements. It is a very calming form thanks to the Glycinate (which is an amino acid) and causes almost no digestive issues. Most people who you use it here on this subreddit say that it gives you a very nice relaxing sleep when taken close to bedtime.
This is the one I am currently taking and here is a link to info about the different types of Magnesiums.
To add on to what danceswithronin said, I would be very surprised if you get enough magnesium in your diet. Taking a magnesium supplement would assist very well in the ease of going #2. Get some Vitamin K2 to go with the magnesium, if you want to try it, as it will help with absorption. You need to build up to the recommended amount as whatever magnesium you fail to absorb is a laxative.
Both Vitamin K2 and magnesium are very cheap for a big bottle of each. When I get home I'l edit my post to show what type of magnesium to get since there are a few different types and you want a specific one to take.
Here are links to the magnesium and vitamin K2 I buy. You don't need to get the same brand, but you do want to get Chelated magnesium similar to what is in the stuff I buy as it is easier to absorb and won't cause the laxative effect as badly. Coupled with the vitamin K2 it will not only help you feel better, but also keep things running smoothly down there. I have found that I am very regular and it is super easy to go #2 since I started taking those 2 supplements.
I think magnesium may help. I use Doctor's Best High Absorption Magnesium (200 Mg Elemental), 240-Count, which uses the glycinate/lysinate chelate, so you may be interested in that for the glycine as well.
Lo-salt is cheap at your local supermarket. Go to the salt aisle (in baking goods aisle here) and check the labels on whatever lower salt substitute they have. Pick the ones that have the best dose of potassium per 1/4tsp (usually 450mg+ for the ones I've seen).
Magnesium, I just order the "doctors best" supplement from Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BD0RT0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
There are a lot of bag magnesium supplements out there. If you are using magnesium oxide, you are wasting your time. I recommend this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BD0RT0/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
It can be overwhelming and my husband and I have tried many.
This is what we buy. It does not upset our stomachs like other kinds and is the least expensive we've tried. It helps us with a variety of ailments including anxiety and insomnia. We take 2 daily.
Amazon has Magnesium Glycinate for verrrry cheap
Here's the one I'm taking:
L-theanine keeps me awake also. I guess I'm an outlier.
I just wish i knew what is the mechanism behind these effects. I really want to hack my sleep further. So far only melatonin does the job.
Mg oxide is what is used in laxatives. You're taking the wrong kind. I just purchased a bottle of this and after about 6 days I'm starting to have less achy muscles, and I'm sleeping better at night.
Try chelated magnesium glycinate or theronate, oxide is incapable of showing virtually any effects. I take these and they hit me like a truck, I feel the effects within 5 minutes. Much more relaxed and my heart palpitations return to normal.
i drink too much water depleting my salt and have to take a magnesium supplement and that usually solves my cramping. good advice.
I can recommend this. Great quality. Be warned though, the capsules are fairly large and have a rough chalky texture that can make it hard to swallow. So consider investing in a pill cutter or crusher.
I've heard good things about Jarrow, but I've never tried any of their products.
You'll see in the examine article for Magnesium that I linked why I suggest it and Vit D; people are a lot of times deficient in one, or both. Fish Oil is just generally also seen as a good thing to supplement, and it also helps the Vit D be absorbed.
These things, in my experience, give you a much better baseline. Unless you have a really solid/varied diet/lots of sun exposure, these can really help.
I use this one from Doctor's Best. It's magnesium glycinate and works really well.
I had a "triple Magnesium complex" already in my house so I took that and kept hydrated.
Just ordered this so I hope it helps for my next round. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BD0RT0/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
I use this magnesium. It has the highest bio-availablity and personally I experience no gurning/clenching when I take 2 a couple hours before and after I drop.
These are the ones I bought. Someone else mentioned magnesium for anxiety on a thread and i decided what the heck. If it doesnt work, its just another thing to add to the list of failures. I was starting to get desperate and thinking if this didnt work id go get a prescription for anxiety meds. Thankfully i dont have to do that anymore!
So I've been reading and researching since we posted earlier this week.
I wound up using Windsor Half Salt for potassium supplementing (found with the normal salt at most Canadian grocers). This looks pretty much identical to Morton's Lite Salt.
I also found (after a long time searching and reading medical papers to clarify) that ideally Magnesium intake levels are somewhere around 420 micrograms daily for men my age. This is supposed to be elemental magnesium, which some supplement companies are good at listing, and some are not. As such, I found what I think was the best option available on Amazon.ca for Doctor's Best High Absorption Magnesium (200 Mg Elemental), 240-Count. It's a large pill, no doubt, but at 1000mcg magnesium chelate / 100mcg elemental magnesium per pill, a 240-count bottle at $40 was a pretty darn good value. This is a Magnesium Lysinate Glysinate Chelate, which seems to be a good bioavailable format, and I've found no side effects that some users of citrate complain about.
Magnesium Citrate is the answer. There is a lot of good info in this post about Constipation and Kratom.
I've been using this handheld, but should pick up a set of calipers and start taking better measurements. I just figured if I used the handheld at the same time of day, it would always be off a percentage or two (does that make sense? it sounds better in my head, lol)
On the same thread of body fat %, my woman and I use Omron Fat Loss monitor during our measurements.
I recently stalled out, I mean stopped losing according to the scale completely. It hasn't moved in 4-5 weeks. Eventually I stopped looking at the scale and now I don't weigh myself every day like I used to. I am seeing much more progress in strength gains and physical NSVs such as clothes fitting better and more muscle definition. If you want to take fat% measurements I wouldn't suggest using a scale but rather either calipers as they are the most accurate but also the most work or if you have just a regular scale and know how much you weigh then you can do a handheld electrical impedance unit such as this one. The electrical ones wont be nearly as accurate as the calipers but are more work because you will need to do more math and maybe have someone help take measurements.
As for preventing losing muscle mass is to work out more and specifically focus on doing more resistance and strength training. Who knows maybe working out more will help to stimulate your appetite more.
I started it around the same time I got a bioimpedance fat loss monitor, which was in April. According to it, I've lost almost 10% body fat since then. I don't know how much I trust the monitor but honestly, I love the E/C stack for its appetite suppression. I cycle on it for 8 weeks and off it for 2 weeks. I can tell the difference when I'm off it, hunger wise.
It's nothing crazy but when I'm on the E/C stack, I have to set an alarm to remember to eat when my feeding window opens up. That's pretty useful. I could live without it but the appetite suppression + fat burning makes it pretty worth it.
It makes some people jittery but I have no adverse reactions personally.
Calipers don't appeal to me personally because I'm worried about user (me) error. Those electronic testers look dead simple, and in the scheme of things, not that expensive ($27 on amazon). I don't have any idea about their accuracy though. Are calipers more accurate even if used a bit incorrectly?
A lot of people would call that overweight just off of BMI, which tends to forget about muscle/fat percentage. My BMI is 31.6 (considered obese), yet I've only got a fat percentage of 10.4%. I'm not skinny, but I'm not obese and unhealthy either. One of these is a much better indicator of the shape you're in then a BMI scale.
That's about where I expected, that's what a body fat calculator similar to this one was telling me I was. Thanks!
Actually a DXA takes three measurements - your bone density, your body fat mass, and your lean mass. It's not selective, all three will be results and it's actually considered the gold standard in body fat % because it uses those three components rather than the two other test use (just lean & fat mass). So if you get your results it should have all three! I don't know how your doctor works with stuff like that (mine will post lab results in an online portal so I can see everything), but you can absolutely ask for the full results regardless of your diagnosis! I'm actually jealous you get to do one!!
I use [this] (https://www.amazon.com/Omron-HBF-306CN-Fat-Loss-Monitor/dp/B000FYZMYK/ref=sr_1_3_s_it?s=hpc&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1469497242&amp;sr=1-3&amp;keywords=body+fat) and I've compared it against calipers and a bod pod. Calipers are typically the least accurate way to measure. Scanners like mine are varying quality. I was a little skeptical of it at first, but after comparing it against those other two at several weights and body fat compositions, I'm amazed at how accurate it's been! Would 100% reccommend!!!
And yeahhhh I was extremely into fitness for a long time! I still love running but it's unfortunately had to be majorly cut down because it's just not safe at my weight, especially in hundred degree heat! :(
Don't use the scale as an indicator, Ketostix won't tell you anything either outside of ketosis markers (which vary greatly depending on the time of day).
Measure your body fat % and get a measuring tape.
Thanks, and I use this
The first thing I did was buy this body fat measurer and a good scale. My initial tracking was simple:
Get out of bed, take a piss, then weigh myself, take my body fat, and write it with dry-erase on my bathroom mirror, along with the date. When the mirror fills up, transcribe it all onto an Excel spreadsheet.
Takes 30 seconds out of my morning, but enables me to track over time what's happening to my body.
Did I start lifting more and gain some weight? No biggie, body fat has gone down, I know it's just muscle.
Did I go off the lifting/eating routine for awhile? Suddenly my BF% is hitting a number I'm not comfortable with, and finding the time to start lifting again is much easier.
Not to mention the fact that I'm catching my weight gain/loss of fitness much more quickly than I otherwise would have.
Make sense? The issue with logging everything is that it can be tedious and time-consuming, the key is to find ways to make logging easy
I bought this for myself as a birthday present. It's not the most premier body fat monitor ever devised but for personal home use, it's easy to use and it keeps me from getting discouraged when the scale seems to stall. It keeps track of my BMI too. I think it will hold info for up to 4 users, and it's always fun when I have to update my weight to recalculate my BMI. And it's under $40USD!
Do these work in calculating your body fat? Omron Body Fat Calculator
This device: https://www.amazon.com/Omron-HBF-306CN-Fat-Loss-Monitor/dp/B000FYZMYK/ref=lp_3777181_1_4_s_it?s=hpc&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1520345177&amp;sr=1-4
Which granted are known to be notoriously inaccurate.
I use an Omron handheld device:
What I will say is that most consumer level Body Fat % devices are inaccurate, in the sense that the numbers they give will be a fair bit off from what an actual scientific, doctor led lab analysis will yield.
That doesn't really matter though, in the same way that different scales can vary so can these devices. You have to use these BF% devices at the same time of day and under the same circumstances each time.
Just treat the BF% calculator the same as you would a scale, and even if the number it reads isn't scientifically accurate it will go down over time which is what you really care about.
What I do is take my readings first thing in the morning and take about 3-4 readings and average them together to get a more steady number. Over the last two months this has proven to show a steady decline in my BF %.
Originally tried using a tape measure, but I would get wildly inconsistent results, so now I just weigh myself and then enter my most recent weight into this. not sure if its accurate, but its at least consistent.
You're right, I don't know to an exact science if I'm losing BF or not. To check my BF% I use are these two measuring devices: Omron-HBF-306C-Handheld-Body-Monitor and a standing BMI Height Weight scale similar to this one. When I use the handheld one, with my correct numbers, it puts me at 14% BF, but when I use the standing one (fully clothed because it's at the gym) it puts me at 17%. I'm not sure which one to trust.
I heard there is another one where you sit in water and get an accurate reading, I'm not sure of the name but I'm sure someone in here knows what I'm referring to.
My issue, I'm plugging in my macro's into MFP and I'm hitting my cals and numbers, so I'm steady losing weight. My stomach is almost completely flat minus some slight overage my waistband if you get what I mean. (I can snap pics later) You're right where since I don't see more abs showing I feel I might be stagnent even though I'm losing a couple pounds a week through dieting and cardio. But things may be going behind the scenes that I'm not aware of.
This is the model I use. Look up how to use it, but I treat it like weighing myself. Empty stomach when I wake up. No water or food.
Omron HBF-306C Fat Loss Monitor, Black
Very easy to use, just make sure you're holding it in the correct position. I thought the price was well worth it for not having to fuss with calipers.
Thanks for your reply. I'm 5 foot 8.5 inches. I'm still 2 pounds overweight and, yes, I'm sure I'd benefit from more fat loss. My end goal is 155, which I estimate would equate to 9% body fat. I've heard that at a low enough body fat the skin starts to kind of grab on to the muscle, but THIS amount of skin is just sort of hard to picture ever tightening.
I guess in an ideal world I'd get my body fat measured in one of those water tanks, but failing that I'm not sure where I'd find a better measurement option than BIA. I imagine calipers would be utterly worthless on my body given how much skin I'm able to pinch. I use this device which is pretty accurate from what I can tell. When I follow the instructions the reading is pretty consistent, and I've had a few buddies try it out, and they've all gotten readings that agreed with earlier measurements (and also just seemed to make sense visually). And for what it's worth, the Amazon reviews are glowing.
Cool, sounds like you have a good nutrition game plan.
I use an Omron Fat Loss Monitor to track my bf%. It initially showed an unrealistically low bf% for me but it is very consistent. I used a tape measure and a bf calculating website to figure up the difference then used that number as my offset. i.e. Omron says 12% tape measure method says 20% so your offset is 8.
The benefit to doing it this way is the Omron is easy and quick where the tape measure pretty much requires my wife to help do it accurately. I try to measure every week or two. After 6 months or so do another tape measure check to ensure your offset hasn't changed. Mine changed by 2 over the course of a year.
Take this advise with a grain of salt, I concocted this method after reading many articles and /r/fitness posts about bf%. It seems reasonable to me.
Just look up bodyfat tests, there's many different types from calipers to water. Here's my favorite.
body fat tester
My scale does it. You can use calipers or buy one of these.
I don't know how accurate my scale is, but it's consistent and allows me to track any trends.
[Dohm Sound Machine](Marpac Dohm-DS All-Natural White Noise Sound Machine, Tan https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000KUHFGM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_JaVFyb8ZMVFDA)
I have always had similar issues with being a light sleeper. The Dohm Sleep Machine really is a must have if you have this problem. It's got incredible reviews because it really is perfect.
I would suggest a white noise machine like this instead. Better than sleeping with earplugs all the time. I live in a condo and it works perfectly.
We have a white noise machine in our rooms and our kids. It helps and is a cheaper alternative. I'm loud, so it doesn't completely silence things, but it's good
I really love stand alone white noise generators. I used to live in the middle of the bar district in downtown Austin, and picked this up. Also available as a cheaper single speed here - the single speed is the higher speed on the dual according to reviews.
It's some of the best money I've ever spent on sleep.
A white noise machine is a great idea. I have had tinnitus for 10 years (car accident/head injury). It is constant. Never a break for a minute... except when I turn on my white noise machine. I have this machine... I just turn it on, and take a break from tinnitus for a while. I have slept with it for the past 5 years.
something that makes noise
I actually bought that thing a year before going to college. Its weird at first to explain what it is to your roommate, but turning that and a fan on should drown out noise and help you both sleep
i also got one of these noise machines. it works extremely well, and also makes me feel like an old man. you can also try taking GABA before you go to sleep, which is a chemical naturally secreted by the brain that calms your nervous system.
also, check these or these out. for as bi4l as you can get, i would go with these sensaphonic soft plugs
I work 2 weeks of day shifts and 2 weeks of night shifts alternating. My trick on my 2 weeks of nights is to get to the gym at 0100 on my nights off for a long and hard workout. I find that I sleep better during the day and have no problems maintaining a totally flipped schedule. I have black out curtains, a portable air conditioner to maintain cooler room temps, and a Dohm sound conditioner to block out daytime sounds.
It took me about 8 months of flipping around to figure that this works for me. I was the most exhausted when I stayed at home bored out of my mind, fighting myself to stay awake all night. Once I started incorporating working out into my routine, my mental and physical fatigue pretty much disappeared.
White noise machine. And if it's truly screwing up your days this much, then it's well worth the money to buy. We have this one. You want to put the white noise machine where the noise is coming from. E.g. Ours is by the door and the wall to the hallway, because the noise we're trying to drown out is people walking by the room or up the stairs. If we were trying to drown out outside noise, we would put it by the window. Hope that all makes sense.
buy a white noise generator: http://www.amazon.com/Marpac-Dohm-DS-Speed-Sound-Conditioner/dp/B000KUHFGM/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1407091177&amp;sr=8-8&amp;keywords=white+noise
I've seen these used at doctor's offices and they work fabulously. I doubt it would block out the low, rumbling sounds, but it will help you get used to the background level of ambient noise.
Earplugs and a white noise machine ( this one changed my life ). Also, roommates can suck :(
I know it is pricey, but I find that a mechanic white noise machine does wonders. A cheaper, digital one might work too, but I find that I am sensitive to the shitty speakers they normally come with and that the mechanical one has much better sound.
I always have and probably always will have problems with sleep. I've taken many measures over the years in an attempt to make the process as painless as possible, with varying degrees of success. I can divide my methods into three categories: room preparation, personal equipment, and a sleep stack.
Room preparation is the most straightforward and the easiest to accomplish, because you generally just need to do it once and then not worry about it. In my case, I place thick blackout curtains over the windows and affix velcro to the walls so that I can secure them firmly to prevent light from leaking around the edges. Stopping it from bleeding through the top is more difficult and depends entirely on the curtain rod, though you can stick any old fabric up there to block most of it. Any blue LEDs should be blocked with either tape or a cloth. If a nightlight is needed, it should be red or orange.
Having taken care of most of the visual obstructions, the next step is to eliminate auditory distractions. Actually blocking sound is almost impossible, but measures can still be taken. Ambient noise generation can do a good job of blocking disturbances by generating a consistent level of sound that will ideally make any sudden noises less jarring. Most people go right to white noise, but other noise patterns exist, most notable pink and brown noise - you'll want to use whichever is the closest match to the intrusive noises you're most likely to experience. A good preview of the different types can be found here, and you can customize and purchase your own variant on the site if the standard varieties are inadequate. If you're annoyed by any looping in the track, you can buy a Marpac machine instead, which is entirely analog and thus has no loop.
The next piece of the puzzle is simpler but must be done consistently, personal equipment. I personally utilize a sleep mask and earplugs every night. The sleep mask should be black or some other dark color - they make white ones, but I have no idea why because they are ineffective. You might need to try a few variants before you stumble onto a tolerable one because they can feel odd. There are a nearly uncountable number of earplugs available, so you'll need to experiment there as well - fortunately they're cheap. You'll want a high DBR (decibel reduction) value, so be on the lookout for that. Particularly bad environments will necessitate drastic measures, in which case ear protection might be required. Note that only people who can sleep on their back will be able to sleep in ear protection.
Finally, we come to the sleep stack. THE FOLLOWING IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE AND SHOULD NOT BE TREATED AS SUCH. There are numerous supplements that are useful in improving some piece of the sleep process. The cornerstone is obviously melatonin, but what's less commonly known is that less is generally better. An idea dose is .5-1mg, and higher doses experience at best a flat response and at worst a paradoxical effect. Other supplements that are generally thought to be useful are: ZMA, glycine, valerian root, and L-theanine. When beginning a new regimen, it's important to add only one supplement at a time to check for any odd effects while titrating the dosage.
Ultimately, there is only so much that can be done to counteract pervasive sensory dysfunction and enable sleep. However, these steps can at least help enough for most people to get by even if conditions are not ideal.
EDIT: I forgot to mention that blue-blocking glasses should be worn for about an hour before going to bed. These have the same effect as the flux computer program only applied to your eyes rather than just one screen.
These two things combined:
Put the noise-maker near you, and pop in the super-soft amazing ear plugs.
Yep. I tried them, hated them, didn't realize there was anything better, gigged with nothing, and damaged my ears. The mid 90's weren't exactly quiet times on stage either, as you can imagine.
The old Bob Seger line of "lie awake in bed with the echoes of the amplifiers ringing in your head" is true. I still lose sleep from tinnitus. White noise generators are awesome.
to have a ceiling fan running 24 hours a day would cost you approx 21 cents. to have that running 365 days would be $77. A white noise machine will cost you $55.
Get yourself one of these: https://www.amazon.com/Marpac-Dohm-DS-All-Natural-White-Machine/dp/B000KUHFGM
For me it's a magical sleeping device.
> Intentional binaural sounds, nature sounds, etc, with the single purpose of triggering sensations in people have existed much longer than 10 years.
None of your examples exist with the single purpose of triggering ASMR in people.
Binaural beats: click. Or I-Doser for the garbage that claimed it could make people high through listening to music.
Meditation sounds: they help you get in trance.
Water and nature sounds: nothing ASMR-specific. Some people like nature sounds for non-ASMR relaxation. Similar to white noise generators.
They exist for triggering other sensations in people than ASMR. Now a small percentage of listeners might have gotten ASMR from these but they were not produced for them as a target group and not for this one specific feeling. This is what sets them apart from OP’s videos.
Have you considered investing in a white noise machine? I lived once in a neighborhood where every night around 3:00 in the morning loud train horns would blast making it quite difficult to stay asleep. This really helped: https://www.amazon.com/Marpac-Classic-White-Noise-Machine/dp/B000KUHFGM
If anybody wants to invest in a white noise machine and change their lives this is the one to go for:
I could never listen to white noise or stuff over speakers when trying to sleep, no matter the type of noise. This one is different, after the first 2-3 nights I could never go back to sleeping in silence or with make-shift solutions.
2-3 of these things can take over a floor of a house and dampen a lot of sound, if you are into white noise machines don't hesitate to pick one up.
Edit: For professional sleepers Marpac has some pretty nice stuff: https://www.marpac.com/electronic-category/product/36-marsona-1288a.html
I have a 9-5 and I lift from 7 AM - 8:30 AM. Not every workout is 1.5 hours but that's my window.
For me, the trick has been and always will be caffeine. Namely getting it into my bloodstream as fast as possible.
Here are some tactics to get out of bed:
It's never going to feel great waking up super early to lift, but after a while, it just becomes a part of your schedule.
Lastly, try to wake up at the same time every day regardless if it's a training or rest day. Having the same schedule helps your body adjust and wake/sleep more easily. On rest days, I still wake up at 6 AM, but I play Xbox, do laundry, or even grocery shop. As a 30-year-old dude with a fiancee and 2 dogs, any time to myself is much appreciated!
Oh yeah, I'm a light sleeper too. White noise has helped immensely in masking noises from outside my condo. I prefer physical white noise, as opposed to a digital sound, so I bought this: http://www.amazon.com/Marpac-DOHM-DS-Natural-actual-Machine/dp/B000KUHFGM. I love it.
If you have trouble sleeping from the noise, you can buy a noise machine that makes a wind type of noise. I use it since I live in the city and it helps me sleep.
Edit: In the city I constantly hear search helicopters, life-flight helicopters, ambulance and police sirens all night.
Look into a white noise generator of some kind. They work wonders on masking out the sound especially at night when trying to sleep which is when I find it is the worst. Something like this which uses actual moving air to make the noise is often better than something electronic in my opinion.
White noise, my friend. (There's also pink noise and brown noise, which is my favorite)
You could buy a noise machine:
Or if you're cheap like me, just set up some speakers with your laptop and use http://simplynoise.com
The Marpac Dohm original white noise machine is the one I’m referring to. Here’s a link:Marpac is the best thing for sleep if you are sensitive to noise or live in a noisy place. I used to live above a night club and it was so helpful.
A lot of people use these apps that have digital loops of soothing sounds but for one thing the loop itself can be distracting. And the other thing is it functions in a different way.
The white noise of the Marpac tricks your brain into masking the obtrusive sounds, that’s why it can take a couple weeks to get the full effects- your brain needs to get used to it.
The sound is similar to a fan, but a much smaller device, more effective and you might not always want a fan blowing air around.
You might need quite a bit of sound paneling but you could start small and see how it goes. It’s amazing to me what even a small amount can do to dampen sound.
Good luck and I’m sorry about your noisy roommate situation!
I'm going to recommend that you get a white noise machine.
This is the one I have:
It actually creates the white noise mechanically so it sounds "better" than electronic ones. When I have this thing turned on, I could sleep through pretty much anything. I live next to a road so there's often a lot traffic noise in the morning; ever since I got this thing I'm no longer woken by rush hour.
You won't hear neighbors, you won't hear traffic, and you won't hear Ultra.
I second the white noise maker suggestion. You can find these at Bed Bath and Beyond (or perhaps cheaper on Amazon). They're not much more than a little fan that you can plug in and you can control the frequency/loudness. They sound loud at first but both my wife and I love it. I recommend them highly.
This is what I use.
I would go nuts without this
Aside from filing a noise complaint like some others suggested, have you considered getting a noise machine? I can't sleep without one anymore. Definitely helps to drown out outside noises. I've got this one:
Since it looks like breaking the lease is not feasible, you may want to try a combination of ear plugs and a white noise machine. I work nights and my husband needs to be up at 6am, and this is how we manage the situation.
This is the one I have. It's nice because it's moving actual air, so it doesn't have that "fake" sound to it.
If you need white noise to sleep, you should try an analog noise machine (something with a fan) instead of something with a speaker like the Sleep Sheep. The difference it makes is incredible. I have trouble sleeping in a quiet room, so I use a Dohm, which works extremely well. It's expensive, but it's well-engineered and should last a long time.
We got one of these a few weeks ago. Amazon had them on sale. I like that it's very adjustable so you can customize the noise level.
What you need is to get one of These.
I was in your situation until a few months ago when I invested on this little beauty. The way it works is to create the most sleep-inducing sound known to man. You would be surprised how much ambient sound factors in getting to sleep. Seriously, try it.
You can get it on Amazon cheap:
I bought some after I burned oil in my stainless steel pan.
Your body produces melatonin to help you sleep. It produces it based on what time of the day it thinks it is which is affected by exposure to sunlight. By exposing yourself to light in the evening it prevents your body from producing it too early in the day and then running out of it in the middle of the night.
If your problem is that you can't fall asleep at your usual bedtime then you'd want to do the opposite and expose yourself to sunlight (or artificial light) as soon as you wake up or at least in the earlier part of the day. This could help synchronize your melatonin production to your sleep patterns. Like this guy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yze6_qZZrsI
This is the lamp I use but there are many more available out there. https://www.amazon.com/NatureBright-SunTouch-Light-Therapy-package/dp/B000W8Y7FY/ref=sr_1_2_a_it?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1485565701&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=light+therapy
That's the lamp I got; there is a review on Amazon which explains why you should NOT use the ion therapy part of this otherwise excellent lamp.
You can find this album on iTunes and if you want to give it a try, one of the tracks is the short version of yoga nidra. It's the one I've mostly done and is great. If you like it you can get the long version track, too; I think the other track on the album is some weird yoga music, I just have the two guided meditation tracks.
Holy moly! Yeah putting you in a tanning bed would be like putting a fork in a toaster. My husband is a redhead freckleface too :D
They have home lamps that basically treat you like a lizard! Kinda. Its things like this so you can at least get some "sun" without the burn.
A simple Google will give you tons of products. I don't know where you live, so it's pointless to give you specific stores to buy it from. However, you should read customer reviews to make sure they even work.
<3 Some extra lighting could help, and maybe even set aside some cash for one of those sun lamp type things to make the shorter daylight hours in winter more bearable.
If you haven't already, investing in one or two plants that don't need a lot of light can add some cozy comfort to a room too.
What are your favorite colors? Can you decorate within those to create a happier space? I really like yellow and turquoise, and am always trying to find things in those colors. Even just a few throw pillows or knick knacks and a brightly colored cozy blanket can help. Throw down a cute dollar store blanket or some cheap cozy pet beds for the puppers to cuddle with you too!
...and maybe some brightly colored dollar store baskets to help organize your craft stuff and/or stash :D
IF you're able to, get outside as well even for 10-15 minutes during the day when the sun is out. Even if you're not smoking, but toking in your new cozy spot, and then trying to adventure out. It makes a a bit of a difference to get a change of scenery.
Edit: If you could find even just a futon mattress in good shape on Cragislist or something, you could fold that against the wall, hang some lights, put down some blankets and throw pillows, and call that a lounge/smoke spot too. If you Google reading nook ideas, you might be able to get some more inspiration on how to convert that into a smoke spot ;)
Do you take supplements? They're far from a panacea, but deficiencies in certain micronutrients can wreak havoc on your mental state.
Omega-3s, from fish oil or an algae supplement:
>There appears to be reduced depressive symptoms in bipolar disorder when the depression is of a large magnitude (similar to the anti-depressant effects of fish oil in general). There may not be a reduction in depressive symptoms with lower severity depression (a trend to increase has been noted) and manic symptoms do not appear to be significantly influenced
>Vitamin B12 deficiency can potentially cause severe and irreversible damage, especially to the brain and nervous system. At levels only slightly lower than normal, a range of symptoms such as fatigue, depression, and poor memory may be experienced. Vitamin B12 deficiency can also cause symptoms of mania and psychosis
>An inverse correlation between vitamin D and depression (lower vitamin D status being related to more depressive symptoms) was first reported in 1979 and associations have resurfaced in those at risk for cardiovacular incidents, fibromyalgia, and in women during the winter
And, if you're a vegan or vegetarian, or if you exercise a lot, zinc:
>Overall, persons with depression seem to usually have lower zinc concentrations in serum and the worse the symptoms of depression the lower the zinc concentration tends to be
There are some other good supplements for mood, such as inositol and creatine, although you'd have to be careful because they can interact poorly with your bipolar and make you manic. I'd also recommend a light box to wake up to in the morning. I live in New England, and when fall comes I start feeling really off with the lack of morning sunlight.
I've used a bunch. This one is a little pricier, and it's hands down the best. My tiny apartment is on an interior corner, so zero light in the winter. Turning this thing on makes it look like a bright May day inside.
I bought this one back in 2015 and I found it helpful: NatureBright SunTouch Plus Light and Ion Therapy Lamp (package may vary) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000W8Y7FY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_5FNLBb3YTGSK
I struggled a lot with this too. I tried putting my cell phone far away from me when I went to sleep so I would have to get up to turn it off; I tried the alarm apps with the crazy captchas that made me do math before it would turn off (I would just sleepily wind up removing the battery, and eventually got good at drowsy math)... I even tried the crazy-loud alarm clocks made for deaf people..... Nothing worked.
I would up taking a shotgun approach to this as well.
I started off with some very cool looking blue-blocking glasses that I would religiously start wearing once it was sundown, and wouldn't take off until I went to bed. I would take some melatonin at the same time as well.
Now, the real pièce de résistance was a sunlamp--of which there are many kinds that I used alongside the Sleep as Android phone app. There's a specific captcha on there called "Let there be light" that forces you to turn on a lamp before the alarm will turn off. By adjusting the sensitivity I made it so that only the INCREDIBLY BRIGHT sun lamp would turn it off, which combined with the sun lamp finally did the trick. By the time the alarm had turned off, I really did start feeling invigorated by the bright light.
Don't feel like you need to jump in to the deep end and wake up at 6:30 right away. Set realistic goals, and once you establish a rhythm you can adjust times based on your schedule.
Best of luck, friendo!
I have one and it worked while I was using it. The problem is that the instructions say you need to sit in front of it for 30-45 min/day. I used to use it while I was checking my email in the mornings before I went to class, but finding enough time in one session to sit down was difficult for me.
This is the model I have. I don't know if there's anything fancier out there. It has held up for two years now. I never use the ionizer thing.
Bonus, it's a cat magnet. the lighting makes for some dramatic portraits.
This is what I have. Not sure what they're called other than "therapy lights." It seems to work if I lay directly in front of it with my shirt off for 30 minutes.
I bought this one 8 years ago when the price was $130. It's now $52. The "ion therapy" is a quack, it's nothing more than an ozone generator. It the light part works awesome, and I love the timer! My light is still going strong after 8 years!
This one works well but I like the hue of light a bit less than a few that are a bit more expensive (it is bluish and feels less like basking in the sun): NatureBright SunTouch Plus Light and Ion Therapy Lamp (package may vary) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000W8Y7FY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_v8VtybG2C7M3Q
This is my favorite one (nice sunlight-like hue, nice and bright-feeling): Northern Light Technology Boxelite 10,000 Lux Bright Light Therapy Light Box, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NPZZ1JW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_W9VtybTPEBHGC
The evidence behind both of these is good. You just gotta make sure you are sitting close enough and long enough (should be no more than a couple feet away and for about 30 min/day).
I use this device to make sure I'm getting enough light and for long enough (not exactly what the product was made for but it works - it measures anything over 2500 lux so you will know if you are sitting too far from the light): SunSprite Wearable Light Tracker https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KX5X4T6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_S.Vtyb221SKDB
Hope this helps! I'm a bit of a light-junkie so PM me or post here if you have any questions.
I'm a firm believer that the only thing stopping you is yourself. Easier to say than do though. Be disciplined, put reminders up that are highly visible, and find a way to be accountable that kicks at your guilt. I had to learn that it's not "motivation" that gets you there, it's discipline, and a solid week of whining about being hungry and crying about the fact I wanted chips... Everything you do in life is a decision! YOU have to decide you want it, because where there's a will, there's a way. Here's my motivation that keeps me going. I had to learn to stop making excuses for why I was failing.
I'd recommend you get rid of *all your crap food in the house. Change rules with your roomates to where you don't share food with them, or even better, get your own shelf for your groceries, and a mini fridge for produce so you can't be tempted by seeing all their goodies. Get an air purifier for your room so you can retreat if someone is going to bake pizza, or cookies that smell enticing.
I might also recommend a SUN LAMP if you work overnight. It will help with your sleep, which will help everything else out. The body does weird things when you don't rest properly. Had one since end of college and I swear it's the best thing ever IF YOU USE IT REGULARLY.
I hope you can find something I've said helpful, best of luck. The road to any form of recovery is never easy.
My doctor prescribed me this one for my sleep apnea. 30 minutes a day in the morning, every morning.
Nature Bright SunTouch Plus Light and Ion Therapy
by Nature Bright Company
I like the ions and the timer. I build up from 15 minutes a day to an hour -- brought it to my office. I live in Central NY which is gray and cold all winter. I try to get sun but you don't make vitamin D unless the earth is at the right angle. I have been trying to go to Florida for a long weekend each March/April to kick the blues.
^That's ^why ^I'm ^here, ^I ^don't ^judge ^you. ^PM ^/u/xl0 ^if ^I'm ^causing ^any ^trouble. ^WUT?
Ahhh! They have them on amazon! Just found them. THIS You should seriously consider getting one. I used to sit with mine on every day for half an hour at my desk when I worked in an office.
I tried this one at a friend's, then I bought my own... Cheapest on Amazon that seemed to actually work. Make sure you're 12 to 16 inches from it while using it.
I was wrong there's 100 haha, just linking so you know what I bought, they definitely work.
Prolabs Caffeine pills (https://www.amazon.com/ProLab-Caffeine-Maximum-Potency-100-Count/dp/B0011865IQ) I would do two a day until you control the caffeine addiction. Half a tablet every two hours starting whenever you normally have your first Coke Zero (or one full 3-4 hours apart). I used to drink Rockstar Ice Zeros and Coke Zero like water and switched to caffeine pills instead. Night and day change. I used to get grogy and headaches and didn't realize the drinks were causing them. If you're still craving the fizz, try switching to club soda. It also helps get some sodium in you. Best of luck.
Edit: if you're looking to cut body fat you may also want to consider doing an ECA stack. Google it.
Gracias, consideraré las Zaat, sólo me pregunto por qué hay cajas de 100 pastillas a 8 dolares en Amazon, pero no encuentro nada similar a ese precio por aquí.
This shit will mess you up bro
Instant coffee, while normally shit, works reasonably well in a situation like this. It's almost certainly preferable to drinking grounds.
Or you can just take a caffeine pill. Cheaper/easier yet. One like this is ballpark equivalent to a coffee.
I have switched to pills
I have SSN Urban Fuel Caffeine Tablets
and i use MyProtein Creatine Monohydrate:
But you can get stuff from other manufacturers for pretty much the same price:
If you buy creatine in bulk, it is much cheaper. 500g will last you 100 days (more than 3 months).
Caffeine pills - $8 for a bunch.
Arginine or Agmatine - Dirt cheap.
Creatine (if you want) - Also dirt cheap.
Pills are great and cheap as hell. 200mg a pop - will be good for a few hours after you take one. Then you dont have to measure it.. which I think is a pain myself.
ProLab Caffeine Maximum Potency 200mg Tablets, 100-Count https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0011865IQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_jsU2xbTSR2TYH
I don't think most people on this subreddit would advise energy drinks. http://www.amazon.com/ProLab-Caffeine-Maximum-Potency-100-Count/dp/B0011865IQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1406814251&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=caffeine+pills&amp;dpPl=1
You're overthinking this. Caffeine is as generic as it gets, the main ingredient in every singe PWO. Go to amazon and pick one.
Prolab Caffeine Tablets, 100-Count https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0011865IQ?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf
Always with food, never extra doses. And of course check with your doctor if you’re instructed to limit caffeine intake
There you go, just saved you 45 bucks.
It seems artificial sweeteners effect every person a little differently. Your best bet is to monitor your progress and see how the Rockstars effect you.
Personally, I have no problems with artificial sweeteners and enjoy Diet Soda and Rockstar Sugar Free/Monster Absolute Zero in pretty abundant quantities.
If you really need a boost but are worried about sweeteners, look at caffeine tabs like these. I take one each morning before my workout.
>all I want is a little boost on my gains
Sadly there is no supplement for this, unless you count protein powder...
Honestly all you need is some plain creatine monohydrate, and solid whey protein.
If you are under 40 you don't need a pre-workout, you should have natural energy and you can just eat a piece of fruit before hitting the gym, all you are paying for in most supplements is caffeine. Granted I would say caffeine is a welcomed boost after a low sleep night.
Real cheap too!
Honestly, taking [these] ( http://www.amazon.com/Caffeine-Maximum-Potency-Tablets-tablets/dp/B0011865IQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1377227031&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=caffeine+pills ) has made my day so much more bearable.
As a CE major with an internship these two things are good friends
Caffeine pills will save you. I don't know if you're into it, but they help me a ton when I need to get up and get my ass moving. You won't have to buy a $4 coffee every time you need energy. They're incredibly cheap for what they do. It's much better to be taking something like caffeine, rather than Adderall like many college students. I use this brand.
They're at pretty much every drugstore I've looked for them at. But I usually just wind up getting these from Amazon. (Amazon search: caffeine pills.)
If you want 100mg instead of 200, just use a pill cutter, these break pretty cleanly.
is it? 8 bucks for equivalent of 200 cups of coffee in pills is not exactly pricey, requires less work, and can be consumed with water instead of additives to help the taste.
Here's the one I got from Amazon. Very cheap 100 for 3.85 plus shipping. I mean it's caffeine so it works well hahah
That's the last stuff I bought, works great for me
I take half of one of these in lieu of coffee for the most part. I find it gives me a much steadier, longer lasting caffeine high than coffee and my god is it cheaper. My friends give me grief for it but these things have basically gotten me through college.
I share my birthday with Michael Gambon. Who else can say that they are birthday twins with the greatest wizard of all time??
I would love this head massager because it looks AWESOME
And I just came across this awesome YouTube video the other day: The Cat Diaries
Who needs a girl when you can get one of these?
All joking aside, this thing is amazing. I know it looks like some weird brainwave concentrator, but it is seriously the best three bucks I've ever spent.
It is this thing!
Buy this: http://www.amazon.com/Scalp-Massager-Colors-May-Vary/dp/B001IHXFQK/ref=sr_1_1?s=hpc&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1310151653&amp;sr=1-1
It will have you twitching like you were back in grade school.
I'm in, all I request is one of those head massagers, like this (http://www.amazon.com/Head-Massager-colors-may-vary/dp/B001IHXFQK), and a daily massage.
It's a scalp massager, you can buy it at amazon for $12.95 ($5.48 if you have Amazon Prime).
They're scalp massagers. You can buy them really cheap and they feel really great on your head!
I take this and apply it to the back of their head and say "multiply this by ten, that's how I feel when people open bags of chips. Jealous?"
1 My carpet sharks, cupcakes and glitter nail polish
3 When I have a really bad headache and my bf uses the head massager on my head, that's nice.
The real deal, have your SO use this on your noggin, I've never made my wife make faces like she does when i use this on her (eyes roll back):
Five of these
or get one of these
This works for me..
I suggest one of these head massagers. They are pretty much the greatest feeling despite being completely nonsexual. I suggest that if you get him one, you use it on him from behind without telling him. You always remember your first surprise headmassager time.
To anyone who enjoys a good scalp massage: get one of these. It looks stupid, but 2 weeks after you receive it, you'll be sending me gold-plated thank you notes.
It will take two weeks because you'll need that long to muster up the willpower to stop using it for long enough to do anything productive. I don't know why I don't own one myself.
You should buy one of these: Headgasm machine. http://www.amazon.com/Scalp-Massager-Body-Back-Company/dp/B001IHXFQK
Here you go!
In brief, neurologically, the source of your pleasure is identical to what makes these work
...and if you've never felt one of these...get on it!
Try this instead https://www.amazon.com/Body-Back-Companys-Scalp-Massager/dp/B001IHXFQK
You can find same product but much cheaper on eBay
A nice scalp massager
> Felt like revenge for being born during my second birthday tbh.
That'll teach him!
Also, check out miracle berry on Amazon.
We tried lemon juice, tomatoes, lettuce, salsa - and we were drinking Devil's Springs (180 proof) vodka. Everything tasted amazing. Especially the salsa. The effect lasted probably an hour or so.
OK...I'm thinking about something with a horse, magic pills, and a yodeling pickle.
On second thought...let's just go with drawing stuff, cuz art is awesome!
mberry Is a product that is supposed to make things taste sweet.
Like others have said, it's the meds. If you don't want to change your meds, but want something you can take that might make coffee taste less bitter, you could try this. Just follow the directions.
All made into tablets for you.
Mix up how your taste buds taste as if they were a rubix cube with Miracle Fruit tablets. I myself haven't tried them but other people say they're a fun time.
Are you ready for my dream/comfort meal? If not, stop reading, once you start I'm not sure you can unsee the tastiness.
Appetizer: cold beer. Meal: Rice, beans, steak, collared greens and other green veggies, fresh salad, some crispy toppings like cucumbers/onions/tomatoes. Mango/fruit mousse for dessert (surprisingly easy to make a cheat version by doing equal parts prepared jello liquid and ice cream and freezing it into a yummy mousse). And a super strong espresso or more beer for after dinner..
Welcome to South America! :)
Edit these! Speaking of food, Miracle Berries are supposed to be hilariously amazing. Eating a lemon and having it taste like lemonade? Yes please.
You can get 'em on Amazon, here or here. Not too sure about in-store though, so sorry if that's what you were looking for them immediately.
Not that you need 8kg for this, but as long as you are looking for uses, invite some people over and try some with miracle fruit.
Try miracle berries: http://www.amazon.com/mberry-Miracle-Fruit-Tablets/dp/B001LXYA5Q
They make anything taste sweet.
Definitely gotta give Walt some of those Miracle fruit tablets that turn sour things sweet.
There is such a thing.
What everyone else said, but also maybe you could see what happens if you try miracle berries.
Etsy has really pretty jewelry! A few of my favorites I've seen lately (or ones I've purchased as gifts for friends/family) fave 1, fave 2, fave 3
You said she has a ton of scarves, does she have something more like a cowl? They seem to be super popular lately, and sometimes scarves just don't give you the warmth you want like a cowl does. Here's a cool lookin' one.
Does she have cuddl duds? I have like three pairs and they are the most amazing thing ever. I live in the midwest and pretty sure these are the reason I still have all my limbs after 30+ mins of waiting at bus stops. My favorite is this kind, the 'flexfit' cuz it has a v-neck and has that loop for your thumbs - this would something she'd probably like to wear for running too maybe? They have matching legging/pants version as well.
Some other generic go-to's would be a perfume set from Sephora. The kind that comes with like 10 mini vials and then a voucher for a free full size of whichever you want from the set. Pretty sweet since you don't have to wonder what scent she'd like and even if she already has a fave perfume this gives her a chance to maybe find a new favorite.
This is kind of random, but have you heard of those fruit tablet things that change your taste buds? They sell them here and they're only like $14, I'm giving some as gifts in a gift basket with lemons/limes/grapefruit which from the reviews say they're the most fun to try.
Does she have any TOMS? That's always a great gift. Even in the winter they have different kinds that are more durable rather than the typical slip on TOMS.
A nicer necklace would be great too. My bf got me one from Swarovski for our one year and it was like...the best gift I've ever received. Some of their stuff is kitschy (hello kitty necklaces) but they really have some amazing pendants like this, this, and this.
Does she like reading? A nook could be cool! Or kindle fire, whatever they have out now.
These would be awesome! I've been wanting something like this forever. They were also featured on Shark Tank so that's kind of cool.
How uh...weird is she? This mug looks hilarious. But a more normal & cool looking one would be this!
Looking for mittens and she likes cats? Here ya go!
Wellllp that's all I can come up with right now, hopefully something helped!! :)
Here's a link to the berries if anyone is interested in purchasing some. A few of my coworkers had them and tried out a bunch of different foods. They said lemons and grapefruits tasted amazing. Strawberries were far too sweet with the berries though.
ThinkGeek.com, but it's a little cheaper on Amazon.
This is the kind of thing OP is talking about. There is also a straight-up plant version. It's just a novelty thing that has an effect on how you taste things for a small time.
This. All it does is turn sweet things bitter and bitter things sweet.
Hey, just some advice, if you don't like the taste of him, I'd try using a miracle berry tablet like right before you start oral
They're hella expensive, like $15 for 10 tablets, but they make sour/tasteless things seem sweet!
Just mentioning this because I saw some of the titles in your vids and this gif
It's not really that meaningful, but something fun + cheap...
They are available on Thinkgeek as well. I did this one year, you address the packet of tablets to "everyone", and then wrap a lemon and/or lime for each person. The tablets, when dissolved on your tongue, make sour things taste sweet, so you can have a mini taste party. It's pretty cool and yummy, it makes a fresh lemon taste like sweet lemonade. Again, not very meaningful, and people will go "huh?" when they open the lemon, but once they try it it can be fun and something cool to experience. Supposedly the tablets are also pretty good for anyone that might need to keep away from sugar, because they can make things taste sweet without adding any sweetener.
We buy a bunch of these and cut up limes, lemons, oranges, and grapefruit, and buy tobasco sauce and vinegar. You take a miracle berry and rub it around your tongue until it dissolves; it inhibits the sour taste receptors and sour things taste sweet. You can literally take shots of vinegar. Makes grapefruit taste like candy. Pretty much always our most popular rush event.
Some items that fit in that price range:
Molecular gastronomy kit
Swedish Firesteel Knife
Miracle berry tablets
They have miracle fruit tablets which can be pretty fun, I got these:
and they're pretty fun.
shout out to the miracle fruit he mentioned. tried it, loved it
Just a note for people here talking about snorting harmalas or DMT should know its more comfortable in an acid form, diluted with coconut cream. Also if the bitterness is too much, the miracle berry can make acids taste sweet.
those berries are awesome. get it. also get some for yourself.
Amazon has them for $10
Here is the mobile version of your link
Here is the link to buy them on Amazon. Is this what you were looking for?
This may seem like some hippy mumbo jumbo, but I've had success taking magnesium (http://www.amazon.com/Natural-Calm-Raspberry-Lemon-16/dp/B00BPUY3W0 - I use the natural flavor) for a while to calm my conscious brain before bed if it is spinning too much.
Natural Vitality Natural Calm Magnesium Anti Stress, Organic, Raspberry Lemon, 16 oz https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BPUY3W0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_gidqzbC6HND8X
Have you tried magnesium? There are a few different form but it May be worth investigating. Many of us are deficient so it can be a good item to throw into the mix plus it helps relax you and your muscles.
Some of my athlete friends swear by stuff called “natural calm” which is a magnesium mix. Found on amazon here It didn’t work great for me but multiple friends love it.
I like Doc Parsley’s sleep remedy which also uses magnesium as an ingredient (among others). You can check it out here