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For more than a decade, the Internet has been called “the great equalizer.” Anyone who has access to a computer and a connection to the Internet now has the entire world at their fingertips. It bridges continents and oceans and brings people together. Since the mid-90s, when the Internet became available for use by consumers, websites containing useful information and entertainment have drawn the most views. The rapid explosion of online presence has also brought about the phenomenon of social networking. Social networking is both advanced and human. It’s advanced because it transmits information at lightning speed and it’s human because it can harness the human potential to connect, communicate, and share.

Many enterprising people have also started sites that require paid membership. These sites contain information that is otherwise inaccessible to others. Discussion forums are another form of network that allows the sharing of ideas and concepts with people who have similar passions and interests.
Despite the popularity of social networks, paid membership sites aren’t going away any time soon. In fact, they are expanding at an unprecedented rate with more members-only websites being started. Membership websites capitalize on the fact that people are willing to pay for any information that they find useful, and that by associating and communicating with other people who share their passions, they add to the general wealth of information and knowledge that the Internet plays host.

Membership only sites charge a minimal fee, however, with membership numbers in the hundreds or thousands, they provide a steady stream of revenue for owners, advertisers, and content generators. They have also spawned an entire industry of web developers who look to create the next big thing in content and payments management. Membership sites offer a distinct advantage over those sites that offer free content. Blog entries and other content are strictly moderated, as well as the interactions between members, which helps to lessen the risk of conflict. Plus, each member feels an exclusivity that is otherwise missing in similar, more open sites.

For owners of membership sites, the advantages can be summarized in two words: Cash Flow. Compared to the brick-and-mortar business, membership websites take relatively little effort to establish and have low overhead, while having almost nonexistent physical limitations. The only thing that they are limited by is the imagination of the owner and the members of the website. Owners of membership sites will find that every new member brings in not just money, but the possibility of more members coming in due to referrals. This means that the most successful membership websites find ways to constantly re-invent themselves, by introducing new content whenever they feel a change is needed.

To start a successful membership website, you will need to learn how to set up the site, manage the content and membership, and learn how to get revenue from it. The chapters that follow will show you how to do this as well as provide you with tips about how to make people aware that your website exists and how to draw more visitors to it. Finally, you’ll learn how to let go of the site on the rare occasion that you feel it has outlived its useful life.

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Comparing Wearable Tech & Smartphone Apps

One of the most-asked questions about wearable tech is:
What does it have to offer that a smartphone with various apps cannot?
It’s a perfectly normal question, since buying a new device that would only duplicate features of your existing gadgets seem like a waste of investment.
When it comes to tracking steps, it has been proven in a 2015 experiment published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that six of the most popular fitness-tracking devices provide the same results as four of the top fitness smartphone apps. However, this study only focused on the pedometer feature of wearables and apps.
Wearables with sleep tracking work mostly the same as smartphones with sleep-tracking apps. Users have to push a button to “tell” the device you’re off to bed. The advantage of wearable tech, in this case, is that it provides more information, such as quality of sleep (Fatigue Science), dreams (Luciding), or sleep waves, and muscle tension during sleep (Neuro: On).

There are numerous wearable tech devices designed for sports performance that smartphone apps cannot beat. For instance, the vest-like Catapult is used by many NFL teams to monitor heart rate, speed, and other 100+ metrics of athletes to prevent injury during workouts or a game. The three-piece Athos set, used by NBA players, is designed to monitor muscle data, breathing, and heart rate in real-time.

In other instances, wearables and smartphone apps are used together to create a one-of-a-kind system. Ford’s Valencia, Spain plant was the first to adopt the Portable Quality Assurance Device, a smartphone-type device worn on the wrist, as part of day-to-day QA tasks. It worked with a smartphone app and has saved workers a 1-kilometer daily walk by completely doing away with the production line’s paper-based system.
Comparing wearable tech and smartphone apps is tricky since both can be useful to consumers. The great thing is that with the rise of wearables, smartphone companies are trying to up their game and include built-in features to match wearable tech. On the other hand, wearable tech brands are thinking outside of the box to provide a need that no smartphone app could offer. If you think about it, the situation is a win-win for consumers, whether they choose a wearable device or a stick with their smartphones’ apps.

Avoiding Common Beginner Mistakes with Wearable Tech

Wearable tech is so much more than just a fitness tracker. This technology has been adapted into a wide range of applications over varying sectors from IT to fashion, sports to security, communications to medicine, and many more. Below are 7 of the most common beginner mistakes consumers make when it comes to wearable tech:
Did Not Enter Personal Info
Wearable devices often provide users with an online account or access to apps where data can be monitored. While sharing personal data can be tricky to anyone who values security, adding your information actually helps you maximize the potential of your device. This is particularly true for fitness trackers with advanced features like calorie consumed/burned, since your weight, height, and other vitals are calculated along with new metrics.

Assume All Wearables Provide 100% Accurate Results
Not all wearable gadgets are created equal. For instance, medical-grade fitness tracking may be able to provide 100% accurate results, but other non-FDA-cleared trackers may have problems with accuracy. The key to finding devices with respectable accuracy of data is to check which devices were tested, validated, or certified by a third-party organization, such as a university or testing lab.
Did Not Set-Up Or Calibrate The Device
Although most manufacturers tell users that calibrating a device is optional, some inaccuracies of wearable data can simply be solved by checking out the unit’s settings.
Not Doing Your Research
This is one of the biggest mistakes out there.

Look at this scenario – an individual decides they want to change their lifestyle and become more active. In order to do this, they’d like to go for one of those nice gadgets that help keep track of calories burned, steps taken, heart rate, and all of that beautiful stuff. They don’t know what they’re doing, all they know is that they want one. So, with those thoughts in mind, they go out and purchase the first one they come across. That right there is one of the mistakes you should avoid. Never go out and purchase wearable tech before you do research. When you research, you need to learn about the features, the data, the battery, and the whole nine yards.

Asking a Sales Representative
You should never ask a sales representative about what the best one is. They will probably give you false advice and lead you towards what THEY want you to buy.
Set Unrealistic Goals
Whether you are looking for fitness wearables that could potentially help you lose weight or a device that could streamline your daily communication, it is important that you set realistic goals.
At the end of the day, these gadgets are just gadgets. If you are trying to shed pounds, you still have to work on it and not just rely on your device. If you are aiming to reduce the number of gadgets you use for social networks, e-mails, and other tasks, it will still be your decision if you’re going to stick to just your smartwatch or another type of wearable tech. Of course, this doesn’t pertain to medical wearables and implantables that were designed to prevent pain, manage diseases, or even save a life.

Mistakes The Term ‘Water Resistant’
When it comes to fitness trackers, manufacturers often state if the device is water-proof. However, this can be tricky to interpret since some gadgets will be perfectly fine getting wet, but will be damaged if submerged in water. Other devices are made specifically to be used even while taking a shower or swimming. It is important to identify how well the device does underwater, or if not at all.
These 7 common mistakes can be avoided by proper research before buying any wearable device. Avoiding these mistakes not only allow users to maximize the potential of the gadget, but also extend the life of wearable tech.

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Amazing Superfood Fruits and Vegetables for Mood, Energy, Beauty, and More

So, you’re not particularly interested in weight loss? Perhaps you are already happy with the size you are? (Good for you!) Maybe you’re not an athlete? Maybe you don’t have noticeable health problems?
Look, fruits and vegetables are for everyone. And just to ram that point home, here are some more examples of fruits and vegetables with wildly varying different health benefits!

Broccoli and Leafy Greens for Beauty and Pregnancy
Yes, fruits and vegetables can help to make you look more beautiful. And that’s true even of something as simple as your humble broccoli! Broccoli is perhaps a little less ‘exotic’ when compared with some of the other superfood fruits and vegetables on this list. But don’t let that fool you: this is still an incredibly nutritious food that everyone should be getting more of. For starters, broccoli is a good source of fiber and can once again help to improve your digestion, your bowel movements, and much more. On top of that though, broccoli is also very high in vitamins K, vitamin C, fiber, potassium, collagen, iron, calcium, and more. Let’s start by diving into that collagen. This is something that all of us need but very few of us get. Collagen has been shown to improve brain function and combat against Alzheimer’s, it also helps to reduce back pain, improves skin elasticity, strengthens the nails, combats leaky gut syndrome, fights knee pain, and generally toughens up your tendons, ligaments, and bones.

This is why meals such as bone broth as so incredibly good for us. And now recent research is suggesting an even more powerful reason that collagen might be so important. Researchers now suspect that humans would once have lived primarily by eating bone marrow from animal carcasses. The argument goes that hunter-gatherers may have been ill-equipped to take on large prey. However, we were very good at tracking down our prey and following them. What likely would have happened often, is that we would have followed antelopes and other animals to the point where they were attacked and killed by animals like lions and tigers. They would then have stripped those animals of all their meat, leaving behind the skeleton. That’s when the cunning and resourceful humans would have come along, broken open the bones with our tactile hands, and then eaten the nutritious collagen from inside. If this is indeed true, then we evolved in an environment where we consumed large amounts of the constituents of bone. And we now find ourselves flung into a world where we very rarely get these crucial nutrients. If that’s the case, then broccoli may be even more beneficial than we at first assumed!

Pregnant mothers should definitely look into eating more broccoli and more greens in general. That’s because both broccoli and many salad leaves are a good source of folate, which is something that all mothers are recommended to eat. Not getting enough folate increases the risk of complications in pregnancy, and that’s why a lot of mothers will try and get more artificially through the use of pregnancy supplements. This is where it’s important to point out the significant advantages of getting more nutrients from your diet rather than from supplements. While it’s true that you can benefit from supplements, the clue here is in the name. These are intended to supplement your regular diet.
That is to say that they should be taken in addition to your regular diet, rather than as an alternative. Nutrients from your diet are far more effective than those taken in pill form, as they are combined with numerous other nutrients, fats, fibers, and other elements.

Together, these help to improve absorption of the key elements and that makes them much more effective. The thing to recognize is that the human body evolved while being exposed to these foods and therefore is optimally designed to extract the nutritional value in this form.
It is not designed to consume nutrients in a synthetic form. This is why so many tell you not to take vitamin tablets on an ‘empty stomach’. They just work better as food.

Cayenne Pepper for Weight Loss, Testosterone
Cayenne pepper meanwhile is another great tool in the battle against inflammation. This is a compound that makes food spicy and is widely found in ointments and creams due to its anti-inflammation effects. It’s a common pain-relief too as it depletes nerve cells of the chemical ‘substance P’. Substance P causes both inflammation and the sensation of pain, so this is a great thing to add to your diet if you do suffer from a condition like fibromyalgia or arthritis. Cayenne also comes packed with flavonoids and carotenoids. These are antioxidants that prevent cellular damage, thereby further combating against inflammation.

Cayenne pepper also has a number of other impressive benefits. It has been shown to be an effective appetite suppressant for instance, meaning that if you are someone who struggles to stick to a diet, you might start finding it a little easier to be disciplined and thereby hopefully see the weight begin to fall off.
At the same time, cayenne pepper may help to improve digestion. This is important because better digestion doesn’t only give you more energy and prevent discomfort, but it also helps you to better absorb nutrients from your food. That means that all the benefits you’re getting from the other superfoods on this list will then be turned up to 11. What’s more, is that cayenne pepper has also been shown to increase testosterone. This, of course, is the hormone that most of us know as the ‘male hormone’ and is responsible for the male sex drive, as well as many of the differences between men and women. Increasing testosterone in men increases muscle tone, reduces fat storage, raises aggression, aids with recovery, fortifies the immune system, and more.

Men who don’t get enough testosterone will exhibit signs of depression, low energy, low mood, and low sex drive. They also struggle with weight gain and low muscle mass. Conversely, men with high testosterone exhibit the traits that we associate with the classic ‘alpha male’ along with toned and powerful physiques. This is why so many men try to augment their natural testosterone production through the use of steroids and other drugs – despite those carrying numerous health warnings and serious dangers. The really worrying part is that testosterone in men is increasing across the globe by 1% a year. This is partly due to the use of feminine products and their impact on our water, along with a host of other problems (certain plastics and our generally inactive lifestyles). But diet plays a BIG part in it too. Time to start eating a little less processed food, and a little more cayenne pepper. Elderberry for Inflammation

Elderberry is a berry that is rich in nutrients. It is once again a fruit that is absent from many of our regular diets, and so it’s one that you should consider reintroducing. The simple fact of the matter is that most of us rely on the same few fruits and vegetables a day in and day out. This way though, we are ensuring we get a lot of nutrients in effect while missing out on some others. The best diet is the most varied diet – the one that includes the biggest range of different fruits, vegetables, meats, herbs, and more. So what can elderberry do for you? Elderberry has been used since prehistoric times and has been used as a supplement or medicine by a host of ancient cultures – including the Ancient Egyptians. Today we now know that these fruits are incredibly high in flavonoids and especially our friend’s anthocyanins – powerful antioxidants like resveratrol.

At the same time, elderberries have been shown to help boost the production of cytokines. These are the messenger molecules that our bodies use in order to control the immune system. Pro-inflammatory cytokines help to encourage inflammation, while anti-inflammatory cytokines help to reduce them. This is all very important because it basically ensures that the body is able to properly regulate its own response to viruses and diseases and to help heal wounds and injuries.
Many of us think that inflammation is always a bad thing – in fact though, inflammation helps to destroy infections before they have a chance to take effect, as well as to encourage healing by delivering more nutrients to the affected area. The problem is when this response goes haywire.

It turns out that for similar reasons, elderberry might also be highly effective at combating allergies!
On top of all this, elderberries are also highly effective at combating and destroying pathogens, being useful in fighting infections, colds, and a host of other problems. Most interesting of all, the tiny berries contain potent antiviral agents that have been shown to actually ‘deactivate’ viruses.
These work by preventing the viruses from being able to break through cell walls using their haemagglutinin spikes, which in turn renders them almost inert. They are thus very effective for combating problems like rhinitis, as well as preventing them from occurring in the first place.
Of course, there is also the usual vitamin and mineral content that you tend to get from berries.

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Fruits and Vegetables for Athletic Performance

When you think of a diet for building muscle, your mind probably turns to the classic options. You likely will focus primarily on protein sources like chicken, tuna, and eggs. An athlete’s diet should consist of nothing but meta and steamed rice, right? But this is far from the only kind of food that’s going to be useful for building muscle and improving performance. In fact, for bodybuilding, sprinting, swimming, long-distance running, and any other kind of athletic pursuit it is highly important that you get a balanced diet that will incorporate a wide range of different food groups. In particular, it is crucial you get your fruits and vegetables. Interested in taking supplements to boost your athletic performance? What might interest you to learn is that consuming fruits and vegetables can actually be more effective while also costing much less and having a myriad of other amazing health benefits!

Here are some examples.
Top Fruits and Vegetables That Improve Athletic Performance
Beets are far and away among the very most important vegetables for building muscle and for athletes of all kinds. That’s because beets are among the most effective foods in the world when it comes to raising nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a natural ‘vasodilator’. This means that it can cause the blood vessels (veins and arteries) to dilate (widen) thereby encouraging the flow of oxygen and nutrients around the body. The result is that the muscles get more oxygen and energy during training and more nutrients for enhancing recovery. This can help you lift for more reps, run further distances, and recover at a faster rate.

Carbohydrates are often made out to be the bad guys but in fact, they are very important for building muscle and for physical training in general. Potatoes are a good choice of carbohydrate because they’re also high in fiber, high in vitamin C (which enhances recovery), and low in calories. Consume after a workout and the energy will go straight to the muscles rather than the waist.

Spinach is a vegetable that is high in protein as well as being a good source of phytoecdysteroids. These don’t have anything in common with anabolic steroids but they may have a similar effect – with some studies suggesting they are a good option for encouraging muscle building and testosterone production.

Kale is the vegetable highest in calcium. Calcium is actually very important for your workouts, not only does it help to strengthen the bones but it also reinforces your connective tissue and it helps to strengthen contractions for more explosive power during workouts.
Kale is very trendy right now being high in protein and low in calories. A shame costs a fair bit though!

Mushrooms are technically not fruits or vegetables, but they are found in the same aisle and they’re safe for vegans, so they’re fair game to include here. Mushrooms are not only another great source of protein but also come with a wide range of additional health benefits and advantages. They’re packed with minerals, they can encourage recovery from training and much more besides! It’s surely only a matter of time until we start seeing mushroom protein shakes cropping up in health stores! The other amazing benefit of mushrooms is that they contain vitamin D. In fact, they’re one of the few dietary sources of vitamin D! (Another being oily fish).

This is important seeing as vitamin D is considered to be a master hormone regulator, and is responsible for encouraging the production of testosterone in particular – one of the main anabolic hormones for building muscle and burning fat. That’s more, is that vitamin D has recently been shown to be much more potent than even vitamin C when it comes to supporting the immune system and preventing colds and flu. As any athlete knows, a cold can be enough to complete derail and athletes’ training plan, which in turn can be the difference between victory and failure!

Carrots are generally healthy and a great source of vitamins A, C, and K. What’s really exciting about them though is the lutein, which may help to increase energy levels and enhance the efficiency of your very mitochondria! Your mitochondria are the energy factories of your cells which convert glucose into ATP (glucose being the sugar that comes from carbs, and ATP being the usable form of energy in your body). This in short means that with carrots and other sources of lutein, you can actually run faster and that you’ll actually burn more calories even when you’re resting! In one study, rats were given lutein (which needs a source of fat to absorb such as milk) and it was found that they began running long distances voluntarily in their wheel, burning much more fat as they did.

Apples are rich in vitamin C, which is another crucial vitamin for enhancing the immune system and helping athletes train longer and harder without fail. Vitamin C also helps to encourage the repair of muscle tissue, increases serotonin to aid with mental recovery, and even increases the production of both testosterone and nitric oxide when paired with zinc.
On top of all this, apples are also very rich in fiber, which can help to improve bowel movements, the absorption of food, blood pressure, and more. Fiber is also key to supporting a healthy microbiome, which in turn can support a healthy immune system, better mood, weight loss, and much more.

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An Introduction to Vitamins

Before we go further, let’s examine more closely the specific benefits of fruits and vegetables. And of course, the first place to start is by looking at the vitamin content.
It may surprise you to know that vitamins were discovered less than 100 years ago. Until they were officially discovered, doctors knew that certain foods helped with certain physical conditions, but they did not understand why. For example, the British Navy carried a supply of limes as early as 1975 because doctors had found that eating a certain amount each day, or drinking the juice, stopped sailors from getting scurvy.

However, it was not until 1912 that Casimir Funk, working in the UK then later in the USA came up with the term “vitamines,” which later became vitamins. The study of vitamins has progressed since that time, and whereas most of us know the names of the most common vitamins, we may not always understand what they do. There are two types of vitamins. These are fat-soluble vitamins and water-soluble vitamins.
Fat-soluble vitamins are those vitamins that the body is able to store. This means that if you do not use all of the vitamins that you consume, they can be stored in the body for use when the body is in need of them.
The obvious advantage of fat-soluble vitamins is that if your diet is temporarily lacking in one of these vitamins, you are less likely to suffer a deficiency. The disadvantage of these types of vitamins is that if you consume too much of one of them, then your body is unable to flush out the surplus and you could suffer from a vitamin overdose.

Fat-Soluble Vitamins
The most commonly known fat-soluble vitamins are vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin K. Vitamin A helps to keep the skin moisturized, as well as ensuring that the mucus membranes remain moist, supple and smooth. It also helps to maintain healthy eyesight in low light, as well as keeping the reproductive system healthy and promoting healthy bone growth. Sources of vitamin A include whole milk, butter, eggs, and liver. A form of vitamin A, carotenoids are found in red, yellow, and dark green vegetables and fruit.
Vitamin D is essential for the body to absorb calcium. Therefore, it is responsible for healthy teeth and bones, just like calcium. However, both are needed and work together. Vitamin D is often added to ‘fortified’ foods such as fat spreads and cereals. It is also known as the sunshine vitamin as the main source of vitamin D comes from sunlight.
Vitamin E is responsible for maintaining healthy muscles, nervous system, and reproductive system. It is also an anti-oxidant. Being fat-soluble is stored in the body and can help to protect body cells from the effects of free radicals, which be damaging to other body cells.
Sources of vitamin E include whole grains, nuts, wheat-germ oil, and green leafy vegetables. Overdosing on vitamin is thought to be dangerous. Vitamin K is mainly responsible for blood clotting. Without it, every time you cut yourself you would be in danger of bleeding to death.

This vitamin also makes kidney tissues and bone. Sources of vitamin K include liver, cheese, cereals, dark green leafy vegetables, and fruit. It is also made in the intestines by friendly bacteria. Water-soluble vitamins cannot be stored in the body. This means that if you consume too much of one of these vitamins, the amount that is not used is excreted through urine. The advantage of water-soluble vitamins is that you are unlikely to suffer from an overdose. The disadvantage of these vitamins is that you may need to take in larger amounts as it cannot be stored. If your diet is deficient in one of these vitamins, even for a short time, you may suffer symptoms of vitamin deficiency as a result, there is no backup supply stored in your body.

Water-Soluble Vitamins
The most commonly know water-soluble vitamins are vitamin C and the entire group of B vitamins. Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid. It helps to maintain the body’s connective tissues, that is, the muscle, fat, and bone framework. It also helps to heal wounds by speeding up the production of new cells, is an anti-oxidant, and helps the body to
absorb iron. Another function of vitamin C is to protect the body’s immune system enabling it to fight infection. Sources of vitamin C include fruit, fruit juices, and vegetables. The B group of vitamins consists of B1 or thiamin, B2 or riboflavin, B3 or niacin, B6 or pyridoxine, and B12 or cyanocobalamin. This group of vitamins is essentially concerned with keeping the body functioning properly. Vitamin B1 is essential in helping the body to metabolize energy from fats, alcohol, and carbohydrates. Sources of this vitamin are lean pork, unrefined cereals, seeds, and nuts. B2 helps the body to use and digest carbohydrates and proteins and maintains a healthy appetite. Sources of B2 include fish, poultry, meat, milk, and eggs.

Brewers yeast is a good source of this vitamin, as are dark leafy vegetables.
B3 is essential for proper growth and enabling oxygen to flow through body tissues. It is also responsible for maintaining a healthy appetite. Sources of vitamin B3 include fortified bread and cereals and meat. B6 is responsible for obtaining nutrients and energy from the food we eat. It helps prevent heart disease by removing excess homocysteine from the blood. Sources of B6 include soya beans, means, nuts, eggs, whole grains, fish, lamb, port, chicken, and milk. B12 helps to make healthy red blood cells. It also enables the body to transmit messages between the body’s nerve cells, enabling us to hear, move, think, and normal everyday activities. It is made by bacteria in the body’s small intestine. This vitamin is added to many foods, including cereals, and although it is a water-soluble vitamin, it can be stored in the liver. Sources of B12 include poultry, fish, milk, meat, and eggs.
The best way of ensuring that you take in enough water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins is to eat a balanced diet. If you think that you may be deficient in some vitamins, you should consult a doctor for advice.

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5 Foods That Boost Your Metabolism

If you want to achieve success in your weight loss journey, you need to work on your body’s metabolism rate. Thanks to a good metabolism rate, your body can burn more calories than before, thereby helping you lose weight as per your plans. Here are some foods that will help you improve your metabolism rate naturally. Make it a point to include these in your daily diet, as they act as catalysts in your weight loss journey.

1. Foods rich in protein
Protein is an important nutrient that helps to improve your muscle mass and build your body just the way you want. Protein-rich foods contain a lot of thermic effect on them, which means that your body consumes a lot of energy and time to digest and absorb them. When your body is put to a lot of work, it will automatically improve your metabolism rate.
According to studies, eating protein-rich foods regularly helps to improve your metabolism rate by a maximum of 30%. This is way higher than the results got while eating carb-rich and fat-rich foods regularly. When you are following a weight loss plan, eating protein-rich foods help you to boost your metabolism rate by maintaining your muscle mass at the same time. Some foods that are rich in proteins are nuts, legumes, dairy products, meat, fish, and eggs.

2. Foods rich in iron, zinc, and selenium
In your body, it is the thyroid gland that controls your body’s metabolism rate. Though nutrients such as iron, zinc, and selenium provide different benefits to the human body, they all contribute to the healthy functioning of the thyroid gland. When you eat foods rich in iron, zinc, and selenium on a regular basis, your thyroid gland’s potential to secrete the right amount of hormones will increase phenomenally.
Therefore, your metabolism rate will be at healthy levels at all times. When your body doesn’t get enough of iron, zinc, or selenium, your thyroid gland will not have enough strength to produce the right quantity of hormones, thereby bringing down the pace of your metabolism rate. Therefore, include foods such as meat, milk, eggs, seafood, nuts & seeds in your daily menu.

3. Capsicum
Also known as chili peppers, capsicum is an important vegetable that you should consume daily to improve your metabolism rate. It contains a chemical known as capsaicin, which helps to improve your body’s fat & calorie-burning potential.
When you eat a little bit of capsicum (2 to 10mg) every day, before your meal, you will start feeling quite full. As a result, you will eat less, helping your body to burn the calories quicker than you expected. The best part is that these chili peppers (green yellow and red) are extremely tasty as well! So eat them regularly.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Rich in acetic acid, apple cider vinegar helps to boost your metabolism rate and lose weight quickly. Studies have proved that when you consume about 20ml of apple cider vinegar daily, you can eat about 275 calories lower than your usual quantity.

5. Water
Although not technically a food, water is so important it can’t be left out. Drink enough water every day so that you stay hydrated at all times. It is believed that when you drink a lot of every day, you will witness at least a 40%jump in your metabolism rate. All you need to do is to consciously keep a count on the quantity and drink plenty of water to burn more calories than before.

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Affiliate Marketing Success: 4 Tips for Affiliate Niche Marketing

Affiliate marketing can be a great way to start making money online. However, if you want to be successful, then you have to find a niche, which can be the hardest thing about affiliate marketing. Fortunately, there are millions of people all over the globe that are interested in and passionate about the same things that you are; you just have to find the best way to reach them. Here are four tips to help you find your niche and enjoy success as an affiliate marketer.

Conduct Research
Just like with any online business, you have to research to determine if the niche you’ve chosen is going to be profitable. The first step that you need to take is figuring out what companies in the market are currently offering products and services. Then you’re going to need to get to know the trends and target audience of the market. Understanding the techniques that work for other affiliates in your market can help you be successful.

Add Value for Your Customers
Whether you are creating a blog, website, or using social media to promote your affiliate products, you want to make sure that you add value for your customers. Most people, when trusting someoneÕs opinion on a particular item, want to know about your experience with the product. Make sure you are providing them with the information they need to make an informed decision. Providing your customers with added value helps you gain their trust and is the best way to ensure they will use your affiliate link time and again.

Have Multiple Traffic Sources
The more platforms that you work with, the wider audience you can reach. If you promote your affiliate products on a blog, your social media accounts, and through niche forums, you will reach much more people than if you were just to promote on one of these channels. Make sure that you are tracking your revenue sources so you can tell which platforms are working and which ones arenÕt generating enough revenue.

Make Sure Your Site is Mobile Friendly
With more and more people doing their Internet browsing and shopping on mobile devices, it is imperative that your platforms for promoting your products are mobile friendly. By making sure your platforms work on both a computer and mobile phone or tablet, you can avoid alienating a portion of your target audience. Affiliate marketing is a great way to get started with making money online. Utilize these four tips to ensure your niche is profitable, and you make the most out of your affiliate marketing partnerships.

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5 Tips for Finding a Niche for Your Blog

Over the last decade, blogging has become a great way to make money online. In fact, there are more than two billion blogs on the Internet currently, but unfortunately, not all of them are making money. Too many bloggers try to be everything to everyone and end up lost among the weeds. If you want to be successful as a blogger and make money from the content you create, then you have to focus on one target. Here are five tips to help you find a niche for your blog and make money online.

Tip #1 Ð Browse Through Reddit
Reddit is a popular forum online for thousands of topics. You can find communities built around every conceivable subject from entrepreneurship to dog training to jokes. Using Reddit to find a niche is easy. You can click on the “Random” button and browse through the page that you land on and find communities that you might not otherwise know about.

Tip #2 Ð Use Google Trends
If you need help determining your blog niche, you can use Google Trends to see what people are currently searching for. Plus, Google provides users with tools that allow them to compare different keywords and provides the geographic location where the search volume for a topic is higher. This information can help you find your target audience.

Tip #3 Ð Utilize Social Media
Another way to find a niche for your blog is through your social media networks. You can use Pinterest to see what people are pinning the most and look at other peopleÕs boards to find new untapped markets. You can use Facebook groups to find different topics and communities. Since youÕre probably already on your social media accounts daily, why not tap and use them to their fullest potential.

Tip #4 Ð Consider the Time of Year
You should be aware of the season, holidays, and traditions to provide you with ideas for different niches. For example, during the holidays, the market becomes flooded with Christmas related items; however, items for Hanukkah and Kwanzaa aren’t as plentiful during this time. This gives you the perfect opportunity to change your target, limit your competition, and niche down.

Tip #5 Ð Ask the Right Questions
When it comes to finding a niche, you have to ask yourself the right questions. Think about how you can use your experiences and knowledge to add value to your target audience’s life. Think about your accomplishments and unique abilities to help you determine your niche. Once you figure this out, you can pour your personality into making the highest quality content for your niche.
If you need to find a niche for your blog, use these five tips to help you get started. Once you determine your niche, don’t hold back; put all you have into creating high-quality content for your audience and begin to earn a living online.

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3 Reasons Why You Must Have a Niche for Your Online Business or Blog

When you are thinking about starting an online business or blog, it is critical that you take the time to define your niche. Niche marketing involves focusing your business marketing efforts on a small, well-defined group of the population so that you can better serve them. When you can serve your target audience well, you’ll enjoy success in your business. However, this isn’t the only reason why you need to define your niche; here are three more reasons for deciding on a niche for your business.

You Get to Do What You Love
Narrowing down your product and service offerings allows you to address your target audiences’ needs and better meet them, but it also allows you to focus your time and energy on those aspects that you love the most. This can be incredibly helpful for making improvements to your business and will allow you to produce your best work. No matter what industry you are currently working in, there are many subgenres within the market that you can branch out, allowing you to find something that you love.

You Build your Reputation as an Expert
Defining a niche market can be beneficial to your business in terms of reputation because you can become known for a more specific kind of product or service. When you narrow down, your niche customers are more likely to remember what you excel in and will be more likely to refer you to others who are looking for your particular product or service. If you spread yourself to thin and try to be everything to everyone, you are less likely to succeed.
It Becomes Easier to Form Industry Relationships

Narrowing down your business to a single niche can help you network and collaborate with companies in similar markets. When you focus your time and energy on promoting a specific niche in your industry, rather than offering everything, it becomes much easier for you to reach out to others in your field and form beneficial partnerships. By narrowing down your offerings, you are more likely to complement other businesses rather than creating competition with them.
If you haven’t already narrowed down your business to a single niche offering, these three reasons should show you why it’s imperative. When you can narrow down and define your niche, you can better serve your target audience and build a successful online business or blog.