First, if you’re not a paid member of ConsumerLab.com and you work in the health industry, it’s well worth the membership costs ($2.88 per mo.). Their independent tests and reports on supplements are unbiased and thorough.
This isn’t going to be an in-depth article. I just wanted to put together a quick rundown of CL’s review so that you could decide if the benefits are something you want to look into further.
Benefits of apple cider vinegar
1/2 tbsp before meals reduces blood sugar levels in insulin resistant people
1/2 tbsp before meals has slight improvement in insulin res. in people with Type 2 Dia.
1 tbsp with meals (2 tbsp. per day) modestly decreases weight
Diluted vinegar may help chronic ear infections using ear irrigation (3x per week for 3 weeks). But it’s very important to remove all vinegar or it can cause erosion
No studies showing it improves digestion
No studies to show it decreases bloating
Not shown to reduce heartburn (may actually irritate more)
no evidence that it affects blood PH
They did a ton of tests on many different supplements, but you’ll have to become a member of theirs to see it. I’m not sure what I’m allowed to share, so I’ll just quickly mention that the brand that most of us are familiar with – Braggs Organic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar – passes CL’s tests for acetic acid content and for not exceeding limits of lead, cadmium, or arsenic. So I guess keep using it if you already are or start using it if not!
It’s been a while since I’ve published one of these “weekly” updates. I was pretty good about doing these every single week for several years but after my daughter was born, life became too busy. I want to try to do more of these updates again, but I won’t be doing them weekly. I just don’t have time. But hopefully you find them useful on the occasions when I do publish them. 😀
After a video featuring Terry Crews talking about the benefits of intermittent fasting has gone viral, there has been a massive increase of interest in the topic.
This article from JenReviews.com provides a ton of great information about the benefits of intermittent fasting, suggested meals, the different types of fasts that you can try, how to plan an intermittent fast into your schedule (using Martin Berkhan’s protocol, oh yeah!), and some of the challenges you can expect along the way. It’s a very thorough and helpful article for anyone interested in intermittent fasting.
This is so easy! It only requires a few basic ingredients too; 1/2 cup almond flour, 1 egg, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, and a pinch of salt. Mix it all up in a mug and microwave for 90 seconds. Quick hamburger buns! 😉
You spray this paint on your bike, clothes, helmet or anything else. It becomes reflective at night, but completely invisible during the day. This is so cool! Riding in the dark is scary but this should make you feel a little safer, especially when riding on the road.
As we all know, getting enough sleep is one of the most important and beneficial things you can do for your health. If you have trouble getting to sleep at night, check out this podcast. The host of the show speaks slow and softly and tells a “boring bedtime story” designed to help you fall asleep within an hour. Most listeners say they never make it to the end before falling asleep. I’m one of those people who fall asleep within 5 minutes of laying down, so there’s no reason for me to listen, but I’m sure some of you out there might find this useful.
This is an ingredient that you’ll find in a lot of recipes in your journey of eating healthy. I’ve cooked for most of my life because my family is full of great cooks, and even one former professional chef. So I’m very familiar with bay leaves and how they work. For me, there is a definite difference in foods like soup or beans when using bay leaves. But if you don’t have a lot of experience with bay leaves or cooking in general, you’re probably a lot like the author of this article who tested various forms of bay leaves in cooked rice.
I got this Go Pro Accessories kit for free for this review. I actually reached out to them myself because it was a product that I was interested in. They agreed to send me the kit, so I’m very thankful to them for that
Watch my video review or scroll down if you like to read 😉
This kit is $20.99 on Amazon, which is extremely affordable if you’ve ever looked at the cost of official GoPro accessories. For example, the official chest mount itself costs $40, and that’s why I wanted to try the Soft Digit kit out.
They call this a 46 in 1 kit, which is technically true, but in full transparency, the 46 parts consist of about 9 actual mounts and the rest of the parts are small accessories like extensions, screws, anti-condensation pads, and several 3M stickies.
There’s a lot of stuff in here, so let’s take a look at each piece.
The chest mount fits on like a pair of suspenders. It’s very adjustable and fits comfortably. There are two drawbacks that I’ve found with this one.
The first drawback is that the straps are not very breathable. I’ve worn the chest mount on several 17-mile bike rides and the straps get very warm. It’s not that big of a deal, but it might bother some people.
The second drawback is that my kit was missing an attachment that allows the camera to adjust freely on the chest strap. The one attachment that fit forced the camera to only point downwards. I worked around the limitation by combining several of the other extensions that came with the kit, which worked fine, but wasn’t optimal.
The head harness fits nice and snug. There are adjustments to make fit your head either vertically or horizontally. The front of the strap has rubber grips embedded into the stretchy material to prevent it from slipping off of your head/hat/helmet, etc.
The best thing about the bicycle mount is that it’s so easy to install. One screw slides off the side so that you can easily clamp it on or off.
I did not have good luck with this mount. I couldn’t get the mount tight enough to prevent the camera from dropping downwards while I was riding. I got the mount so tight that I think it weakened the plastic because they mount snapped off while I was riding.
The camera hit the ground and ended up in the weeds.
This is a clear indication that the plastic these accessories are made out of are not durable enough for heavy use, which unfortunately is what the GoPro is designed for in most cases.
Wrist Strap Mount
The wrist strap mount is designed to fit most wrist sizes. It also has a velcro strap to really secure it onto your arm. It’s comfortable and feels good.
The wrist strap has a rotating mount so that you can easily turn the camera in whichever direction you prefer. There is also a lock on the mount so that you can lock the camera into place so that it won’t rotate.
I read a review from someone saying that they took the wrist mount out water skiing and the mount broke as soon as they hit the water. The mount popped right out of the wrist strap and they lost their camera in the water. Nothing like that happened to me, but I can totally see how that could happen with this mount.
I bring this up only to get the point across that I wouldn’t use these accessories for extreme sports.
The car mount sticks to your car windshield or any other glass-like material. It has two adjustment knobs so that you adjust the camera either vertically or horizontally.
The biggest drawback to this one is that in can only point forward. You can tilt it left or right, which I think is mostly useless. You can’t rotate it left or right. You probably wouldn’t need to rotate the camera anyway, but something worth mentioning.
My only recommendation for this one is that you should make sure it’s really tight, otherwise the camera will slowly drop like it did while riding my bike. The constant bumps of the road cause this to happen.
The Selfie Stick
The selfie stick extends to about three feet, which is typical for selfie sticks and is all you should need. You can adjust the camera to point in any direction and there’s also a knob so that you can adjust the camera vertically.
A very cool feature of the selfie stick is that it has a screw hole on the bottom, allowing you to mount it directly on top of a tripod without having to remove the camera. It’s too top-heavy to mount it onto the included tripod, though.
This tripod is just like the Gorilla Pod’s you might have seen in stores. I actually own a Gorilla Pod and the one included in this accessories kit doesn’t compare. It’s just not very high quality. It’s decent, though. I’ve used the GoPro on it and it works fine. The legs have rubber tips to keep it from slipping and the legs are also covered in rubber to make it nice and sticky.
I’ve used this tripod hanging from a tree branch, hanging off the edge of my desk, and simply on the ground as a normal tripod. It works very well in all cases.
When I first took this out, one of the legs popped off. It snapped right back into place, but it leads me to believe that the ball connections aren’t super-snug. I haven’t had a problem since, though.
A cool feature of the tripod is that it has a screw mount, which means you can also use it with small pocket cameras if you want.
I couldn’t think of a lot of ways to use this one, but I tried it out on my skateboard and it worked nicely. I could also be useful on things like the visor in your car or on your laptop lid – anything thin really.
This clip has a very strong spring in it and works great.
The Floating Attachment
The floating attachment is neat because you can use it to record underwater without having to hold it. You can simply drop it in the water and the camera will float under the water near the top of the surface.
This would be mostly useful in a swimming pool I think, or maybe on vacation in a nice clear blue ocean.
Another good reason to use this attachment would be in a case where you’re worried you might drop your camera in any body of water because it would float right to the top of the water, rather than sinking.
The rest of the kit contains a bunch of small accessories. There are several anti-condensation stickers, which I assume go inside of your GoPro case. There’s also a nice lens cloth, some stick pads, a floating sponge, and a bunch of extensions and screws.
The carrying case is handy, but the compartments inside are pretty useless. The foam that makes up each compartment is very flimsy and slips right out of the case. The case itself though is a nice place to just keep everything.
The accessories and mounts in this kit are not made from highly durable plastic, which is why I would not recommend using these mounts in cases where your camera will be in extreme conditions unless you don’t mind a risk of losing a $400 GoPro in the water.
If you use your GoPro camera in casual situations, for example, to record yourself doing something with your hands, playing with the kids, or other activities not too stressful on the plastic, I would absolutely recommend this kit.
For $22, you get quite a lot of stuff. I’m disappointed that it’s not as high quality as I had hoped, but I know I can get a lot of use out of it still. For example, the head strap would be great to make videos in the kitchen or working on the car, the chest strap works great when riding my bike and would probably be fine to use in a 5k or even a mud run, and the selfie stick and tripod would be useful in many situations.
There is a lot of good research that supports the benefits of wearing compression gear, especially when it comes to aiding in recovery from exercise. Elite athletes swear by the benefits, and these people need to be at peak levels of performance to keep their jobs. There is both physiological and psychological benefits to wearing compression gear.
I hope those of you in the U.S. and Canada had a great Labor Day weekend. I sure did! We had a lot of BBQ and spent time with the family. It’s always hard to jump back into work after getting a break, even if it’s only one extra day than normal.
We’ve got a lot of great stuff to talk about this week!