How to Get Maximum Health Benefits From Your Protein Shake

A protein shake is a drink that you can use to help you build muscle, improve your health or lose weight. The idea is that you’re providing yourself with a convenient way to increase your protein intake, which is useful because protein is what the body uses to make muscle, make neurotransmitters and also repair wounds.

But not all protein shake is made equal and if you’re going to get the best benefits from it, you need to choose it wisely. Read on and we’ll look at how you can go about getting the very most from your protein shake – by choosing the very best form of protein and then turning it into a delicious smoothie!

Types of Protein

When you buy protein shake, you’ll have a ton of different options to pick from. You can choose whey protein, casein protein, egg protein or soy protein to name just a few!

Unless you are a vegan, the best option for your protein by far is whey protein. That’s because whey, which is a by-product of the cheese making process, is completely natural and healthy with the ability to be absorbed very easily into the body. Whey is more bioavailable when compared to soy or casein and cheaper when compared to egg!

The only exception to this rule is that casein may be more useful when choosing a shake to have before bed. That’s because casein absorbs more slowly, providing a steady release of its amino acids that the body can use to build muscle throughout the night.

You’ll also find that protein shakes come in a variety of mixtures. They come in all manner of flavors and with a ton of different added ingredients like creatine.

For our purposes, the best thing to do is to find a protein shake is that pure whey with nothing extra. This will cost a lot less (and you can source things like creatine cheaply if you want to add them) but it will also mean you aren’t getting heaps of carbs, sugars and fats added to your drink – so you’ll be building more muscle and less fat!

And we’re then going to add it all to a nice smoothie!

Making Your Smoothie

A plain whey is not a very tasty drink but the good news is that you can fix that by adding it to a smoothie and including your own flavors in the form of bananas, strawberries and various other ingredients. The key here is to think about the flavor but also the health benefits that you want to get from your smoothie.

Add whole milk to improve absorption and testosterone production for example. Add strawberries for vitamin C and antioxidants, or add avocado for more healthy fats and a dose of extra protein. All this will go down much more smoothly, provide a ton of extra health benefits and also be cheaper and more delicious. Go with the basic stuff and make your own mix, it’s the only way to really make the most of your shake!

Which Social Network is Best

Which Social Network is Best?
When it comes to digital marketing, there are tons of different social networks to choose from – each with their own advantages and disadvantages.
To cover just a few, you have:
* Facebook
* Twitter
* Google+
* Tumblr
* LinkedIn
* Instagram
* Pinterest
And this is before you’ve even covered some of the ‘less obvious’ social networks, or the networks that skirt the borders of how we define social media. These include:
* Reddit
* Snapchat
* Periscope
* Forums
* YouTube
* Vine
So yeah, there’s a lot to choose from here… How do you know where to begin?
Of course, you should be on all social media if possible and the expression you will often hear used in this regard is ‘be everywhere’. But if you had to choose just one social network… which would it be?
Defining Your Goals and Understanding Your Audience
If you look at this in terms of pure numbers, then the answer becomes very simple. Facebook is the biggest social network and as such this is the one you should be on if you want the opportunity to potentially reach the biggest number of people.
But as any marketer should know, numbers aren’t really what’s important. What’s important is targeted numbers. In other words, who are you trying to reach?
And then there are those other factors like ‘susceptibility’ – is now the right time to reach that user? And are you reaching them in the correct way?
To answer these questions you need to define who your target audience is and how best to reach them.
For instance, did you know that Pinterest is the social media site with the biggest proportion of female users? What’s more, it lends itself particularly well to creative topics and to aesthetic and visual subjects.
So in other words, if you have a bakery shop, then you might well find that Pinterest is the right place for you. For a B2B company selling business insurance though, you’re likely not going to have as much luck on Pinterest (how do you make this visual and artistic?). There are ways, but it’s not going to be as easy and there isn’t as much potential here.
So to find your best social network, you need to ask yourself where your audience is going to be and what the best way to communicate what you’re offering is. If you can answer these two questions then you can find your ‘route to market’.

Using Social Networks to Drive Traffic to Your Offers

Using Social Networks to Drive Traffic to Your Offers
If you have a landing page or a squeeze page that is selling a product or collecting leads, then your business model will be simple: send as many people there as possible.
The more people you can send to the page you just constructed – the page that has been constructed especially to convert visitors into buyers – the greater your turnover and your profit will be.
Social media is a perfect tool for doing this but you need to use it correctly. Here’s how…
Facebook CPA
One particularly useful tool for driving visitors to an offer is the option on Facebook to use CPA advertising. For those who are unfamiliar, CPA is a type of PPC advertising with a twist – you only pay when someone actually takes action. There are many different ‘actions’ you can set up to this effect, but the one we’re interested in in this case is the ‘redeem voucher’ offer.
Essentially, you can create an offer and promote it through Facebook and then only get charged when someone actually clicks through and takes advantage of the discount you’re offering. This is very much the perfect scenario for everyone involved. You will impress your followers by offering a discount specifically to them while the same time only paying when they buy. This is a guaranteed ROI!
YouTube
Don’t be afraid to use video to promote your special offers. In a video you can demonstrate the product you are pedalling and this in turn allows you to show it off in much greater detail, while at the same time using your personality combined with music and other features to really get people interested and to ensure they can’t take their eyes off the screen. Video has the potential to be far more engaging and persuasive as compared with pretty much any other medium!
Events and Promotions
Social networks give you the advantage of having a real life network to leverage. When used correctly, this can potentially allow a link, product or anything else to go viral.
So for instance, you could run a promotion offering to give a big discount if you get X number of likes. Similarly, you can run competitions, or you can provide discounts for people who refer a friend. This way, your initial post can be seen by many more people and at the same time, you can increase engagement.