Alexapure: Better Than the Berkey

Alexapure: Better Than the Berkey

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Alexapure: Better Than The Berkey

Chris Michael Harris, Entrepreneur

06/04/2021

As a business-performance coach, biohacking is one of the top things I’m looking to do. I do give my body primed and ready to be at my best on a consistent daily basis. So sleep is number one, and water is number two. 

So we’re going to talk about the Alexapure water filtration system, my experience with it, and why we opted for this one over the Berkey. 

I will be pulling out some statistics that I have related to the famous Berkey and whether you should buy the Berkey or consider the Alexapure.

Alexa Pure Pro Water Filtration System

I’ve had a great experience with Alexapure. I’ll talk about the specifics as it relates to this individual unit. So this is very common, comparable to Big Berkey. It is a 2.25-gallon stainless steel tank.

Now, this is something I wish I had known at a prolonged rate. So it’s probably not like most water filters that you’ve had, where you pour it in there, you wait five minutes, and you’re ready to serve yourself, it’s going to take hours to filter the entire thing is going to take you probably two to three hours. 

So this is a double stack stainless steel unit. You put the water in the top, and there’s a filter in there.

The cool thing about what Alexapure does is that it has multiple tiny holes, where you put various filters in there, and that’ll help the gravity filter aspect part of that will help it expel a little bit.

It also gives you up to 20,000 gallons of water, which you can filter before replacing those individual filters. So each filter is 5000 gallons that you can filter.

So if you do the math alone and figure out how many gallons of water you’d have to buy to equip the equivalent of 5000 gallons filtered, you’re going to spend $5,000. So there’s going to be an immediate ROI on a purchase of any of these devices. But the cool thing is they’re very comparable. 

You cannot go wrong with either Berkey or Alexapure in terms of contaminants removed. Both of them remove over 200 contaminants from your water and test it out among the two best in the world.

Heads Up

There are a couple of things you’re going to have to look out for, though.

First, this will leak. This is a gravity filtration system; if you put too much water in the top tank, and it goes down to the bottom, and it’s going to overflow eventually.

So make sure that every time you add new water, check and look down inside to see how much water needs to be filled up.

I thought to have a fill line. But it’s still impossible because it could be empty at the top, but the bottom is still full of water. You just can’t tell. 

The second immense pain in the butt is that it’s hard to refill it. So we have a little glass jug container to fill up the water top when necessary. Otherwise, taking that top part off every single time, putting it in the sink, and putting water in it is a little bit of a difficulty. 

The next thing is the aesthetic. Stainless steel is excellent for maintenance because you can throw it in your dishwasher and clean it however you want, and it’s not going to rust. But the problem is it’s unattractive. 

Another thing is, the stopper is at the very bottom of the system, so you’ve got to have it on the edge of the counter. So what we had to do is find something to prop it up a few inches. That way, I can fit the bottle up underneath it.

The Significant Edge

Let’s talk about affordability. The slight edge to Alexapure on the unit’s initial cost is you get a filter with the unit, and that’s great. Berkey’s slight edge is on replacement filters, and they have 6000 gallons to Alexapure’s 5000 gallons. 

But a pretty significant edge with the Berkey on the back end with their filters costs roughly about half of what they cost to replace your Alexapure filter. 

So it depends on what you’d instead do, depending on how much water you’re consuming through that. In the long term, it might be more effective for you to spend the extra money upfront but have lesser costs on the tail end. 

But honestly, from everything that I’ve read, these are both ranked number one and number two, everybody that I’ve read gives the slight edge to Berkey overall. Still, in some categories, they provide the edge to Alexapure.

Over To You

I don’t think you can go wrong with either filter. I think you’re going to be doing your body a vast, tremendous benefit in getting those contaminants out of your water and making sure that what you’re consuming and putting your body is clean and pure. 

You can’t go wrong with either. It just comes down to whether, again, you want to have the cost upfront, faster filtration with the Alexapure, or if you’re going to have the tried and true Berkey, which has been for decades the number one go-to source. 

Alright, I hope you guys liked this post. I hope it was tremendously helpful in your decision to decide which one you want to select. 

Until the next one.

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How I’m Getting CRAZY Results Doing Intermittent Fasting

How I’m Getting CRAZY Results Doing Intermittent Fasting

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How I’m Getting CRAZY Results Doing Intermittent Fasting

Chris Michael Harris, Entrepreneur

04/23/2021

Intermittent fasting has made a big impact on my life. My energy levels are high. My workouts are better, and my brain fog is gone. I’m not having crashes in the afternoon. I’m incredibly motivated, and I feel more vibrant and probably better than I thought in years.

These are just a few of the wonders that intermittent fasting has done for me. I’ll share more in this post.

Disclaimer

First of all, I am not a doctor. I am simply sharing my experience.

Make sure that you consult with a healthcare professional and do thorough research before deciding to do intermittent fasting.

One more thing. 

Men typically will do better, and women need to be careful due to cycles and hormones. The book Boundless by Ben Greenfield says that if you’re female, don’t go into the exact extremes that men can have the same effect from ketosis. And it specifically talks about why it’s a little bit more challenging for women and why it may harm what you’re trying to accomplish. 

I understand the nature of what intermittent fasting promises, but to feel it and to be able to live the experience has been such a fantastic experience.

What I’m Doing

I’m doing an 18:6 Intermittent Fasting. 

So I wake up in the morning, I do what I need to do, then do a little bit of aerobic exercise, or some cardio, or take the dogs for a walk, or do some yoga, or whatever it looks like I just kind of slowly get into my day. And then I have a relatively large breakfast, and I make sure I get at least 1000 calories. 

One of the biggest concerns about this plan is my caloric intake would drop well below 2000 calories a day. I also don’t want to get 500 calories a meal and then lose 25 pounds. I want to keep some muscle mass, keep my physique and lose some of the undesired weight. Moreover, it’s more so I want to feel better. 

For me, Intermittent Fasting makes a lot of sense because it does help to manage your blood sugar levels, and you’re having a lot of digestive problems. It helps give your gut a rest. It’s also great for autophagy. 

Autophagy is like food in the refrigerator that’s gone wrong and scraping all that food out. So when you don’t eat for specific periods, you do intermittent time-restricted eating, and so the body goes in and cleans out some of those nasty cells. It’s like nature’s reset button. 

You could try it out for a couple of days, and you may feel great.

Eating Schedule

I do 10 AM and 4 PM eating schedules. I do that Monday through Friday. 

And then at dinner, Friday night, I eat a huge meal, because I then go 24 hours all day Saturday without a meal. 

Sunday, I get back to the regular 10 AM and 4 PM schedule. 

Sunday after two months, what I’ll be doing is still two meals a day, still taking advantage of ketosis and intermittent fasting and letting my body take advantage of autophagy, but having higher carbs. So I’m going to eat over 100 grams of carbs on Sunday and then Monday right back into the regular schedule.

Ketosis Diet

So I’m in ketosis throughout the week, and I eat a high-fat-high protein meal at dinner, which usually carries me. 

Now, I have found that between hours 18 and 24, I’m almost in a euphoric state. I have these beautiful ideas, I have a lot of clarity, and I have this energy. It’s like a high to a large degree, and I haven’t been enjoying and loving the fact that I’m giving my body a rest. 

Saturday is usually my day of rest. And adding a 24 hour fast to that has taken it to the next level. So I feel fantastic. 

Ben from Keto camp said that eventually, after two months, have at least one refeeding day. He said that’s going to be like your cheat day. You can have over 100 grams of carbs on that day. 

Dave Asprey talked about people that are on intermittent fasting and ketosis for too long will experience sleep issues. And there’s a fundamental scientific reason for Gliadin, where you start having sleep issues if you remain too long not feeding that part of the cell with carbs. 

So you may feel better on low carbs. But at some point, you are going to need to have a day of higher carb. Ben calls it Keto flex.

Over To You

Now, I can tell you that it has been a tremendous experience, I feel 10-15 years younger, and it has been unbelievable. 

However, I would recommend that you try it. Work with somebody in functional medicine or a practitioner that you trust who’s more inclined to consider alternative medicine or alternative ways of achieving health and wellness to make sure this is right for you. 

If you have other conditions that may not be conducive to you taking advantage of this or start feeling poorly doing it, you could get off.   

But I want to give you my blueprint because it’s helped me so much. 

I would love to hear how it helps you. Please drop me a comment below.

 

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How To Edit A Podcast FAST In Under Five Minutes

How To Edit A Podcast FAST In Under Five Minutes

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How To Edit A Podcast FAST In Under Five Minutes

Chris Michael Harris, Entrepreneur

05/06/2021

The number one objection I hear to starting a podcast is, “Editing is going to take forever.” To some extent, it is true, but that doesn’t have to be the case all the time. 

Today, I’m going to show you how you can set it up to edit your podcast in under five minutes.

Let’s jump into it.

Intro Plugins

I’m using Movie Studio Platinum, but any editing tools will be good. Whether it’s Filmora, Premiere Pro, it will work. 

So upload all the files and make sure you put a specific label to have a particular order.

I already know what that’s going to be every single time. I begin with Intro Bumper 1 and then Intro Soundbyte. I have a template file that I use every single time, so I plug it in and rock and roll.

I will then plug the Intro Bumper 2, where I’m saying who will be the guest and what we’re going to talk about today. 

Now I’m going to grab my mid-roll, welcoming listeners to today’s show.

So, all done introducing.

The Episode

Let’s go to the episode, the interview for a particular episode. 

So drag the files. Add your file in the track bar and your guest’s file in another track bar. Ensure that they are stacked one on top of the other, and be sure there’s no overlap and are aligned perfectly.

You could also do this as once one joint file. You don’t have to put two different files for an interview. I split them just in case the audio levels are off. 

Let’s say the intro bumper’s volume is higher. You can adjust the interview volume and make it even. So that’s helpful. And then we’re ready to roll. 

I don’t cut out uhms and ahs because I like it organic. So other than just checking it and making sure we’re good to roll. The full interview is complete.

Outro Wave

Lastly, let’s go to the outro soundbyte. Again, I also have a template I use for every single episode. So we’ll put that down because that’s going to be off the beaten path. 

And then I’ll have my specific outro, saying thanks for listening, see you in the next one, make sure to subscribe, leave me a review, and all that good jazz.

And then that’s it, guys. You can go back and check to make sure there’s no fluff that you missed out there. 

Finally, make a movie, put it in mp3 audio, choose the highest quality, name the file, hit render, and you’re all done! 

I hope this helps. I hope you now feel confident editing your show. Please drop me a comment below. See you in the next one!

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Should You Invest in Bitcoin or Double Down on Your Business?

Should You Invest in Bitcoin or Double Down on Your Business?

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Should You Invest In Bitcoin Or Double Down On Your Business?

Chris Michael Harris, Entrepreneur

04/19/2021

What is Bitcoin? Can you still buy and take advantage of it?

I’m going to tell you today what I do, what I think you can do, and whether or not Bitcoin is an opportunity for you to take advantage of.

A lot of people are scared about Bitcoin because it is a volatile source of investment.

The problem is its bottom-up adoption. It will have to take consumers, merchants and forcing companies from the bottom to adopt this form of payment. 

The amount you have on Bitcoin will not be off value, but it would go down sizably quickly. For example, if the government came in tomorrow and say that Bitcoin is illegal and you shouldn’t have any form of cryptocurrency, it can vanish just like that. Thus, Orthodoxy provides a little bit more stability.

The Inflation

Here’s the thing. Right now, the US dollar is more unstable than it’s been in decades. 40% of the current US dollars in circulation were printed in just 2020 alone. 

So if you don’t understand inflation, that means that money doesn’t have a value associated with it. Money will be just a paper that’s printed out. When we start printing money and don’t control the rate at which we’re printing it, we create gross inflation, which makes the dollar’s value weakened to such a degree. 

Inflation maybe 2% or 4%, a quarter. So we’re grossly understating precisely the inflation rate. It’s sizably more. 

We haven’t felt the full effect of COVID19 on the economy near the degree we have yet. In addition to the new administration’s impact and their desire to do a couple of things, we are coming out of such a rough time in our history. The stance on trade with other countries is going to hurt us. 

Such hard assets like Bitcoin, gold, silver, and land will become so valuable in comparison to the increasing weakness of the US dollar.

Bet On Bitcoin

So here’s the deal. Regardless of whatever is going on, what you can take home is when you’re betting on Bitcoin. What you’re betting on is you’re betting against the US market.

So even if you invest something in Bitcoin right now, in what tiny amount that you possibly can, it’s still going to continue to go up. 

Now, is there a possibility that in four years, we hit a little bit of a cap, and it goes down significantly? Sure, that’s entirely possible, but Bitcoin does have 10 to 12 years of proven track record, and you can look at that now. Look at the trends. It consistently has gone up. Even when it goes down, it invariably is still trending upwards. 

So you have a little bit of confidence, knowing there’s at least a decade behind Bitcoin at this point. It is continuing to go up, and it does have a solid, airtight system. As far as the blockchain is concerned, you’re still going to be okay to invest.

What I Do

I’m doing a small percentage of cryptocurrency. The two that I’m investing in are 80% in Bitcoin 20% in Aetherium. The reason for that is I like to see proven track records. I’m not against other coins, and I think those two are probably the most substantial bet. 

So if you have 1% to 5% of your investable assets that you want to put into cryptocurrency, think over the coming years, purely based on what’s going on with the Fed, the current administration, and what their proposed plans are. 

You’re going to see an extremely unstable market, a significant adjustment, even a recession in the economy, which could only drive the value of all cryptocurrencies, primarily Bitcoin and Aetherium. 

Now, I expect one of two things, either I’m going to make good money, or I’m going to lose it all. 

You don’t want to sit and not have something into cryptocurrency and look back and say, “This was 2016 all over again, I had the chance to jump in, and I missed it.” 

It’s a calculated risk. Do a small percentage of the money that you invest, and ride that up.

I’d recommend for you to diversify yourself and make sure that you are prepared. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. And watch what’s going on with the Feds and with the government, because what you’re going to see is, as the weakness of the dollar increases, you’ll see the rise of the value of Bitcoin continues, you’ll hopefully be able to do well on that if you control how much you have invested in it.

What about you? Have you invested in Bitcoin? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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How To Start A Podcast With Libsyn

How To Start A Podcast With Libsyn

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How To Start A Podcast With Libsyn

Chris Michael Harris, Entrepreneur

04/07/2021

Do you have a podcast? Host it on Libsyn and let the tool automatically push to hundreds of podcast players.

Today, I’m going to talk to you about Libsyn – why all the major podcasters use it, and how you can sign up on it in under five minutes.

Quick Sign Up

To get started hit Sign Up, then put in the URL’s name that you want. 

Then you’re going to go to choose your plan. It’s going to show you Classic versus Advanced.

You have three options in your Classic, ranging from $5 to $15, and then Advance, $20 to $150.

The biggest thing that you’re going to note is the storage. You’ll get 50MB for a $5 Classic plan.

So this would mean you would have enough storage space to do a 50-minute podcast episode for a $5 Classic Plan. 

After choosing your plan, you could add a promo code if you had one. And then just put in some basic information. 

Something new that Libsyn has added is a step-by-step guide on how to start a podcast, and migrating a show to Libsyn. If you’re brand new to podcasting, you take advantage of those resources because that would be extremely helpful.

Settings

So the first thing you want to do is to go to Settings. Here is the required information.

Add a brief description, your slug, add your website address to your actual website address.

Then let’s go to the Recommended Information section. For Show Type, you’ll pick between Episodic (if listening in order isn’t all that important), or Serial (if you’re going to have a show where they need to listen to the episodes in a particular order). 

If you want to put in a sub title, you can. 

Actual categories are essential. Make sure your categories are related to what your show is about. If you use multiple categories, make sure you do it in the order of importance according to what your podcast is about.

The public contact email is optional. Add the owner’s name, email, and author. For content rating, if your show will have a lot of bad words, add Explicit or Clean. For language, you can change from English or to a different language if you want.

Keywords will help people find your podcast especially if they are searching for particular topics. 

The Default Show Feed is new. You have to choose between Libsyn Classic Feed or the Custom Third Party Feed. Then you can have the Copyright notice if you like. 

The Thumbnail is going to be a crucial aspect here. Use the parameters that they suggest. But you also have to make sure that when you create your thumbnail, it looks good when it’s small because that’s how people will see it when they scroll to your shelf. 

A few more final settings are to choose your primary theme color and add all of your social media handles. Make sure you hit save.

Adding New Destinations

So Libsyn automatically publishes to the majority of podcast players like Stitcher, Pandora, Spotify. You can also go to Add New Destination, and Libsyn gives you a lot of other options.

Adding New Content

To add a new episode, click Add Media File and select the source of your podcast episode. 

Once it’s uploaded, you’ll go to Details. This is where you will add the name of your episode and add a sub title if you like. 

In the Description, I recommend having a default template. You have to make sure that you have a consistent call-to-action. You can insert links that are contingent upon that episode. Then if you want to add keywords and tags to that specific episode, you can.

For the Artwork, if you want to change it for that particular episode, you can. If you’re going to keep it consistent and just use your show’s basic thumbnail, you can do that as well. 

You have the option to schedule the publishing too. If you’re editing it on Tuesday and you want to release it on Thursday, then you can schedule it. Libsyn will publish when you want them to, which is suitable for your audience because they will know when to expect your content.

If there’s anything else you want to add, you can do that in the Advance column. Or you can just hit Publish at the bottom, and it’ll be good to go. 

Once you hit publish (or hit schedule), you will be given an embed code. If you want to take that embed player, there are options you can choose from. You can add it to your website or blog, which I highly recommend. Having an accompanying blog post for your podcast episode will help you have searchable content.

Statistics

In your dashboard, you’ll have a quick view of your podcast statistics. The numbers are necessary. You want to know where your downloads are coming from, what age group, and what episodes are being downloaded versus just the overall episode. You will also want to know which podcast players are getting the most downloads.

As you publish, make sure you see the unique download statistics for date ranges for episodes and destinations. Below the graph, what you’ll see is Storage Usage. You will see how much you’ve used. The good thing is your storage will archive every single month. Your 50 megabytes is going to go over 50 megabytes again in the next month.

Libsyn also has Monetization options where you can apply for certain things and sell subscriptions, which is good for securing advertising. 

So that is how you get your show up and running, plus understanding the basics of Libsyn. If you’re interested in podcasting, subscribe to my Youtube channel and hit the bell for notifications.

I can talk about the rest of launching your podcast, about editing, equipment runs, and microphones. We’re going to cover all those basics.

 

If you want me to do more of these tutorials, let me know in the comments section below!

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Binaural Beats Explained [Productivity Series]

Binaural Beats Explained [Productivity Series]

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Binaural Beats Explained
[Productivity Series]

Chris Michael Harris, Entrepreneur

03/26/2021

Here’s a fact about me: I’m extremely ADD and Binaural Audio has been one of the most effective tools in my toolkit. It helps me alleviate some of my concerns and tap into a level of productivity and flow state that I wouldn’t otherwise accomplish.

So if you want to learn more about what Binaural is and its power, stick around. Let’s start.

What is Binaural?

Binaural Audio is an audio illusion effect. It is comprised of conflicting frequencies.

You have one frequency at a certain hertz and another out of different hertz. The difference between those two creates an auditory illusion; that illusion is what you hear.

And so what that does is you can have various frequencies that are effectively meant to create a brainwave state.

5 Brain Waves

Gamma is essential for problem-solving, learning, or simply being at a heightened state.

Beta is more of an active brainwave state. It’s when you’re working, reading, speaking, or thinking. It’s whenever you’re focused on what you’re currently doing.

Alpha is when you’re transitioning from a neutral state to a meditative state. They help calm you down and promote feelings of deeper relaxation and content. 

Theta is when you’re in a flow state or a very creative or meditative state.

Delta comprises your deep levels of relaxation and deep sleep zone effectively.

So here’s the deal. We enter into the states usually and naturally on our own. Your environment will dictate how easy it is for you to tap into those various spaces. Binaural helps you tap into it more seamlessly.

My Experience Using Binaural

If you Google Binaural beats, you’re going to find a ton of controversy. You’re going to see some studies that showed how it had helped lower anxiety, depression and how it has increased focus. In some cases, this is true.

I want to get into some of the benefits of what it claims to help you accomplish a health standpoint. Let me share my experience.

Binaural has helped in reducing my anxiety and stress. It has increased focus and relaxation. It has helped foster positive moods, promote creativity, and manage pain. I don’t think this is a placebo effect because I didn’t know them before using Binaural.

So I’m going to show you Binaural, it’s an app that I use. I think it will help you, and I want you to try it out for yourself.

Quick Tip

Binaural is fantastic for helping you to enter into deeper states of sleep. But, you have to be realistic and put yourself in the best-case scenario. You can’t drink a cup of coffee at eight o’clock at night and then say, “Binaural doesn’t work, Bro.”

It is not a miracle worker.

If you don’t watch TV, you wear blue light blocking glasses before you go to bed at least two hours before going to bed, and you listen to Binaural audio, you won’t have an issue getting a night of deep sleep.

How It Works

If you listen to classical music, instrumental, or more relaxing meditative music, it cannot create that same effect with Binaural.

So here’s how it works.

I recommend getting any pair of noise-canceling headphones and then pop them on your ears.

Then turn on your audio file.

And then what you can do is slide your scale in Binaural, all the way up to Gamma, you can drop into Beta, Alpha, Theta, and Delta. So that’s amazing because you can dictate where you want it to be on your own.

What you’ll find as you listen is you’re going to feel like your heart has shifted to your head.

That sounds so ridiculous. I know. But, one of the things that you’ll notice is you’ll start feeling like there’s pulsate in your brain.

Binaural won’t work the way it’s supposed to unless you can have those two different frequencies in each ear. And if your headset is not noise-canceling, you’re going to be picking up other sounds and can’t get fully into it.

If you only hear those frequencies, it’s not the full effect.

Using With Other Apps

What’s remarkable is, you can layer Binaural on top of your downloaded music that you want to listen to.

So you’ll just be going to hit PLAY.

And you’ll also be able to go to your settings widget and then go to the actual Settings. And then, mixed with other apps, turn that ON.

Using other apps is powerful because, once you turn that on, you can then go to Spotify or YouTube and turn on some channel that you find that you like, and you’re going to get the benefit of Binaural with music that you want to listen to.

So something I highly recommend, definitely check out the Binaural app.

Discernible Difference

One of the things that I experienced is that when I come up in my office, even if I have music on in my room. I pop my noise cancellation headphones, turn on the Binaural app. I can tell there is a discernible difference. 

I don’t have the proof. I don’t measure my brain waves in my room to tell you if it’s happening. But I know it’s different. Those are some of the most productive days that I have, or I feel like I’m really in a flow state.

Look, if it only made a 1% increase, it’s worth it. If it’s only making moving the needle just a tad, it’s worth trying it out.

So here’s what I would recommend you do. Try it out, download the app, go to YouTube, get a pair of 20 $30 noise-canceling headphones, pop them on, and see if it helps you.

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