I saw this article this morning: minnesota.cbslocal.com/2
Some people may be taking some of these powdered workout supplements. Apparently you're supposed to take them about a half hour before you work out to get extra energy for your workout. Once again, we need to be reading the ingredients on the back of anything we're going to put into our bodies and some of these contain as much caffeine as 20 cups of coffee and an ingredient that is basically legal over the counter Ritalin (1,3 dimethylamylamine or DMAA).
First let's look at that much caffeine. Too much caffeine can lead to heart issues, difficulty sleeping and risk of stroke according to the article. If you already have heart issues, you may not want to try anything with that much caffeine in one scoop. More info on too much caffeine: www.mayoclinic.com/healt
The more controversial ingredient, 1,3 dimethylamylamine, is banned for military use and is one of the substances tested for in professional sports. Like Ritalin, it helps you focus and gives you energy. FDA warning to the manufacturer here: www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/N
Bring more than one stimulator to your system and you may just overload your body with pressure to your vascular system.
A better way to fuel your body before a workout is to have a good, but small, meal before your workout. Make sure you get enough protein and carbohydrates to fuel your body. If you really feel the need for caffeine, have a coffee, you don't need 20 all at once. Be sure to hydrate and keep that water bottle near you as you sweat so your body doesn't dehydrate too much while you're working out. A good balanced meal is always a great way to get the body going.
Treat your body well and be sure to understand what you're putting in your body by reading the ingredients on the back of the package, no matter what it is. If it's too good to be true, it probably is.
Today's holidays: Grilled Cheese Sandwich day and Drop Everything and Read day. So today be sure to read what is on your packages, read a good book, and/or read the signs hanging on the buildings while enjoying a good grilled cheese sandwich, whatever cheese you wish to use on whatever type of bread you like. I may do swiss today.