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Pre-workout powdered supplements, legal Ritalin?

Friday, April 12, 2013

I saw this article this morning:

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:

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:

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. emoticon
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    It always amazes me how hypocritical our systems are. Here in the UK, we are not allowed to buy more than 3 products in one go containing paracetamol - in case we are going to do something stupid (not that you could with that quantity!) but then you can buy stuff like this which will do you a lot more harm and buy it by the bucket load!
    Keep it natural!
    1800 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    now that is just scary that they can sell that!
    I agree with you and that is my choice pre workout too. emoticon emoticon
    1800 days ago
    This stuff sounds insane! Although, I guess I'd be concerned anyway if I was consuming a product named 'Napalm' (one of the supplements mentioned in the FDA note)!!!

    Oh, and I've noticed how you've been doing the daily holidays. Today is also National Licorice Day!
    1801 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    I can't imagine getting that much caffeine in oneself before exercising.
    but if you need some, drink a cup of cofee or tea---much cheaper than buying expensive powders to do the same thing. Great blog
    1801 days ago
  • MELINDA382
    Good grief, what will they think of next? Another reason to eat mainly clean food with no labels or gently processed foods with few ingredients. Thanks for sharing.
    1801 days ago
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    1801 days ago
    My youngest is doing an online health class. The reason I'm bringing this up is your blog is a timely one. Her health class had a special session last night on drug abuse even with over the counter drugs. Here is one more they mentioned last night Creatine or Createne (not sure of spelling) which is also used to enhance performance. Some of the side effects are muscle cramps, stomach upset and painful kidney stones. Been a firm believer like you that the best way to enhance your performance is naturally with good portion appropriate food, water and exercise. Keep up the good work on getting the word out. Loved today's blog! emoticon
    1801 days ago
    Wow! thanks for the info. I for one am not a fan of supplements like that. I like to know that why I am requiring of my body I am doing so under my own power and energy that I have provided it with rest and proper nutrition. I can't believe that it is legal to sell such a supplement that could be potentially so harmful. I think Ritalin is even over-prescribed for children and now to be dolling in out in a legalized supplement (especially one that is banned by the military) just seems inexcusable. Too may people will just read the part of the label that tells them it will provide them with more energy and will help them to focus not realizing how much harm that could come from such a "supplement". If you can't do these types of workouts under your own volition what then really is the point? emoticon
    1801 days ago
    Thanks for the info!
    1801 days ago
    Wow, scary stuff. I don't use any of that stuff. Yikes~
    1801 days ago
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