Why Pre-Workout Supplements are Wrecking Your Body

Why Pre-Workout Supplements are Wrecking Your Body

A summary of the many reasons not to take pre-workout supplements.

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In 2011, Army Private Michael Sparling was on a run while training with his unit. He had taken a pre-workout supplement prior to exercising, and within 10 minutes he found himself passed out, collapsed, in cardiac arrest, and later died. The elevation of his heart rate due to the combined effects of the supplement and the running pushed his body beyond what it was capable of, and his passing is a tragedy.

There are too many reports of medical emergencies caused by ingestion of pre-workout supplements to be ignored, and there are too many consumers buying these products without looking at the labels. Most pre-workouts contain about 300 milligrams of caffeine, the equivalent of about four cups of coffee. Not only will this elevate your heart rate to an abnormal level, but it will leave you with little to no energy for the rest of the day.

When taken with taurine (another common ingredient), caffeine can even accelerate instead of delay muscle fatigue. Some also contain agmatine sulfate. If you're taking pre-workout, chances are that you're also taking creatine, and it's not recommended to take these two supplements together. Additionally, almost all pre-workouts contain beta alanine. There is evidence showing that beta-alanine can postpone one's feeling of exhaustion during high-intensity training, but normal to high doses of this drug often overstimulates nerve cells and causes a scary, itchy, tingling sensation throughout the skin known as paresthesia. I've only mentioned a few ingredients, but I could go on and on.

In my opinion, the worst ingredient commonly found in pre-workout supplements is L-carnitine. L-carnitine is an amino acid that, when taken in large doses, not only damages your liver and kidneys but causes a horrible fishy body odor. I experimented with L-carnitine about a year ago and stopped taking it within a week just because of the fishy body odor. Please, I'm begging you, don't put yourself through that. It's terrible.

If you do read the labels and still choose to purchase these supplements, you should know that a lot of the advertised effects aren't entirely accurate. Nootropics, drugs that claim to increase an individual's mental awareness and focus, are a common ingredient in pre-workouts. While you may be able to find a couple of studies out there to back up these claims, the reality is that no significant evidence exists to support the validity of nootropics.

Ultimately, the additional energy and one or two reps in your sets are not worth the many, MANY health problems associated with pre-workout supplements. As long as you are getting a solid amount of complex carbohydrates in your diet, there's no need for these products.

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8 Reasons Girls Who Love Tequila Are Better

Because if she can handle tequila, she can handle you too.
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There are all kinds of alcohol stereotypes out there but the one associated with tequila is probably the worst: tequila makes you crazy. But if there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that women who drink tequila are one-of-a-kind.

Whether it's loving or fighting, you'll never find anyone who does it better than a girl who just straight up loves tequila, and here are a few reasons why that is.

1. She's independent

A girl who drinks tequila is probably the same girl who has absolutely no problem telling it like it is. She knows what she wants and goes after it.

2. She doesn't care what you or anyone else thinks

Oh, you have a problem with me taking shots and having a good time? Well, get over it! Bartender, a shot with salt and a lime please!

3. Always dancing

Tequila is an 'upper' so instead of sitting at the bar doing nothing, let's dance! Let's get moving!

4. There is never a dull moment

Speaking of dancing, a girl who drinks tequila is always down for a good time. Whether it's going on an adventure or seeing who can take the most shots, a tequila girl is always down to party.

5. While everyone else is starting to get sleepy, she has all the energy

Like I said, tequila is an 'upper' so while the other girls at the bar are starting to feel groggy and sad, she's all over the place having fun and partying on the dancefloor.

6. She's stronger than the girl crying over a vodka cranberry at the bar.

Sad over a breakup? Don't go for the vodka... Tequila will make you feel better in no time! Plus you can challenge the hot guys at the bar to a shot taking contest.

7. Tequila is healthy for you

Tequila is a probiotic, so some tequila a day keeps the doctor away. Yay for shots!

8. She can hold her own when it comes to alcohol

Any girl who can shoot some shots at the bar all day and night can handle alcohol, which means she can handle herself too. You won't have to deal with her constant breakdowns and mood swings because she will be too busy ordering more shots.

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10 Reasons To Start Vaping In 2019 If You Haven't Yet

"It's safer than cigarettes"

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Vaping is the rage these days among adolescents and college students. Here are some great reasons to start!

1. It's what all the cool kids do

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I wish that I could be like the cool kids

2. It damages your lungs

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It's not like you need these to breathe or anything

3. It pollutes the air

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Let's pollute the air even more!

4. Nicotine addiction

Just the thing I want to be addicted to

5. "Delicious" flavors

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Would you prefer mango flavor or the cancer flavor?

6. The Juul looks like a USB

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Your parents won't suspect a thing

7. Inhale metals like nickel and lead

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Yummmmmm. Lead poisoning isn't a thing.

8. More likely to get infections

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9. You'll eventually want cigarettes

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And you'll make your lungs worse

10. Lung and mouth cancer

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Who doesn't want cancer

In case you couldn't tell, this was very sarcastic. If you want all of these things, then go ahead, start vaping. But you should know what you're getting yourself into and be prepared for the consequences.

If you already vape, I mean no disrespect and I'm not trying to hate on you, but you should seriously stop. Whatever you think is a good reason for vaping really is not a good enough reason to damage your body.

Stop vaping. And if you don't vape, don't start. Just don't.

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