You Don't Have To Be Positive All The Time

You Don't Have To Be Positive All The Time

And you shouldn't have to pretend to be, either.
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There's this idea being successful means being on your A-Game all day, every day. Never wasting a waking-moment, and most definitely never taking any down or personal time. Our society is work-oriented. That's just a fact, and not necessarily a bad one. It simply means we don't place value on taking a moment in the hustle and bustle of every day to stop, sit, and breathe.

I think it is completely unrealistic to expect yourself (or anyone else, for that matter) to be able to keep a smile on your face at all times. In recent years I've noticed that there is this notion that being a "positive" person somehow entails never having negative feeling of thought about anyone or anything at any time. No--if you're one of these "positive people," there is no room for unhappiness, sadness, or upset; positivity must be all encompassing at every time of day...doesn't it?

Positivity relates to your outlook on life as a whole. Each day brings its own challenges, heights, and depths, and it is unrealistic (not to mention unhealthy) to trap yourself into a rigid shell of a person who is only allowed to feel one side of the spectrum that is emotion. That isn't positive. That is constrictive. Damaging. Inauthentic. And it surely should not be what is the societal "norm" when a portrait of an individual who has a positive outlook is conjured up.

Brainstorm an image of a "positive person," and who is it that comes to mind? Is it a co-worker who is always wearing an ear-to-ear smile? Is it the friend that sends cheesy and slightly overdone inspirational quotes to you every morning? Is it an aloof and unbothered acquaintance? Everyone shows emotion in different ways, which is something that in American culture we are not taught nor do we as a whole make an effort to understand. We value hard work and conformity; we place importance on shutting up and pushing your problems to the side. Because everyone knows that that's healthy. But, if you can do this, and do it well, you will be thought of as successful. Do it with a smile, and you're a beacon of positivity.

I think resilience is one of the biggest tellers of a positive outlook. Despite what pitfalls are thrown, or what past demons may be knocking on the door at night, a person who can still find the passion, drive, and reason to see the beauty of life is a better example of self-generated positive mindset. People who feel the depths of their feelings, yet don't allow themselves to be sucked into the trap of wallowing and pity--those are the people who are truly inspirational.

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Everything You Need To Know About BANG Energy Drinks

Say goodbye to your favorite pre-workout drink.
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BANG energy drinks from VPX Sports are the hottest new products for athletes everywhere. On every can, you'll find their catchphrase "Potent Brain & Body Fuel" and it gives you just that. Clean energy, laser-sharp focus, and no sugar induced crashes are just a few of the reasons these bad boys are flying off the shelves faster than retailers can keep them stocked. Haven't heard of them? Sound too good to be true? Let me answer your questions.

What is it? It's an energy drink that's kind of like your typical Red Bull or Monster. It's a perfect substitution for pre-workout supplements or coffee.

Who's it meant for? Anyone! A better question to ask is, "Who isn't this drink meant for?" On the can, you'll find a recommendation for no one under the age of 18 to consume the drink. You also may want to steer clear of it if you're sensitive to stimulants like caffeine.

What's in it? BANG energy drinks contain zero calories, zero carbohydrates, and zero sugar. But what you can find are BCAA's, CoQ10, creatine, and copious amounts of caffeine. These are things athletes often take as supplements.

What are BCAA's? BCAA's are Branched Chain Amino Acids. They are known to stimulate protein synthesis, increase muscle function, decrease your soreness after a workout, and even aid in repairing damaged muscles.

What's CoQ10? Coenzyme Q10 is found in the mitochondria of your cells and sparks energy production. It helps produce energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance. People often take this as a dietary supplement when they feel tired or lethargic.

What's super creatine? Creatine does a great job in enhancing athletic performance by aiding growth of lean body mass (AKA muscle). When you take creatine orally, the amount in your muscles increase and helps regenerate ATP more efficiently. According to the nutrition label, this so-called "super" creatine is bonded to Leucine to make Creatyl-L-Leucine. On SupplementReviews.com, a VPX Sports representative allegedly said the following about the Super Creatine in the drink:

"The creatine in there is actually something very special...it is the world's only water stable creatine. It is Creatine-Leucine peptide. Think of this...if you mix creatine in water, it sinks and if you mix leucine in water, it floats....if you combine the two into a peptide, it creates a water soluble and water-stable form of creatine. It also has a fatty acid chain that makes it easier to cross the blood brain barrier. The focus of the super creatine is not for muscle function, but for cognition...by combining this form of creatine with caffeine, it works synergistically for mental focus."

How much caffeine is in one can? In one can of BANG, you'll be blessed with 300mg of caffeine. This is the equivalent to over three cups of coffee.

Is that even safe? Yeah, it is. In order for the caffeine in the energy drink to be lethal at any capacity, I would have to drink 30.7 cans.

So, what are the downsides? There are two things that come to mind. One is that consumers have no idea how much BCAA's, CoQ10, or creatine is actually in the drink. It could very likely be trace amounts too small to do anything beneficial. Two, BANG energy drinks do not go through the FDA approval process.

Is it really that good? Well, out of 113 reviews of the product on Bodybuilding.com, there's an average 9.6 overall rating. Most reviews comment on the quality of the energy, the cognitive focus, and the non-existent crash once the drink wears off.

What kind of flavors can I buy? There are currently eight flavors on the market: Black Cherry Vanilla, Cotton Candy, Sour Heads, Star Blast, Blue Razz, Champagne Cola, Power Punch, and Lemon Drop.

Where can I get it? You can find BANG energy drinks at your local GNC or Vitamin Shoppe retailers, Amazon, Bodybuilding.com, VPX Sports' website, some gas stations, and privately owned retailers.

How expensive are they? This depends on where you make your purchase. The cheapest place to purchase your BANG energy drinks is at Bodybuilding.com for about $2.00 per can. You can find similar prices on Amazon and at your local retailers. The energy drinks are most expensive through the VPX website where you'll pay about $2.75 per can.

How do they compare BANG to other energy drinks? I'll give you some data and you can make your decisions based on that:

16 oz. BANG: 300mg caffeine, 0g carbohydrates, 0g sugar.

16 oz. Monster Energy (regular): 160mg caffeine, 54g carbohydrates, 54g sugar

16 oz. Red Bull (regular): 160mg caffeine, 56g carbohydrates, 56g sugar

16 oz. Rockstar (regular): 144g caffeine, 54g carbohydrates, 54g sugar

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The Importance of a Good Nutrition to your Body

A good nutrition is important for a good health and wellbeing of our bodies. The foods and drinks we take should contain all the nutrients needed for a proper functioning of our bodies.
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Why is nutrition so important?

A good nutrition is important for a good health and wellbeing of our bodies. The foods and drinks we take should contain all the nutrients needed for a proper functioning of our bodies. These nutrients include proteins, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, and essential fats. For an optimum nutrition, you need not neglect the right combination of the nutrients. A proper diet is important from the early stages of life for growth. This makes nutrition a basic requirement for a healthier and longer life to all humans.

Provision of Energy

Apart from nutrients, foods and drinks provide other components which are vital to our wellbeing. Food provides energy to keep us going through our daily routines and other nutrients which are essential to our bodies. Lack of proper nutrition leads to a poor health lifestyle which makes it difficult to achieve weight loss goals for those intending to.

Body Growth

A good nutrition helps maintain an ideal body weight preventing obesity in humans. It ensures adequate nutrition,especially to lactating and pregnant women. It improves growth of children to fulfill their genetic potential. It helps in building immunity to deficiency diseases’ and diet-related disorders. This has led to an emphasison a food-based approach to help in attaining an optimum nutrition. Without a good nutrition, it may lead to malnutrition,especially in children. This occurs especially if one’s body is not sufficiently serviced by the food they are consuming. There is need to eat different foods under different under certain circumstances to help improve our nutrition.

Nourishment

Nutrients are a source of nourishment to our bodies and play a big role in maintaining a healthy life. Low-fat foods lower the risk of heart diseases, foods rich in calcium keeps your bones strong and doing away with excess fats, sugars, and refined carbohydrates prevent blood sugar fluctuations. To increase blood flow to your brain, you need to main a proper nutrition. Apart from a good nutrition water is also an important component in maintaining a healthy body. Drinking a lot of water daily is important because of it aids in transporting nutrients and elimination of waste in the body.

Body Weight Maintenance

One cannot talk about the importance of nutrition without emphasis on how it contributes to weight loss since it’s a challenge many people are facing due to the lifestyles they have adopted. Maintaining a good health includes cutting down on the calories we eat daily, eating smaller portions which compose of the right proportions of nutrients, choosing meals which are low in fat and lastly learning on better ways to prepare food for a healthier diet. Many people fail to grasp the notion of weight loss that diet quality is more important than diet quantity at any point in food consumption.

Lastly, this emphasises the importance of a good nutrition in our daily lifestyle. To curb all the problems brought by bad eating habits one must follow good dietary habits. Proper nutrition doesn’t need you to starve yourself rather than to eat a balanced diet.

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