Positive and Negative Effects Of Energy Drinks On Athletes

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Energy drinks are causing positive and negative effects on athletes

In other articles we have discussed a lot of negative effects that energy drinks can cause to dental health. Some new research has shown other negative effects on our health as well. This study shows positive and negative effects of energy drinks on athletes.

Some negative effects of energy drinks on athletes are an increase of insomnia, nervousness and high levels of stimulation in the hours following competition. Some positive effects were that the athletes saw improvements of between 3 and 7 percent in their sports performance.

The four year study which was conducted by researchers from Camilo Jose Cela University observed top athletes who took the equivalent of three cans of energy drink or an energy drink placebo before their competitions.

Read more about this study and the positive and negative effects of energy drinks by reading the article found on Med India here: Energy Drinks Cause Insomnia and Nervousness in Athletes.

Reduce Sports-Related Concussions with Custom-Made Mouthguards

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Sports organizations, everything from youth recreational programs to professional leagues, have all increased  their radar on the affects of mild traumatic brain injuries (concussions) and how to prevent them. According to Medical News Today, athletes can reduce their risk of concussion injuries by wearing custom-made mouthguards. In a study published in General Dentistry, high school football players who wore mouthguards bought from a store, over-the-counter, were more than twice as likely to suffer concussions than those who wore a mouthguard that was custom-made by a dentist for their mouth.

Read more about the study and topic here: Athlete’s Risk of Concussion Reduced by Custom-Made Mouthguards.

Fat or Sugar? A Pair of Twins Set Out to Find Out Which is Worse

Fat or SugarFat or Sugar? That is the debate that has hit the health world by storm. For years people have said that a low-fat diet was the answer to healthy living. This led to the explosion of “light” food. But experts have moved away from this philosophy believing that low-fat foods are unhealthy because they have a lot of additives and sugars in them. Now we are hearing more and more about the evils of sugar. But which is worse?

A pair of twins set out to find the answer. Because of their genetic makeup, identical twins make good test subjects, ruling out genetics as a possible variable in the study results. In this experiment, the twins went on a diet for a month. They were allowed to eat as often or as much as they wanted, but one twin ate a low-fat diet and the other a low-carbohydrate diet. Their exercise and activity levels were very similar and so the results of the study came down to diet alone.

Neither twin enjoyed their diet. They found little joy in eating or their meals. The one on the low-fat diet constantly felt hungry and ended up snacking a lot. The other, never felt hungry on the low-carb diet, but he had difficulty performing physical tasks and had issues with cognitive functioning and fatigue. As soon as the diet was over, he began eating carbohydrates again and found more energy and clarity.

Each twin lost weight, the one on the low-carb diet losing more. But tests showed that in the absence of carbohydrates, his body began breaking down muscle to find its energy, causing some of the fatigue and slugishness he experienced.

The results of this experiment showed that neither diet was ideal. You can lose weight on a low-fat diet, but eating an unregulated amount of sugar is definitely not healthy. Eating a diet high in protein and eliminating carbs could help you lose weight, but it has its drawbacks as well.

They discovered that it wasn’t really sugar or fat that caused food addiction or obesity, but that it was the combination of the two often found in processed food. Moderation in all things is important and if you want to lose weight, stay away from processed food and find a diet that you can keep for the rest of your life.

Click here to read more about the twins and their experience: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2546975/One-twin-gave-sugar-gave-fat-Their-experiment-change-YOUR-life.html


7 Fad Workouts You May Want to Reconsider

fad workoutsThe number one New Year’s resolution this year is the same as it was last year and the year before and many years before that. The goal to lose weight or get in shape is a good one and there are a lot of options out there to help you accomplish your goal. But you have to be careful. There are a lot of fad workouts that actually can do more harm than good.

7 Fad Workouts You May Want to Reconsider

1- Pole Dancing-Yes, pole dancing takes a lot of balance, coordination and upper body strength, but it is also very risky and can cause many injuries and visits to the ER due to falls. It requires a lot of training and is not something to take up on a whim.

2- Yoga Mashups– it’s not enough to just do yoga these days, you have to do it in a heated room or on a stand-up paddle board in the middle of a lake. The idea is that it increases the intensity of the workout, but it comes with risk as well. Many people have passed out in hot yoga classes and there is risk of falling when using stand-up paddle boards.

3- Gas Mask Training-Usually reserved for training firefighters and the military, some exercise groups are wearing military grade gas masks while exercising. The idea is that decreasing oxygen flow helps train your body to work out in higher altitudes and intensifies your workout. But it could really cause problems when you deprive your body of much needed oxygen, especially while working out.

4- Backwards Running– Our bodies were not really meant to run backward. You could easily trip over something and fall or strain your neck looking behind you every few seconds.

5- Stiletto Workouts– Walking in stilettos is hard enough but working out in them could be hazardous. Not only are you prone to falls and injury, but stilettos also do not support the foot properly.

6- MOB Races– The premise of MOB races (mud, obstacles and beer) is to get couch potatoes off  the couch and up and moving. The problem is that these people have little to no training and really shouldn’t attempt workouts of this magnitude from the get go. After all, you don’t just jump off the couch and run a marathon. You have to train.

7-Stability Ball Standing– Stability balls have been used for decades to build core muscles, but now instead of using them while doing crunches, they are standing on them and doing things such as lifting weights. It doesn’t take a genius to see the problem with that.

The key is moderation. Anything taken to the extreme can bring a whole lot of risk and problems. If you use common sense when choosing your workouts, you should be okay. Remember it’s consistency that counts. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2014.

For more info: http://www.today.com/health/fitness-fails-workouts-you-need-stop-doing-2014-2D11792111

Jennifer Lawrence Responds to Questions About Body Image

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Body image is a big issue for women of all ages. They are constantly bombarded with messages stating that in order to be desirable or have value, you need to look perfect, be incredibly thin and wear the most fashionable clothing.  The media tends to focus on the outward appearance instead of internal character and worth. Some companies such as Dove are working hard to counteract these images and unreasonable expectations.

Jennifer Lawrence is the leading actress in the movies Hunger Games and Catching Fire. She has also received an Oscar for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook. In the past, Jennifer has received some flack from Hollywood about her weight but now she’s fighting back. When it comes to body image, Jennifer hopes to be a good role model for young girls. While training for her role as Katniss in Hunger Games, she focused on getting strong and fit, instead of thin and underfed.

In a recent interview with Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, Jennifer makes quite a statement about body image, criticizing the media for encouraging young women to judge each other based on looks. Check out the video here: