I love pre workout products. I use them 3 times a week and take around 2-3 weeks off every 6-8 weeks. Im just wondering if taking these for a long long time (say...10-15 years straight with the breaks and all) will affect your life span? I mean it makes your heart beat faster and all. I don't think this is true, but ive heard that every red bull or energy drink you consume you lose like a day off from your life span. I know it sounds stupid, but im just wondering if they are bad for your health in the long term? (enough to kill you years earlier)
03-15-2011, 08:24 PM #1
Are pre workouts bad for long term health?:+)
03-15-2011, 10:38 PM #2
Stimulants And Their Risks by Mary F. Zesiewicz, MD
Stimulants come in all forms. They have great appeal for their ability to enhance alertness and produce a "high". Likewise, stimulants have risks. Stimulants literally "burn up" the body's cellular metabolism. Stimulants artificially "rev up"our metabolic processes- but everything that speeds up,invariably must slow down. Examples of stimulants include: caffeine, nicotine, over the counter cold medicines, chocolate, diet pills, like ephedrine, or ma huang, and the class of drugs known as amphetamines- both legally prescribed and illegal.
Of course, it is easy to get hooked. Many, if not most people today, quite frankly, are tired. Fatigue is a pandemic of 21st century life. First, the pace alone of our lives is dizzying. "Managing" day to day life requires a colossal "juggling" act.This phrenetic juggling will wear out the best of us. Shifting mentally and physically from task to task drains our resources of hormones and nerve chemicals and disrupts cellular health. But reaching for stimulants to get through our busy days backfires sooner or later.
The mental and emotional crash from stimulants is nothing to take lightly. Abruptly stopping stimulants of any kind can lead to depression, nervousness, irritability and even suicidal thinking. At the very least, fogginess, or dullness in focus and concentration exist, along with fatigue, which can be debilitating.
In addition, stimulants can be very "psychologically" addicting. There is an inherent fear of the "crash" even when it is mild, of stopping stimulants abruptly.
Physically, stimulants affect a range of organs and body systems. Strain on heart muscle and blood vessels are but a few physical risks of stimulant abuse. Dehydration is common. And there are hidden demands on the body of stimulant abuse- short term and long term.
In "The Schwarzbein Principle", Diana Schwarzbein, MD and Nancy Deville, ( Health Communications, Deerfield Beach, FL, 1999) elaborate on the complexity of the physiological mechanisms that disrupt bodily functions by use of stimulants.
First, stimulants rev up metabolism by increasing adrenaline. Adrenaline actually uses up protein in the body and destroys lean body mass. Of course, stimulants promote a decrease in appetite. This diminishing appetite will lead to malnutrition eventually. Even if the person maintains near normal body weight, the
nutritional value of cells becomes markedly depleted.
In addition, stimulants raise insulin levels in the body. Long term higher insulin levels actually promote weight gain, not weight loss, that people often reach for stimulants to achieve.
In addition, although stimulants induce a transient increase in serotonin, attributing to their mood enhancing effects, the long term use of stimulants burns out serotonin reserves. Serotoninis one of the major neurotransmitters (or nerve chemicals) responsible for maintaining a balanced mood. Long term stimulant use, in burning out serotonin in the body, will induce a major crash in mood.
Last, but not least, prolonged stimulant abuse will accelerate aging.
03-15-2011, 10:47 PM #3
03-15-2011, 11:07 PM #4
03-15-2011, 11:12 PM #5
I'm not sure what kind of stimulants the article speaks of. Surely there are differing degrees to stimulants (obviously caffeine seems low-mild compared to...cocaine), and I wonder if they are classifying all of these under the same category. Besides this, is the study done on healthy individuals or just the general population (I would think the latter) because obviously those of us working out regularly have increased health benefits. Besides that, I feel like the other supplements we take (think multis, fish oils, etc) as well as (hopefully) a moderately healthy diet could at least counteract the negatives somewhat.
Just my thoughts.The Big 3
Bench: 225 x 1
Deadlift: 355x 2
Squat: 315 x 1
03-15-2011, 11:26 PM #6
03-16-2011, 08:36 AM #7
Sorry if this seems like I'm highjacking your thread, but your post had me wondering about the long term effects of caffeine. If some of my speculations are true then maybe preworkouts don't help as much as we think and aren't worth the risk. Maybe someone has insight on this topic.
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