Creatine, is it Worth it?

Since 1992, when Creatine Monohydrates hit the shelves of nutrition stores everywhere, we have all heard the stories of athletes getting supposedly “Jacked”, from using supplemental creatine. The real question is, is it their workout regimen, and diet, or this new boosted creatine supplement. The question on whether or not this supplement is doing anything else to your body besides helping build muscle mass also creates a worthy discussion. First off, the supplement creatine is known as a fast acting amino acid, that boost energy production, which allows for you to get the good hard workouts you desire. It was first discovered by a French Chemist Michel Cheveul, who noticed, and discovered the acids that are in our Skeletal muscles back in 1832. Creatine is mostly used to maximize an individuals athletic performance, as well as physical gains. The thing is that creatine is a natural substance that can be obtained without having to add the factory made stuff to their diet. It can be obtained in meats such as fish. the down side to using creatines, such as the powdered form that you can obtain at your local health store, it can cause health problems if not used correctly. Yes it is a naturally occuring substance, Yes it has many uses, but can it be harmful? If not used the correct way, or in the right proportions creatine has been said to cause weight gain, anxiety, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, headache, kidney failure, nausea, vomiting, rashes, up set stomach. Now im not saying that it is a bad substance, or that it shouldnt be used, I am just warning that it should not be used in excess. On the bright side creatine can be used for many other medical purposes rather than rapid muscular gains, and better athletic performance. Creatine has been known to be used in cases of congestive heart failure, depression, and bipolar disorder,  Parkinson’s disease. It can also help certain nerve disorders, an eye disease called gyrate atrophy, as well as high cholesterol. Creatine is not a bad thing it just has had many bad reviews from people who over due it, or don’t quite know what they’re doing when it comes to using supplemental ingredients such as creatine, protein, etc. As a society we have been known in this day and age to do things excessively. Creatine is a great thing, but cant be used excessively. So be smart, but don’t fell the need to avoid it.

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How are School Lunches Effecting the Students, Nutritionally, and Financially

I was recently reading an article on CNN by writer Sarah Cheshire, http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/19/health/national-school-lunch-program/ on a school in Gainesville, Georgia who has made great progress on improving and serving more nutritious school meals. CNN states that nearly 76% of the students in the school district qualify for free and reduced lunches, but are still not getting school lunch. This is improving childhood obesity in our country, as it is one of our greatest down falls as a society. These improved meals are not only made healthy, but are taste tested by the students to see if they  in fact would eat these meals to make sure the school district is not wasting too much money on improving food quality. Students across the US are eating 16% more vegetables than they were before, as well as 23% more fruit on a daily basis. This program is has increased overall quality of school meals, but have caused many budget cuts, when it comes to meal programs for students who need them. Schools are beginning to opt out of school lunch programs, that some students need to buy these school lunches. Schools are starting to see that the reimbursement that they receive for enacting these low budget meal plans, are in fact losing money for them. Many huge leaps have been made when it comes to improving  the over all quality, as well as the  taste of school meals, but the programs that are funding these big moves are not supporting the school enough. Yes students have better, more nutritious choices, but how are students supposed to in fact eat these new meals if meal programs are being cut. Open Campus’s also come to mention. Open campus’s allow students to leave the school grounds and go out to eat during lunch. Yes students can make good choices, but usually don’t, and on top of that the schools are losing paying customers. Not only are kids not getting quality, nutritious meals, they are also not helping out those who need to eat at school, and need the meal programs funded by the school district, in which uses the funds gained from students buying school lunches. in many cases the school is not only struggling to support those who eat school lunches, but are not getting the proper funding to support the many  free and reduce lunch plans, as many kids who don’t want to eat school lunches are leaving campus, or packing their own.

Boosting Performance with Nutrition

As you all probably know by know nutrition plays a key role in how we as people function in our everyday lives, as well as how we perform in other activities. It also is a key factor to how much we are capable of putting in to our workouts to get the most out of it, as well as our over all performance when it comes time to compete. Obviously there are more than just one way of getting the best out of what you eat, but I strongly agree with http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/feeding-eating/family-nutrition/sports-nutrition/5-ways-nutrition-can-boost-athletic-performance and their easy to follow, five way  plan to helping you not only feel good, but perform to your highest ability as well. I really agree with their strong emphasis on high carbohydrate meals, as well as their advice on hydrating well in advance of game, meet, or competition time, as well as after competing. The one factor that I have come to realize from several years of wrestling, with everything that comes with, the long tiring practices, managing my weight, and at the same time getting the most out of my body, is the importance of refueling my body after all this, and doing it right. Hydration, and making sure I have really make sure I rehydrate my body, after every practice, and every weigh in. Rehydrating after a long week of struggling to make weight is the most important thing. Plain and simple you cannot compete on a high level if you aren’t hydrated. Now more then ever high school athletes are starting to learn just how important proper nutrition, is to their performance. I feel good about this as a fellow member of the sports community, as well as someone who understands all that high school kids are given these days. The support that they are given, the access to this truly ground breaking information I just completely adore. Even with all the help they are given these days, it isn’t simple. We all know that. It is just so easy to go to t he gym, or go to practice, and afterwards go to some fast food restaurant to hang with the boys. I never said that sticking to a respectable regimen was easy, but once you decide to really commit to it, it will be. You will notice a better overall feeling of strength, stamina, endurance, etc. The more and more people we can get to preach, and influence young athletes on the of importance of nutrition, the greater performance we will see out of the athletes in our communities, states, country, even world. Nutrition really does make a huge difference, all it takes is the commitment, and desire to strive for excellence not only with what you do with your bodies, but what you put into them as well.

Are Sports Drinks Really As Good For You As You Think?

We all see the commercial of all the famous important athletes chugging Gatorade, or Powerade, but do you ever think about if those products are really beneficial or are they just another soft drink trying to be advertised in a different direction. Now its true for the most part that these products whether its Gatorade, Powerade, or any other types of sports drinks do contain the vitamins and minerals on the label, as well as it does do its job of replenishing your bodies fluid; this much is true. The main purpose of sports drinks are to replenish the fluids and calories lost through sweat throughout the course of a workout. Sports drinks also offer an occasionally nice switch from water, which is in no doubt the best thing to drink pre workout as well as during, and post workout. Whether its sugar free/ reduced sugar, or maybe just normal, they all have an intended purpose, but this purpose should not be abused through excessive consumption of these sports drinks. This only lead to excessive amounts of sugar, and calories not needed in your body. Sports drinks often times have some amount of protein, and are pretty much all carbs, which allows for the body to gain quick energy from  the product. Sports drinks, as a fluid are easier to digest than whole foods, allowing it to get to work quicker.

The negative effects of sports drink can relate to the sugar in them. The amounts of sugar in sports drinks, are known to supposedly rot away your teeth. Sports drinks are also not used in the right time, place, or reason. Many people usually just drink it for the heck of it, or think that they lost more calories, fluids, in a workout then they really did. Sports drinks often are very high in calories, and really only do one thing which is slow dehydration. Sports drinks also do not quench your thirst. With all the ingredients including the high levels of sodium and salt can cause people to consume more unexpectedly than they had originally planned, which leads to extra unneeded calories in the body. THe sports drinks who advertise their product as loaded with electrolytes but really for the effort you must expend to make the consumption of a sports drink worth it, the electrolyte content in the drink doesn’t replenish enough electrolytes into your body. Sports drinks can be both beneficial and not benificial, butr what you decide is completely your opinion, but