Overrated Products In Sports
Did you know that there are some health products that are not really that beneficial for athletes?
Supplements are used to help athletes reach their potential by increasing muscle mass, decreasing lactic acid build up in your body, protecting immunity, and have become increasingly popular these days. Some sports supplements can be more like candy and sodas because there are so many hidden ingredients like natural flavors, artificial ingredients, and synthetic forms of vitamins. All of these things can cause an increase in free radicals or inflammation in your body that can cause more harm than good.
What products do we think are overrated?
Hydration drinks have become increasingly popular and BodyArmor is one brand that you can find on the shelves at your local store. They claim to provide hydration for athletes, but the components on the label are full of artificial ingredients that can actually increase inflammation in our bodies.
BodyArmor is full of synthetic vitamins like cyanocobalamin (vitamin B-12), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B-6), and Calcium D-Pantothenate (vitamin B5). These vitamins are all great and essential for your body, but those with the MTHFR gene have a difficult time processing the synthetic forms of ingredients. Not only are there synthetic vitamins, but BodyArmor is full of natural flavors that can be questionable. We don’t know where any of these flavors come from and might actually not be safe for consumption.
There are better ways we can get our vitamins and minerals from whole foods, make our own sport drinks or even choose sports drinks that have better healthier ingredients.
Alkaline water or regular water? Alkaline water has a pH level of 8 or 9 which is higher than regular drinking water and is full of minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron. Regular drinking water has a neutral pH of 7. It is possible that alkaline water might neutralize the acid in your body, but that is the responsibility of your kidneys and lungs to manage the pH in your body. There are benefits to drinking alkaline water like it is pro-aging, supports the immune system, great for hydration, skin health and it has detoxifying properties. The only problem with alkaline water is that when you buy it from the store it has been through a chemical process that doesn’t make it truly alkaline. Water that is truly alkaline occurs when water passes over rocks like springs, where there are minerals that create alkalinity in the water.
Celsius is a trending energy drink that contains green tea extract, guarana seed extract, caffeine, taurine, glucuronolactone, ginger extract and green tea leaf extract. It is filled with vitamin C, vitamin B, and about 100-330 mg of caffeine per serving. The caffeine content in this drink can be concerning for someone who has a high sensitivity to caffeine. You may feel jittery and anxious because there is so much. The nutrition label on Celsius is not specific about how much of the energy ingredients are in the drink. So you don’t not know exactly how much of each of the ingredients you are consuming. Another thing is, natural flavors and sucralose can be found in this drink. Natural flavors is an extremely broad term and there can be chemicals to help sweeten this product. Sucralose is an artificial sweetener in the drink and can be detrimental to your health because it increases your sugar cravings, disrupts your hormones, and alters your hunger hormonal regulation cycle.
These are just a few products that we have found to be overrated and there are much better products for you on our amazon storefront. Be sure to check it out at the link below. We hope you found this overrated sports products blog helpful and that you learned something new. If you want to learn more about vitamins and supplementation be sure to book a consultation with us as well as getting your DNA tested.