There are many options to consider for your nutritional regimen when training and racing. One common question is whether or not to incorporate caffeine into your nutrition plan. You may get caffeine from your favorite brew, but you wonder if you should also have it in your nutritional supplements? Some products on athleti.ca are available with caffeine: for some athletes, caffeine is a must-have, but for others it’s not the best idea. Read on, to find out the facts and fiction on caffeine.
The caffeinated buzz.
According to Health Canada, intake of less than 400 milligrams of caffeine a day causes no harm to health (nevertheless, the daily limit is set at 300 mg for pregnant and breast-feeding women). Although the International Olympic Committee allows for caffeine use, it maintains surveillance of its abuse in athletes. There is a downside to indulging in too much caffeine : daily intakes of more than 450 mg can cause nervousness, hypertension, irritability, anxiety, dehydration and disturbed sleep in athletes. Studies show that half of us have a genetic sensibility to caffeine (as predicted by our DNA), whereas the remaining 50% of individuals will remain insensitive to it and feel no difference. Keep in mind that individual tolerance will vary, so be careful to assess your reaction to it.
Here, there, everywhere?
As you can see, caffeine is not the make- or break-all in the athletic arena. The decision to opt for the caffeine kick or go without remains a question of personal preference, in your search for the gold! Train hard, eat right and consider a coffee break!!!