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Wednesday March 5, 2014


Box Back Squats


2 Rounds for Time
Sled Push
12 Ring dips
25 Box Jumps


Last week was no shoe Wednesday, so I am going to call today Soap Box Wednesday... I am so sick of watching adults and even worse our youth walking around with energy drinks consuming them like they are having a bottle of water after the mother of all WOD's. They might as well be carrying a sign above their head that reads Kidney Stones Please & Don't Forget My Side Order of Diabetes. 

Don't get me wrong, I understand life sometimes requires us to put in a ridiculous day or even week and we need something to help us push through. If you are having one of those days and this is your last resort then by all means grab that energy drink and fight through. But if you or someone you love is drinking these on a consistent basis then PLEASE take a second and read the rest of this article. Below I have listed the supplement facts of FitAid (a healthier alternative energy drink) and a Monster energy drink. Take a look at the facts for yourself and then finish reading to get a better understanding of what these facts really mean...

              FitAid                                                             VS             Monster Energy Drink


The two most common ingredients found in energy drinks are sugar and caffeine; both of which provide temporary stimulation but can result in actual long term energy loss due to stressing the adrenal glands and causing adrenal fatigue.

Just one of a huge number of health risks caused by processed sugar is the risk of diabetes, a disease which has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. Very large amounts of sugar can ultimately overwhelm the pancreas, the organ which generates insulin to offset sugar intake. If the pancreas becomes "worn out" by being overworked from too much sugar, diabetes can begin.

Some energy drinks contain up to 7 times as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. While small amounts of caffeine are not generally considered dangerous, too much can over stimulate the central nervous system and can dangerously elevate blood pressure and heart rate. Caffeine is also addictive and withdrawal symptoms include headaches and irritability. Caffeine also causes a loss in valuable B vitamins which are needed for "normal"energy creation.

When sugar is not used, dangerous artificial sweeteners are employed. Perhaps the most dangerous is aspartame; though increasingly, the sugar substitute of choice has become sucralose. Sucralose is a chlorinated organic compound, a chemical group which includes several compounds known to be harmful to animals and plants and which has been linked to birth defects and other prenatal conditions. The body does not recognize artificial sweeteners like sucralose as food, but instead essentially processes them as toxins.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/033794_energy_drinks_side_effects.html#ixzz2v7PPiTq7

• About one quarter of the sugar as a typical soda or energy drink
• Glucosamine & Natural Anti-Inflammatories for joint health, flexibility, and to help reduce soreness *
• B-Vitamins for consistent energy *
• Electrolytes to combat muscle fatigue *
• Supplements for Mental Acuity, Focus, and Balance *
• Sweetened with only 9 grams (45 calories) of Organic Blue Agave which is low on the glycemic index (meaning absorbs slowly into blood stream – no spike and crash.
• NO Artificial Flavors, Colors, or Sweeteners
• No High Fructose Corn Syrup, No Aspartame, No Sucralose, No Grapefruit

I am not trying to sell you FitAid but if you look at the two articles above and then look at the side to side comparison you will see some major differences. Ultimately what you need is more sleep, better nutrition, and of course exercise!! But, if you are missing one of those components then please don't supplement them with energy drinks! Grab a FitAid out of our fridge or a cup of coffee! Besides, what good is it to work all those ridiculous hours if you end up in the hospital burning up sick days, vacation time, and your savings account!!