No Shotgun And Caffeine

Nutritional supplements, like NO Shotgun, are designed both to enhance your workout and to support your muscle building and muscle recovery efforts. The ingredients are combined specifically to increase motivation and energy and to improve the effectiveness of the workout. The formula combines a base of amino acids, protein and creatine, with additional stimulating and muscle-enhancing ingredients to provide energy and support the muscles during intense workouts. The central goal of these bodybuilder supplements is to supply energy directly to the muscles and also help muscles to recover from stress more rapidly.

Pre-workout supplements also often use naturally occurring stimulants like caffeine to provide the individual with the energy and gusto that are crucial to a great workout. Because these stimulants are approved for use in foods, they are considered a natural way to increase and sustain energy. While this may be true, it is important to use caution when using this or any pre-workout supplement particularly in relationship to other sources of caffeine.

A number of energy drinks on the market today contain as much as 350 milligrams of caffeine. Even juice-based energy drinks can register as high as 160 milligrams each, which is higher than most cups of coffee (80-150 milligrams). A lot of people gravitate towards these drinks because they provide quick energy boots and some are even enhanced with vitamins and minerals or are sugar and fat-free. Interestingly, many over-the-counter pain medicines contain as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. If you are taking these to combat post-workout soreness or treat other regular aches and pains you may be adding another layer to your caffeine intake.

Herein is the problem, if you consume several cups of coffee and soft drinks or several energy drinks during your day, are taking a pain medication and then use a pre-workout supplement you may be headed for caffeine overload. This overload can have some mild to more serious side effects.

Signs of caffeine abuse range from the to the psychological. According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, symptoms can include tremors, nausea and vomiting, insomnia, rapid heart beat and chest pains to name a few. Further, the American Psychological Association has recently added caffeine intoxication to its manual of disorders and lists restlessness, anxiety and psychomotor agitation as possible side effects at around 1,000 milligrams per day. This is based on an average tolerance to and many people can have strong side effects with much less caffeine.

According to the APA's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, some people can experience caffeine intoxication symptoms -- including restlessness, nervousness, excitement, insomnia, flushed face, and gastrointestinal complaints -- after ingesting as little as 100 milligrams of caffeine per day.

Monitoring your caffeine input is essential to ensuring that you are not yourself up for significant discomfort and/or derailing your workouts because you are experiencing these symptoms. It is important to read the label of your pre-workout supplement to determine if the use of additional caffeinated products is discouraged. As always, you should consult your doctor before using any nutritional supplement.