Does Drinking Water Reduce Blood Pressure? What About Dehydration & BP?

Does Drinking Water Reduce Blood Pressure? What About Dehydration & BP?

By Dr Joe

One of the queries I get often on this blog is: does drinking water reduce blood pressure? If we flip that question on its head, the question can be framed differently.

What will that be? It will be: does dehydration affect blood pressure?

I shall answer both questions for you on this page and you shall know the truth regarding water and blood pressure reduction.

Plus, you also get to know briefly the importance of water to our bodies, why we need water, how much water to drink and the effect of over-consumption of water on blood pressure too.

And you get my recommendation on the best drink for high blood pressure.

 

The Plan

The way I am going to approach the subject is this. I will discuss the effect of dehydration on blood pressure first, then talk about how drinking water (rehydration) affects your blood pressure afterwards.

Kinda make sense to do it that way.

But if you’re in a hurry and only want to know if drinking water reduces blood pressure, then you can scroll towards the later part of this article for an answer straightaway.

Using water as a blood pressure remedy can seem a little far fetched but there’s some truth in it, within reason.

I know that some people do take it a little too far. I have read some people claim that drinking just water only without any medications whatsoever lowered their blood pressure and now they live life happily ever after.

We live in a world where anyone can make any claim regarding anything. This is worse online. After all, people make all sorts of claims about diabetes and cancer online. These claims range from the sublime to the ridiculous.

So, it’s not surprising we have people making ridiculous claims about blood pressure treatment at home…and even low blood pressure.

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Before I delve into the possibility of dehydration causing high blood pressure and the fact that drinking water is one way you can lower your blood pressure naturally, let’s talk about the importance of water to our bodies briefly first.

 

How important is water to our bodies?

Well, make no mistake about it. Water is very important to our very survival. Without water we won’t be here on this planet.

This is exemplified in the fact that the average adult body is made up of 55 – 60% water. Babies have even more water content in their bodies. Babies are made up of 75% water until they are 1 year old when their water content drops to 65%.

Water plays a huge role in our bodies. From joint lubrication to keeping our brain well hydrated. Your brain is 75% water, believe it or not. Our brains have the same amount of water as you’ll find in ripe bananas. Our lungs are to a large extent a wet organ too.

Let’s not forget body temperature regulation. Water plays a major role in heat generation for our bodies.
In fact, without water, there will be metabolic mayhem in our bodies. Undoubtedly so.

 

Why do we need to drink water daily?

We need to drink water daily because some of our body functions mean we lose water every day. We lose water through urine. We lose water through bowel movement. We lose water through sweat. We lose water through our breathe.

All of that water loss needs to be replaced.

If we fail to replace the water lost through those bodily functions, dehydration will result.
But there has to be a fine balance between how much we are losing and how much we replace.

This fine balance prevents dehydration and over-hydration. Both over-hydration and dehydration are bad for our health.

Indeed, too much water in the body from over-hydration is just as bad for our blood pressure as dehydration is.

So, does dehydration affect blood pressure?

Yes, it does. And dehydration does affect blood pressure through 3 different mechanisms.
Dehydration is a potent trigger for a whole host of metabolic events.

Let’s just talk about hormonal events that occur when you are dehydrated. Because this is how dehydration can affect your blood pressure.

 

The 1st Dehydration-BP Elevation Mechanism

Dehydration leads to renin secretion. Renin is an enzyme produced in the kidneys in response to low blood volume or low salt levels in the blood.

When renin is released, it triggers the conversion of another pro-enzyme called angiotensinogen to angiotensin 1.

A chain of events follows. I don’t want to bore you with the details. All you need to know is that; the end result of that chain of events is the production of another hormone called aldosterone.

The job of aldosterone is to conserve the mineral called sodium. Of course, wherever there’s sodium, water follows. Aldosterone raises blood pressure as a result.

How?

Aldosterone raises blood pressure by preventing the kidneys from losing sodium in urine. Conserve as much sodium as possible.

And because water follows the sodium saved by the aldosterone (don’t forget that sodium is salt), our blood pressure gets elevated when we are dehydrated.

Blood pressure rises when salt and water are retained in the body.

This chain of events caused by dehydration is initiated by renin. In fact, this research tells us a 24-hour episode of dehydration induced a 3-fold increase in renin activity in the body.

That’s the power of water deprivation with a ripple effect on our blood pressure.
That’s one mechanism.

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The 2nd Dehydration-BP Elevation Mechanism

A second mechanism of how dehydration can affect our blood pressure is via another hormone called Anti Diuretic Hormone (ADH).

ADH is released from the hypothalamus in our brain when dehydration signals are received by the brain.

Anti Diuretic hormone as the name implies stops you losing water in urine. Meaning ADH will concentrate your urine to conserve water in the body.

By reducing the amount of urine excreted by the kidneys, blood volume increases and blood pressure rises as a conseqence. This is a protective mechanism to prevent the fatal consequences of dehydration on your body.

This action in turn will elevate your blood pressure too.

 

The 3rd Dehydration-BP Elevation Mechanism

There’s a 3rd mechanism through which dehydration elevates your blood pressure. It involves a direct effect on the tiny vessels we call capillaries.

Dehydration causes these capillaries to “narrow up”. When these tiny vessels become narrow, the pressure inside them rises causing a blood pressure elevation.

So, whereas initially dehydration leads to a lower blood pressure, compensatory mechanisms move things in the opposite direction leading to high blood pressure.

That’s how our body protects itself from harm caused by dehydration.

 

So, does drinking water reduce high blood pressure?

Yes, drinking water does reduce high blood pressure but with a caveat. You only need to drink what your body requires for the effect of water on blood pressure to be within the safe margins.

You just need to stay well hydrated. Nothing more.

The reason water does cause a reduction in blood pressure is the reverse of the events I discussed above.

Staying well hydrated by drinking plain water, mineral water or decaffeinated tea means you suppress renin release. Inhibiting the release of renin means you avoid elevated aldosterone levels.

Remember I said, aldosterone causes blood pressure elevation, so we don’t want to trigger its release.

We also want to suppress Anti Diuretic Hormone release by drinking enough.

Drinking enough water staves off those hormonal events that lead to blood pressure rise. Meaning drinking adequate water helps us lower high blood pressure naturally.

The effect of drinking water to lower or reduce blood pressure may not be as dramatic as eating foods that lower blood pressure quickly, but it helps a great deal.

What about over-hydration…

 

Does drinking too much water cause high blood pressure?

If you remember, I did say, to use water as a natural blood pressure remedy, you only need to drink enough to stay well hydrated.

This means you don’t need to go over-board because drinking too much water can actually cause high blood pressure.

It’s got to be finely balanced.

What’s the fine balance?

 

How much water should I drink a day?

Well, conventional teaching has always been that we should aim to drink 8 glasses of 8-oz glass per day.

But that advice is changing.

The amount of water we need to drink a day largely depends on our weight and our environment.

The recommended daily water intake does vary but it ranges from 2.5 liters – 3.7 liters for men and between 2 liters – 2.8 liters for women.

Obviously, that recommended daily water intake is not set in stone. Our daily water intake can be dialled up or down depending on how healthy we are, how old we are, how active we are and how hot the environment we are located is.

So, drink enough water or decaffeinated beverage like tea or mineral water or even coconut water to stay hydrated but don’t overdo it.

Because when you drink too much water especially within a short time interval, you can cause salt dilution in the body.

This is called hyponatremia.

This happens accidentally with athletes as they are physically active and feel they need to drink more and more.

 

How Water Intoxication comes about and the effect on your Blood Pressure

Whereas the dehydrated brain compensates by releasing that pesky Anti Diuretic Hormone (ADH), over-consumption of water is also sensed by the brain. Over-consumption inhibits the release of the ADH.

The inhibition of Anti Diuretic Hormone causes dilution of sodium and water retention occurs. Because the kidneys can’t keep up with the resulting amounts of dilute urine.

The net result is water intoxication and a direct effect of this water retention is high blood pressure.

So, please do not drink water in excess in the hope that that would lower your high blood pressure instantly and naturally. It won’t.

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What’s the best drink for high blood pressure?

Whatever you do when considering the best drink for high blood pressure, do not think for one second that alcohol will help you lower your blood pressure. It won’t.

I have written extensively about alcohol and blood pressure here.

Next drink you really do not want to be hydrating yourself with is coffee. Quite apart from the fact that coffee does make the body acidic, the caffeine in coffee does cause a rise in blood pressure.

So, coffee is not the best drink for high blood pressure.

In its place, you can consider drinking herbal teas for high blood pressure. The herbal teas have phytochemicals in them that will help you lower your blood pressure naturally.

Herbal teas do not have caffeine in them; hence they are ideal for BP control. Visit this page for a complete list of herbal teas that reduce high blood pressure.

A very good drink to consider is cacao drink but make sure you make the drink from original cacao powder. Make your cacao drink from unprocessed cacao not the processed sugar-loaded variety.

When also thinking about the best drink for high blood pressure, coconut water is an excellent drink to consider. You can consume coconut water for high blood pressure because it is mineral-rich.

Coconut water contains lots of potassium just like bananas. Foods and drinks high in the mineral potassium are one of the best things to consume to control high blood pressure.

Let me know what you think about what you have read here. Leave your comments below anything relating to water and indeed high blood pressure.

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Does Coffee Break a Fast?

Does Coffee Break a Fast?

By Dr Joe

Does coffee break a fast? A very good question. Some people just cannot get on with their day, if it doesn’t start with a regular morning routine that includes a coffee drink. That’s a habit of a lifetime for them and it’s pretty hard for them to change it.

And with all the rave about intermittent fasting as one of the healthiest things you can do for your health, you don’t want to miss out. You know the drill. Fear of missing out (FOMO). So you join in the fun of intermittent fasting.

Now you have a clash of concepts in your hands. I’m supposed to be fasting and I like my coffee. How do I marry the two ideas. Hence, you have to ask the all-important question; does coffee break intermittent fasting?

If you go on this wonderful platform we call the internet to research this, all you get is conflicting opinions and views.

 

The Plan – What You’ll Get On This Page

You needn’t worry, because you have just landed on the right page where you’ll get the low-down on:

The effect of plain black coffee on intermittent fasting and the effect of bulletproof coffee on fasting (water fast and dry fast). Plain black coffee and bulletproof coffee affect fasting differently. You’ll get to know this.

The science, the effect of coffee on insulin, coffee effect on ketosis, coffee effect on autophagy, ampk enzyme and of course that will include bulletproof coffee as well.

Not forgetting how coffee with cream, stevia, dairy milk, nut milk affects fasting.

Plus, you get my suggested approach to using coffee during your fast.

I’ll clear the confusion for you. You’re going to love this.

does coffee break a fast

 

First things first…

It makes sense to want to know ‘what a fast is’ and why you’re fasting. Kinda makes sense, right?

 

What’s a fast?

Our friends at Wikipedia defined it as:

“Fasting is the willing abstinence or reduction from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. An absolute fast or dry fasting is normally defined as abstinence from all food and liquid for a defined period”

So, the fact that you are thinking of drinking coffee in the morning or any time for that matter, during your fast means you are not doing a Dry Fast. Because a dry fast means nothing goes through your mouth. Nothing!

If you are doing a dry fast, and you drink coffee, that means you have broken your fast. Period.

The fact that drinking coffee does break a dry fast is not debatable. Right?

I’m glad we cleared that up…quickly. Now, let’s move on.

 

What about the more Popular Water Fast and coffee?

Okay, not everyone is suited to a dry fast. I love doing it. You may not.

So, if you’re not doing a dry fast, then you are most certainly doing a Water Fast, right?

And that’s where the question then pops up; does coffee ruin a water fast?

Let’s talk about coffee and water fast then. Because water fast is what we are doing, if we are even considering a coffee drink at all.

 

Does Coffee break a fast?

As usual with these things, it’s not a straight ‘Yes and No’ answer.

Because coffee comes in various “shapes and sizes”. Not the size of the cup or the shape of the cup. No, not that. I mean coffee is prepared in different ways.

More ways than you can imagine. In fact, I saw an ad the other day on facebook about ‘CBD oil with coffee’. Wow. If that’s not a contradiction in terms, I don’t know what is. But I digress there.

The answer as to whether drinking coffee will ruin your water fast will depend on what type of coffee. I know you are thinking, isn’t coffee just coffee?

Not quite. Because you can have coffee with cream, bulletproof coffee, plain black coffee without sugar or cream or milk, coffee with stevia, coffee with almond milk, coffee with collagen, coffee with monk fruit extract etc. And that’s just a tip of the iceberg when it comes to coffee preps.

Truth be told:

If you are having coffee with any other food added to it, You Are Breaking Your Fast. A true water fast is water only. Drinking anything else muddles the water (no pun intended).

The argument is whether having plain black coffee with nothing else in it breaks your fast or not. And we shall come to that in a minute.

Before then, let me talk about Bulletproof coffee and fasting.

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Does Bulletproof Coffee break a fast?

It’s funny how we can try and msucle an argument over simple things just to suit our personal circumstances and sometimes to suit our pocket. Beware of commercial intentions behind what advice you are given.

Listening to podcasts about bulletproof coffee, tea break, calories, fats, ketones and healthy living, it’s amazing how we are are even debating if bulletproof coffee breaks a fast or not. Because it’s not debatable…at all. Remember our definition of a fast?

It’s funny that commercial interest will drive a debate in a direction that wants to make you scream at your smart phone or laptop device.

Listen:

If you want to know the answer to the relationship between bulletproof coffee and fasting. Here it is.

Bulletproof coffee will break your fast. Period.

You can use bulletproof coffee to boost your fitness results if you want to. Nothing wrong with that. In fact, I encourage it. But just know that bulletproof coffee with break your intermittent fasting.

Why is this?

Okay, let’s look at what’s in a bulletproof coffee first of all. In fact, let’s make a cup of bulletproof coffee whilst we are at it.

 

How to make a bulletproof coffee

Here’s how you make 1 cup of bulletproof coffee

  • Scoop 2 ½ heaping tablespoons of freshly ground Amazonian Coffee Beans made with a French Press. This preserves beneficial coffee oils that paper filters tend to sieve off.
  • You add 1 – 2 tablespoons of Brain Octane Oil.You may use other Medium-chain triglyceride oils like Coconut oil instead.
  • Then add 1-2 tablespoons of grass-fed, unsalted butter or grass-fed ghee butter. Ensure the butter is unsalted. The last thing you want is Salty coffee. Not nice!
  • You may add a scoop of Collagen Powder. This is optional.
  • Then blend all of these mixture for about 30 seconds or thereabout. Stop the blender when you have a foamy latte.

This is how you make a lovely, creamy coffee that will send your energy stores through the roof. Think endurance.

So, you have 1 – 2 tablespoons of Brain Octane oil fetching 125 – 250 calories and the butter bringing another 100 – 200 calories making a total of 225 – 450 calories. This is liquid food, by all accounts.

 

Liquid food like Bulletproof coffee breaks your fast

If you are consuming anything with calories in it, you’re by definition breaking your fast. It’s that simple.

We can argue as to whether consuming bulletproof coffee is a good thing or bad thing, and I’ll clarify that in a minute. But what’s not up for argument is; if bulletproof coffee breaks your fast or not.

Because let it be known here; bulletproof coffee breaks your fast. It sure does.

If you’re potentially consuming those amounts of calories in bulletproof coffee, then you’re techically eating and indeed you are breaking your fast.

I think the question we should be answering is; does it matter at all that you break your fast with bulletproof coffee?

 

What about Collagen and fasting?

Before I get to that, let me quickly answer the question, does collagen break my fast? If you want to know if collagen will break your fast or not, the answer is; yes, it will.

Collagen will break your fast because it is protein and it contains calories. In fact, 1 gm of Collagen powder will furnish you with 4 Calories.

Hence, if you consume collagen during your fast, you are also technically eating. Because you are consuming calories. Fasting should be a calorie-free endeavour. Adding collagen powder to any drink would mean you are administering calories during your fast.

 

What about coffee with cream, dairy milk and Nut milk and fasting?

The same thing applies to having your coffee with cream or dairy milk or any nut milk like almond milk. If you consume coffee with cream, dairy milk, almond milk, hazelnut milk, hemp milk, cashew nut milk, goat milk, you are breaking your fast for the same afore-mentioned reason.

But you won’t be breaking your fast if you add calorie-free sweetner instead. So, if you drink your coffee with Stevia, monk fruit extract, erythritol or yacon syrup, you won’t be breaking your fast.

What about plain black coffee.

 

Does plain black coffee break a fast?

No, plain black coffee without any added sugar does not break your fast. Indeed, you may even add a calorie-free sweetner as stated above, if you like and you still will not break your intermittent fasting schedule with black coffee.

The reason is; plain black coffee has no calories. It might have some influence on insulin but that effect is sub-clinical, so long as you don’t have added sugar, added cream, added nut milk or added dairy milk.

Plain black coffee will not stimulate insulin secretion significant enough to blunt the hormonal benefits of intermittent fasting.

 

So, does breaking your fast with Coffee really matter?

It depends.

Let’s start with bulletproof coffee. One reason bulletproof coffee became popular and indeed the reason we are talking about it now is because of Dave Asprey.

He was hiking in the Tibet mountainous regions and he was served coffee with Yak butter during his hiking escapades.

He noticed that he could hike for longer, his endurance was so much better and he wasn’t hungry for hours on end. He felt so much better and naturally when he got back home, he publicized this discovery and here we are.

We’re talking about bulletproof coffee as a standalone concept in fitness. Thanks to that serendipity.

The point is, yes, you’ll break your fast with bulletproof coffee but the fitness benefits are so much more.

You would fast for longer because the fat in the coffee keeps hunger at bay and you’ll still burn fat. Indeed, the longer you fast, the more the benefits especially when it comes to autophagy.

Fat does not stimulate insulin much, so that effect is negligible. And if you are already deep in ketosis, bulletproof coffee will not kick you out of ketosis. You should be fine staying in ketosis with bulletproof coffee.

Some people will argue that you’ll burn more fat if you didn’t have the bulletproof coffee at all. That may be true but there’s a way around that that I’ll tell you shortly.

 

What about coffee effect on AMPK enzyme?

Well in case you don’t know about AMPK, it is Adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK). This is an enzyme you want to upregulate if you want to burn fat.

AMPK promotes fat burning whilst inhibiting fat storage. The good news is that the caffeine in coffee actually upregulates this enzyme which works in your favour. It not only does that. The caffeine in coffee is also involved in repair activities like blood vessel wall damage repair through this AMPK enzyme.

 

Chlorogenic acid in Coffee does what?

Coffee is one food that has chlorogenic acid in it. Guess what chlorogenic acid does?

Chlorogenic acid is involved in the delay of glucose absorption from the intestines and promotes the entry of glucose inside the skeletal muscle cell. The net effect is; lowering of blood glucose. That’s what you want.

By the way, chlorogenic acid is also found in caffeinated tea.

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Will Coffee affect Autophagy?

Did you know that we all have cancer cells in our bodies every now and again. The reason these cancer cells don’t progress is because of the process called autophagy.

Autophagy is a physiological process whereby our bodies eat up these ‘bad, disordered cells’ that potentially can lead to cancer. This is what this scientific paper that confirmed coffee does promote autophagy in mice said about autophagy.

“Autophagy preferentially targets damaged macromolecules (such as unfolded and aggregated proteins) and organelles (such as dysfunctional mitochondria), it contributes to ridding the cytoplasm of aged structures and hence potentially “rejuvenates” non-nuclear portions of the cell”

That quote above might be too geeky for you but the take home message from that research is that coffee does not interfere with Autophagy. This is good news because autophagy is one of the selling points of intermittent fasting.

It will be a tragedy if drinking coffee inhibited autophagy. I particularly love this because it means drinking coffee will not ruin a water fast.

 

What about coffee effect on insulin?

Opinion is divided as far as the effect of coffee on insulin and insulin sensitivity is concerned. This paper talks about that.

Looking at all the research, it is clear that there may a short-term reduction in insulin sensitivity when you take coffee. But that may not matter much if tissues like your brain that prefer to use glucose as its energy source metabolize the glucose quickly.

This effect actually applies to people who do not drink coffee often. Because for habitual coffee drinkers, coffee actually increases insulin sensitivity.

 

Will coffee kick you out of ketosis?

I know this is always a concern for individuals on the ketogenic diet doing intermittent fasting as part of the ‘package’. Well be rest assured that drinking coffee (even bulletproof coffee) will not kick you out of ketosis.

Why, because caffeine in coffee actually increases plasma ketones. So, rather than worry about possible negative effect of caffeine in coffee or tea on ketone production, you should celebrate it because the opposite is true.

This reasearch tells us that caffeine drunk at breakfast actually stimulated ketone production by a whopping 88%. Nice!

 

What I suggest you do:

Use your coffee if you want to regardless of the fact that you are doing intermittent fasting. Don’t let it bother you.

If you are so concerned about any negative effect, be reassured by what you have read here on this page. I am telling you that it is okay to drink coffee while fasting.

==> Use black coffee if you are still dubious about it. Do not add any other ingredient, although a calorie-free sweetner should not cause any disruption to your fasting plans.

==> If you want to use bulletproof coffee, you may want to delay it until the last hour before your workout. That way any calories arising from using the bulletproof coffee will be used up during your workout. Cool!

Remember, Dave Asprey who “invented” bulletproof coffee used to drink it and then go for his energy-sapping hikes. He didn’t drink it and went sedentary. He moved…a lot. He didn’t sit around doing very little.

Hence, I will recommend you do the same and you shouldn’t have to worry about the calories in bulletproof coffee. Not one bit should you be worried if you adopted this approach.

Let me know what you think about this piece. Have I done justice to this all-important topic. Please leave your comments below. I’ll appreciate it.

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Is Himalayan Salt Good for High Blood Pressure and Your Overall Health?

Is Himalayan Salt Good for High Blood Pressure and Your Overall Health?

By Dr Joe

Is himalayan salt good for blood pressure? That’s a question I get asked often. Mainly because I do a lot of videos on high blood pressure on my You Tube channel.

My subscribers get bombarded with ads professing the goodness of himalayan salt and the puported benefits of himalayan salt. In modern times, when something appears exotic and himalayan salt is indeed exotic, we automatically assume, it must be good for our health.

That may be true for a lot of products that come from afar. We thank the internet for the globalization that we exeperience today. It’s given us the opportunity to share in the spoils of other regions which hitherto would have been totally unavailable to us.

Making the world one big global village is good for our physical and mental health.

 

The Plan – Here’s what you’re going to get on this page

In this article, I will answer that question of himalayan salt and high blood pressure, whether himalayan salt is good for you or not, if himalayan salt is iodized and also whether himalayan salt is better than regular table salt.

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Let’s crack on…

 

Is himalayan salt good for high blood pressure?

The short answer to the question of himalayan salt being good for high blood pressure is; No, it isn’t.

If there was ever a product that literally represents the saying that “all that glitters isn’t gold“, himalayan salt represents that.

Yes, himalayan salt looks pretty because of its distinctive pink hue and it’s easy on the eye. But that’s where the beauty and it’s usefulness to health end.

The beautiful pinkish hue of the himalayan salt is due to the fact that this brand of salt is unprocessed, therefore it retains some traces of iron within it. The presence of the iron and some other minerals is the reason the himalayan salt has become the latest “miracle cure” for all from the East.

No, himalayan salt isn’t a magic cure for all your ailments.

Himalayan salt or Pink salt as it’s also known; is not healthier than any other salt out there.

Indeed, himalayan salt is not good for high blood pressure. If you’re one of those who got caught out with the health benefit claims of himalayan salt being good for hypertension, then it’s time for a thought make-over.

Don’t buy the hype. Terms like organic, natural, unprocessed and healthy salt have all been used to describe the himalayan salt. They all imply a loftier status of this rock salt compared to the regular table salt. Again, don’t buy the hype.

 

Is Himalayan salt better than regular normal salt?

Answer: No, himalayan salt is not better than regualr normal table salt.

You may argue that himalayan salt is unrefined unlike regular table salt but in the end, the nutritional profile is almost the same. Yes, refined salt is processed which means all the impurities are removed leaving a white crytalline fine powder for us to use as table salt.

But here is the deal.

Himalayan salt retailers may claim superiority because it contains some minerals which regular table salt does not boast of. That’s true.

But the devil is in the detail. When you look closely you’ll realise that ‘all salt is salt’. Period.
Meaning all salt contain Sodium Chloride (NaCl). It is the amount of the sodium chloride in each salt that may vary.

But guess what? They don’t vary that much.

 

What’s the himalayan salt hype all about?

Yes, himalayan salt contains traces (yes, traces) of calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium compared to our regular white table salt.

But did you know that himalayan salt is actually 98% Sodium Chloride?

Another 0.6% of himalayan salt is calcium and 0.7% being water. That leaves only 0.7% of its nutritional profile being made of the potassium, iron and magnesium. That’s the “mineral idea” the makers of himalayan salt want you to buy into literally; as having superior health benefits over regular white table salt.

Yes, the himalayan salt promoters will tell you your white table salt is bleached and has all the nutrients stripped away unlike himalayan salt, but ask them how much minerals are we talking about?

Is it the 1.4% of the himalayan rock salt that is made up of minerals?
Because the rest of the himalayan rock salt is wholly Sodium Chloride – 98% and 0.6% water.

The so-called minerals you’ll get from himalayan rock salt are so small that we will consider them as negligible. In fact, with a healthy diet which hopefully is what you needed the salt for in the first place, you won’t be lacking those minerals.

 

Keto and Redmond Real Salt hype similarity

This reminds me of what’s going on the keto community. The keto folks believe so much in Redmond Real Salt (which is basically Sea Salt) as being superior to table salt. So much so that they now carry pocket-sized redmond real salt wherever they go. Ridiculous!

The Redmond Real Salt has the same nutritional profile as the himalayan salt and as expected is marketed to the ketogenic community similarly. And these keto folk have bought into it. Big time.

As for taste, well if you made salt water with himalayan salt and regular table salt, I guarantee you, you won’t notice any difference in taste when you drink both. It’s the same Salt water regardless of the salt in it.

All rock salt whether it’s Sea salt, Himalayan salt, Redmond salt have roughly the same amount of Sodium Chloride and this has been tested in various labs, by the way. Don’t be fooled by the marketing hype and their expensive price tags.

Bottom line: forget those health benefits of organic himalayan salt, sea salt, redmond real salt. They are pure hot air. Not worth your money.

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Is Himalayan salt iodized?

Himalayan salt may contain the tiniest amount of natural iodine mineral and I mean tiny. So tiny that it’s best ignored. It’s best to say, himalayan salt is not iodized.

If you want to use iodized salt for your cooking to furnish your thyroid gland with supplemental iodine, you are better off buying a manufactured iodized table salt. Don’t rely on the himalayan salt as your source of supplemental iodine.

 

Is Himalayan salt good for you?

Next question is whether himalayan salt is good for you or not.

Answer: Yes and No.

Himalayan is good for you in so far as any salt is good for you. You need to be careful how much salt you consume daily especially if you have high blood pressure. Recommended daily salt intake is 1500 mg.

Please do not consume lots of himalayan salt in the hope that you are improving your health doing so. You’re not. Use salt to taste whether in a drink or in food.

And No, himalayan salt is not good for your health any more than table salt is.

All the health benefit claims that organic himalayan salt is good for your blood pressure, makes you sleep better, good for your thyroid, relieves headache, improves adrenal function, good for weight management, makes your circulation better etc are all unsupported claims as far as the science goes.

Don’t get sucked in by retailers and their unsubstantiated himalayan salt goodness claims. Your regular table salt is as good as the himalayan salt or redmond real salt and much less expensive.

It’s all hype. Don’t buy into it.

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Are Bang Energy Drinks Good or Bad For You?

Are Bang Energy Drinks Good or Bad For You?

By Dr Joe

On this page, I’m going to give you the low-down on whether bang energy drinks are good or bad for you. You’ll get to know the ingredients, when to take bang energy drinks and how to use bang energy drinks.

There is a wave of publicity going on in the fitness sector. It’s about bang energy drinks. Keen fitness enthusiasts are all jumping on the bandwagon.

But no one has actually taken a pause to ask if bang energy drinks are bad for you? Is it safe to assume that bang energy drinks are good for you?

How about we take a pause to analyse if bang energy drinks are healthy or not. Because it’s only after such analysis that we can establish if these bang energy drinks are good or bad for you.

With so much publicity, these new drinks have now grabbed a fair slice of the market share. Giving the oldest energy drinks a run for their money. I’m referring to Red Bull and Monster drinks. These old favorites now see vpx bang energy drink as a serious competitor.

That’s the power of social media and social media influencers. It’s the way the world works today.

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What does bang energy drink do?

Nice question. What does bang energy do really? May be another way of framing the question is: what is bang energy drink?

Answer: Bang energy drink as the name implies; is an energy boosting drink just like Monster, Red Bull or Reize. A lot of user feedback seems to suggest that bang energy drink does what it says on the tin – heighten energy.

So, bang energy drink is all about invigorating and amplifying your energy output, preventing early exercise fatigue. Bang energy drink is a good workout escalator formulated to assist you burn fat.

If you are a fitness enthusiast, bang energy drink is claimed to be the pick-me-up tool. Capable of enhancing your workout intensity on account of the energy stimulating potential.

 

What ingredients are in bang energy drink?

It’s reasonable to know the content i.e the ingredients of the bang energy drink, before we talk about whether bang energy drink is good or bad for you.

For instance, some people are interested in knowing how much sodium is in bang energy drink, because they don’t want to consume too much salt. Others also want to know if bang nergy drink has electrolytes. Yes, it does have electrolytes.

For all of these people, if you look below you’ll find the sodium and other electrolytes content in the bang energy drink.

With that thought in mind, here’s Bang energy drink nutritional information.

1 can of Bang Energy drink which is 16 oz contains:

  • 0 Calories
  • 300 mg of caffeine
  • 0 mg Protein
  • 0 mg Cholesterol
  • 0 gm total fat
  • 0 gm total carbohydrate
  • 40 gm sodium
  • 85 mg Potassium

Here are vitamins and minerals that make up the ingredients in bang energy drink

  • Magnesium ( 2% of the daily recommended dosage)
  • Niacin ( 25% of the daily recommended dosage)
  • Vitamin B12 (25% of the daily recommended dosage)
  • Vitamin C (50% of the daily recommended dosage)
  • Vitamin B6 (25% of the daily recommended dosage)

What else is in Bang energy drink?

  • L-leucine
  • Super Creatine (Creatyl-L-Leucine)- Creatine bonded to L-Leucine
  • L-Isoleucine
  • L-valine
  • CoQ10
  • Carbonated water
  • Magnesium chloride
  • Calcium Chloride
  • Calcium Disodium EDTA
  • Citric acid anhydrous
  • Caffeine anhydrous
  • Sodium benzoate (this is a preservative)
  • Potassium sorbate (this is a preservative)
  • Sucralose (Artificial sweetener)
  • Acesulfame potassium

When to take bang energy drink?

Wondering when to drink your bang energy drink? Well, your best bet is to take your bang energy drink 30 minutes before your workout. The idea is to have the branched chain amino acids (BCAA) and the Super-Creatine to get absorbed from your gut. These nutrients are forwarded to your muscles.

Usually BCAAs tend to by-pass the liver when taken in supplement format. This means the BCAAs head straight for the muscle where they provide the much needed amino acid for muscle building and muscle protection.

So, if you take your bang energy drink 30 minutes before your workout, you will preparing the ground for muscle nourishment. That’s a recipe for muscle gain. Besides, taking your bang energy drink before your workout prevents early exercise fatigue boosted by the caffeine.

If you are not able to take your bang energy drink 30 minutes before your workout, drink your bang energy drink soon after your workout to quickly replenish your muscle nutrition.

 

How to use Bang Energy Drink?

If you are wondering how to use bang energy drink, I will suggest as stated above, to use it as a pre-workout drink. Just drink it as you would any other energy drink.

That’s how you get the best out of the drink and I will explain why. If fitness is your thing, you’d want to maximize the time you spend on training, don’t you?

The caffeine in the vpx bang energy drink (remember, no other energy drink has that amount of caffeine in it) is a workout booster. That’s why Red Bull and Monster drinks are used by fitness enthusiasts. To fight fatigue.

Something else with the bang energy drink is the BCAAs, coQ10 and the super-creatine in the drinks. These BCAAs, for instance, compete with tryptophan in the brain.

That way, less 5-hydroxytryptamine is produced. 5-hdroxytryptamine (5HT) gives a feeling of fatigue. The less 5-HT you have, the better.

BCAAs in bang energy drinks make you produce less 5HT meaning more workout output.

I cannot speak for the super-creatine though, as it would appear to be proprietary secret. We do not know the true nature of the super-creatine. The makers of the drink tell us that it is superior to the creatine that we know and love.

Plus the coQ10 works at the level of the mitochondria which is the power house of your cell. The coQ10 enables you produce more energy.

All of these combined mechanisms make it a wiser idea to use your bang energy drink as a pre-workout beverage.

 

Do you have to be 18 to buy bang energy drink?

Yes, the minmum age for bang energy drink consumption is 18. The makers of the drink clearly state that bang energy drink is not for people under the age of 18.

I can understand why. The caffeine content being so high makes it an inadvisable drink for youg people.

 

Is bang energy drink healthy?

It depends on how you look at the issue of how healthy the bang energy drink can be. It’s not a perfect drink by any stretch of imagination. It’s got some healthy points as well as some bad aspects.

So let’s look at the good aspects of the drink first of all.

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Is Bang energy drink good for you?

From the point of view of what it can do for you in terms of workout output, then you can say bang energy is good for you. The drink will certainly turbocharge your exercise endurance.

The caffeine content of the bang energy drink even though is a tad high for my liking means you can get a lot more mileage from your training sessions. More output, Better results. A fitter you.

Anything that stimulates workout intensity is never a bad thing.

Besides I like the fact that the bang beverage has BCAAs. I have written a lot about BCAAs on this blog. BCAAs are great for muscle growth, fight Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) as well as muscle recovery.

When taken as directed, users don’t report having jitters. The vitamins in the bang energy drink are good for nerve function. The electrolytes in bang energy drink make for easy fluid and electrolyte replacement following a sweaty session in the gym.

The bang energy drink does not have refined sugar as does a lot of other energy drinks. Instead bang energy drink has sucralose instead as it’s sweetner.

Refined sugar is best avoided if you want to stay healthy. So that substitution of sucralose for refined sugar is another reason bang energy drink is good for you.

Without the usual refined sugar, you won’t have blood sugar spikes followed by blood sugar crash. Blood sugar crash is something that stimulates people to eat energy-dense refined carbs.

One more reason why bang energy drink is good for you is that it contains coQ10. This is a coenzyme that’s involved in energy production within the cell. You cannot argue with the fact that energy production within the muscle cell during workout is a good thing.

 

Why is bang energy drink bad for you?

Okay, so we have talked about why bang energy drink is good for you. But why would bang energy drinks be bad for you? Like I said earlier, it’s not a perfect energy beverage. That means it’s got some bad aspects.

First is that sucralose in it. Sucralose is not usually digested in the gut which in itself is not a bad thing. But that means in some people the sucralose can cause upset stomach.

So, if you are wondering if bang energy drinks make you poop, yes, they do. Not in every user though. Just some. Because people handle their sucralose differently.

Some people will experience bloating, gas issues and nausea. Others will have poop issues (diarrhoea) when they consume bang energy drink.

If you have diarrhoea everytime you use bang energy drink, it’s the sucralose in it that is responsible.

Another reason why bang energy drink may be bad for you is the mixture of caffeine and super-creatine. This study seems to suggest that it may not be a wise combination in that they both have opposing effects on muscle relaxation time.

There’s a chance this combination may negate some of the muscle gain benefits that you expect from using the beverage. But in reality this effect is not that significant.

Another thing is; we are not quite sure what super-creatine actually is and what it does. In theory, the super-creatine in bang energy drink is supposed to be superior to the regular creatine.

Some reports however seem to suggest that super-creatine gets broken down to creatinine very quickly. That’s not so much a problem if your kidneys are functioning very well. Your body should get rid of creatinine in your urine. But if you have suspicious kidney function, you want to be careful then.

 

The Sodium Benzoate risk of VPX Bang energy drinks

Another reason bang energy drink may be bad for you is the presence of the preservative, Sodium Benzoate. This preservative has some not-so-pleasant side effects.

When sodium benzoate was combined with caffeine in another unrelated product, these were the side effects observed:

“visual disturbances, increased sensitivity to touch or pain, tingling in the hands and feet, ringing or buzzing in the ears, hearing loss, trouble sleeping, muscle tremors or twitches, increased urination, rapid heart rate and ther cardiac arrhythmias including headache, excitement, agitation, restlessness, irritability, anxiety, hyperventilation, shortness of breath”

In any case, those are some of the adverse effects you would expect if you consumed too much caffeine but obviously there’s a gross overlap of the side effects for caffeine and sodium benzoate.

A further little concern that bang energy drink may be bad for you is that; sodium benzoate has been arguably linked to cancer. For someone who is a reasonable user of the drink, this should not really be much of a concern to you.

You’ll need to be consuming lots and lots of the drink and on a regular basis for you to have cancer concerns regarding this energy drink.

All in all, if you’re going to use bang energy drink as part of your fitness program, you only need to apply commonsense. Don’t over-consume the drink and you should be fine.

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How Many Bang Energy Drinks Can You Have Per Day & Do Bang Energy Drinks Cause a Crash?

How Many Bang Energy Drinks Can You Have Per Day & Do Bang Energy Drinks Cause a Crash?

By Dr Joe

With the rising demand for bang energy drinks, a common question that has arisen is; how many bang energy drinks can I have in a day?

This is a fairly reasonable question. Energy drinks are just that. Energy drinks. They are manufactured to provide energy boost. So, it gets tempting to want to consume more and more. They are moreish.

This is not helped by the fact that these energy drinks are deliberately made to be tasty. Bang energy drinks are no exception. They are tasty.

With that temptation in mind, you could easily consume a lot of the new bang energy drink over the course of a day. But you need to rein in your appetite, so you don’t overshoot your daily safety limits for caffeine.

Apart from knowing how many bang energy drinks to consume daily, you’ll also learn about whether bang energy drinks can cause a crash, the flavours available and more importantly, where to buy the bang energy drinks right now cheaply.

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So, how many bang energy drinks can you have in a day?

Let me answer this question in bang generic terms first of all. I will start by alerting you to how much caffeine is considered safe for consumption per day.

If you have read my article on the effect of coffee on blood pressure, you will remember I mentioned that you are allowed 300 – 400 mg of caffeine per day.

That’s 3 – 4 standard cups of coffee per day.

Yes, 300 – 400 mg of caffeine is the recommended daily allowance in a 24-hour period.

A 16 ounce can of bang energy drink contains 300 mg of caffeine. When bang energy drink was first made available to the public, it initially contained 357 mg of caffeine per 16 liquid ounce can.

I suppose commonsense prevailed as per the high caffeine content. Consequently they have reduced the caffeine content. Bang energy drink now has 300 mg of caffeine per can.

Even then, bang energy drink still remains the energy drink with the highest caffeine content in the energy boosting industry at the moment.

Given you are allowed 300 400 mg of caffeine per day, it means you can drink 1 can and a third of bang energy drink per day.

Question: how many bang energy drinks should you drink per day?

Answer: You can drink up to 1 can and a third of bang energy drink per day. A can and a third of bang energy drink will contain the maximum amount of caffeine allowance per day. That’s a total of 400 mg of caffeine.

But there’s something else to bear in mind. Most people who consume bang energy drinks also drink coffee at home, in the office and elsewhere in coffee restaurants.

Coffee has caffeine. Fact.

People also drink tea. Tea has caffeine too unless it is decaffeinated tea.

The point here is; even though you can drink 1 can and a third of bang energy drink in a day, you need to consider other sources of caffeine like coffee and tea. Because they all add up.

So, you may want to consider this when you think about how much bang energy drinks you want to consume in a day.

If you are under 18, the bang energy drinks are not recommended for you. You might not be able to handle the coffee load. Under-age bang energy drink consumption not allowed.

Something else to consider is your sensitivity to caffeine. Everyone is different.

Some people are fast metabolizers, so they can deal with their caffeine load very quickly. Others are slow metabolizers. For slow metabolizers, the caffeine hangs around the body much longer.

If you are sensitive to caffeine and are a slow metabolizer, you may want to consider how much bang energy drinks you consume per day.

By the way, the bang brand now has caffeine-free energy drinks. You may choose to drink the caffeine-free bang energy drinks. If you choose this option, you may drink more than the recommended 1 can and a third.

What flavours of bang energy drinks are available?

Bang energy drinks have different flavours and they keep coming up with new flavors. Here are the currently available flavors:

  • Black Cherry Vanilla
  • Blue Razz
  • Champagne
  • Cherry Blade Lemonade
  • Citrus Twist
  • Cotton Candy
  • Frose Rose
  • Lemon Drop
  • Mystery Flavo

These are the new bang energy drink flavours. They are:

  • Rainbow Unicorn
  • Peach Mango
  • Pina Colada
  • Power Punch
  • Fruit Punch
  • Purple Guava Pear
  • Purple Haze
  • Root Beer
  • Sour Heads
  • Star Blast
  • Variety Pack Random Flavors

Does bang energy drink cause a crash?

It makes sense to know if an energy source like bang energy drink can cause a crash, because most energy drinks do in fact, cause a crash after a couple of hours.

However, the makers of bang energy drinks have advised that bang energy drinks do not cause a crash. There are 3 reasons why bang energy drink will not cause a crash:

One is; bang energy drinks have the artificial sweetner, sucralose, instead of refined sugar. With sucralose you don’t get that usual blood sugar spike followed by a crash.

The 2nd reason why bang energy drink won’t cause a crash apart from the sucralose content; is the presence of coQ10. This coQ10 also called ubiquinol or ubiquinone is a ubiquitous coenzyme involved in energy production within the cell and for your body in general.

coQ10 performs it’s functions at the level of the mitochondria, the power house of the cell. You could therefore argue that a drink like bang energy drink containing coQ10 which facilitates energy production for the body should stabilize energy, rather than cause a crash.

A 3rd reason is; bang energy drinks also contain branched chain amino acids (BCAA) and creatine in them. These can be used as an energy source if the body needs more energy. These amino acids will need to be converted to glucose first though. This is achieved via a process of gluconeogenesis.

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Where to buy bang energy drinks?

Where can you buy the bang energy drinks? Good question. Because now that you know so much about bang energy drinks, you will need to get them for your personal use.

Well you may be able to buy your bang energy drinks from your local gas stations or your local supermarket.

However, not every gas station or local supermarket sells bang energy drinks. If you’re wondering where else can you get bang energy drinks, I have provided you with links below for your convenience.

Yes, you can find and buy bang energy drinks online without leaving the comfort of your home. A popular and trusted online store sells bang energy drinks. You can buy single cans of bang energy drinks or buy in bulk.

I have provided you with links to different flavors of the bang energy drinks in answer to your burning question of where do you get bang energy drinks. Get your drinks though the links below. Sorted!

So, simply follow the links below to buy your bang energy drinks online and have them delivered straight to your door in 24 hours.

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So, there you go. You now have the necessary information for you to proceed to buy bang energy drinks but please drink it responsibly. Cheers!
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