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10 Foods You Should Avoid Before A Workout

Eating before your workout can help fuel the workout and boost your performance. But you’ll be surprised to find out that some foods (even healthy foods) can ruin your workout. These foods make it impossible to get the most out of your workout because they cause bloating, indigestion and dizziness.

Make sure you avoid eating the 10 foods below, 1-2 hours before your workout.

1. DAIRY PRODUCTS

You’re better off consuming milk or yogurt after a workout. Eating these foods before a workout can make you feel sluggish and cause digestive problems, including heartburn. And this doesn’t only apply to those who are lactose intolerant. Dairy can ruin workouts for anyone.

2. SUGAR

Don’t be fooled by the energy boost you get after consuming sugar. The boost is triggered by blood sugar spikes, which drop after a short while. A blood sugar dip will leave you with feelings of fatigue, dizziness and low energy.

You probably know that drinking coffee before a workout can help boost your performance. But realize that adding sugar to your coffee can ruin the workout.

3. LEGUMES

Beans, peas and lentils should definitely be part of your regular diet. They contain lots of protein and fiber. But it’s not a good idea to eat them before workout since they can cause gas and bloating. Don’t eat legumes 6 hours prior to your workout.

4. HUMMUS

Hummus may be healthy and delicious, but it contains indigestible carbs that can bloat your belly. It’s better to have this snack after your workout.

5. CARBONATED DRINKS

Flavored water, sodas and beer can cause gas and bloating. Plus, most of these drinks contain sugar, and as I mentioned above, sugar ruins workouts. Diet soda isn’t healthy either. It contains aspartame, an artificial sweetener which has been linked to memory loss, dizziness and so on.

6. SPICY FOODS

Spicy foods take longer to digest and can cause heartburn, which may result in poor workout performance. To be safe, avoid spicy foods 12 hours before a workout.

7. ALCOHOL

It’s almost impossible to have a rewarding workout when you’re drunk or hungover. Alcohol leaves you feeling tired and dehydrated. So avoid excessive drinking a day before the workout. And drinking alcohol hours before workout is a no-no.

8. FRIED AND HIGH-FAT FOODS

Steer clear of burgers and pizza before a workout. These foods are hard to digest and cause digestive problems.

9. HIGH SODIUM FOODS

Avoid salty foods before a workout, but if you do eat them make sure you drink lots of water. High sodium foods cause dehydration and water retention, which won’t do your workout any good.

10. CRUCIFEROUS VEGGIES

Veggies like broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage are definitely good for weight loss. But avoid them before exercise because they can result in gas and bloating.

SOURCE: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-foods-you-should-avoid-before-a-workout.html


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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