Since the 1990’s a realisation dawned on many in sports that maybe alcohol has an influence on performance. The famed drinking clubs in English football are now stuff of legends. Groups within teams where players would disappear for 2-3 days after a game on a bender (non-stop drinking). Exposure to more rounded thinking on the role of alcohol in sports led to improvements in player fitness and welfare, to the point where heavy drinking is frown upon. Anyone who overindulges on a regular basis sees their career and performance greatly curtailed.
Athletic performance and success depends on many factors. From healthy sleep patterns to balanced diets. A balanced and sensible intake of alcohol is even more important when you need to benefit from quality sports nutrition. Experts from Kaprina LLC studied the influence of alcohol on sports nutrition and it was soon evident that even some highly rated professionals were unaware that by letting their hair down regularly, they were undoing the good they gained from proper diet, training and supplementation.
BOSSNA™ set down a mission to not alone guide athletes and healthy lifestyle enthusiasts on how best to utilise our products, but how to combine them with proper diet and training plans. We recommend moderation in your intake as it has been proven that by doing so you can gain benefits. University of Alabama found that: “moderate amounts of alcohol raises levels of high-density lipoprotein, HDL, or ‘good’ cholesterol and higher HDL levels are associated with greater protection against heart disease. Moderate alcohol consumption has also been linked with beneficial changes ranging from better sensitivity to insulin to improvements in factors that influence blood clotting….Such changes would tend to prevent the formation of small blood clots that can block arteries in the heart, neck, and brain, the ultimate cause of many heart attacks and the most common kind of stroke.”
When Kaprina LLC conducted their studies in 2015 they found that moderation and education were vital when it came to both sport nutrition and drinking. Many didn’t understand how to use their supplements and others felt that after a heavy night’s drinking they could perform normally in work or gym. Risks were present in both scenarios and so BOSSNA™ were given a blueprint on how to advice and support. We know the following is true about how alcohol consumption counters the positive effects of sports nutrition.
- impairs muscle growth (long-term alcohol use diminishes protein synthesis)
- causes dehydration (too much drink = risk of injury when muscles cannot receive enough water to build and repair)
- reduces energy (from dehydration of cells = imbalance when producing ATP, less ATP = reduced energy and endurance)
- calories turn to fat (the calories in alcohol cannot be converted into glycogen so are stored as fat)
As in everything in life, moderation is key. Having an positive diet plan will only help your training-recovery balance. Having the right sports nutrition products, which have balanced, healthy formulations, is also highly important. Having the right sports nutrition products will guide you towards moderation in most cases since recommended usages are clear. The BOSSNA™ Workout Shot, for example, clearly recommends not using it in conjunction with alcohol as a caution. The scientists and researchers at Kaprina LLC presented the facts to the BOSSNA™ Advisory Board who then build the structure for proper usage of our sports nutrition products. Science met Sports and allow BOSSNA™ to deliver not only top class products, but advice and support for you to get the most from every day. BOSSNA™ are always ready to consult our partners and consumers on how best to have the best and healthiest balance between alcohol and sport nutrition.