Handy Tips Bang­ing pots and pans

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Ex­er­cise

Cof­fee is a proven per­for­mance en­hancer and was, up un­til a cou­ple of decades ago, on the Olympic com­mit­tee’s list of banned sub­stances. From this fact alone, it’s clear that caf­feine has a per­for­mance-boost­ing ef­fect.

Caf­feine boosts per­for­mance in sev­eral ways: 1) Im­proved mi­cro­cir­cu­la­tion – caf­feine has been shown

We have all got a few pots and pans hid­ing that could use a good scrub­bing, which makes this amaz­ing metal cleaner the per­fect thing to have them look­ing like new in no time.

When our pots and pans, over years of use, are no longer as shiny as they used to be, we tend to put them at the back of the cup­board, es­pe­cially when we have com­pany com­ing, or we head to the store to get new ones.

But wait, this just-about-free DIY clean­ing con­coc­tion can give you bang­ing pots and pans in no time. Per­fect for use on crusty sheet pans and burnt pots, it scours and cleans with­out any harsh chem­i­cals while giv­ing your hands a bit of an ex­fo­li­a­tion too. So, get out those old pans, and get ready to make them new again.

You will need: ½ cup bak­ing soda, 1 tea­spoon liq­uid dish soap, 1 to 2 ta­ble­spoons hy­dro­gen per­ox­ide and a scrub sponge.

Mix all the in­gre­di­ents in a bowl and your eco-friendly cleaner is ready to use. Ap­ply this mix­ture to your pans and pots and use a scrub sponge to give them bit of an ex­fo­li­a­tion and voila they are as good as new again. (Reader’s Digest)

to in­crease the de­liv­ery of oxy­gen to, and the re­moval of, waste prod­ucts from your mus­cles. More oxy­gen means more en­ergy for ex­er­cise and longer, more pro­duc­tive work­outs.

2) In­creased fat cell mo­bil­ity – the more mo­bile your fat cells are, the more eas­ily they can be used for en­ergy. Caf­feine makes your fat cells more mo­bile and there­fore en­hances fat ox­i­da­tion. This means more en­ergy and faster weight loss.

3) In­creased fo­cus – high lev­els of phys­i­cal per­for­mance are of­ten de­pen­dent on high lev­els of men­tal fo­cus. Caf­feine helps boost men­tal fo­cus which can help im­prove de­ter­mi­na­tion, con­cen­tra­tion, ag­gres­sion, and move­ment ac­cu­racy even when fa­tigued.

5) More en­ergy – if you feel tired and slug­gish, a jolt of caf­feine can of­ten lift you out of that slump so you can have a good work­out even if 15 min­utes ago, you felt like skip­ping train­ing al­to­gether. This stim­u­lat­ing, en­er­giz­ing ef­fect is achieved with­out the need for lots of calo­ries and is why most pre-work­out sup­ple­ments con­tain caf­feine.

The bad news

Caf­feine is one of the most re­searched sub­stances in sports nutri­tion and is gen­er­ally safe for most users, but that doesn’t mean you can abuse it or that every­one should drink lots of cof­fee. For some, the risks out­weigh the ben­e­fits. Those risks in­clude:

In­som­nia – caf­feine is a pow­er­ful stim­u­lant that can in­ter­fere with sleep. For this rea­son, do not con­sume cof­fee or caf­feinated bev­er­ages too close to bed­time.

Acute in­creases in heart rate and blood pres­sure – as a stim­u­lant, cof­fee will speed up your heart rate and there­fore in­crease your blood pres­sure. This should be no prob­lem for most peo­ple, but if your blood pres­sure is al­ready el­e­vated, you may need to avoid ex­cess caf­feine.

Di­uretic ef­fect – caf­feine in­creases urine out­put which could in­crease the risk of de­hy­dra­tion. For this rea­son, make sure you also con­sume plenty of wa­ter along with your cof­fee.

Anx­i­ety – if you are very caf­feine-sen­si­tive, too much caf­feine could leave you feel­ing anx­ious and jit­tery. This can be very un­com­fort­able and could lead to im­paired per­for­mance due to loss of fine mo­tor con­trol. Do not con­sume a large amount of caf­feine be­fore ac­tiv­i­ties re­quir­ing a high de­gree of skill or where be­ing ner­vous could im­pair per­for­mance.

In­creased cor­ti­sol pro­duc­tion – cor­ti­sol is a catabolic hor­mone that is pro­duced dur­ing pe­ri­ods of stress that can, a) cause mus­cle break­down and b) in­crease fat gain. For this rea­son, do not con­sume too much cof­fee (3-4 cups per day, max­i­mum) and try to limit your con­sump­tion to be­fore and not af­ter your work­outs.

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