Handy Tips Banging pots and pans
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.