Thursday, March 10, 2011

Did You Know Caffeine Helps with Exercise Induced Asthma?

Did you know caffeine helps with exercise induced asthma?

Last week while running on the treadmill at therapy, the doctor asked why I was coughing so much. I told him that is how much I cough, even after using my inhaler. He suggested I start consuming some caffeine. He wanted me to drink half a sugar free Red Bull. I told him I probably would not but that I would look at it. I do not like the idea of consuming aspartame, which is in the SF Red Bull but I found an alternative in Rock Star sugar free lemonade. While it does contain Sucralose, I thought I could compromise on that and give it a try. I could not believe the difference!

I used the inhaler as per normal, but also drank about 4 oz. of the energy drink. I hardly coughed at all on the treadmill that day and could even breathe normally when I was done! It was a good feeling! I have since found a more natural product that I am going to try this week, Guru energy drink. It has the caffeine without the artificial ingredients. I hope it works as well. And as for now, I am adding a little caffeine to my workouts!


Montucky said...

Very interesting! That's something I wasn't aware of at all! I wonder of coffee would work too: I suppose it would.

silken said...

I think it would. the doc asked me if I drink coffee, and said since I don't to try these others. I have only been consuming about 4oz or so before exercise-not a full serving and it seems to help. I guess if I take a full serving it will help even more. I just read a study and I think it said that about 9mg of caffeine per kilogram of body weight is what is thought to help.