Pre-workouts are new popular supplements that have many benefits for athletes and fitness enthusiasts. However, like any other supplement, the effects can be unpleasant for some, particularly if you have taken a large dose.
In this situation. you may want to get rid of these effects as quickly as possible. This article will discuss how to flush a pre-workout supplement from your system.
How Long Do The Effects Normally Last?
It is normal for the effects of a pre-workout to kick in after 15 – 30 minutes. You should feel strong effects for 1 – 3 hours. Although the caffeine effects tend to last longer as it is concentrated in the blood for a longer time. For the majority of the time, these supplements will be processed by the kidneys and liver then pass through your system within a reasonable amount of time.
But if a much larger amount is consumed than the body can process, then it will take longer for the caffeine and other ingredients to be broken down. The side effects may also remain during this period which may not be appealing to some.
Generally, the effectiveness of a pre-workout supplement can be impacted by:
- Malnutrition – If you don’t consume the correct nutrients to begin with, a supplement will not help you much.
- Fatigue – Not having enough rest will affect how well a pre-workout supplement works for you.
- Dehydration – Water is essential for our bodies to perform at their best. Being dehydrated can affect how you react to a supplement.
Tolerance – If you have taken the same supplement routinely in the past, it is likely that your body has developed some sort of tolerance to it. This affects how much you feel its effects.
How Can You Get Rid Of The Effects?
There are 2 effective ways to get rid of effects that are caused by taking too much pre-workout.
1) Wait it Out
This method will require you to sit around and wait for the effects to continue. The side effects may not disappear completely but they should be significantly reduced. Staying hydrated, eating well and getting enough rest will help this process along.
2) Flush the Pre-Workout
This method involves urinating before or after taking a pre-workout. The pre-workout that is still in your system will then be flushed from the body.
How To Flush Pre-Workout From Your Body
The best thing to do is simply wait it out as the effects do not normally last more than a few hours. However, if you do not wish to wait, there are some ways to help to get it out of your system quicker. Here are several tips that can help get rid of any unwanted effects:
One way that may help is to drink water. Increasing your water intake will dilute the ingredients in your body, speed up your body’s ability to process it and also increase your urine output which will help to excrete the pre-workout from your system.
Your body needs to remain hydrated in order to process these supplements as effectively as possible. So if you don’t feel like enduring the effects of a pre-workout for a long period of time then there is a simple solution – drink lots of water. It’s best to do this as soon as possible to reduce the effects more effectively.
One additional great way that may speed up the process is to take activated charcoal tablets.
Another way to reduce the effects is to eat a greasy meal. While we normally recommended avoiding junk food, if you feel that you need to get rid of the supplement, this may be an option.
How To Sleep After Pre-Workout
Sleep is very important as it helps to recover from a workout. If you don’t get enough rest, you will feel tired and not perform your best. Then you may feel that you need more pre-workout which contains stimulants that can affect your sleep. This can lead to insomnia and a vicious circle begins…
To combat this, especially if you use your supplement close to bedtime, you can use a pre-workout supplement that does not contain stimulants. You may also want to consider some of the alternatives to a pre-workout supplement below.
Alternatives To Pre Workouts
If you intend to remove pre-workouts from your body and your routine in the future, you may be looking for an alternative. There are a few different things that may be able to help you with your exercise.
Have a healthy sleep cycle – Getting enough sleep helps to ensure that your muscles and brain are in the best condition and have enough energy as possible to exercise properly.
- Stay hydrated – It’s important to be hydrated to maintain good energy levels. So drink plenty of water throughout the day and every day.
- Stretches & warm-up sets – Doing physical stretches before exercise will help to prepare your body for exercise. Performing a few sets with a lower weight (or no weight) can also help to warm up your muscles ready for your heavier sets.
- Foam rolling – Rolling on a foam roller before exercise will help to relieve tension in your muscles.
- Exercise in the morning – Exercising in the morning has the advantage of starting the day full of energy and making you feel more awake and alert during the day.
If you take a pre-workout supplement at the manufactures recommended dose and not close to bedtime, you should be fine to use them. Remember to also cycle your pre-workout to reduce your body tolerance.
If you find that you have taken too much or don’t enjoy the effects, there are ways that you can flush it from your system quicker. Also, it is good to consider the many alternatives that can help with your exercise before making use of a supplement.