Informative Speech On Creatine In College

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INTRODUCTION- “The Spark” I like being an athlete. Playing football and baseball are two things I enjoy very much. As next year is my senior year, it will most likely be my last year playing contact football and baseball. The sad part is that I am moving to Louisiana for my senior year. Those boys in Louisiana are huge...maybe it’s something in the water. Anyways, if I want there to be even a miniscule chance that I do not ride the bench all season, I need to get faster and stronger to make up for my lack height, therefore, I need to start hitting the gym. There are many reasons for a person to go to the gym and lift weights. Some possible reasons include: feeling more confident in one’s self-image, improving physical abilities and athletic …show more content…

Nonetheless, there are things that can be done in an attempt to prevent negative side-effects. Creatine is osmotically active.[1] This means that the creatine being stored in the body can absorb water from the other systems. Although this can lead to dehydration, it can be prevented by drinking water. Many creatine labels actually have suggested amounts of water that should be drank by the user. A positive aspect to the osmotic qualities of creatine is that by absorbing the water it gives the muscles more volume. Common side-effects of creatine include diarrhea, muscle cramps, nausea, and dehydration.[1] Muscle cramps and nausea are both symptom of dehydration which can be countered and prevented by drinking the appropriate amounts of water. Diarrhea may occur when too much creatine is consumed at once. It is suggested that the creatine consumption be distributed throughout the day if this is a problem.[1][4] Other side-effects include anxiety, breathing difficulties, fatigue, fever, headache, kidney problems, nausea, vomiting, rash, and upset stomach. The Mayo Clinic also claims creatine is associated with asthmatic behaviors.[5] There is still a lot of research being done on creatine and many of these symptoms are said to be …show more content…

One research group is attempting to determine if creatine can be used in the prevention of heart failure, and to cure diseases that cause muscular problems such as ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and Huntington’s.[2] The use of creatine seems optimistically positive as many negative aspects are being debunked by further research. The European Food Safety Authority stated that long-term use of 3g/day is risk-free.[5] This is also shown by the following quotes from “Many meta analyses found that creatine treatment resulted in no abnormal renal, hepatic, cardiac, or muscle function,” and,“A meta analysis found that creatine treatment increased muscle strength in muscular dystrophies, and potentially improved functional performance. It has also been implicated in decreasing mutagenesis in DNA.” The effects of creatine on the male body seem very positive overall. In the present it is used as a mass gainer, and in the future it will hopefully expand its use out of the weight room and into

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