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Is snus bad for exercising?
Are you worried about nicotine pouches affecting your new exercise routine? First of all, it’s important to remember there is a big difference between snus and nicotine pouches, especially in terms of health effects.
Snus is a tobacco-based product that has many known health risks, particularly if consumed regularly over an extended period of time. On the other hand, nicotine pouches are free from all the harmful substances found in tobacco, so they have less of an impact on your health and fitness.
Quite the opposite, it’s becoming a popular belief that tobacco-free nicotine can enhance performance during exercise, and a number of athletes have started consuming all-white nicotine pouches. Is it true that nicotine can boost your performance? Let’s find out.
What are the effects of nicotine on the body?
Although we have a wealth of research on the effects of smoking cigarettes, we have far less reliable research on tobacco-free products, so it’s hard to draw a definitive answer on what the effects of nicotine alone are.
What we do know is that nicotine is a stimulant that acts on the autonomous nervous system. The most noticeable effects are alertness, pleasurable sensations and feeling relaxed. Nicotine is also believed to increase your blood pressure, and intestinal activity, increase salivation and decrease appetite.
So, is snus bad for athletes?
As you can see from the effects of nicotine mentioned above, snus is unlikely to boost your immediate performance. More importantly, you will likely suffer the harmful side effects of long-term tobacco consumption if you use snus regularly.
If you are conscious of your health and fitness, nicotine pouches are a much safer option. They’re not necessarily good or bad for athletes, but overall, they are a much better option than any other product containing tobacco.