- There is a new dangerous fitness trend that sweeps TikTok and lands at least one young woman in the hospital and makes another stop breathing.
- A “dry scoop”
- Experts call this trend “alarming” and warn people not to try the challenge.
There is a dangerous new trend in the gym that sweeps TikTok and lands at least one young woman in the hospital and makes another stop breathing.
“Dry-scooping” has been touring Reddit for several months, but it seems to have taken off on the short-form video platform. The “dry spoon” videos suggest eating a teaspoon of energy powder before a workout without diluting it with water to maximize the effects of amino acids, B vitamins, caffeine and creatine in the supplement.
After a dry scoop, 20-year-old Briatni Portillo was rushed to hospital for heart attack symptoms.
“Take a dry spoon before training [because] I saw that it was a TikTok trend, “she said in a video posted from her hospital bed.” Going to the hospital because I had a * heart attack * “
“After I took the pre-workout, I started to feel tingling and itching all over my body, which was not a good feeling, but I looked it up on Google and it said it was a normal side effect, so I started doing my workout,” Portilo said. Buzzfeed. “I started to feel a heavy feeling in my chest and a slight pain, but it wasn’t too bad. I thought it might be anxiety or a bad panic attack, so I decided to just ignore it and spend my workout.”
After her workout, she felt nauseous and dizzy. She took a shower, hoping to shake off the symptoms, and then went to work as an exotic dancer.
“In the locker room of my job, I started to get hot, even though it was cold there … I started sweating a lot and I was drenched, even though I was wearing a bikini. Then my chest pain came back and this time it was more intense.” she explained. “The pain went in my back and in my left arm and my left arm was slightly lame, so I knew these were symptoms of a heart attack. I called 911 and the ambulance came.”
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It turned out that Portillo had a type of heart attack known as ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI). Compared to the more common type of heart attack known as STEMI, NSTEMI is usually less damaging to your heart because the artery to the heart is not completely blocked, according to Healthline.
At the hospital, doctors told her to avoid caffeine and skip dust before training. “They said I was good to train within 3 to 4 days of being hospitalized and start monitoring my heart rate on either Fitbit or a smartwatch,” she said.
What’s in the pre-workout supplement powder anyway?
First, it is impossible to know for sure what is in the pre-workout supplement. “These supplements are not regulated by the FDA,” said Dr. Joy Gelbman, a cardiologist at Weill Cornell Medicine and the New York-Presbyterian. “Certainly, if you’re going to take one, let alone take it in a way that’s not the way they offer it, you have to realize you’re taking a risk.” She explains that many of these powders are variable but high. caffeine levels.
“This large boost in caffeine can speed up the heart rate and blood pressure, essentially straining the heart, which can lead to the release of this heart enzyme called troponin,” which causes non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI). Says Dr. Gelbman.
Some pre-workout supplements contain up to 250 milligrams of caffeine per teaspoon – approximately three times the amount in a cup of coffee, adds Dr. Gelbman. “If you take a large dose of caffeine this way, in addition to any other caffeine you drink in your normal daily habits, it can increase blood pressure or heart rate or lead to heart rhythm disorders, which can be quite dangerous. otherwise a young, healthy person, ”she says.
Especially for someone like Portillo who routinely doesn’t consume caffeine, that is a lot to handle the body. Keep in mind that the dry spoon is an even more concentrated form of the ingredients.
Dry raking poses other risks.
In addition to the risk of causing a heart attack, dry mistake is a major risk of choking. “Take a large spoonful of powdered substance without water [poses] the immediate risk of choking, ”says Dr. Gelbman.
Although it is not clear what exactly happened, another young woman stopped breathing as she swallowed the dry spoon. (Warning: some readers may find this video embarrassing or triggering.) Although she will not speculate on what happened in this case, Dr. Gelbman said the woman appears to have a laryngeal spasm. By inhaling any type of dust, “you can aspirate it into your lungs and get pneumonia,” she says.
Dr. Gelbman suggests contacting your doctor before taking any TikTok wellness tips. “Everything you take, even if it’s a supplement, you probably want to contact your doctor, be sure to take it off the label in some way, as a dry mistake, it should be something that really shouldn’t be done or taken. does at your own risk. ”
Briatni said Buzzfeed that she feels better now, but wants people to know what they are putting into their bodies. “At 20, I would never have imagined having a pre-workout heart attack,” she said. “Just because you see it online, even if it’s done by fitness influencers, doesn’t mean it’s safe. Just because we’re young doesn’t mean we’re invincible.”