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Liam Neeson health Update After Actor’s ‘Agonising’ Pain Spurred By Caffeine Intake

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NI actor Liam Neeson is known for his tough guy role in the Taken trilogy.

But behind the scenes, the now 70-year-old was crippled by “agonising” cramps in his left, which the actor later found out were caused by drinking too much caffeine.

The Ballymena man has become increasingly known as a star of action thriller films, which has continued into his more recent career with his latest project Memory, which was released in April 2022, focusing on an expert assassin who becomes a target of a criminal organisation.

Away from the action Neeson, has been supporting fellow Irish star Eamonn Holmes with his chronic pain, after the broadcaster suffered from a bout of his own, reports Irish Mirror.

Liam once reportedly told Holmes whilst the pair sat next to each other on a plane: “Rest is rust and motion is lotion.”

The actor, who recently delighted fans with a surprise cameo in Derry Girls, spoke out about his own pain with leg cramps a few years ago.

At the time the star told Radio 5 Live: “I was getting shooting pains in my leg, cramps in the middle of the night. The pain made me cry it was agonising.

“A friend of mine set me up with this massage therapist who does all the dancers on Broadway and he worked on me.”

In a substantial amount of pain Neeson was desperate to get some help to relieve his cramps, which a massage therapist was able to do, Express UK reports.

“He got rid of lactic acid crystals in my leg and afterwards,” the star added, revealing more about his condition.

When lactic acid accumulates in the muscle, it forms into crystal shapes. The longer the muscle remains tight, the bigger these crystals become.

This increased denseness in the muscle restricts the blood flow, meaning that muscle is not able to get its waste products flushed out as well in comparison to when the muscle is relaxed.

Lactic acid is a major waste product of muscles, hence why it builds up when muscles are tight for long periods of time.

Huddersfield Sports Massage Therapy explains that when lactic acid accumulates, no amount of drinking liquids can flush it out. The majority of this acid is trapped by muscles staying tight 24/7.

These crystals then rub against pain-sensitive muscle fibres in the area of the affected muscle causing severe pain, and over time debilitating symptoms on the body as essential nutrients cannot be delivered.

The Mayo Clinic explains that lactic acids usually builds up in muscles as a result of overuse and dehydration, but for Neeson, a significant amount of build-up was apparently due to his caffeine consumption.

“[The therapist] said ‘do you drink a lot of caffeine?’ and I said yes I do,” Neeson explained.

“He said ‘I would maybe drop it if you can and switch to decaf’ and I did.

“And the cramps disappeared by 90 percent.”

After giving up caffeine and seeing the positive effects it had on his painful cramps, Neeson went on to admit that he is now “addicted” to decaf tea, a safe option in comparison to coffee.

Research from Graham and Spriet found that blood glucose concentration increases during exercise, specifically endurance exercises such as long-distance running. This is crucial to explain the accumulation of lactic acid, as when the body is low in the oxygen that it needs to convert glucose into energy, it instead creates lactic acid.

This is connected to caffeine as most researchers have shown that the concentration of blood lactate increases after caffeine consumption.

Due to this, individuals should be aware of how much caffeine they consume in a day. According to The Mayo Clinic, up to 400mg a day is safe for most adults. This is roughly equivalent to the amount of caffeine in four cups of brewed coffee, 10 cans of cola or two “energy shot” drinks.

For those who consume too much caffeine on a regular basis, they can experience certain symptoms and worrying health problems including:

  • Restlessness and shakiness
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Fast heart rate
  • Dehydration
  • Anxiety.

One of the main ways in which individuals can prevent lactic acid crystals from forming is to drink water and stretch before and after exercising. The Mayo Clinic also recommends regulating caffeine and protein intake, swapping for more fruit and vegetables if needed.

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Kwame Baah sets to launch a global BUSINESS plug for musicians and all entertainers

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Photo: Kwame Baah, a digital marketing expert and a content manager.

Ghanaian digital marketing expert, Kwame Baah is set to launch a global business agency for artiste booking.

“The  primary focus of Get the Artiste is to  bridge the gap between artistes and people or businesses who need talent for various engagements, be it a concert, event, Tv show or guest appearances” Baah told mediaplugafrica.

He explained: “Booking agency is not anything new, is all over the world so it’s nothing new. We are just trying to bring it over here in Ghana  so that our artiste easily  get to be connected with locally and internationally”.

K. Baah currently manages,  strategize, grooms and promotes most of the big names in the Ghanaian music industry.

The official  launch of K. Baah’s initiative “Get The Artiste” will take place on Friday, February 10, 2023 at the 3Music Headquarters, Accra at exactly 5pm.

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Ed Sheeran returns to social with an emotional personal announcement

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British singer Ed Sheeran took to his Instagram to share an emotional personal announcement following his return to social media after a two-month break.

In a video he shared on Instagram, The singer, 31, admitted he has been emotionally detached for much longer.

Ed Sheeran took to Instagram to address his absence. Credit: Instagram/Ed Sheeran

“I realise I haven’t been that engaged in my social media or my fan base online over the last couple of years and the things that have been posted on this account might have got a bit boring, I’m sorry, it’s my fault. Ed said in a video.

“The reason I’m making this video is, just being totally honest, I’ve had some turbulent things happening in my personal life so I just didn’t really feel like being online and pretending to be something I’m not, when I wasn’t feeling like that.

“And I know that sounds weird but hence I’m making this video to say things are looking up and I’m back online.

“Weird s*** is going to start being posted here.”

Ed Sheeran did not elaborate on what ‘turbulence’ he’d endured. Credit: Instagram/Ed Sheeran

However, Ed  did not elaborate on what “turbulence” he’d endured, In February, he lost his close friend Jamal Edwards who tragically died after a cardiac arrest brought on by taking cocaine and drinking alcohol. Three months later, Ed and his wife Cherry Seaborn announced they had welcomed a baby daughter.

In November, Ed told his followers that he was taking a break from social media, after wrapping up work on a new music video.

Sharing a behind-the-scenes snap overlooking a beach, he penned the caption: ‘Signing off now until 2023. See you in the new year. Much love, Ed x.’

According to daily mail, the singer is in the middle of a worldwide tour, and is currently performing a run of shows in Australia and New Zealand.

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Chicago prosecutor drops sex abuse charges against R. Kelly

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R. Kelly arrives for a hearing on sexual abuse charges in Chicago on May 7, 2019.Kamil Krzaczynski / AFP via Getty Images file

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx told reporters that her office believes “justice has been served” against Kelly, who has been convicted in federal court.

An Illinois prosecutor dropped 10 charges of sex abuse against the singer R. Kelly on Monday, saying the cost was one of the factors she weighed in her decision.

Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is already serving a 30-year prison sentence on charges of federal racketeering and sex trafficking after he was convicted in New York last year.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx told reporters that her office believes “justice has been served” with the two convictions. She said her office’s “limited resources and court time” were the ultimate factors, noting that it found the accusations to be credible.

“Mr. Kelly is looking at the possibility of never walking out of prison again,” Foxx said.

Kelly is set to appear Tuesday in Cook County Court, where the charges will be formally dropped. The state has accused Kelly of sexually abusing four people, three of whom were minors.

Foxx announced the state’s case in 2019, saying the incidents occurred from May 1998 to January 2010. Kelly had faced three to seven years in prison for each charge if he were convicted.

The women in the case were identified in the indictment only by their initials. Multiple women have come forward with allegations over the years.

Lifetime aired a six-part docuseries, “Surviving R. Kelly,” in January 2019 in which multiple women alleged Kelly subjected them to mental, physical and sexual abuse. Foxx urged potential victims to come forward to speak with her office about possible criminal activity after the series.

Foxx said Monday that she consulted with the women in the indictment before she decided to drop the charges, acknowledging that some might be disappointed.

“I know firsthand how difficult it is for you to tell your stories,” Foxx said. “Four years ago, I stood at this podium and shared my story of having been a survivor and my full understanding of what it means to have to go before strangers to discuss what is arguably one of the most horrific experiences one could have. And these women, all of them Black, came forward, believing that they would be heard.”

Kelly also faces state charges in Minnesota, where he has been accused of soliciting a minor for sexual purposes and engaging in prostitution with a minor.

In the New York case, Kelly was convicted on nine counts of racketeering and sex trafficking. Jurors found that he set up a criminal enterprise that enabled him to recruit and transport underage girls for sex.

Months later in Chicago federal court, he was convicted on six counts of sexual exploitationand enticement of a minor. He is scheduled to be sentenced on those charges Feb. 23.

Kelly’s attorneys have said he plans to appeal both federal convictions.

Source: NBC NEWS

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