Are Energy Drinks Good For You
Did that ad tell you that when you consume their energy drink, you will be super energized? You’ll be energized to the point where you can run around earth twice and still have energy.
If you’re going to rely on energy drinks to keep you going for the day, let’s look over what energy drinks really are.
What are Energy Drinks?
Energy drinks are beverages that are a concoction of various ingredients that boost you energy, mental alertness, and physical performance.
What's inside them
Caffeine - A major component found in energy drinks but having too much caffeine can be detrimental to your health causing symptoms like dizziness, high blood pressure, abnormal heartbeat, and etc.
Sugar - Some energy drinks have so much sugar it can almost be compared to drinking up to 250 calories which is about as much as a 20 ounce coke bottle.
Ginseng - Research has shown that instead of boosting energy it has been shown to decrease exercise endurance.
B vitamins - Although they do have their benefits if taken in an excess amount your body flushes them quickly so it basically serves no purpose.
How do they work?
Energy drinks contain a high amount of caffeine which is the key to energy drinks giving your body the extra energy it claims to give.
First the Caffeine enters your body and blocks the adenosine in our brain that is responsible for sleep. Since we have consumed large amounts of caffeine it will cause the neurons in our brain to go haywire and cause the body to start releasing adrenaline.
This will make our heart rate go up, eyes start to dilate, and it also causes our liver to release extra sugar into our bloodstream which will effectively give us more energy.
Can become addicting
Causes headaches/migraines due to withdrawals from caffeine
High sugar content
Can cause cardiovascular problems
They do give you an energy boost
Can improve your mood and attitude
We believe energy drinks are a big no no. Instead of energy drinks, let’s look at other options like:
Water - Dehydration is one of the main reasons we experience a drop in energy so by simply keeping ourselves hydrated we can avoid feeling sluggish.
Protein shakes - When your body lacks protein it often leads you to feel fatigue but with a protein shake that can change. A protein shake with carbs, fruits, protein power, and any dairy products will give your body the necessary nutrients it needs to sustain itself with energy.
Green tea - This has less caffeine than coffee and offers many health benefits like reducing bad breath and increasing fat burning.
Green juice or smoothies - These drinks are packed with vegetables or any wholefoods that just spur out so many health benefits.
Proper sleep - With a proper night's rest or nap your body will be fueled for the whole day.