Energy drinks- when enough is enough

People drink a lot of energy drinks just to keep them alive. But sometimes enough is enough. We explain why and the symptoms with drinking too much.

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Energy drinks have loads of caffeine in them. They have double the amount of caffeine from normal coffee and tea. These drinks are usually sold in cafes, supermarkets, convenience stores, newsagencies, and kiosks. They are also sold at the train stations sometimes for commuters going to work in the morning. Red Bull is one of the worst ones. Too much caffeine can upset the stomach’s lining says Energy drinks can dehydrate you so they should not be used for sports events or training.

According to this report, Australians drink too many of these energy drinks. Most of these people work in stressful environments such as the office or manufacturing. Reize says that 76% of young adults drink energy drinks. These drinks can be quite toxic. They have caffeine and guarana (which is a form of energy found in sports supplements), amino acids, taurine (according to Choice first extracted from ox bile) and ginseng.

You don’t need that many amino acids as your body produces its own from the food you eat.

Some symptoms you can feel

  • Dizziness
  • Heart Palpitation
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Restlessness
  • GI issues
  • Chest pains
  • Tingling or numbing of the skin
  • Shaking

Coca Cola and other soft drink companies are releasing these new energy drinks which for some may not be good for you. They are these ones with no sugar in them. Sometimes you may not be able to sleep.

Over time if you drink 8 cans of these it would be 850 calories and would increase your risk of obesity. Not to mention that they have about 2-14 tablespoons of sugar which means that there is a likely chance of tooth decay.

If you have to drink an energy drink go for the liftoff and instant herbal beverages. They have plenty of energy without caffeine.

Do we really need that much?

The answer is no if you are living a healthy lifestyle. That is, getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night, exercise and eating lots of healthy food.

Energy drinks really don’t do that much for you! All they are is just added sugar and caffeine.  It’s ok to have one just occasionally but if you’re the person that drinks them all the time you should stop.

Energy drinks just like cigarettes should come with warning labels so that people don’t buy as many and they stick to just plain water.


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