We hear this every day, don’t we?

We drink them for a pick-me-up during a sluggish day or right before we head to the gym.

They’ve been advertised to “pump up the beast”; “vitalize body and mind”; “fuel your brain”; provide “focus, energy, and determination”; and help consumers “get animated.”

So what’s all the hype about?

With over 600 options on the market, ‘Energy Drinks’ are certainly here to stay.

But do they REALLY work?

Do these things actually give you “energy” or merely a false sense?

Certainly, there’s no shortage of claims on the drinks — from improving your workouts and health, to increasing focus and improving alertness.

Inside the drink is caffeine (upwards of the equivalent of 3.5 cups of coffee), usually pretty high in sugar, and offer a combination of various amino acids, B vitamins, and some other ingredients that are thought to add to the “energy boost.”

The fact that they have ‘natural’ ingredients and additional vitamins is somehow a justification that they are fit for consumption!!

So what exactly are those ingredients, and how do they impact your body?

Caffeine works. We know that.

Sugar does too. No surprise there.

When those sugar spike levels drop, they come crashing down and we crash as well. Additionally, this temporary spike is not worth the weight gain that comes with excess sugar consumption.

The B vitamins and amino acids, though, leave a little to be desired. There actually are some data showing some performance improvements when using energy drinks, but sprinkling some vitamins in an otherwise nutritionally void energy drink does not make the drink healthier

Caffeine kicks and sugary threats

And too much caffeine can cause jitters, a fast heartbeat, and trouble sleeping.

The short-term effects of energy drink consumption can include:

· Feeling more alert and active

· Need to urinate more frequently

· Rise in body temperature

· Increased heart rate

· Stimulation of the brain and nervous system

The long-term effects of energy drink consumption can include:

· Insomnia

· Nervousness

· Headaches and migraines

· Nausea

· Vomiting

· Heart palpitations

· Increased anxiety

· Hormone imbalance

· Obesity

· Poor dental health (e.g. dental caries)

Want REAL energy?

1. Sleep more (and take a 20-minute ‘power’ nap if need be)

2. Eat cleaner foods — real foods, loaded with nutrients, give you sustained energy. Try a piece of fruit and handful of nuts for a quick snack.

3. Eat healthy breakfast each day

4. Include some lean protein with each meal and snack

5. Take a stand and stretch break every 60 or so minutes — rather than staring at a computer for hours on end as your eyes glaze over, stand up, move around a bit and get the blood flowing and your mind clear.

Sports drinks aren’t the same as energy drinks and energy shots, and the terms shouldn’t be used interchangeably. Sports drinks are flavored beverages that often contain carbohydrates, minerals, electrolytes, and sometimes vitamins or other nutrients. They’re designed to replenish rather than energize.

There is a vast difference between sports drinks and energy drinks in their ingredients, purpose and audience.

And never combine energy drinks with alcohol. It can be dangerous because alcohol is a depressant, while the energy drink is a stimulant.

Unless you are extremely sensitive to one or more of the ingredients in the Energy drinks, drinking a can on a very occasional basis may not harm you in the long run.

The problems usually happen when the user drinks a can, gets a boost, and then crashes as the sugar and other ingredients leave the body.

The natural inclination might be to drink another can to get the boost again; do rethink and choose your drink, opt for water and a healthy diet to give you the energy you need instead of Energy drinks!

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