The next time you are looking for ways to get energy, think about alternative ways before you buy energy drinks. Consuming excess amount of everything is harmful and especially this type of drinks. So instead of solely relying on sugar and caffeine to get you through busy day, take a walk or drink plain water to feel more natural and long-lasting energy.
1) Side effects
If you were not already aware, energy drinks have some extremely serious side effects. Some of the side effects are: agitation, tremors, stomach upset, chest pain, dizziness, seizures, insomnia and even heart attacks. Just because they are easily available and look innocent enough does not mean that they can’t do some serious harm.
2) Stress and anxiety
In fact, one of the most convincing reasons to stop drinking energy drinks is that they can cause increased anxiety and stress. Some energy drinks are actually found to contain more caffeine than it is advertised on their labels. Too much caffeine has been known to cause jitters and the chronic stress, and a racing heart from massive amounts of caffeine is not all that comforting either.
3) High in sugar
Besides providing with artificial energy, these drinks typically contain a lot of sugar. Some drinks are known to have an average of 15 tsp of sugar. Aside from getting the dreaded sugar crash, sugar can leave you dehydrated and, as it is also known, suppress the immune system, increase inflammation, lead to tooth decay and weight gain.
4) Mood changes
If you regularly consume energy drinks, you may want to think carefully your beverage choice. Studies have shown that those who frequently drink the stimulant caffeine have been known to have reduced serotonin levels. This substance is known as the feel good neurotransmitter. A depletion of this hormone has been linked to low mood, anxiety and depression.
5) Taxes organs
Another danger of energy drinks is that they can be taxing on your organs. Your heart, liver, brain, digestive tract and kidneys are all working as if you are in a flight or fight situation and ultimately get drained from all the work. Energy drinks trigger your organs to react as if they are in a dangerous situation so you can imagine how bad it can be.
While you might like the sudden surge of energy and vigor when you are trying to make it through a tiresome afternoon, it is not so helpful when you are ready to turn in for the night. Such drinks can cause you to lose out on deep and restful sleep at night so that you end up turning to it again the next day. Quit the cycle and get energy in more natural, safe ways through workout, water and healthy snacks.
These days people are pretty much strapped for cash. Energy drinks can end up costing you up to $900 per year or even more. The average energy drink can cost you between $3-4. So if you have got a daily habit, you are spending enough money to snag yourself whole lotta new shoes, clothes and other fabulous items.
Diet or low calorie energy drinks tend to use sweeteners such as aspartame. In response to the ever growing obesity problem, companies began producing versions without sugar of their energy drinks some years ago. A serving of their sugar free flavors only cost 20 calories but the bad news is that the aspartame used to sweeten this kind of drinks can be even worse for you than sugar.
9) Artificial flavors and colors
Most energy drinks on market shelves are not made from real juice, so they need artificial colorings and flavorings to make them taste and look more appealing. You will be terrified to know that certain energy drinks flavors are chock full of toxic chemical coloring. Manufacturers use several different food dyes, but one of the most common is red 30 even those which are not red. It has been tied to reactions ranging from migraines and headaches to temper tantrums, dizziness, aggressive behavior, hyperactivity, uncontrollable screaming and crying, nervousness, kicking, inability to sit still or concentrate in children.
10) Adrenal fatigue
Some people become tired after caffeine intake. This is a symptom of adrenal fatigue when the adrenalin system of your body becomes overtaxed by constant high caffeine consumption. The answer is not to increase caffeine even more but to reduce its amount, detox and get the adrenal glands back to a normal state. Remember it is hard to choose a safe dose because it varies from person to person and according to an individual tolerance. Between 499 milligrams to 999 milligrams in a day period will probably lead to some of the more severe side effects.
11) B Vitamins
This vitamin is one of the ingredients in almost every energetic drink. It is certainly beneficial to take recommended daily ratio but more than 34 mg of B3 or Niacin can cause flushing of your skin. Consumption of 2999 or more can result in liver toxicity. More than 99 mg of B6 can cause sensory nerve problems such as burning sensation and skin lesions.
12) Ginkgo Biloba
Gingko is some kind of herb and can cause some minor side effects in different people. These effects vary from headaches, nausea and diarrhea to dizziness, heart palpitations and restlessness. What is more ginkgo biloba can interact with other medication such as anti-depressants and blood thinners. One recent study found that this herb caused thyroid cancer in research.
This amino acid is derived from green tea and most energy drinks and shots have begun putting so called green tea extract in their beverages. It can produce a different type of alertness than caffeine and there has been no scientific evidence of it causing adverse side effects. Some people have reported feeling light headed after consuming a dose of more than 299 mg of L-Theanine.
14) Allergic reactions
The most common energy drink ingredient caffeine can lead to several allergic reactions such as rash, itching, hives, swelling of the tongue, mouth, face or lips, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, vomiting.