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The Downfalls of Energy Drinks and Caffeine

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Written by Dana R. 

I have previously expressed my dislike toward energy drinks. This opinion has not changed. Blatantly, I cannot figure out how individuals believe that energy drinks are healthy or provide a positive source of energy to the body.  If someone has an honest explanation that proves me wrong please let me know.  

Over time, the quick fix "energy boost" that many feel they get does more harm than good. In fact, Time.com reported negative findings in the examination of adolescent poison control records. Heart rhythm issues as well as neurological symptoms were found due to the consumption of energy drinks.  Adolescents, however, are not the only age group who should shy away from these beverages.  

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After some careful research, 365 Days of Health and Fitness found the following downfalls of energy drinks:

1)  Caffeine in large doses, regardless of the source, is unhealthy.  The Mayo Clinic suggests 400 milligrams (mg) of caffeine as a non-threatening amount for healthy adults where as 500 - 600 milligrams is considered heavy usage and enough to cause negative side effects.  Energy drinks contain the highest levels of caffeine in comparison to soda and coffee.  Some energy drinks are said to have over 240 milligrams of caffeine per serving.  

2) Other harmful ingredients include Guarana and Taurine. Guarana is a stimulant that is made from a Brazilian plant that contains, you guessed it...more caffeine. Time.com warns that 1 mg of Guarana is similar to 40 mg of caffeine.  Most often the total amount of Guarana is not reported on the energy drink label.  Taurine is an amino acid that is said to support neurological development.  Energy drinks contain more Taurine than required daily.  Please note, that the body produces enough Taurine on its own from a well-balanced diet.  Too much of something is never good.  

It seems that one energy drink contains enough ingredients to over-stimulate the body and brain.  The following info-graphic developed by Personalise.co.uk visually depicts what happens to your body when drinking an energy drink. Within the first hour your heart rate and blood pressure increases and within 24 hours your body can actually withdraw from the caffeine content.  


Read labels, even beverage labels.  Know what you are consuming before it consumes you. Stick to water... some think water is boring, however, it is the ultimate source of hydration and best beverage for you! 


References:  

Sifferlin, A. (February 2013). What's In Your Energy Drink? Time.com

The Mayo Clinic Staff. (April 2014).  Caffeine:  How much is too much? Mayo Clinic.org   

Sifferlin, A. (November 2014).  Energy Drinks Are Hurting Young Kids. Time.com


Warning: During research for this post, I came across some advertisements from lawyers for energy drink lawsuits, be mindful in choosing what you put into your body.

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