In this fast pacing world, everyone is all about boosting their performance even if it comes to using shortcuts without thinking about the possible consequences of it.
And the market of energy drinks is leveraging the very trait of a major chunk of consumers. The concept of energy drinks is designed to fool people. They tell you that the drink gives you wings but do they ever tell you what it is that gives you wings which supposedly means energy for better performance?
Time to clip off some wings!
First of all, energy drinks were designed to enhance the performance of athletes and sportsmen exclusively. A person who doesn’t play any sport and has a regular lifestyle like you and me doesn’t need them.
Yet, many teenagers and youngsters in their early teens consume them fondly because they need ‘energy’ to continue doing whatever it is that they look forward to doing.
Do you know what energy drinks are made of?
Energy drinks are nothing but 250ml of water loaded with caffeine, sugar, and some artificial flavors, along with some B Vitamins, Amino Acid derivatives.
Now If you are someone who knows their food then you probably know why energy drinks are bad for you. But if you’re someone who still doesn’t get how these bunch of ingredients make energy drinks bad for consumption then keep reading.
5 reasons that you should never ever consume energy drinks and here they are:
Sleep deprivation or Insomnia: Though many people use energy drinks to stay alert and be productive to fulfill their job requirements, little do they know that these energy drinks, loaded with caffeine, are designed to make you addicted to them. And considering the amount of caffeine in one serving multiplied with over time consumption, it will ruin your sleep cycle and eventually cause insomnia.
Most varieties are loaded with sugar: Now for a moment even if we ignore the caffeine content in the energy drinks. The other bad villain comes in the form of sugar.
You will be surprised to know that how much sugar some famous energy drink contain For example, in one 8.4-ounce (250-ml) can of Red Bull contains 27 grams (about 7 teaspoons) of sugar, while a 16-ounce (473-ml) can of Monster contains about 54 grams (about 14 teaspoons) of sugar. Even the one with the least amount of sugar is enough to raise your blood sugar level at an alarming degree.
And it is common knowledge that a frequent increase in blood sugar level is what causes a serious illness named diabetes.
And diabetes is a disease that brings a host of other problems like obesity, organ damage, brain malfunction etc.
Now these may be long term effects but let us tell you that short term effects aren’t pretty either.
Even people with no risk of diabetes need to worry about the sugar from energy drinks because blood sugar elevations from such drinks link to increased levels of oxidative stress and inflammation, which just increase the development of nearly every chronic disease.
Energy Drinks May Cause Heart Problems: As if the damage from excess caffeine and a buck load of sugar was not enough. The consumption of energy drinks may also cause heart problems in some people.
Did you know?
Over 20,000 trips to the emergency department are associated with energy drink use every year in the US alone.
Considering the rising trend of energy drinks amongst teenagers, India will not be behind in the coming years.
There have been multiple studies conducted on humans that have also shown that consuming energy drinks may increase blood pressure and heart rate and decrease important markers of blood vessel function, which could be bad for heart health.
Most experts believe that heart problems associated with energy drink use occur as a result of excessive caffeine intake.
Dehydration and restlessness: Again, consuming that much caffeine from energy drinks over a period of time can lead to frequent dehydration and restlessness.
What happens is that excess coffee consumption causes you to urinate frequently. Increased urination is a common side effect of high caffeine intake due to the compound’s stimulatory effects on the bladder.
You may have noticed that you need to urinate frequently when you drink energy drinks or even coffee for that matter.
Also, the common side effect of coffee which is high blood pressure coupled with other side effects like insomnia and fatigue cause restlessness.
Anxiety: As you might already know that energy drinks high in caffeine are known to increase alertness.
It works by blocking the effects of adenosine, a brain chemical that makes you feel tired. At the same time, it triggers the release of adrenaline, the “fight-or-flight” hormone associated with increased energy
However, consuming such a high quantity of caffeine from these energy drinks regularly may lead to anxiety and nervousness.
Now If you must be thinking if not energy drinks what’s the alternative? Well, allow us to give you some healthy alternatives to get that instant energy.
Alternatives to Energy Drinks:
Gooddot’s Sip2Fit: Sip2Fit is a revolutionary Instant Energy Powder. With 6+ herbal ingredients, this Health energy drink gives you the necessary boost you need in the middle of the day, at the gym, or at night when you have to drive.
This drink powder is good for every sip. How?
Well, Sip2Fit is also an energy drink for immunity. It contains lemon, mint, Indian Basil (Tulsi), Amla, Ginger, Cumin, Black pepper, Sea Salt, and cloves which carry various medicinal compounds that reduce oxidative stress and kill free radicals in your body to help boost your immunity.
It is available in our shop just in case you want to check it out.
Protein: Protein is also a good energy booster. According to the researchers at the University of Cambridge who have found that protein trumps glucose when it comes to stimulating the cells that keep us awake and fuel the calorie-burning fires.
So to boost alertness, keep your body running with amino acids found in lean sources of protein like whey protein, paneer, eggs, and some meats.
If you’re a vegan or a vegetarian, you can also try GoodDot’s vegan meat. It tastes completely like meat but it’s made completely from vegan ingredients.
Chocolate: Just in case you don’t know chocolate has much more use than to express love in romantic relationships.
Did you know that chocolate milk has been dubbed as one of the best post-workout drinks.
But that’s not all cocoa is capable of. A study from the University of Nottingham found flavonoids in chocolate (especially dark) stimulate bioactive compounds in the brain, boosting energy.
Carbohydrates: Surprised? Yes, carbs can help boost energy if you are consuming the right kind. Unlike simple carbs which are really unhealthy. Turns out the Complex Carbs however can give you a good type of energy for a prolonged period of time.
According to a study published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, participants who ate primarily complex carbs experienced greater levels of alertness immediately following their meal.
Tea: If you’re someone who is perfectly healthy to consume Tea then you should definitely go for a cup because Tea is a great alternative to energy drinks and coffee. It contains caffeine in very trace amounts which is drastically lower than any energy drink or coffee.
In other words, you can get the same spike of energy without the jitters after-effects of coffee and energy drinks with a spot of tea.
Research published in the Journal of Nutrition Reviews found the combination of caffeine and L-theanine, an amino acid found in tea, reacted in a way that mitigates the overstimulation caused by caffeine alone.
So there you have it, these were the 5 reasons to not consume energy drinks with their way better alternatives. Share this post with someone who drinks a lot of energy drinks without even knowing the possible side effects of such drinks. We hope you learned something new today.