The market for energy drinks is continuing to rise at alarmingly high rates. In fact, by 2011 it’s estimated that the U.S. energy drink market will surpass $9 billion. While these drinks might give you an instant boost of energy, they have also been linked to a number of serious side effects and can increase your risk of several health problems.
1. Caffeine Content
The caffeine content of energy drinks varies with some containing the equivalent of 14 cans of Coca-Cola. By comparison, a 6-ounce brewed cup of coffee contains about 80 to 150 milligrams of caffeine.
A study by Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found that energy drinks can lead to caffeine intoxication, a condition that can cause nervousness, heart irregularities, increased blood pressure, insomnia, neurological symptoms and anxiety.
2. Energy Highs and Crashes
In a study that investigated the energy drink consumption by college students (the key target demographic for energy drinks), 29 percent reported experiencing weekly jolt and crash episodes.
3. Headaches and Heart Palpitations
In the same college study, 22 percent reported having headaches, and 19 percent had heart palpitations related to drinking the energy drinks.
4. Poor Perception of Intoxication
Mixing an alcoholic beverage with an energy drink may help fight fatigue, but it reduces your ability to tell that you’re drunk – even more than drinking alcohol on its own, according to a study out of Brazil. This puts you at a higher risk of problems such as driving while intoxicated.
5. Dental Decay
A study published in the journal General Dentistry revealed that high energy drinks have the potential to erode tooth enamel more than other drinks such as sodas.
Energy drinks contain a lot of sugar (at least 7 teaspoons for each can) and high levels of caffeine that give you a fast high, followed by a crash. The up-and-down jolt may lead some to reach for another can to get back up to their high point, leading to a dangerous cycle of dependence.
Natural Energy Boosters Can Give You the Lift You Need:
Exercise – You can increase your energy level 20% just by doing a low-intensity exercise like walking, according to a recent University of Georgia study. Researchers think such light workouts stimulate your body and mind, decreasing fatigue by 65%.
Increase Your Magnesium Intake – Eating a balanced diet can help ensure your vitamin and mineral needs are met. Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body, including breaking down glucose into energy. When levels are even a little low, energy can drop.
Eat Plenty of Protein - Make sure you are eating enough healthy protein throughout the day. Your body needs it to keep organs functioning and energy levels up.
Take a Minute to Meditate – When you are short on time, meditating for as little as 3 minutes can help restore your balance and energy. It’s like little jump start for your body.
Another way to boost your energy naturally is with Healthy Choice Naturals, Natural Energy Lift. Our vitamin rich energy supplement is guaranteed to re-energize your body and rejuvenate your brain quickly without the jitters or edginess that are common in most energy supplements, pills, shots and drinks.
Plus, unlike energy drinks, it’s sugar-free with only 5 calories per pill. Our safe, all natural formula with important B vitamins and proven herbs make it your best choice when you need a natural pick me up.