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Energy Drinks And Abuse

Energy DrinksAn energy drink can be briefly described as a beverage containing stimulants, mainly caffeine. It may be carbonated or not. Red Bull is, without a doubt, one of the most popular energy drinks on the market today. However, monster has also grown in leaps and bounds. The other mainstream energy drink brands include: Rock star, NOS, Amp, Full Throttle, Xyience Xenergy and VPX Redline.

Energy Drink Side Effects

When consumed in moderation, energy drinks improve mental and cognitive functioning, muscle endurance and subjective alertness. For this reason, the contemporary energy drink market is booming. The benefits of energy drinks do not come without side effects. The FDA recently scrutinized these beverages on their safety but people are still using them, oblivious to their potential dangers. Energy drinks have both physiological and psychological side effects. The most common ones are Palpitations or tachycardia, shaking, gastrointestinal upsets, chest pains, dizziness, tingling of the skin, respiratory distress and headache.

Caffeine and sugar

An energy drink will typically have more caffeine content than a cup of strong coffee. Apart from the obvious tooth decay from sugar and addiction from caffeine, these ingredients lead to mild and moderate euphoria. This may induce agitation, irritability, anxiety and insomnia. Nervousness, nausea, abnormal heart rhythms, increased urination and dyspepsia are also common. Dehydration occurs when the caffeine in the energy drink causes water to be excreted to dilute sugar concentration in the bloodstream.

Ginseng

This causes insomnia, low blood pressure, palpitations, edema, tachycardia, vertigo, headache, mania, fever, vaginal bleeding, pruritus and appetite suppression.

 

Ginkgo Biloba herb

This herb has been reported to cause minor effects such as nausea, dizziness, headaches, heart palpitations, as well as restlessness.

L-Carnitine

It causes vomiting, headache, nausea, diarrhea, restlessness, stuffy nose and sleeping difficulties.

Energy Drink Abuse

Consumption of more than two cans of energy drink is usually harmful, especially to pregnant women, children under 16, athletes and breast feeders. People suffering from hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases should avoid all energy drinks. Energy drinks can also be very dangerous when mixed with alcoholic beverages. Regulations are not as strict on energy drinks as they are on sodas and juices. This is because the energy drinks are categorized as supplements and it is up to the consumer to exercise caution when consuming them.

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  1. October 21, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I knew energy drinks weren’t good for you. Anything with that much sugar can’t be, but I had no idea some of those other ingredients were that bad for you.

  2. October 22, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    I try not to eat things I can’t pronounce. Sorry Ginkgo Biloba herb.

  3. October 23, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    I tend to stay away from these sugar and caffeine loaded drinks. They are terrible for you, and your blog shows that.

  4. October 23, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    These drinks really provide no nutritional value. You shouldn’t drink them regularly, or often.

  5. October 24, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Really keeping a healthy lifestyle and being active of some sort should produce some extra energy you’re missing from your busy day. Food is fuel people, can’t always take the easy way out. You need nutrition and most of these choices are just sugar and caffeine.

  6. October 28, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Ginkgo Biloba herb sounds dangerous! Heart palpitations don’t sound worth some extra energy.

  7. October 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Energy drinks have many studies to show how bad they are for your health, so choose wisely.

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