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Energy Drinks
Before a Workout

1. Energy Drinks Before a Workout
2. Healthy Energy Drinks - An Oxymoron?
3. Growth and Popularity of Energy Drinks
4. Are Energy Drinks Healthy
5. How Natural Energy Drinks Support Weight Loss


1. Energy Drinks Before a Workout
So what are energy drinks? Drinks that give you energy right? Sounds
easy enough. However, what is in energy drinks that give you the
energy? Some, such as a Monster, do not exactly disclose everything
that is in it. Some simply say "proprietary blend" or "energy blend
complex." These are questions and concerns that many people
consider before deciding whether or not they want to start taking an
energy drink before exercise.
Caffeine is typically the main ingredient in most energy drinks,
although it may be named something different, such as guaranine or
matine, or theine. Caffeine has been around for a very long time.
Although all caffeine is the same, it can come from different sources.
Caffeine occurs naturally in plants such as tea leaves, cocoa beans,
coffee beans, and guarana plant (guaranine), amongst many others.
The source that the caffeine comes from really does not change the
common benefits of caffeine, which include enhanced alertness,
increased concentration and focus, and reduced fatigue.
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Is Caffeine Right for Me
Prior to using a caffeinated energy drink you should consult your
doctor. People with heart problems and/or high blood pressure are
typically advised against it. You should use them at your own
discretion. Negative side effects include increased urination, upset
stomach (diarrhea), insomnia, dizziness and/or nausea, and
increased heart rate. The only side effect that I have ever
experienced is diarrhea. Other than that, no problems.

Which is the Best Energy Drink
Personally, if I had to choose the best drink for energy it would be an
all natural juice that is high in natural sugar, such as apple juice or
grape juice. Unfortunately, I have tried those and they simply do not
provide that extra "kick" I am looking for to complete my workouts.
Thus, I have turned to other sources of energy. My three favorite
energy drinks are as follows:
V8 V Fusion + Energy. I absolutely LOVE this energy drink. It is only 50
calories and provides a decent dose of caffeine (80 mg) and other
vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B6, and
vitamin B12. V Fusion + Energy even provide a full serving of fruits
and vegetables!
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FRS Healthy Energy (11.5 oz. serving). FRS Healthy Energy is another
good energy drink, although I do not like it as much as the V Fusion +
Energy one. FRS is only 15 calories and comes in 5 flavors: citrus
pomegranate, orange, peach mango, wild berry, and nectarine. The
only flavor I have tried is orange and I think it tastes okay. Bearable
at the least. FRS contains 48 mg of caffeine and most of the same
vitamins as V Fusion + Energy. However, FRS upset my stomach more
for some reason.
Hydrive Energy. I discovered the Hydrive Energy drink recently and
have only used it a few times prior to working out. Regardless, I love
the results! Unlike the two energy drinks listed above, Hydrive
contains a whopping 160 mg of caffeine and Hydrive Extra Power
contains 195 mg per bottle! It tastes okay. You have 8 flavors to
choose from: citrus burst, kiwi strawberry, triple berry, lemon lime

rush, grape fusion, blue raspberry (extra power version), black cherry
(extra power version), and wild peach (decaf version).
Another reason I love these three energy drinks listed above is
because each one of them disclose exactly what is in the drink
directly on the container. I refuse to consume anything that contains
a "proprietary blend complex" because there is no way of knowing
how much of each ingredient is in the drink. It simply lists one
amount, such as 1110 mg, instead of individually disclosing the
amount of each ingredient.
Final Note
Personally, I love to drink an energy drink before working out. It not
only provides me with the extra boost of energy I need to make it
through my workout, but also makes it somewhat enjoyable. That is
probably due to the B vitamins which are known to enhance moods
thus making you feel "happy." As long as you use caffeine in
moderation, most experts deem it okay. Most healthy people can
consume between 200 and 400 mg of caffeine daily and be okay. In
fact, the National Institute of Health conducted and study which
concluded that coffee drinkers are less likely to die from heart
disease, respiratory disease, stroke, injuries and accidents, diabetes,
and infections than non-coffee drinkers. Pretty crazy huh?
Regardless, you should always consult your doctor before taking any
type of caffeinated drink.


2. Healthy Energy Drinks - An Oxymoron?
What are healthy energy drinks? Do they truly exist -- or is this just
more marketing hype? Did someone in the advertising department
just slap the word "healthy" on the can and hope no-one inspects the
ingredients? In some cases they did, but not always.
First, let's examine some science on what is healthy or unhealthy
about any beverage. That would be a good starting point, wouldn't
What is an energy drink, in essence -- and what would qualify one to
be called "healthy"?
Energy drinks are essentially a blend consisting of one or more
stimulants, a flavoring, usually some added sugar for palatability, and
herbs/amino acids/vitamins to buffer any nervousness caused by the
stimulant and to facilitate the creation of energy naturally.
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(This is the ideal of what energy drinks can be, but in practice some
manufacturers cut many corners. It is wise to remember, "Let the
buyer beware!")
Tea, coffee, and some herbal forms of stimulants like guarana, coca,
cacao, yerba mate, khat, ephedra, and kola nut are widely used
worldwide. Tea and coffee are the most familiar and have been
found to have some beneficial health properties, even though they
are to some degree habit-forming.
Most parents would not be too alarmed by their children drinking an
occasional coffee, cola, or cup of tea -- Agreed?

The unfamiliar ingredients, when scrutinized on a can label, are
usually the source of much public mistrust of energy drinks.
Sometimes this mistrust is warranted and sometimes it is not -- it
depends on what the ingredient is and its purpose.
For instance, ephedra, which is rarely used in energy drinks, has
caused some problems, such as irregular heartbeat, heart attack,
stroke, and even death in a few instances. These are not symptoms
that build a happy, growing customer base, as you can imagine!
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Taurine, on the other hand acts as a modulator, that is a "governor"
on the energy level. It is also an antioxidant, which helps to
neutralize free radicals which are produced by the body in its day-today processes. It has been found safe enough and valuable enough
to be used in baby formula, so there is no cause to fear taurine. It has
a purpose here. (See Wikipedia for the many benefits of taurine.)
Legitimate cause for concern arises around the quantities of sugar
and caffeine many of these energy drinks contain.
High levels of caffeine and other stimulants are reason for concern
among many parents and health professionals, but equal attention
should be paid to the huge doses of various types of sugars in energy
The average American consumes about a half-pound of sugar every
day! A large portion of this comes from soft drinks, including energy
drinks and coffee drinks. At nearly two ounces of sugar in one tall can
of the common brands of energy drink, it doesn't take too long to get
our half pound of sugar.

High sugar consumption often leads to weight gain, which leads to
diabetes, Type 2. Diabetes is on the increase in America and
worldwide and it is a serious, eventually fatal medical problem.
Dr. Joseph Mercola recently listed 76 different medical problems
caused by our infatuation with sugar. The high sugar levels in most
energy drinks disqualifies them from being healthy energy drinks.

Ironically, casual surveys I have taken in so-called health food stores
reveal energy drinks in their coolers containing 18-29 grams of
sugars. Sugar is sugar, whether it is organic cane sugar or not. One
exception to this is the use of agave syrup sweeteners, which contain
more fructose which poses a special health threat.
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Another cause for concern is the way that most manufacturers
choose to sweeten their drinks without using sugar. Artificial
sweeteners actually still lead to weight gain, plus some of them have
been found to cause structural damage to the brain and nervous
system. Aspartame is the worst on this account, causing tumors in
research animals and infertility in subsequent generations of
offspring when the pregnant mothers were fed aspartame,
comparable to what humans might receive.


3. Growth and Popularity of Energy Drinks
Energy drinks reside in the market of soft drinks, whereby their
intended purpose is to provide additional benefits to the well-being
of an individual, with respect to their energy level. Furthermore, the
added benefit of the energy beverage should improve the physical
activity of the consumer versus a drink without energizing
compounds, flavorings or components. Particularly, many consumers
choose an energy drink to increase their mental focus and aptitude
or physical awareness. The addition of caffeine and a selection of
vitamins and/or herbal ingredients in the drink will provide the
stimulant effects desired by the individual versus the effect from
caffeine alone.
Ingredients in the energy drinks are varying and offering a selection
of stimulant effects. In general terms, the drinks include
methlyxanthines (such as caffeine) and specific herbs or vitamins
(most importantly, the class of vitamins B). There are other herbal
remedies offered in the drinks as well, such as guarana, acai and
taurine. In addition to this, the drinks could contain ginseng
(stimulant often looked at in Asian cultures). More classes include
the additions of carnitine, creatine, glucuronolactone and ginkgo
biloba. Many drinks have high levels of sugar, with the inclusions of
diet versions with artificial sweeteners. The most poignant ingredient
in these drinks is caffeine, such as the stimulants in coffee or tea.
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There are many different effects, which are causations of the energy
beverages and their related ingredients. These effects are
combinations of physical and metal reactions. The overly moderate
consumption of energy drinks could lead to feelings of euphoria
(extreme happiness and/or alertness), such as the effects from

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