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1. The Real Truth About Energy Drinks
2. Energy Drinks - Are They Safe?
3. Energy Drinks Dangerous to Drink
4. Why Sports Energy Drinks Are a Waste of Money
and Potentially Dangerous
5. Five Reasons Why Energy Drinks Are the Worst
Focus and Energy Supplements

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1. The Real Truth About Energy Drinks
Energy drinks have been a hot topic recently. With our busy lifestyles
and lack of sleep, the promise of an instant energy burst becomes
very tempting. The question is though, what is the price we have to
pay for it? There has been a lot of debate recently about whether
energy drinks are safe and about their possible side effects. We went
on a quest to find out more about it and here is what we learned.
Energy drinks are usually non-alcoholic beverages containing
vitamins and natural stimulants. Different companies produce energy
drinks with different ingredients, however the one thing most of
them have in common is caffeine. This is the ingredient that inspires
your body to go into performance mode. The amount of caffeine in
different brands of energy drinks varies from 80 to 150 mg per liter
in each can (250 ml). Provided that the average daily dose of caffeine
without any harm to your body is 300 mg, having two energy drinks a
day pretty much uses up that limit. That sounds reasonable, but
unfortunately we all know that we just don't stop at 2 cans,
especially since we also consume other products containing caffeine
throughout the day such as tea and soda. The energy boost and the
thought clarity effects do not last for too long. Right after feeling
energized comes the collapse, which we usually try to compensate
for with another energy drink, thus creating a vicious cycle. So what
are the side effects of having too much caffeine? According to some
studies, the excessive caffeine intake can lead to increased blood
pressure, anxiety attacks, insomnia, and heartaches.
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If you read the list of ingredients in energy drinks, you may assume
that you are holding a vitamin cocktail. Guarana extract, ginseng
root, ginkgo biloba extract, mateine, folic acid... It sounds very

healthy and tempting, and most importantly when you drink the
bright red liquid you feel like you are supplying your body with
natural substances necessary for its functioning. In reality each
ingredient is a great stimulant if taken separately. For instance
ginseng effectively overcomes fatigue, depression and stress;
mateine, found in South American tea-mate, helps overcome the
feeling of hunger and helps lose weight; folic acid also known as
vitamin B9 plays an important role in metabolism and synthesis of
amino and nucleic acids, thus improving the brain function; guarana
is famous for removing lactic acid from muscle tissues thus reducing
the pain after intensive physical activities plus it contains lots of
energizing caffeine in its leaves. Unfortunately, laboratory
examinations prove that the amount of those substances in energy
drinks is very minimal, and the rest is the chemical mix of caffeine
and other components stimulating the nervous system. Therefore, it
is useless to count on energy drinks to make you healthier. To gain at
least somewhat noticeable effect you would have to drink them by
the bucket, which as we discussed previously is in fact harmful for
your health.
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The main two ingredients of energy drinks are caffeine and taurine.
These are the key elements that are supposed to "energize" our
brain and body according to the plan of energy drinks creators. But
practice shows different. The French scientists studied the
composition and effects of energy drinks and came to the conclusion
that the main ingredients of tonics do not go together and cause
ambiguous body reactions. For instance, taurine amino acid, which is
responsible for the immune system, is very dangerous for the heart
muscle if combined with any dose of caffeine exceeding 90 mg. So
the first component of energy drinks abruptly relaxes the nervous

system and lowers the blood pressure, while the second one on the
contrary increases it thus creating the oxygen lack due to the blood
vessels constriction. As the result, you achieve the effect similar if
you take a shower and alternate extremely hot water with extremely
cold. This dangerous excited and agitated condition is exactly what
we take for briskness and energy. Because of this ingredients
incompatibility energy drinks are sold only at drugs stores by
prescription in Norway, Denmark, and France. They are only sold to
those who don't have any contra-indications such as heart illness,
hypertension, insomnia, or diabetes. Energy drinks are also banned
for children under 14, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.
For a contrast, here in America a 12-year-old could freely buy and
consume any brand of energy drink. We all remember the incident
with a teenage boy who had over 10 energy drinks before his
baseball game and had a heart attack. It was actually proven that his
death was caused by those energy drinks he consumed.
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Caffeine contained in guarana causes addiction and you are tempted
to consume energy drinks in large quantities. Besides, as mentioned
before, energy drinks put us in an energy trap. We feel like the
energy necessary to complete that final task is in that can, but in
reality it is only a key to the door of inner resources of the nervous
system. In other words energy drinks don't provide us with energy,
they suck it out of us. We all know that the first several hours after
having an energy drink we don't feel tired at all, our mood improves
and we feel a burst of energy, but afterwards we feel the decline of
the same duration, and our body applies huge efforts to restore its
normal state. This happens for a very simple reason. Ginseng and
guarana free up the energy from the untouchable reserves stored in
liver, muscles and fat deposits for a rainy day. By drinking energy

drinks we artificially increase the metabolism carelessly wasting what
our body has been storing up for years and what we would normally
use in a stress situation.
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There are other much healthier ways of charging up your body with
energy. Don't sleep too long on the weekends. If you get out of your
usual schedule you confuse your body. Go to sleep the same time
you would normally do during weekdays. Good sleep is the enemy of
fatigue. Eat a healthy breakfast. If you don't have breakfast at all, in
just a few hours you will feel sleepy. Eat something filling and low in
calories like an oatmeal or cereal for breakfast every day. Try to eat
more of the "brighter" foods. Red and orange fruit such as tomatoes,
oranges, carrots and so on, will provide your body with a much
healthier form of energy. And finally drink more water. It plays a vital
role in metabolism. A couple of glasses of water per day will make
sure that you still have energy, even later in the day.

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2. Energy Drinks - Are They Safe?
Energy drinks have become the "rage" over the last few years. More
than 500 brands are now on the market, and it is estimated that it is
now a five-billion dollar a year industry in the US. Furthermore, many
of the most ardent fans of the drink are teenagers, and much of the
advertising is directed at them. According to a recent survey, almost
half (43%) of teenagers have tried the drinks, and many of them use
them regularly.
There's no question about it: everyone needs a lift once in a while,
and most people turn to coffee. In increasing numbers, however,
people are turning to energy drinks, particularly younger people.
Students are using them to stay awake while they cram for exams,
and young athletes are using them in hopes of improving their
athletic performance. And they are frequently coupled with energy
(food) bars, to get even more of a boost.
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Do they work? There's no doubt that they do -- sometimes too well.
As many people have found after using them late at night, it's very
difficult to get to sleep after they go to bed. And if they are used to
cram for an exam, the sleep you missed may be as critical as the
cramming. Numerous studies have shown that you lose a
considerable amount of cognitive power when you lose sleep.
So what are they? To give you a boost, they have to do two things:
produce more glucose and get it to your cells as quickly as possible,
and stimulate your nervous system. And energy drinks do both well.
They are made up mostly of sugar and caffeine; the sugar supplies
the glucose and the caffeine stimulates your nerves. But they contain

many other things along with the sugar and caffeine, and some of
them worry health experts.
Even though energy drinks work well, they come at some cost. They
increase your energy quickly (sugar is turned into glucose almost
immediately) and they make you feel great, but this high is relatively
short-lived. As the sugar enters your blood stream you get a "blast"
of energy, but a half an hour or so later you undergo a "crash" (when
all the glucose is used up). You begin to feel weak and dizzy, and as a
result, many of you reach for another drink. This brings us to the
question: are they safe? Most health experts agree that they are
relatively safe if used in moderation. After all, you get the same
stimulation from coffee, and there's no evidence that coffee, if used
in moderation, is unsafe.
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As in coffee, the main problem for energy drinks is the caffeine.
Several studies have shown that for most healthy adults, up to about
400 milligrams (mgs) per day is safe. Over that, however, it can have
a number of side-effects: it is a diuretic, and can cause fluid loss, and
in excess it can cause jitters, upset stomach, headaches, and sleeping
problems. So how much caffeine is in these drinks? Let's begin by
looking at a cup of regular coffee; it has an average of about 100 mgs
(but it can range from about 72 to 175). And it's well-known that for
most people, more than about 5 or 6 cups of coffee a day can cause
problems. We'll assume that the same thing applies to energy drinks.
So, how much caffeine is there in energy drinks? In a single serving it
ranges from about 72 to 150 mgs, which doesn't sound like too
much. One of the problems, however, is that many energy drink
containers contain two or three servings. Some of these "supersized"
drinks therefore contain as much as 294 mgs, which is a lot.

Another problem is that although 400 mgs per day is safe for adults,
it is not necessarily safe for children and adolescents. Furthermore,
coffee is hot and most people sip it slowly; energy drinks are cold
and are usually downed fairly fast. The major problem with caffeine,
however, is that it dehydrates your body, and this dehydration can
be serious -- it can even kill you. After drinking several energy drinks,
people begin to feel thirsty (the first sign of dehydration) and they
therefore drink more to relieve their thirst, which only makes them
more dehydrated. In addition, caffeine is addictive, and as you drink
more and more, you need more and more to give you a high.
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Next we have the problem of the sugar. Although there are a few
sugar-free energy drinks on the market, most are full of sugar, some
containing as much as 30 grams per serving. To give you a better feel
for 30 grams, it is approximately 4 teaspoons full, with each
teaspoon containing about 15 calories. The total calories for the
serving is therefore about 120, which isn't too bad, but as I
mentioned earlier, many energy drink containers now contain 2 and
3 servings, so you could get 700 calories in a container. With the
obesity problem, particularly among children, an extra 700 calories is
something they could do without. If it is added to their regular
(balanced) diet, it could add a pound of weight in a week.
Let's look now at the other things in energy drinks. They vary from
drink to drink, but some of the more common ones are given in the
following list:
Guarana: It is a source of caffeine
Taurine (an amino acid): It is added to enhance the caffeine's effect.


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