The Power of Caffeine and Energy Drinks
– Lots of people (like 80% of adults) can’t wake up without the daily morning coffee. The “Get Go” psychoactive drug can increase concentration & reduce fatigue. In other words…you get things done! But what about coffee in high doses? It can give you headaches, heart palpitations, and even nausea. In very high doses, mania & seizures.
Hmmm, then what about energy drinks? RedBull can give you wings while with Monster some people can do a 2hr workout session and still wants more. And let’s not mention if you mix them with alcohol which produce mixed effects since energy drinks have stimulants and alcohol a depressant.
The reality is that energy drinks are not appropriate for exercising or high physical activity because they are diuretic. The body lose water & dehydrate. Plus if you mix them with alcohol you’ll get more dehydrated because they are both diuretic in their own way.
Just because an energy drink looks cool and has nice colors and herbal supplements doesn’t make it safe. According to the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, since 2011 emergency visits have increased because of energy drinks side effects.
What to do? Read labels. If they are not properly labeled, at least search the ingredients so that you can understand what are you drinking. Some people don’t even know what they are drinking. It’s your health. Knowledge is power.