Are they safe? The question still remains as researchers have yet to conclusively suggest that energy drinks are unsafe or pose any health risk. However, many medical professionals remain very cautious. The ingredients in the average energy drink include high doses of caffeine and sugar along with natural ingredients such as taurine, guarana, and ginkgo biloba. The caution surrounds the fact that researchers are still unaware of the long term (and short term for that matter) effects of these natural ingredients when mixed together (not to mention in large doses). There appears to be an assumed trust in a "natural" product when really...you wouldn't eat a mushroom just because it grew out of the ground...would you? Natural doesn't mean healthy.
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Why should one be mindful of their caffeine intake? The effects of caffeine may include; muscle tremors, nausea, and irritability, changes in heart rate, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Consuming large amounts of caffeine over time may decrease bone density and lead to fractures down the road. Both children and adults may experience high levels of anxiety, mood changes, and decreased attentiveness..oh ya...and the potential risk for cancer and links to sudden death in sport.
How can you energize without reaching for the chemicals? It may sound cheesy and trite, but it all relates to lifestyle behaviour (of course..or why would I blog about it?). A healthy night's sleep is defined, by sleep experts, as a minimum of 7 hours of quality sleep per night (um...yup...7!). Eating a healthy diet (without relying on the staples of processed foods) will also provide you with the energy you need to get through your day without ending up a pool of lethargy in the corner (rocking back and forth in the fetal position..not that I would know anything about that). But if you need something more immediate, try a simple walk outdoors. So instead of reaching for a bottle of stuff that isn't really known to be healthy for you...why not turn to the stuff that is tried and true and good for you?
except keep your kids away from the energy drinks...a.k.a. crack in a can!).