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Energy Emergency

July 17, 2013

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* The following information is quoted from a Baptist East Hospital Newsletter*

The purpose of energy drinks is to give you a strong burst for a few hours. However, energy drinks are not a good substitute for sleep and some of the ingredients in them may be detrimental to your health.  Here is a list of many of these such ingredients:

Caffeine

Energy drinks typically contain more caffeine than soda, tea, and coffee. A 12 ounce can of soda provides about 35 mg of caffeine while just an 8.4 ounce of an energy drink can contain up to 280 mg. While caffeine promotes alertness, focus, and energy, it also has drawbacks. Common side effects include nervousness, anxiety, dizziness and nausea.

Yohimbine

Yohimbine is an herbal extract found in many energy drinks and supplements. This substance is supposed to increase energy levels and boost metabolism but like caffeine it can be harmful. Side effects include insomnia, increased blood pressure, nausea, and dizziness

Sugar

Energy drinks are typically high in sugar because it can provide quick energy. Excess sugar can lead to diabetes and weight gain.

Phosphoric Acid

Phosphoric acid is added to many energy drinks because it provides that tangy flavor that we all love. The unfortunate side effect is that it can erode he enamel on the surface of your teeth.

Guarana

Guarana is an extract from South American trees that contains caffeine and several other chemical compounds that claim to enhance energy levels. Guarana can cause nausea, shakiness, anxiety, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Energy drinks can provide you with quick energy but at what cost? There are several healthy ways to increase energy: eating breakfast, drinking 8-12 glasses of water per day, and getting 7-9 hrs of sleep per night.

Watch what you are putting into your body. What may not harm you today might adversely affect you tomorrow, next month, or next year.

 

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