Energy Drinks – The Lurking Monster?

There isn’t a morning that passes that we don’t see somebody walking or driving along (usually looking quite stressed!) whilst drinking ones of these bad boys.  These brightly-coloured canned drinks promise to “get you up to speed in a hurry!” or “give you wings!”  But is this all they are giving you?  And are they giving it to us in a healthy sustained manner?

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The daily recommended maximum intake of caffeine is 200mg; so that is equivalent to around two mugs or four cups of coffee per day – MAXIMUM.  However just one serving of energy drink can contain anything between 80mg & an astonishing 240mg!!!  And that is even before you add in the copious amounts of coffee (usually with added sugar!) these people tend to also consume throughout the day in a bid to try and sustain that sudden burst of energy they have obtained from their canned friend.

But it’s not just the caffeine we need to be worried about with these energy drinks; but also the sugar, artificial sweeteners and all the other not so lovely scary ingredients – all bringing their own individual side effects!

So, what are the collective side effects of energy drinks?

 

  • Heart palpitations
  • Tremours
  • Restlessness
  • Mood swings
  • Cravings
  • Gastrointestinal upset
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Paraesthesia (tingling or numbing of the skin)
  • Insomnia
  • Respiratory distress
  • Headache
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Increase urination
  • Breast shrinkage in females
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Weight gain
  • Tooth decay
  • Increases risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Unstable insulin levels

WOW!  Are those brightly-coloured convenient cans right by the cash desk looking so irresistible now?? 

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Amy Griffiths, Well Being Freedom Services Ltd ©

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