The Truth About Energy Drinks
If you’re looking for an energy boost, there are better things to turn to than energy drinks. Caffeine, sugar (or aspartame in the sugar-free versions), artificial flavors and colors and overall acidity are some of the reasons to avoid them.
For instance, first and foremost, caffeine is the main energy-boosting ingredient in many of these drinks. The problem with this is that, although you’re likely to feel an initial boost because of the caffeine, ultimately it wears hard on your adrenal glands, the glands that produce stress hormones (think “fight or flight”). Caffeine’s effect on your body is similar to flooring the gas pedal in your car while the parking brake is on. The car will rev and rev even though it isn’t moving. Obviously doing that long enough will lead to a lot of wear and tear on the engine. This effect is exacerbated by the often high sugar content of energy drinks. The caffeine and sugar together wreak havoc on the stress hormones and blood sugar levels leading to a delayed, but often severe, energy “crash.”
This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the downside of these drinks. Read the following post for more detailed information as well as research findings regarding dental health and energy drink consumption: http://www.jonbarron.org/natural-health/Enamel-Loss-Energy-Drink-Health-Concerns
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