Many people use energy drinks these days. In every part of the world there are many various energy drinks available, helping you to overcome tiredness and lack of energy. This has become such a wide spread habit that this energy drink industry makes billions of dollars every year.
Students use energy drinks when studying for the exams, but there are also energy drinks users among teenagers and young people in the night clubs and corporate employees. These drinks helps people to be alert and energetic when needed, but might also have some negative effects to the body.
Side Effects of Energy Drinks
Everything you eat or drink has a certain impact on the body and energy drinks are the same. Their effect depends on the amount of the drink and also on the type of energy drink you choose.
Energy drink usually contain: taurine, caffeine or glucuronolactone as the main active ingredient. There are also energy drinks that contain other substances, including creatine, guarana extract, gingko biloba, or ginseng. All of these drinks should stimulate your body and boost up your metabolism and concentration, helping you to achieve better and also faster results.
Sometimes people make a mistake thinking that if they stop drinking coffee and start using energy drink, they would minimize the caffeine addiction. Energy drink often contains much more caffeine than a cup of coffee, in fact more than you normally drink every day. Be aware that it will have the same effect: it will make you more active and alert, but you might also end up dehydrated. In most cases, a can on energy drink have around 80mg of caffeine. To compare, a can of Pepsi has 40mg of caffeine.
Taurine is the substance said to regulate the heart beat. This is an amino acid which improves all of bodily functions.
Glucuronolactone is carbohydrate, and energy drinks that contain it will give your body plenty of energy.
You should always be very careful to avoid overdose of energy drinks. Drinking one or two canes of energy drinks per day won’t be a problem, but prolonged use or using more than two drinks every day might provoke a health issue. Caffeine overdose may cause dehydration and extreme tiredness once the effect wears off. There is also a question of sugar in those energy drinks. So much sugar can cause addiction and is not healthy for you on the long run.
Energy drink overdose can cause stomach and kidney problems and severe muscle pain. You shouldn’t combine an energy drink with alcohol, because it may seriously affect your health. Pregnant women are advised to avoid these drinks, because of the caffeine in them.