Energy Drinks

by Karen Bates
(last updated February 6, 2017)

Energy drinks are a very popular way to get energy in a fast and convenient form. The idea behind these drinks is to offer the consumer a lot of caffeine, sometimes with things like vitamins added, all packed into a sweet, soda-like drink. Many people drink them regularly, and some others even rely on them to keep them going during the day.

Although a large number of people have started drinking energy drinks, they are not always the safest choice for everyone and should always be used with care. While they are a convenient way to get quick energy and can taste great, some energy drinks pack especially large amounts of caffeine and sugar and can be harmful. Keep in mind that people with certain health conditions should stay away from energy drinks altogether.

When it comes to energy drinks, there are several things you need want to consider before taking a sip:

  • Too much. Drinking too many energy drinks in one day may lead to caffeine over-consumption. Be careful when drinking multiple energy drink, always read the labels for caffeine amounts.
  • Children. Be careful with children and energy drinks. The caffeine and the boost in heart rate that results can be particularly dangerous for younger consumers.
  • Alcohol. Use caution when mixing energy drinks and alcohol. Many dangers have been linked to consuming these drinks together. The reason for this is that energy drinks are stimulants and alcohol is a depressant.
  • Crash. If you are trying to lower your sugar intake then avoid using regular energy drinks. You might be better off trying a diet energy drink or even an energy shot as an alternative. Many well-known energy drink brands now offer their drinks in a diet form, which can help you avoid a sugar "crash" after consuming an energy drink.
  • Side effects. In some cases, energy drinks have been known to cause side effects like anxiety, increased blood pressure, sleeplessness and irritability. Use caution when choosing an energy drink and do research before drinking, especially if you have health problems.
  • Alternatives. Find alternative ways of getting more energy instead of having an energy drink every day. Some include getting more sleep at night, or increasing exercise to get your body energized.

Although energy drinks can be a great way to get a quick energy boost, just remember to use them carefully. Too much can be harmful, and it is better for your body in the long run if you find other ways to keep up your energy.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

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