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The Safety of Energy Drinks…

Are Energy Drinks Safe to Consume?

Here are some things to consider:

1. CAFFEINE. Some energy drinks contain as much caffeine as 14 cans of soda. Energy drinks may contain up to 280 mg of caffeine, while the average cup of coffee contains about 80 mg. In unsafe quantities caffeine can lead to symptoms such as nervousness, insomnia, increased blood pressure, & anxiety.

2. DEHYDRATION. Caffeine and sugar may provide a quick boost in energy levels, however they do not provide proper hydration. In fact caffeine, a diuretic, may promote dehydration, particularly in large quantities. Consuming an energy drink while exercising or engaging moderate physical activity can result in severe hydration due to fluid loss.

3. RISK OF HEART ATTACK OR STROKE. That’s no joke. According to a Wake Forest University study students who consumed just one 250 ml can of sugar free Red Bull experienced abnormal blood test results an hour later. These results indicated an increased risk of heart attack or stroke due to the changes observed (basically the drink caused blood to become “stickier”). Anyone with a known (or unknown) underlying cardiovascular or circulatory condition is at an even greater risk.

Red Bull has been banned in Norway, Uruguay, and Denmark due these and other health risks associated with energy drinks.

These are just some of the things to consider when you consume these drinks. The jury is still out on the short-term benefits of consuming them and the long term effects of consuming energy drinks is unknown. Our suggestion is to get proper rest, exercise, and eat a healthy diet. That should provide you with all the energy you need to power through your day.

Until next time…

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The Health Risks of Diet Soda

This was originally featured on AOL Health and was written by Deborah R. Huso
Diet Cola

Diet Cola

If you think you’re doing yourself a favor by drinking diet soda instead of the real deal, think again. It’s true you may be protecting your waistline from empty calories, but new research suggests you may be beating up your kidneys instead.

Over the weekend, researchers from the Nurse’s Health Study  in Boston released findings that indicate women who drink two or more diet sodas a day experienced a 30 percent drop in kidney function over the course of a two decades long study. More than 3,000 women participated in the study, the median age being 67. Lead researcher Julie Lin, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a physician at Brigham Women’s Hospital says the outcomes were especially startling because the women surveyed all had health kidney function at the start of the research.

After critically analyzing the beverage intake of study participants, researchers found those who drank two or more diet sodas daily had a significant dip in the kidneys’ glomerular filtration rate, which measures kidney function. Natural aging generally results in a decreased filtration rate of about 1 mL per minute per year after age 40. In contrast, the rate of those who consumed diet soda significantly decreased by 3mL per minute per year. The study showed no link between decreased kidney function and other beverages or any decreased function in women who had less than two diet sodas a day.

This doesn’t mean your kidneys are safe, however, if you opt for regular sodas. A study published earlier this year in PLoS ONE, a journal of the Public Library of Science showed that women drinking two or more cans of regular soda a day are nearly twice as likely to suffer from early signs of kidney disease as non-soda drinkers. Researchers don’t understand the cause for certain but suspect it has to do with the intake of large amounts of high fructose corn syrup.

With some 26 million Americans suffering from chronic kidney disease, it’s obviously become a national health problem. While studies to date on the relationship between kidney function and soda (diet or regular) have been small, they add more fuel to the fire for cutting soda intake, even if you’re a diet drinker. When it comes to your health, water is always the best beverage.

Definitely some food for thought. Even drinking diet soda a few times a week seems to be a poor choice. If you’re serious about changing your diet and appearance consider becoming part of our team. Nutritional consulting is included (at no extra charge) with all our adult programs.

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