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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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