Caffeine Energy Drink:
of Caffeine in Energy Drinks
Dr. Ben Kim
drinks like Red Bull, Sobe "No Fear," and Red Devil are all the rage these days,
especially among teenagers and young adults.
to a study published in the Journal of Analytical Toxicology, these and other
drinks that promise to boost your metabolism and energy can contain three
to four times as much caffeine as a regular soda.
drinks can make you feel more alert and energetic in the short term, but drinking
them on a regular basis can and will hurt your health over the long term.
same holds true of coffee and any other food or beverage that contains caffeine.
the problem with ingesting caffeine on a regular basis?
amount of caffeine in four cups of coffee is enough to increase your risk of developing
a stroke and other forms of cardiovascular disease.
is a stimulant that increases heart rate, constricts blood vessels (which can
increase blood pressure), relaxes air passages to improve breathing, and allows
some muscles to contract more easily than they can without caffeine.
another way, caffeine found in energy drinks, coffee, tea, and soda can artificially
increase your alertness and physical capabilities in the short term. So even though
your cells may be in need of rest, with caffeine in your system, you are likely
to overwork your cells and deprive them of the rest that they need to restore
people who consume coffee, tea, soda, and energy drinks report feeling terrible
if they stay away from these beverages for a short period of time. The most common
withdrawal symptoms that people experience once they stop ingesting caffeine are:
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Depression and
symptoms like nausea, vomiting and muscle pain or stiffness
key to successfully overcoming a dependency on caffeine is to decrease your intake
on a gradual basis. For example, if you drink 3 cups of a caffeinated beverage
per day, for the first week, cut your intake to 2.5 cups per day. Then move to
2 cups per day for a week. Then to 1.5 cups. And so on until energy drinks, coffee,
tea, and soda are no longer a part of your routine. During this tapering down
process, replace the amount of caffeinated beverage that you are avoiding with
a healthy substitute like pure spring water, carbonated water, or vegetable juice.
people with existing cardiovascular disease, and pregnant women are especially
sensitive to the negative health effects of ingesting caffeine.
no mistake about it: energy drinks and other caffeinated beverages will hurt our
health in the long term. The only truly natural and healthy ways of increasing
your energy, alertness, and physical capabilities are to:
stimulants like caffeine and nicotine
an adequate amount of high quality rest on a daily basis - eight to 10 hours is
optimal for most adults, ten to 12 hours is optimal for most children
physically active for at least a part of each day, even if this entails 30 minutes
of walking outdoors
mainly fresh, minimally processed foods
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