I think we have all had one of those days where it seems no matter what we do we cannot stay awake. Whether you have a new job, new baby, or are battling insomnia, an energy drink can seem like the perfect solution to your drowsy woes.
I am going to stop you right there. Before you reach for that brightly colored can of energy, I urge you to brew yourself a cup of green tea and read this article. The green tea will give you as much caffeine as you can get from a cup of a naturally caffeinated product and has a lot of other health benefits, but back to energy drinks.
If you have ever looked at the back of a can of coffee or tea, you will see a nutrition label clearly stating what is contained in the coffee or tea. Now when you turn over an energy drink, the nutrition label is missing, and it is replaced with a supplement facts panel, while these two labels look very similar, and to consumers, there may seem like there is no difference at all.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. U.S. News points out that while nutrition labels are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the supplement industry isn’t. They have little oversight about what they must show about their products. Many energy drinks don’t disclose all the stimulants that go into the product and will often list a “proprietary blend.”
This means that you can be drinking dangerous amounts of stimulants, or even stimulants that interact with your current medications and not even know it.
The Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration reports that emergency room visits connected to energy drinks doubled in numbers from 10,068 visits in 2007 to 20,783 visits in 2011.
While many of the stimulants that make it into energy drinks do so for their caffeine content, don’t let that make you think there won’t be any drug interactions. Caffeineinformer.com is a compact source of information that shows some of the severe interactions that caffeine can have with common prescription medications. If you are drinking energy drinks and taking prescription medication, you want to discuss possible interaction with your pharmacologist or doctor.
In addition to caffeine interactions, unlisted ingredients inside the “proprietary blends” of energy drinks may cause interactions with medications. It is always wise to steer clear of these drinks when taking medications.
The amount of caffeine in most energy drinks can cause heart problems like atrial fibrillation and increased blood pressure. There are warnings on most energy drinks not to consume more than one energy drink a day, and those warnings stem from the increased number of cardiac cases seen due to the consumption of energy drinks. According to Medicaldaily.com when people consume energy drinks in excess physicians who see unexplained altered cardiac patterns should look to energy drinks as the source of the problem.
One unfortunate effect of the increase of energy drink consumption is the increased rates of late miscarriages, stillbirths, and low birth-weight babies. According to Express, caffeine in women can be much more serious because they often do not find out they are pregnant until the damage to the fetus has already been done.
Other Adverse Effects
• Alteration of perception of fatigue and pain, which means that a person might push themselves past their natural limits
• Marked hypoglycemia (low calcium levels in the blood serum)
• An increased risk of arterial hypertension and Type 2 Diabetes in adults, which reduces Insulin sensitivity
• High amounts of caffeine can result in negative effects on the neurological and cardiovascular systems in teens and kids, which can cause physical dependence and addiction
• Tachycardia, agitation, irritability, nervousness, and insomnia in doses as little as 50 mg of caffeine are seen. Caffeine toxicity presents in a similar fashion to amphetamine poisoning and can include cardiac arrhythmias, seizures, and psychosis.
The World Health Organization reports ample research that links consumption of energy drinks with high-risk behavior, such as combining them with alcohol. One study of US College students discovered that the combination of alcohol and energy drinks resulted in a higher chance of adverse reactions as compared to drinking alcohol only.
Are These Drinks Worth The Risks?
These reasons alone should be enough to get anyone to reconsider their next energy drink buy. Unfortunately, as a society, we may have to put energy drinks into the categories of alcohol and tobacco, as a controlled substance, before anyone decides to do anything about it.
Two states are already trying to control the risks of energy drink damage to minors The State of Illinois and a county in the state of New York proposed legislation in 2013 to ban the sale of energy drinks to minors. The House of Representatives in Illinois let the bill die on the floor in 2014.
We may have a long way to go in order to regulate the sell of energy drinks in our states and local jurisdictions, but one thing is for sure. These drinks do have inherent dangers that should never be taken lightly.
Weight loss is a goal that many people have today, and by eating more organic foods you can make sure that your diet is healthy and natural. It is one thing to lose weight by keeping track of your calories,
but your body still will require getting the necessary nutrients to stay healthy. You need to always choose nutritious foods for your body when you are on a diet, and even better if they are organic and natural. If you want to buy organic foods, you can find them in almost any supermarket. With the popularity of organic foods growing, most supermarkets have listened, and are now selling organic foods. Many people would like to buy organic foods, until they look at the price, and see it outside of what they can afford. When you can’t afford things, you need to prioritize, so that you can at least buy the ones that are the most important.
Research has shown that not all foods absorb pesticides in the same levels, so you should get the ones that are less contaminated. Lettuce and potatoes are on this list, and so are cherries, strawberries, and spinach. You might want to eat foods that are organic, but when your budget doesn’t allow it, you really should learn what is the most important according to research.
Foods that are highly nutritious, sometimes called super-foods can be very helpful when you want to lose weight. When the super-foods you are eating are organic that will be even better for your weight loss. There are some foods, called super-foods, that can work wonders when you are on a weight loss program. It will even be better if the super-foods are organic. Genetically altered foods, processed foods, and those foods that have been sprayed with dangerous pesticides, can all have harmful effects on your body, so for your own health, you should be eating foods that have been organically grown.
There has to be a reason why obesity has increased so much, and health experts believe it can be explained by the amount of processed foods in the modern diet. This is a good reason to choose organic foods when you can, as this can improve your health and help you to reach your ideal weight.
It seems like in today’s rat-race-paced-world, we are always looking for that thing that is going to keep us going a little longer, this is shown by the massive surge of unhealthy energy drinks springing up all over the place.
For some reason, people always look to unhealthy sources and chemicals to boost their energy levels, when nature has provided everything we need.
What if there were a better way to give your body what it needs, without all the sugar and caffeine?
With these 5 super foods, you can be guaranteed to have energy all day long.
Yes, the same thing that you spread over clay pots and grew into funny animals is now a superfood and a really amazing one at that.
A 2 tablespoon Serving Gives You:
• 117 Calories
• 8.3 g fiber
• 4 f Protein
• 7.4 g Fat
According to Bodybuilding.com, not only do Chia seeds have a pretty solid nutrition profile, but they also contain:
• All of the essential amino acids necessary for muscle growth
• 5 times the omega-3 fatty acids than ¼ cup of walnuts
• 30% more antioxidants than blueberries
• As much potassium as 1/3 of a banana
• Twice the iron and magnesium of spinach
Flax is a small round seed that has been cultivated on earth since Babylon. They were touted as a super food in Babylonian times, and it turns out the king of Babylon may have been onto something.
Web M. D. notes that Flax seed is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which have heart health benefits. They have a high fiber content and are an excellent source of antioxidants. Altogether, these little seeds pack a powerful punch. The best part about them is that you can grind them up and put them in just about anything.
While I wish I could say that all chocolate is created equal, it simply isn’t. The darker, the better, and anything over 60% Cacao is really what we are shooting for.
The Orlando Sentinel notes that cocoa is high in some essential minerals that you may not be getting anywhere else.
1. Magnesium: Used in more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body it helps keep up normal nerve and muscle function
2. Manganese: Is Vital in forming connective tissues, bone, blood-clotting factors and sex hormones
3. Zinc: Found in cells throughout the body and is needed for the immune system to work properly
4. Iron: An essential element in the production of blood. It carries oxygen from the lungs to the tissues
Not Your Grandma’s Porridge
Oatmeal may not sound like the most appealing breakfast that you can have, but it can be one of the most energizing meals of the day. Especially if you take the time to add some of the extras that can really give you an edge.
While oatmeal on its own is a high-fiber food and a filling meal it will give you sustainable and stable energy, oatmeal with little tweaks can give you an amazing super bowl of power breakfast to power you through your toughest days.
Try adding any combinations of these to your oatmeal to add some extra punch.
• Chia Seeds
• Ground Flax Seed
• Cocoa Nibs
• Any berry (low sugar and high antioxidant fruits are powerhouses of nutrition)
While technically not food, water is listed by Shape Magazine as one of the best things we take into our bodies for energy.
Water helps curb dehydration, which is a primary source of fatigue. Along with fatigue, many other symptoms of dehydration can occur like headaches, hunger, irritability, and the list gets worse as the dehydration gets worse.
A recent study released in the American Journal of Public Health showed that more than half of all children and adolescents in the U.S are not drinking enough water. If the kids are not drinking it, you can almost bet that the parents aren’t either.
Drinking water can improve energy, cognitive function, circulation, metabolism, temperature regulation, and waste removal processes. That’s a lot of stuff this one thing is responsible for. In short, drink your water!
Now you are armed with an arsenal of fantastic foods to keep you powered up all day long. Try them out and see how they make you feel.