Beware of So-Called “High-Energy Drinks”

  Need an energy boost?  We all do from time to time, but those highly advertised over-the-counter energy drinks are not the way to go.  Here’s why:

  • The extreme acidity and high caffeine content of such beverages can increase your blood pressure, induce a rapid heartbeat, and cause dehydration, vomiting, seizures, headaches, insomnia and death.
  • Caffeine is typically good for your body, but when consumed in a can of so-called hyper-energy drink you get six times as much that is in a regular cup of coffee.  This not only speeds up and stresses your heart, it also flushes your body of vital fluids and nutrients.  
  • Most highly advertised energy drinks are also extremely high in acid. When low ph assaults your body, calcium leaves cells and enters the bloodstream in order to neutralize the acid. This means your bones, muscles and brain are robbed of vital calcium precisely when needed the most.  
  • High-energy drinks are also loaded with sugar, the No. 1 cause of diabetes.  Who by now doesn’t know the risks taken when too much sugar enters your system?
  • High-energy drinks are packed with carbohydrates, far more than are recommended for active people.  This can lead to serious gastrointestinal distress and all the problems that go with it.

The best high-energy drink in the world is fresh, clean water in combination with fresh, clean fruits, vegetables and foods containing plenty of natural fiber. Add 7-8 hours of quality sleep a night and you have a healthy mix for an energy lift. Talk to your health-care provider or health coach about getting on a proper diet and then with their help, sticking to it.

Lisa Burbage

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