A burst of energy is always something we’re looking for; whether it’s before we go out, staying up late to finish a paper, or right before your 8 am, that little extra push is what we want. For many, our go-to is an energy drink. Between Red Bull, Monster, Amp, Rockstar, and the countless others (even 5-hour energy), these drinks can have both pros and cons. While they give us the energy we want right away, we also have to be cautious when consuming them.
Energy drinks may increase anxiety and can cause you to shake. In extreme cases, they’ve been known to send people into cardiac arrest according to CardioPartners.com
With that in mind, according to the National Institutes of Health it turns out energy drinks send a significant amount of people to the emergency room each year. People aged 15-23 are also more likely to combine an energy drink with alcoholic beverages.
These drinks also contain high amounts of sugar. For example, a standard 16-oz can could contain as much as 50/60 grams of added sugar. Hella added sugar can increase your chance of diabetes. Additionally, the National Institutes of Health notes that the high of the caffeine increases the chance that people will put themselves in risky situations.
Consuming energy drinks is not the worst for you, however, you shouldn’t drink them on a daily/ consistent basis. Having one every once in a while before class or to stay up late to do work won’t do tremendous harm, but daily consumption and mixing with alcohol will cause problems for you in the long run.
Basically, moderation is key.
Here are a few ways to gain energy naturally:
- Stay hydrated
- Nutritious diet
- Power naps
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