Energy drinks have become very popular nowadays. Teenagers and even children are attracted towards energy drinks. They think that all that an energy drink does is to provide energy, but they do not realize the side effects of energy drinks.
Energy drinks are infused with vitamins and chemicals that boost your energy levels for a short time. Energy drinks have high sugar content and caffeine that are responsible for the boost in energy.
Side effects of energy drinks
Ingredients that are used in energy drinks increase the rate at which the heart beats and cause a rise in blood pressure. The rise in blood pressure can adversely affect people with already existing high blood pressure or heart illnesses.
Allergic reactions can occur if the body system does not agree with the ingredients used in the energy drink. This can result in symptoms such as rashes, hives, difficulty in breathing, tightness in the chest, vomiting, diarrhoea.
After the effects of the energy drink have worn off symptoms of a headache and nausea may set in.
Energy drinks are high in sugar, and this can result in obesity, diabetes, tooth decay.
Other ingredients that you can find in an energy drink -
Sodium benzoate, Phenylanine, Ephedera , Maltodextrin, Inositol, Carnitine, Creatine, Corn syrup, Citric acid, Sodium benzoate, Sodium citrate, Phosphoric acid, Ginseng, Taurine, Vitamin B additives.
Guarana also known as Brazilian cocoa has a compound called guaranine. One gram of guaranine is equal to 40 mg of caffeine. This can rapidly increase heart rate and blood pressure.
Alcohol should never be mixed with energy drinks. Mixing energy drink with alcohol leads to alcohol poisoning that can lead to death.
Do not confuse energy drinks with sports drinks. Energy drinks should not be had before, during or after an exercise session.
According to the article published in The Mayo Clinic Proceedings (A Peer Reviewed Medical Journal) -
"Ingestion of Energy Beverages before an event or during training can have serious adverse effects most notably restlessness and irritability, can increase blood pressure and may result in dehydration.
Limited ingestion of energy beverages by healthy people is not likely to cause major adverse effects, but binge consumption or consumption with alcohol may lead to adverse events.
Individuals with medical illnesses especially underlying heart disease should check with their physician before using Energy Beverages because they may exacerbate their condition."
Instead of opting for energy drinks, choose to eat superfoods that give energy the natural way. Follow a healthy diet and exercise regularly for increased energy levels.