Energy Drinks Lead to Loss of Energy

June 21, 2017

Energy Drink Side EffectsIn late 2010, the American Association of Poison Control Centers started tracking energy drink overdoses and side effects. In the less than a year of the study, more than 1,000 cases of overdose or adverse side effects have been reported.

Energy Drink Side Effects

Are you feeling tired and irritable? Your energy drink could be to blame. According to a report by the Associated Press, there are some bothersome and also some serious health problems associated with consuming energy drinks on a regular basis.

  • Irritability
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart palpitations
  • Seizures
  • Stroke

This fastest growing beverage on the American beverage market expected to capture more than $9 billion dollars in sales in 2011 is posing a risk to your health.

Many studies of energy drinks have focused on caffeine and other types of condensed caffeine as the source of the problem. However, one overlooked ingredient is sugar. Some of these widely consumed energy drinks contain much more sugar than the most sugary desert.

The health dangers of a diet high in sugar consumption are high. Diets loaded with sugar lead to obesity, diabetes type 2, high blood pressure, heart problems, and even some cancers as sugar feeds disease.

How to Beat Fatigue

There’s no doubt that many Americans and Westerners alike are craving a pick me up that will really work without putting their health at risk. In fact, the average drinker of an energy drink probably desperately wants to feel better, have more energy, and keep going well into the night. However, their energy drink falls far short of fulfilling these desires.

There are healthy alternatives to downing caffeine and sugar laden energy drinks to get a quick pick me up.

One of the best things you can do to fend off fatigue and keep your energy levels high is to eat healthy on a regular basis, get plenty of sleep, and exercise.
When you live a healthy lifestyle your body will respond with optimal health and vitality that you’ll feel.

If you have one of those days, or if you’re under extra stress or not getting the proper rest for one or another reason (maybe there’s a new baby at home or your workload is a bit heavy right now) there are healthy, all natural items you can consume to boost your energy.

Green Tea for Energy

Green tea has long been revered for its ability to boost your energy on sluggish days. Now research is showing there are even more benefits from green tea and its active ingredient, EGCG or epigallocatechin gallate. EGCG is a polyphenol and aids in the production of certain important proteins and alkaloids.

Green tea is also shown to be beneficial for:

  • Lowering cholesterol
  • Increasing antioxidant activity in the blood
  • Reducing incidence of gum disease
  • Fighting free radical damage

You can consume EGCGs in traditional green tea or you can find EGCG supplements.

There are also a number of all natural herbs that can help to fight off fatigue and increase your energy levels. These main energy enhancing herbs are:

  • Ashwaganda
  • Cordycep mushroom
  • Ginseng

It’s also vital to eat plenty of fresh, organic veggies to give your body the nutrients it needs for energy production. If you eat enough healthy servings of fresh, raw vegetables on a daily basis your fatigue and tiredness will melt away and be a memory in the past.

Wheat grass is another key component in the fight against fatigue. Wheat grass gives the body a potent boost of key nutrients needed to produce energy in the body. (link to Greens Powder.)

Adding a high quality, wheat grass supplement like Greens Powder is a way to solidify your body’s supply of energy producing nutrients.

Remember, if you’re tired, using energy drinks, particularly on a regular basis is a sure way to lead to an even greater loss of energy and potentially more serious health problems. Opt for the healthy, all natural solutions for energy today and feel the vitality tomorrow.

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    • JEff Viselli on

      None, there are studies at NYU proclaiming the risk of RED BULL, MONSTER and other Energy drinks, stating that they burn up the electrical transmitters in the brain. The body will find new transmitters in the brain to complete the functions of the brain, but at a slower pace. This will cause slower reaction times for basic functions and irritability. DR AXE listed what he recommends, green tea, health organic diet and natural herbs.

      • Dale Byrum on

        If nothing else, the sweeteners alone used in all of these energy drinks (including Gatorade) are enough for me to avoid them altogether.

      • Linda on

        I’m particularly concerned about the sweeteners (sugar or artificial) when my son’s metabolism is working overtime during soccer. I got him the less sweet version of Gatorade because of this, but he doesn’t like the taste. He insists on the “real thing.” If someone could give me some information on the dangers, I’d appreciate it. (He might listen…)

  1. Linda on

    How often is it safe to drink an energy drink? Are you talking about the quart of Gatorade that my son downs during a high-level soccer game?

    • Dale Byrum on

      Linda, if you’ll just peruse Dr. Axe’s site for articles about sugar and artificial sweeteners, you’ll find all you need. I would suggest rather than TELLING your son about the information, get him to read the articles for himself.

  2. Linda on

    Thanks for this info, Jeff. It’s amazing, but not surprising, if you know what I mean.

    But I think I’m talking about a whole different class of drinks. Is Gatorade by the quart, a couple times a week, safe for my teenage son who is expending a huge amount of energy playing soccer?

    • Gail J (the regular Gail) on

      Water! Water with ‘good’ salt added – just a pinch.
      Also HOMEMADE lemonade; or a tea-lemonade made with a green tea using only stevia, xylitol, or lucuma (sp) for sweeteners.

      I made a Green Lemonade every weekend and sip on that all day. Granted, most people would not like it, but I’ve gotten to where I love it! And I’m sure anybody could make it using whatever they want to their own taste so that they too would love it!

  3. Dale Byrum on

    I gave up coffee in January. Each morning I start with downing a glass of water with a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar (taking my Garden of Life probiotic with it), then follow up with a cup of green tea (unsweetened, but honey, maple syrup or agave nectar if sweetened; NO SUGAR). I can’t begin to tell you how much better I feel, from the moment I wake up to throughout the day, as I drink 3 or 4 cups of green tea. I also sleep MUCH better and, therefore, feel more rested when I awake.

    Try it…you’ll definitely like it.

  4. Leasa Compton on

    There actually is a healthy energy drink, and it is called Super Natural Energy, made here in the U.S. by Dragon Pearl Tea Co., located in Grover Beach, CA. It is made from 3 cups of super-concentrated organic Mao Feng green tea with pure water, and then blended with the superfruit juices of Concord grapes, blueberries, pomegranates, and acai berries~ all in a 2 oz. shot! It has no chemicals or preservatives, and no added sugars. It’s delicious, portable, and I love the fact that I’m doing something so healthy for my body~ it’s the healthiest drink on the planet!

  5. Mendy Hicks on

    The link was missing for the Greens Powder. There are several brands. Which brand do you recommend? Thanks!

    • Gail J (the regular Gail) on

      Good going, Doc. When these items first hit the market, I thought they would never sell because the public was too smart to know just how horrid they would be for their health. WRONG.
      I have seen young lives’ nearly destroyed by these OTC items, along with other things with little to no sense in what they put in their bodies.
      I think it’s interesting, also, to observe co-workers, friends, neighbors, customers (whomever!) that you KNOW have the heavy-habits of either using these types of products and/or drink SODAS (particularly DIET) that have bizarre behavorial, emotional, or ATTITUDE issues. Seriously, watch your co-workers in the office who drink diet sodas all day long; or caffeinated substances and see their bi-polar type behavior and strange thinking. It’s kinda scary..
      I’m so glad, Doc, that you spoke out on these items. Good habits will give you the rest you need and the energy you need, in the appropriate ways to keep you going and much more so.
      I have had good benefits from both the Ashwaghanda, and the Cordyceps (great sleep from this!), but am very sensitive with both Ginseng and Maca (though you didn’t mention Maca). Not all are created equally and some varities of either of those will make me irritable and snappy.
      I have used all kinds of green powder over 35 years, and there are two that I really do like. One is the BarleyMax from Hallelujah Acres; and the Amazing Grass (.com) – which I think is the best product I’ve ever used.
      Stay away from anything that ‘stimulates’.

  6. Gail J on

    First, I want to congratulate you on your decision to do away with something that is harmful to your health.
    I completely understand your desire for the ‘fizzy’ stuff and I had that same journey; as do so many others. Honestly, it’s still the reason I love beer occasionally – besides being the ONLY beverage I drink ICE cold (or cold period), it’s also the only fizzy thing left that I still drink.
    Ok..back to your question. I don’t want to rain on your parade BUT, the problem actually IS the carbonation. I do a demonstration showing the various pH levels of all types of waters as well as include soda.
    Our bodies are meant to operate at a neutral level of pH – which is 7.0+. Our blood and our saliva is at 7.2 (thereabouts) and that is where we must strive to be. I’m not going to go into a discussion about alkaline water right now, and it’s great health benefits, but what I want to say is that most of the water we are drinking (your office water cooler; your bottled water, etc.) is about 6.0 and below. Now, you might think 6..7, that’s only 1 ‘point’ off, but each number is 10 times the next and it goes exponentially.
    When we are drinking soda (coke, sprite, etc.) the pH is apprx 2.0, which is 100,000 times as acidic as our body can handle!
    An acidic environment is the perfect environment for cancer as well as all disease. I can show you a great video link demonstration of exactly what that level of acidity and oxidation does to the body and the stress you put it through in drinking soda. Yes, club soda, although it’s not Sprite, or Coke, is still soda, because of the carbonation. I’m sorry. I know how you feel and I felt the same way.
    I can tell you that I know longer miss it though, so it does get better. And trust me, I’m someone who used to gag – even vomit (!) when I drank water, and had to force down 8 oz of water. And now, I drink close to a gallon of water a day – effortlessly.


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