Health and Wellness

Do Energy Drinks Boost Your Energy?

Energy drinks are a billion-dollar business. We’ve all seen the big brands such as Red Bull, Bang Energy, Monster, 5-Hour Energy, etc.

There are no signs these drinks are waning in popularity. If anything, they’re increasing their market share and raking in the profits.

A question is often raised, “Do energy drinks work?”

This is a tricky question to answer because it’s a yes and no.

The truth is that NO energy drink can give you more energy. The amount of energy you have is dictated by several factors such as your age, diet, lifestyle, genetics, activity level, and so on.

The better your diet and the more you exercise, the more energy you’ll have. The better your time management, the more energy you will conserve.

The truth about energy drinks

Energy drinks do NOT give you energy.

What they do contain, however, are 2 very powerful stimulants – sugar and caffeine.

Sugar will raise your blood glucose level and give you a sugar high. When you experience a sugar high, you’ll feel happier and energetic. However, just because you feel energetic doesn’t mean you have more energy.

Your body and mind are merely stimulated. You’ll get more work done… but every sugar high will be accompanied by a sugar crash an hour or two later. When you ‘crash’, you’ll feel more tired and your energy may feel depleted.

That’s because you were artificially ‘hyped up’.

Similarly, caffeine has the same effect on you. It’s a stimulant and unlike sugar, it also prevents you from feeling sleepy. Once again, it doesn’t give you more energy.

It just blocks the ‘sleepy chemicals’ in your brain and stimulates your central nervous system. You feel more energy and extra focused.

Once the caffeine wears off, you may feel sluggish, confused, etc.

Energy drinks can affect some people negatively. They may feel anxious or experience insomnia. In fact, insomnia is a very common side effect that accompanies the use of energy drinks.

The caffeine half-life may be anywhere from 5 to 8 hours depending on the individual. So, consuming an energy drink at 3 pm in the afternoon may mean that you still have caffeine in your system at 11 pm at night when you’re trying to sleep.

This is one of the side effects of energy drinks. Besides this, nervousness, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. are possible health issues you may face.

Let’s not forget that energy drinks are laden with sugar. So, it’s just like drinking a soda, while you mistakenly believe that you’re giving your body more energy. All you’re doing is increasing your chances of obesity and other sugar-related health problems.

Is there a need for energy drinks?

This is where it gets tricky and the individual will need to decide for himself/herself. If you have a deadline to meet and you’re already drained but need some ‘extra energy’, using an energy drink can help to stimulate you enough to pull through and get the job done.

Treat energy drinks as a tool that should be used very sparingly. Your goal should always be to increase your energy naturally with a clean diet and exercise.

During those times when you’re tired and you need an extra ‘pick me up’ to do some last-minute work, you may reach for the energy drink. Do NOT get addicted to it or use it as a crutch for poor time management.

Ultimately, you’ll need to decide if you use energy drinks sparingly or just avoid them totally. The latter is a better option.

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