In the most popular beverages in the world along with the sodas are the energy drinks, which are sold in millions each year. They’re tasty and give that well-needed energy kick, but they hold many secrets about which we will explain below!
The production of the energy drinks started in Japan, and they were created to enhance sports performance and keep Japanese businessmen at the top. They were caught quickly in other parts of the world, and Red Bull was developed in Austria in the mid of 1980’s.
To the USA Red Bull was introduced in 1997, and now is the leading consumer of energy drinks. The fact is that energy drinks and their sales are still extremely high, which became concerning when some adverse side effects of these popular beverages were discovered.
Energy Drinks Effects on Health: The Story of Dean Wharmby
Even though the living life as a professional bodybuilder may seem attractive, everyone should be aware of the so difficult diets and training that bodybuilders put themselves through. The story of Dean Wharmby, a professional bodybuilder, is a scary proof of it.
During the time of bodybuilding, he would consume around 10,000 calories a day (four times the recommended caloric intake for males) in order to maintain his size and muscle mass. Besides the mix of fast food and balanced meals, during his workouts, he would down two energy drinks every hour.
At the beginning, he was satisfied by the energy drinks, as they would keep him focused and awake during these strenuous training sessions. Very soon Dean was diagnosed with cancer, and he quits his bad habits and turn to natural medicine instead of chemotherapy.
As he saw the improvement in his health condition and the tumor began to shrink and disappear, he quickly picked up his old habits, including the frequent consumption of energy drinks. He was diagnosed a second time with liver cancer and his liver was destroyed and promoted the growth of cancer cells, which lead him to the death.
What Do Energy Drinks Do To your Health?
The energy drinks are full of caffeine in combination with other ingredients such as taurine, B vitamins, guarana, and that claims to provide its consumers with extra energy. However, those ingredients may be highly dangerous to our health.
Here you can find why the energy drinks are not recommended for use:
Energy drinks contain various levels of caffeine that can be from 50 to 505mg per can or bottle. The caffeine concentration varies from 2.5 to 171 mg per fluid ounce. That could be a dangerous amount of caffeine if you have more than one energy drink in a short amount of time.
According to numerous studies, the caffeine has adverse side effects on your cardiovascular system, why some European countries such as Denmark and Norway were encouraged to ban the selling of energy drinks.
Caffeine has also been argued to have similar characteristics to certain drugs such as alcohol or smoking and it can cause health problems, such as intense headaches, fatigue, nausea, difficulty concentrating and bad mood.
According to FDA 400 milligrams, a day (about four or five cups of coffee) is an amount that does not associate with dangerous, negative effects, and that is the reason why any protective measures when it comes to the energy drinks haven’t been taken in the USA.
However, there are no guidelines for caffeine intake for adolescents or children officially been put in place, nor how many energy drinks you can be consumed. Most energy drink advertising targets young adults, which causes caffeine dependence from a young age.
Negative Effects of Niacin
Niacin (vitamin B3) has been known to have a negative side effect on the liver, which can even cause its failure. Some of the energy drinks may contain over 40mg of niacin.
A Link to Hepatitis
Not only Dean Wharmby’s story is an example of the effects of energy drink consumption, there are more shocking stories that took place. For example, a 50-year-old man who was hospitalized with severe symptoms that he thought were just flu-like, at once he started developing jaundice. Then doctors diagnosed him with hepatitis, which was caused by consumption of the 2+ energy drinks a day that he has taken over the past three weeks in order to help him to boost his energy during his highly tiring construction job.
There was another lady who was diagnosed with hepatitis after consuming an above average amount of energy drinks per day.
Healthy alternatives to energy drinks
a) Coconut water
It has a great source of natural sugars and electrolytes which are guaranteed to give you an immediate energy boost.
b) Matcha Green Tea
It contains an ingredient called L-Theanine that allows you to be in a state of relaxation while maintaining a high level of alertness and also promotes high concentration levels as well as aids the weight loss!
This is a great form of natural sugar and carbohydrates, why it is used as a great energy booster. Add it to hot water, tea or smoothies for an instant energizing.
d) Ginger, lemon, and cayenne
These three super-power ingredients are all amazing at kick-starting your body. The ginger and lemon act as natural astringents, while cayenne pepper is a fantastic way to kick-start your metabolism.
Prepare a morning shot by juicing the ginger, squeeze it in the lemon juice and add a pinch of cayenne pepper.
e) Banana and wheatgrass smoothie
Bananas are a sweet, natural carbohydrate high in fiber and energy. When you add wheatgrass to your banana smoothie, you’ll add even more of an energy boost. This smoothie is full of vitamins and nutrients and can build red blood cells and transfer the oxygen throughout the body. If you get more oxygen you’ll get more energy for your body.