Healthy Options to Energy Drinks

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Don’t let energy drinks stress you out

Have you heard the news stories about people being rushed to the hospital as the result of using commercial energy drinks?

A recent study about energy drinks reported that energy-trip related trips to the emergency room have doubled in the past four years from 10,000 to 20,000.

According to an article on Medscape.com, “Caffeine has differing CNS, cardiovascular, and metabolic effects based on the quantity ingested. Average doses of caffeine (85-250 mg, the equivalent of 1-3 cups of coffee) may result in feelings of alertness, decreased fatigue, and eased flow of thought. High doses (250-500 mg) can result in restlessness, nervousness, insomnia, and tremors. In high doses, caffeine can cause a hyperadrenergic syndrome resulting in seizures and cardiovascular instability.”

In addition to caffeine, energy drinks also carry herbs which are also stimulants. While some experts say energy drinks are not necessarily harmful, there are presently 15 deaths have been possibly linked to the drinks that the FDA is investigating.

Before discussing healthy options to energy drinks, let’s take a look at the issues they bring.

What You Need to Know About Energy Drinks

1. Read the Label Before You Drink

While the FDA regulates sodas and food it doesn’t regulate the caffeine and other ingredients that go into energy drinks. Because energy drinks are considered a dietary supplement it can be impossible to tell how much caffeine and other additional stimulants like the herb guarana you’re getting.

2. Only Use Energy Drinks in Moderation

If after reading the label you still want to drink energy drinks try limiting your consumption to small amounts on a full stomach. Take small slow, sips especially when you’re thirsty because it’s when you’re thirsty it’s easy to overindulge.

3. Watch Out for Symptoms of Caffeine Toxicity

An overdose of caffeine is known as caffeine toxicity. In the same Medscape.com article quoted above the author reported, “Death from caffeine toxicity is rare, but it has been reported due to dysrhythmias, seizures, and aspiration of emesis. Oral doses of caffeine greater than 10 g can be fatal in adults. The average daily adult intake should generally be less than 500 mg/d. Long term toxicity can cause health problems.”

If you do decide to consume energy drinks, watch out for symptoms such as heart palpitations, increased blood pressure, anxiety and an upset stomach.

4. Don’t Mix Energy Drinks With Alcohol

The problem with mixing alcohol with energy drinks is it’s easy to underestimate how intoxicated you when you mix alcohol with a stimulant. Not understanding how intoxicated you are can lead to driving under the influence and drinking a lot more alcohol than you intended.

5. Discuss these Issues with Your Kids        

Nearly all marketing of energy drinks is directed at young people. Since that’s the case take the time to talk over the problems of energy drinks with your kids. Explain to them that health experts recommend that adolescent drink no more than 100 milligrams of caffeine a day.

6. Talk with Your Doctor

Your doctor will tell you that it’s best to forego energy drinks if you have certain medical conditions like heart disease or high blood pressure. Like all drugs this is also true for women who are pregnant or are nursing.

Healthy Alternatives to Energy Drinks

Don’t get me wrong. Like many other people, I enjoy the boost I get from a cup of coffee or two in the morning. You may also.

While it’s understandable that you might need an energy boost every now and then, you can get your boost from healthy options that will help you steer clear of any risk of excess caffeine or other adverse reactions from unregulated energy drinks.

Healthy Options to Perk Yourself Up

1.  Exercise

Instead of tossing back an energy drink hit the gym. It has been found that exercise is one of the best ways to give your energy a boost. If you don’t like the gym, take a Pilates class or go for a brisk walk.

2. Make Sure You Get Enough Sleep

If you don’t get enough rest you’re going to be tired. So instead of boosting your energy with a drink get adequate sleep. This is a very healthy option to keep you feeling your best. An easy way to improve your sleep is to keep a consistent sleep schedule even on the weekends.

3. Drink Water Throughout the Day

Most people don’t drink enough water. The problem with not drinking water is that dehydration causes fatigue. Don’t carry water in plastic bottles. They have been shown to have carcinogens and add to our growing pollution problem. Instead, carry a steel water bottle around with you so you can stay hydrated all day long.

4. Eat Five to Six Small Meals a Day

Eating smaller and more frequent meals is one of the best healthy options to keep your energy constant throughout the day. Digestion takes a lot of energy and eating large meals puts an extra load on your body. Instead of eating three large meals a day eat five or six small meals and/or snacks.

5. Eat Lots of Complex Carbohydrates

Complex carbohydrates are an excellent source of long lasting energy. Instaed of energy drinks, eat lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

6. Practice Healthy Weight Management

If you are lugging around extra pounds you are putting a strain on your heart and other body organs. This can drain your energy levels. Following healthy weight management practices and increasing your activity level can help you reach your ideal weight and maintain it.

7. Practice Deep Breathing Techniques

Most people don’t breathe correctly. Just changing the way you breathe can help you feel more vigorous. Practicing deep breathing techniques from Yoga or Qigong can make a dramatic difference to your energy levels.

8. Brighten Up Your Environment

If you want more energy, turn up the lights. Exposure to bright lights has been found to be one of the fastest ways to increase your energy levels. You can also increase your vitamin D levels by taking a noontime walk and enjoying the sun.

9. If You Like Caffeine Get it From a Measureable Source

Most adults can safely consume about 200 to 300 milligrams per day of caffeine so get your caffeine form a measurable source.  It’s easier to keep track of the amounts in well-known items in beverages like coffee, tea or cola-products and chocolate.

For example, a cup of coffee has about 100 to 150 milligrams.

Choose Healthy Options

Since commercial energy drinks sales total more than $5 billion a year, the regulation of energy drinks will probably run into resistance.

Until energy drinks are regulated use them with caution.

Even better, choose healthy options and get your energy the old fashioned way by getting plenty of sleep, exercising, keeping a healthy weight and eating a healthy diet.

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