Energy Drinks: What You Need To Know About Harmful Ingredients
The following information was compiled from various sources including FDA, CPSC, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). There are many different types of energy drinks available today.
Some contain caffeine; others do not. Most energy drink manufacturers claim their products are safe because they don’t contain any dangerous chemicals or toxins. However, there are still questions about these beverages.
What Are Energy Drinks?
Energy drinks are often marketed as “sports” drinks or “energy boosters.” They may also be called sports drinks, energy shots, and even energy shots. These products come in a variety of flavors such as coffee-, fruit- and chocolate-flavored ones. Many companies have been trying to market their product as non-toxic alternatives to alcohol or drugs since at least the 1980s.
How Do Energy Drinks Work?
Energy drinks are typically sold as a way to boost your energy levels during exercise. The idea behind them is that you consume them before exercising so you feel energized and perform better than if you had consumed alcohol or drugs. Some energy drinks contain stimulants like caffeine, which increase alertness and focus while others contain substances known to cause damage to the liver, heart, kidneys, brain or nervous system. For example, the drink 5-hour Energy contains a substance known as d-amphetamines which are similar to the drug also known as speed.
Do Not Consume Energy Drinks With Alcohol
Stick with beers and wines if you’re drinking alcohol when taking energy drinks. A mixture of energy drinks and alcohol can be a potentially dangerous combination.
The FDA has found widespread health risks in so-called energy drinks. These beverages contain low levels of alcohol, similar to that of beer or wine. They have also been linked to a number of deaths.
Dangers Of Energy Drinks With Caffeine
The main danger with energy drinks containing caffeine is the fact that they could cause problems if mixed with drugs or alcohol. Caffeine is known to increase the effects of alcohol in the body.
This can lead to side effects such as rapid heartbeat, irregular heartbeat, hallucinations, and confusion. A heavy amount of caffeine can also cause restlessness, nervousness, trouble sleeping and even muscle tremors. Energy drinks containing taurine or glucurono are more likely to be linked to severe health issues.
Why Should You Avoid Energy Drinks?
There are several potential health risks of energy drinks. Children, pregnant women, people with heart problems or mental illness and people taking certain types of medication should avoid them altogether. They can lead to high blood pressure, seizures, strokes and there have been several reported deaths linked to their consumption. There is not enough evidence to prove that energy drinks cause these conditions, but they could increase the risk factor if you have a pre-existing health condition.
The Dangers Of Energy Drinks With Taurine
Taurine is a substance which occurs naturally in the body. It can also be found in meats and fish and is added to some energy drinks.
It is not known exactly what it does when consumed or how it works but there have been concerns raised about it. Taurine is used to treat congestive heart failure in humans but there are no studies looking into the effects of taurine on animals. It is linked to causing a number of side effects such as headaches, vomiting, stomach aches and diarrhea. In extreme cases it can cause seizures and in some cases it has lead to death.
What Are The Possible Dangers Of Energy Drinks With Caffeine And Glucuronolactone?
Caffeine is a substance most people are aware of its effects and dangers. The same goes for glucuronolactone. Both of these substances can be life- threatening to some people and they can both cause serious side effects when consumed in large amounts. Large amounts of caffeine consumption can lead to side effects such as dehydration, upset stomach, heart palpitations, anxiety, trembling, trouble sleeping, muscle restlessness and heart conditions in some people. The same goes for glucuronolactone which has been linked to causing dizziness and skin rashes.
Should You Stop Drinking Energy Drinks Altogether?
It is up to you whether you want to risk your health by drinking energy drinks. If you do decide to drink them then stick to the recommended daily serving size of no more than 2 per day. It is best to only drink energy drinks with a meal as this will reduce the risk of side effects and negative health effects occurring. Be sure to also stay hydrated whilst drinking energy drinks, otherwise dehydration problems can become a concern. If you suffer from any pre-existing conditions then it is best to avoid energy drinks altogether. No one knows if there is a safe amount of energy drinks that can be consumed on a daily basis without causing any damage to your body. You are better off playing it safe and avoiding them.
How To Make Your Own Energy Drink At Home Without Caffeine
You can always make your own energy drink at home without caffeine. Fruits such as cherries, blackberries and raspberries are high in antioxidants and will give you an energy boost.
Remember that these fruits also contain a lot of natural sugars so don’t overindulge in them. bananas are a great source of instant energy and there is no risk of consuming too many bananas! Eggs are also a good source of instant energy and healthy too and milk is high in calcium. A lot of people drink coffee but this does have a risk of causing side effects such as headaches, stomach aches and palpitations.
Your best bet is to stick to foods that naturally contain high levels of energy. Most of the time these foods are also good for you.
If you eat a balanced diet then you shouldn’t need to rely on sugary energy drinks or caffeine to keep you going through the day.
Why Not Try Some Of These Natural Energy Boosters Instead?
Natural energy boosters can help you to give you a temporary energy boost but they are not designed to act as long-term solutions. Unlike energy drinks, these will not lead to any health problems in the future. The health benefits of the following foods make them a better choice than synthetic energy drinks. It is best to eat these foods instead of drinking energy drinks.
Coffee – Coffee is a well-known source of natural energy. If you are a regular coffee drinker then one or two cups of coffee should be enough to give you an energy boost and improve your mood.
Drinking too much coffee (more than 4 cups) can have the opposite effect and leave you feeling more tired than before. Try filtering your coffee using paper filters as this reduces the level of natural minerals in it which can help to perk you up.
Chocolate – Who doesn’t like chocolate?
Even eating a couple of squares of good quality dark chocolate can give you an instant energy boost and make you feel happier. Dark chocolate is packed full of antioxidants and minerals which are all good for your health. Milk chocolate doesn’t have quite the same effect so it is best to stick to eating dark chocolate if you need an energy boost.
Bananas – everyone knows that bananas are great for increasing your energy levels. They are packed full of nutrients and energy boosting minerals.
If you need a quick energy boost then bananas are one of the best foods to eat. Unlike synthetic energy drinks, bananas do not have any negative side effects and they are good for you.
Wholewheat Pasta – carbohydrates like wholewheat pasta are another good source of natural energy. They do take a little while to digest but you will be rewarded with a big surge in energy shortly after eating them.
Try eating foods like wholewheat pasta if you need a boost to your energy levels but don’t have too much time to wait for the food to take effect.
Eggs – eggs are a good source of protein and will help to improve your physical strength and ability to concentrate for a few hours. They are also very cheap and easy to prepare so they are a great food to eat before studying for exams or staying up all night to complete an assignment.
Oats – oats are not only great for your heart but they can also give you an energy boost when you need one. Try eating a bowl of yogurt and oats before you go training for the day or before an important game of sport to give yourself an edge over your opponents.
Nuts – a small packet of mixed nuts can be a great way to relieve hunger pangs and give you a burst of energy. Nuts are rich in minerals, vitamins and healthy fats which can help to improve your concentration and increase your physical endurance.
Dried Fruits – Dried fruits contain just as much nutrients as the original fruit but are much easier to take with you when you are on the go. Raisins, apricots and dates are all good examples of dried fruits which can help to improve your energy level when you need it most.
Wholemeal Pasta, Turkey And Spinach Soup – this is not only a very filling meal but it is packed full of energy boosting minerals and vitamins. The ingredients are easily affordable and the soup only takes about twenty minutes to cook so it is a perfect meal to eat before you go out for the day or before an important meeting.
The energy supplements that you take out of a bottle or packet and consume three times a day are not considered food by the FDA – food and drinks doesn’t count as food. So these magical pills don’t have any calories – excellent!
But there’s a problem.
No matter how healthy and diet-compatible the meal is, if you consume it at an interval of more than three hours, your stomach starts rumbling. And that’s why, even though you’ve been working for more than twelve hours, you still can’t concentrate on the road as you try to ignore your growling stomach.
Fortunately, it’s dinner time. You find a roadside diner and pull into the parking lot.
There are only a few other vehicles there, most of them are pickup trucks. The Diner looks like it came out of a 50s sitcom. The kind with a jukebox in the corner and booths for the patrons to sit in. You open the door and a bell attached to it jingles to signal your arrival. A waitress wipes her hands on her apron and walks up to you. “
Well, don’t you look a little lost? Here to visit someone?”
The woman asks
“I guess you could say that. I’m looking for a man named Frank Sanger.
I’m supposed to meet him here.” You explain.
Oh, you mean the professor?
He’s in his usual booth.” She points to a corner in the back of the room. You make your way over and see a thin man with glasses scribbling away in a notebook. “Hey! professor! You’ve got company!” You announce sitting down across from him. The professor looks up and seems very surprised.
“What…how did you find me?” The professor asks.
You know her? Who is it?”
The waitress asks getting curious.
“Oh, no one, Eunice. Just someone I met recently.
But still, how did you find me?”
The professor repeats.
“Uh, I have my ways. I need your help.”
“I don’t…think that will be possible.
In fact I was just leaving…”
“Please!” You beg.
You didn’t expect it to be this difficult. You thought he would be more willing to help you.
The professor looks around and sees that everyone in the diner is staring at you two. He exhales deeply and nods his head.
“Okay. Let’s get out of here.”
You and the professor walk out of the diner and he immediately lights up a cigarette. He offers you one but you refuse.
It’s been a long time but you used to smoke, during high school. You immediately saw how expensive it was and wanted to save money for college. Your twin sister Annette on the other hand smoked like a chimney. It’s amazing she lived as long as she did…
The professor begins to talk as you walk along the road. He mentions how he is from the future and that he has been traveling back in time to research the “origins of evil” as he puts it.
When you mention what happened in Ashton, he says that he has heard of the cult before. It turns out they were much more active and powerful in the future, but with careful work and infiltration, he was able to dismantle most of their operations.
You ask. The professor nods in response.
“The operation in Ashton was only one of their smaller bases. Still, it was a dangerous group.
Children are easily influenced and the leader of that cult, Joseph, was very charismatic. It took me three trips into the past to successfully end their control over the region.”
The professor stops walking and looks you right in the eye. “Yes. And that’s all I’m prepared to do. I’ve saved the world from those monsters and I’m not going to do it any longer. If you want help, I’ll be more than happy to give whatever advice I can, but I’m not risking my life anymore.”
You try to argue with the professor, you even bring up your missing sister but he doesn’t budge. He ends up leaving and going back to his own time.
You don’t know what to do. You have no leads and no help. You’re all alone in this…
You wake up in the middle of the night with a start. You have to get back to Ashton.
If you’re going to die, you might as well take out as many cultists as you can on the way down. You throw on your clothes and get in your car. You drive through the night and it’s near morning by the time you arrive in Ashton again.
There isn’t any parking near the city hall so you continue driving forward through the dark streets. You find a space near the park and leave the keys in the ignition.
You’ll probably get towed but you’re not worried about it right now. You need to start taking out as many of those cultists as you can.
You walk through the empty streets towards city hall, taking in the sights. It seems like there are indeed less people out and about.
Then again, it IS three in the morning. You pass by a man sweeping the sidewalk in front of his store.
“You shouldn’t be out here at this hour,” he says, “things have gotten worse since the last time you were here. A lot worse.”
“I can see that,” you say “but I’m trying to do something about it.”
The shopkeeper shakes his head. “I don’t think you really understand the situation, son.
These cultists are pure evil. They’ve already destroyed my business and now they’ve taken over the entire town! If you know what’s good for you, you’ll go back to where you came from!”
You shake your head. “Can’t do that.
I’m trying to stop them.”
The shopkeeper steps back and stares at you. “
Boy, they’re invincible! They already got you under their control. I know you’re from Ashton and you must have some sort of pull with the town council, so use that pull to get the hell outta here while you still can.
Please? For your own good? I’d rather not see you get killed?
You thank the man for his concern but assure him that you will be just fine. You head to city hall and enter the dark building. The lights are out and you can hear voices coming from the mayor’s office (The door is open). You step lightly on the floor and peak inside. You see two men dressed in black cloaks. They are both quite portly, especially compared to how you remember the senator was. Perhaps that is why they fit the stereotypes of the villains so well.
“Yes, I’m telling you, we need more sacrifices this month!” says the heavier one, “last month’s offering wasn’t enough to bring Zalan down!”
The other man, thinner and with a bushy beard, shakes his head.
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