While many people use energy drinks as a supplement for rigorous workouts or to have a boost of energy, there are dangers from consuming it.
While many people use energy drinks as a supplement for rigorous workouts or to have a boost of energy, there are dangers from consuming it. (The Conversation)
Energy drinks often advertise an increased level of alertness, assistance with workouts and recovery or an added boost needed during the day but there are reasons why energy drinks shouldn’t be consumed.
Although these drinks are advertised as giving an added boost and alertness, none of these claims have been supported by any medical or pharmaceutical companies. Instead, they have been found to be more hazardous than helpful especially as the higher the amount consumed, the higher the risks.
1. They contain taurine which may be toxic
Taurine is a popular ingredient in energy drinks. It is an amino acid that supports neurological development and helps regulate the level of water and mineral salts in the blood. Although the actual side effects are unknown, it is not recommended to intake more than 3,000 mg a day.
Drinking energy drinks throughout the day can easily exceed this limit and put a strain on the kidneys as they filter this supplement.
Energy drinks cause dehydration.
Energy drinks cause dehydration. (Men’s Fitness )
2. Energy drinks have a large amount of caffeine
Energy drinks contain a large amount of caffeine that can increase heart rate, which over time can increase the risk stroke and heart disease. Overconsumption of drinking energy drinks and caffeine can also lead to nervousness, irritability, headaches, nausea, and sleeplessness.
3. High sugar content
Energy drinks have a large amount of sugar that can lead to weight gain. Mayo Clinic explains that this is especially true for people who drink energy drinks, struggle with their weight and don’t exercise regularly.
4. Energy drinks cause dehydration
Energy drinks themselves can be dehydrating, and often people replace drinking water with the drinks. Dehydration can lead to muscle soreness, headaches, nausea, and fatigue. It is important to drink extra water if energy drinks are being taken.