Hello ladies and gentlemen, it’s your girl again!I hope you all are doing well.
Today, I will be enlightening you on something I think it’s crucial for us to be aware of.
Recently, I realized that some people in my home country, Nigeria, take energy drinks like they take juice without knowing it can be harmful to their health if taken in unreasonable amounts.
Even in the USA, most youths and adolescent take the drink to keep them awake. I know a friend that consumes energy drinks like water, and that is very detrimental to an individual’s health.
The first time I got to know about this was last month; I was talking to my brother via video call and boom! I saw him gulping a bottle of Monster. I explained to him why he shouldn’t take too much of this new-found drink, and that was when he expressed his ignorance of the situation. I was also discussing with a friend some weeks back, and he too shared a similar experience.
So, I decided to enlighten us on the benefits and most importantly, the disadvantages of energy drinks.
Before I get to that, it will be good for us to know what energy drinks are. According to an online dictionary, energy drinks are “Any of various types of beverage that are considered a source of energy, especially a soft drink containing a high percentage of sugar and/or caffeine or other stimulants.” Commonly known energy drinks are Red Bull, Monster Energy, Rockstar, 5-hr energy, NOS, Full Throttle, Burn and Amp energy.
Usually, a high percentage of sugar or caffeine has been reported to increase heart rate.
Biologically, what happens when an individual consumes an energy drink is as follow — the amount of epinephrine (adrenaline) in the blood increases which subsequently increases blood pressure. Increase in blood pressure then causes the heart to contract which finally increases the individual’s heart rate. Imagine you taking three bottles of an energy drink; you can guess the result.
Now that we know something about its mechanism of action let’s dive to the benefits.
BENEFITS OF ENERGY DRINKS
- Increases the alertness of consumer
- Elevates mood of the consumer
- Improves consumer’s memory
- Increase exercise performance
- Faster caffeine delivery
Although these drinks are beneficial, taking them in excess can be very dangerous. Why is that Ruth? Well, let’s learn.
The main reason why energy drinks are harmful when taken in high amount is due to caffeine overdose. The overdose of caffeine then leads to several unwanted effects, and changes to the body. Here are some known adverse effects from caffeine overdose
EFFECTS (CONS) OF ENERGY DRINKS
- Cardiovascular effect: increased heart rate eventually leading to cardiac arrest (heart stoppage). Cardiac arrest is when the heart malfunctions or suddenly stops beating
- Panic attack and anxiety
- Caffeine withdrawal symptoms like headache, depression, insomnia, etc
- Increased urination
- Type-2 diabetes
- Still-birth in pregnant women, or low birth weight, and more.
Yes, we have the right to take energy drinks but do they benefit us in the long run? I believe that the companies producing these products need to do a better job of enlightening the public on the effects of what they are selling.
As I conclude, make sure you have a good knowledge of any substance you put in your body. Also, do all things in moderation.
Bye for now, much love!