This Is Why Your Energy Drink Habit Could Be Fatal
Most people know that energy drinks aren't exactly healthy, but far too few people know just how dangerous they actually are, thanks in large part to the extremely high doses of sugar and caffeine found within. If you need an added boost of energy, there are plenty of safe and healthy homemade alternatives out there, one of which is super easy to make and we'll even show you how. If you need more convincing, we'll show you exactly what happens to your body after drinking a standard 8.4 fl oz can that contains 27 grams of sugar (that's 9 sugar cubes!) and 80 mg of caffeine.
After 10 minutes, the caffeine has reached your bloodstream and your heart rate increases.
15–45 minutes later, the full effects of the caffeine take hold and you are focused and alert. But after 30–50 minutes, the caffeine is fully absorbed, so the liver pumps more sugar into the bloodstream. The brain releases dopamine — a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain's reward and pleasure centers.
The body has processed the sugar after an hour, so you become tired and irritable again.
After 5–6 hours, half of the caffeine is broken down and your inner peace and serenity return. The caffeine is completely broken down 12 hours later and balance is finally restored in the body, although the amount of time can vary depending on the person's age.
If you drink energy drinks on a regular basis, it can lead to withdrawal symptoms, such as headaches, irritability, and constipation. After 7-12 days of frequent consumption, the body becomes accustomed to the regular dose of caffeine. If your body gets used to absorbing such substances, it becomes problematic. To achieve the same effect, you'll need to drink more and more.
Energy drinks are unnecessary, and if consumed on a regular basis, they are dangerous. The next time you need a pick-me-up, think of your health and opt for a natural energy drink instead.
1. Energizing Lemon Water
- 6 fl oz filtered water
- slice of lemon
- pinch of cayenne pepper
2. Refreshing Ginger Water
- 8 fl oz hot water
- 2 tsp honey
- 1 piece of ginger
- ¼ tsp cardamom
- ¼ tsp turmeric
When consumed in moderation, energy drinks are fine, but if you overdo it, there can be fatal consequences for you and the people closest to you. So make sure to think before you drink!