Over recent years, energy drinks have become a popular ‘go-to’ solution for people seeking a quick energy-fix. Due to the everyday pressures of life, exhaustion is inevitable. As such, some people may mostly need an energy boost to get rid of the mid-day sluggishness.
However, there has been some bad publicity surrounding the use of energy drinks. There have been reports of young adults suffering from cardiac arrest after drinking too many energy drinks. The truth is, energy drinks are like any other consumable product. They should be taken in moderation and under the right circumstances. Even over-consumption of carbohydrates and sugars may cause obesity. Additionally, you should also be healthy above all other things.
In this article, we are going to look at the various ways you can safely consume your flavored energy shot.
- Stick to one or two drinks a day
Too much of everything is poisonous; literally!
Energy drinks are designed to give an instant boost of energy. They are made from a mixture of ingredients, most of which include caffeine. For most of the energy drinks in the market, strict instructions are to consume no more than two drinks a day. This is the upper limit though. Consumption should be limited to the lowest amount possible.
- Avoid using energy drinks before or during vigorous exercise
There is a reason why energy drinks are specially made to get rid of sluggishness and tiredness. They contain caffeine and other substances that ‘liven up’ the body; processes that are already in play when you are performing vigorous exercises.
One of the effects of vigorous exercise and consuming energy drinks is increased heart rate. So, when these two come together, you may encounter dangerous episodes of cardiac arrest. These effects are quite rare so, I do not see the need for pairing these two together as they are both great energy boosters individually.
- Avoid mixing energy drinks with alcohol
A common misconception is that energy drinks delay the intoxicating effects of alcohol when mixed together. As much as one mixed drink is not dangerous, health experts discourage this practice because individuals find it hard keeping track of how many energy drinks they have had.
In the event that an individual consumes excess energy drinks, there are potentially dangerous health impacts that may befall them. What is more dangerous is, energy drinks may give drunk people unfounded confidence to drive.
- Have a look at your overall health
The recommended one or two drinks is safe for the average healthy adult. However, for those people that have an underlying health condition, it is best to seek a doctor’s opinion before taking energy drinks.
Depending on your specific condition, your doctor will be able to tell you how safe it is to consume energy drinks and in what quantities.
Additionally, if you find that you are having persistent issues with sluggishness and low energy, and are taking energy drinks on a regular basis, you may have an underlying issue. In such cases, it is advisable to seek medical attention.
- Be careful when using caffeine powder
Some people opt to go for caffeine powder as compared to pre-mixed energy drinks. The danger with this is, most people do not know the recommended caffeine dosage and might end up mixing more than is required.
Different statutory bodies have come out to issue warnings about caffeine powders. Their reason being, inaccurate measurements may lead to serious overdose. Unless you are very careful, have accurate measurement tools, and are very precise in your dosing, avoid caffeine powder at all costs.
- Do not use energy drinks to replace sleep
Am I the only one who has a hard time sleeping when exhausted?
Some people will drown a bottle of energy drink if they have not had a good night’s sleep. As much as energy drinks will get your energy to great levels in a matter of minutes, it is not an excuse not to have adequate sleep.
Energy drinks give you bursts of energy that do not last long. On the other hand, adequate sleep and proper nutrition will leave you feeling energized all through the day.
All in all, people should realize that consuming energy drinks in moderation is the only way to ensure safety while taking them.