Make no mistake about it; energy drinks are everywhere these days. Especially seeing as they claim to boost our physical and mental performance, what’s not to love, right? There will undoubtedly be a whole load of them being passed around at New York Fashion Week but have you ever stopped to think about what is actually in these drinks and what are the implications for your health if you drink too many?
At Boon Models (on of the top up-and-coming New York Modeling agencies) we make a conscious effort to find out the latest health revolutions and with that the risks of products that we so readily take for granted. Therefore we have put together a few key facts for you about energy drinks so that you can make a more informed choice about them for the future. This is by no means to tell you that you should stop drinking them – that choice is clearly down to you. It is more about getting the balance act right so that the effects don’t work against you in the long-term.
What are the key ingredients?
Caffeine is obviously the most prominent ingredient of energy drinks but did you know that recent studies have shown that too much of it can actually intensify heart contractions, creating some pretty considerable health risks. Apparently some brands contain three times as much as a can of cola. Therefore it might be best to take a look at caffeine content when you’re making your next purchase and if you start to experience shaking or anxiety then that is a pretty good indicator that you should be opting for a decaf alternative.
Some of the more natural ingredients emerging in the energy drink market are guarana, taurine and ginseng which are definitely considered a less harmful approach. However, they are definitely not to be drunk to excess either as some people have reported that overconsumption can result in similar symptoms to caffeine such as an increase in blood pressure.
What are the hypothetical long-term effects of drinking too many?
As we’ve previously stated the potential damage really surrounds your heart rate and consequently a potential rise in blood pressure. This is definitely not something you want to be worrying about in later life if it can be avoided.
Other experiments have shown that caffeine can wreak havoc with our digestion resulting in symptoms such as diarrhoea. Although it must be stated that not all people tested on displayed these exact symptoms so it is not a definitive result.
What are the alternatives?
There are plenty of natural alternatives to energy drinks, with the trusty banana weighing in at the top of the list with its multitude of potassium that can fuel or bodies for many hours. Rather surprisingly, drinking plenty of water can actually give us energy too due to its cleansing and restorative qualities. Think of it like putting gas in your car… water is what we’re meant to drink and putting anything other than correct gas in your car would have long term effects on the vehicle. Our bodies are the same.