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Energy Drinks

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Energy drinks are fast becoming a standard in youngsters and sports people for optimal performance. The main ingredient in all “energy drinks” is carbohydrates or sugar. Sugar is the energy source all of our cells use to function. The drinks may also contain caffeine, herbal, and other supplements. Some of the energy drinks are: 180, Arizona Energy X, Energy, Sobee Adrenaline, and Red Bull.

Studies show the below “ill effects” of Energy Drinks:

Sugar: Concentration of sugar higher than 25g/oz in an energy drink causes dehydration. A high-sugar drink can cause nausea and vomiting and excessive fructose can cause diarrhea.

Caffeine: This central nervous system stimulant requires a 180-pound athlete to drink eight 12-oz caffeinated sodas to experience the energy-enhancing effect. Since caffeine is a diuretic, at these high levels causes dehydration and more worse is the addiction tendency.

Herbs: Caffeine-containing herbs such as guarana seeds, kola nuts, and Yerba mate leaves have varying amounts of caffeine, so again synthetic caffeine is added to boost the effect. Other herbs are Astragalus, Schizandrae and Echinacea. Supposed memory boosters such as Ginkgo biloba and ginseng. Also, common herbal additions like Ciwjuia, hydroxycitrate, and ephedra. These don’t have scientific proof for efficacy, also, they interact with prescription drugs to either enhance or impede their chemical properties. So, allergic reactions from hives to death can result.

Other ingredients: Pyruvate (a salt of pyruvic acid), proteins and amino acids such as glutamine, arginine and taurine are added. Larger branch-chained, amino acids such as leucine, isoleucine, and valine are also being added.

Leery claims are made on the labels of all energy drinks. We must always keep in mind that these products are not approved by the FDA (Federal Drug Administration). In fact, these compounds are yet to be classified as drugs and as such they are not authorized inclusions into food or beverages.

Additionally, some of these drinks are reported to have alcohol content. Read the labels carefully.

So, why not go natural and safely pop in a banana or munch a handful of nuts or a fresh fruit for energy?

Some Natural drink choices

Here are some energy drink alternatives that you should consider:

Green Tea.
If you need to boost your energy levels, this is one of the best natural drinks you can choose. Black tea is another excellent option. Green tea and black tea are natural alternatives to energy drinks that are loaded with added caffeine. These healthy beverages also include many other health benefits, including their being loaded with antioxidants. As an added bonus, you can enjoy both hot and cold green tea.

The key is to drink the right type of juice. Many of today's prepackaged juices are loaded with sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and flavors, and other unhealthy ingredients. But that doesn't mean that juices are always unhealthy! If you absolutely must have juices with sugar, then look for those that are 100% natural. And choose juices with "cane sugar" rather than refined sugar. One of the best options is to create your own fruit and veggie juices. Not only does juicing provide you with a healthy alternative to energy drinks, but it's also cheaper!

According to Ayurveda Buttermilk (BM) has good medicinal qualities. It reduces bloating of stomach, eases symptoms of hemorrhoids, soothes intestines in IBS and helps in indigestion. It also reduces effects of poison and is very useful in treating anemia. This liquid detoxifies body and cleanses the intestines, relieves constipation and helps to replenish intestinal flora. It has less fat compared to milk and is rich in calcium, potassium and vit B12.

The others are Tender coconut, Wheatgrass juice, Beetroot juice, Aloe Vera juice, Pomegranate juice.

Did you know that roughly two-thirds of our body's weight is made up of water? You've probably heard that we humans should consume 6-8 glasses of water on a daily basis. While that's true, you should drink more if you're following a workout program. Make sure to sip water during your sessions, to avoid dehydration. Water provides the body with several benefits. It removes toxins, improves blood circulation, and prevents dehydration. So drink up!

Before opening another can or bottle of energy drink, think twice about some of their unhealthy ingredients. These alternatives can keep your energy levels high, while not lowering the quality of your health!

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