Can Energy Drinks Really Boost Energy?

There are a lot of energy drinks out in the market today. All claim to boost your energy when you need it. But how true are these claims? Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D explains just how energy drinks work.

Energy drinks do give you a temporary boost of energy. This temporary energy increase can up to a few hours. But this energy boost usually comes from the drinks’ high sugar and caffeine content. And though there are sugar-free energy drinks available, they still contain large amounts of caffeine.

Adverse effects of energy drinks

Though the different types of sugars used to sweeten energy drinks can briefly increase energy, drinking large amounts of sugar can cause weight gain.

Caffeine can also increase energy briefly, but consuming too much can cause negative side effects such as nervousness, increased blood pressure, irritability, and insomnia. Caffeine can also make your heat beat faster than what is normal, and cause abnormal heart rhythms that can be harmful if you have heart disease.

If the reason why you consume energy drinks is because you often feel tired, consider a better and healthier way to boost your energy. Start by getting enough sleep, eating a healthy, balanced diet, and exercising regularly. A healthy lifestyle will not only give you an energy increase in the short run, it will also help maintain your overall physical and mental fitness and health in the long run.

Source: Mayo Clinic