I know. I know. And I’m dodging the virtually-thrown rocks as I blog about a fun and common practice in both the fitness world and in general activity. That is, the consumption of energy drinks. Some may not like this information but at least you’ll be informed and you can make your decisions from there.
The one thing most people want, crave and need in this day and age and that is energy. Whether participated in because of trend or the satisfaction of the energetic pump a lot of gym-goers consume cans of energy drinks. Attractive advertising, vibrant packaging and labeling draws the consumer; promising a stronger more effective workout. And yes while it does give a large zap of energy the cost of that energy can prove to be quite costly in the long run.
Energy drinks provide you with a major spike of energy while later sending you crashing into an energetic slump. Most (if not all) energy drinks are loaded with different forms of sugars, caffeine and extracts. Based on brands some energy drinks will contain healthy ingredients such as taurine, B vitamins and plant extract but the quantity is usually not in large amounts.
Toxic contributors like artificial sugars, color and flavors, and other sugars like sucrose, fructose and glucose are loaded into these cans of liquid energy. All of these can wreak havoc on your adrenal glands, brain function, heart health and they are not regulated (which isn’t a big surprise with the U.S.).
Here are some Natural Energy Beverages:
Holy Basil Tea
Red raspberry Leaf Tea
G2 (Gatorade w/electrolytes and less sugar)
Mixing chia seeds in a pre-workout smoothie/protein shake can pack a powerful punch of energy.
Energy drinks should not be consumed with alcohol.
Energy drinks should not be consumed during exercise as caffeine can dehydrate the body (a diuretic function).