Posted by: lindseychristine | October 6, 2009

You May Like the Boost of Energy, but your Bod won’t!

rockstar-energy-drink-may-be-good-for-a-hangoverTwo exams and a quiz to study for, a 10-page research paper to write, summer internships to apply for, the list never seems to end. There just never seems to be enough hours in the day to get it all done. As a result, many students find themselves procrastinating and cramming late at night to get everything accomplished. Due to demanding workloads and hectic schedules, turning to sugary, caffeinated beverages like Rockstar, Monster, and Red Bull Energy Drinks to stay focused and alert does the trick for many. Walking through the library on any given day or night students are seen downing these drinks left and right. It appears as if these sweet drinks have become an essential to the everyday diets of several college students. These drinks may “give us wings” to finish up that English paper, but be aware of the various side effects of frequent consumption of such popular, trendy beverages.

“Researchers believe the caffeine and taurine levels in energy drinks could be responsible for increases in blood pressure and heart rate,” according to Science Daily. This scientific publication referenced Dr. James Kalus, Pharm. D, who reported that such changes directly affect the function of the cardiac system which can be especially dangerous for those who struggle with a heart-related condition. Also, those who combine energy drinks with other drugs or stimulants, such as caffeine pills, put themselves at greater risk for cardiovacular complications to develop, according to Life Span.

Not only can energy drinks negatively effect the cardiovascular system, they could also decay those pearly whites. Research conducted by the Academy of General Dentistry in November 2007 confirmed, “…popular “high energy” and sports drinks had the highest mean buffering capacity, resulting in the strongest potential for erosion of enamel,” according to a report by The Science Daily.

This video sums up what could happen down the line to your teeth if you’re an avid energy drinker…

Since the FDA does not regulate energy drinks in the U.S. or require companies that manufacture such drinks to list the amount of caffeine included, students cannot detect the amount of caffeine that is contained before consuming. Like coffee, many students may find themselves becoming easily addicted and dependent on such drinks.

Although energy drinks may provide a jolt to make it through a busy day, they also can easily cause dehydration. Firefighters in Los Angeles have been encouraged to lay off energy drinks. LA Firefighers are now focusing on drinking lots of water to stay hydrated and replenish energy by eating three, healthy, hearty meals each day, according to The Los Angeles Times last month.

Are you a big energy drink fan? Have you become dependent on such drinks to get you through a busy day? Have you ever had a negative health experience after downing a can of “energy?”

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  1. Three excellent posts. Keep up the good work!


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