Sunday, February 5, 2017

Energy Drinks


Energy drinks which in recent years have become very popular, especially among young people, are ready-to-use drinks, usually high caffeine content and with extra ingredients such as amino acids, mostly, which are designed to give the consumer more energy than conventional soft drinks or juices.

They contain a variety of stimulant ingredients such as glucose, caffeine, taurine, vitamins and minerals.

There are certain categories of people or groups of individuals who should avoid drinking energy drinks.
These are children, pregnant women, people who consume large amounts of alcohol, people who play sports, people suffering from hypertension or heart problems or even have hypersensitivity to caffeine.

The fact that these drinks can contain a large amount of caffeine, along other stimulants, make them often unsuitable and dangerous to teenagers since they can slow the development of their brain and disrupt their sleep, especially when consumed in large quantities.

These beverages according to studies can cause insomnia, urinary incontinence during sleep, restlessness and irritability.

Scientists point out that mixing liquor with energy drinks is extremely dangerous, especially for teens, because the observed changes that take place in their brain can be maintained even after adulthood.

How an energy drink affects the human body when  consumed?

Energy drinks are high carbohydrate, (8-12%) caffeine and taurine content. From the very first 10 minutes the heart rate and blood pressure increase, while during the final 12-24 hours the body begins to feel the symptoms of withdrawal together with headaches, irritability and constipation.

They are high sugar content - some of them frighteningly high- while the additives, such as taurine, make these drinks more marketable.

All carbonated drinks are acidic just because they are carbonated. They have a PH value of 3.3 (same as vinegar), which in combination with sugar can erode the tooth enamel.

In case someone suffers from iron deficiency it is advisable to avoid energy drinks and consume calcium and iron in separate meals.

Energy drinks are considered  'poison' for toddlers, the content of an energy  drink in a can is enough   to get a child poisoned or make him/her suffer from caffeine overdose symptoms.

Some of these symptoms children manifested were arrhythmias and epileptic seizures.

Taurine

It is a sulfur amino acid which is found in large quantities in the body. It plays various roles in the normal functioning of the brain, heart, gallbladder, eyes and vasculature of the body.

Taurine has anti-hypertensive properties, helps to normalise the contractions of the heart as well as the production of bile and the effective secretion of it.

It also prevents the formation of cholesterol gallstones in the gallbladder.

Taurine is found in milk, meat, eggs and fish.

Taurine is an essential amino acid for infants and children that must be obtained from the diet for a normal brain development.

Its deficiency is associated with depressive episodes, stress, autism, infertility, obesity, gout, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease, hepatic disorders, etc.

Taurine supplements are recommended to be taken by certain groups of  people; definitely those who are vegans and those who have undergone chemotherapy and radiation.

All the above  conditions can deplete levels of taurine in the body.

Little is known about the effect of taurine abuse or of taurine long-term use on the human body.

It is important to emphasise that Energy drinks should not be mixed with alcohol.

Contrary to common belief, an energy drink mixed with vodka is not considered a good idea for someone to have a good time at a party. On the contrary it can be a dangerous choice.

Mixing stimulant (caffeine) with antidepressant (alcohol) not only creates confusion in your body, but can also lead to some reckless personal acts.

Studies have shown that compared with vodka alone, the combination of energy drinks with vodka leads to even more reduced perception of the extent of intoxication in the body which as a result leads to greater alcohol consumption for a longer time.

Similar studies have shown that people who consume energy drinks mixed with alcohol are at a greater risk to commit offenses or crimes such as sexual assault, bodily injury or driving under the influence of alcohol.

Preservatives in energy drinks

Just bother to read the labels; dextrose, glucose, corn syrup, malt, preservatives, perfumes, dyes, tens of E (toxic-chemical additives) and metal minerals (magnesium, calcium, sodium, potassium, chloride), taurine, caffeine, synthetic vitamins and other “treats”.

Stop consuming these POISONS at once and once and for all!

The fact that they do not kill instantly, it does not mean that they cannot do it  gradually.

Moreover, they cause addiction, something companies know.

Come on, friends, honestly…grow up!

Your health comes first and counts more than anything!

Act now! Tomorrow may be too late for your health!

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