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Side effects of energy drinks

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Young people are fascinated with the selection of that cover the shelves alongside aerated drinks.

But does a dose of energy these cans and bottles offer really help? Read on to know

Here are the side effects of energy drinks:

Caffeine kicks and sugary threats

have a very high content of caffeine and sugar that work at making you feel fresh and energised. And too much caffeine can cause jitters, a fast heartbeat, and trouble sleeping.

Also, though the sugar provides a burst of energy, watch out for a phenomenon called ‘sugar crash’ — when this energy wears off. This makes one feel very tired all over again.

The presence of quinine, that’s used in drinks for giving them the fizz, is anyway bad for the bones. Further, the high sugar content can lead to weight gain, and also cause cavities.

Addiction trouble

Caffeine can be addictive, whether it’s tea, coffee or energy drinks. So in case you don’t happen to find one, you get headaches, become cranky or feel tired for a few days.

Source of vitamins and amino acids

Most claim the presence of vitamins and even amino acids, popular with those high on bodybuilding. However, it’s much cheaper and safer to get from multi-vitamin supplements instead.

Or better, follow a well-balanced diet and opt for alternatives in form of natural juices.


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Grapefruit juice and orange juice as good alternatives to replenish the lost electrolytes after physical activity.

Go natural

should not be confused with sports drinks

It doesn’t replace the water and minerals one loses when one sweats. In fact, caffeine can actually make you more dehydrated. Simply drink water instead.

And never combine with alcohol. It can be dangerous because alcohol is a depressant, while the energy drink is a stimulant. Having them together limit your body’s ability to realise how much alcohol you drank, as it’ll give you the feeling that you are not impaired. Also, it can cause bad dehydration. Due to the combined effect of the alcohol and the caffeine in the energy drink, you may urinate more often.

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