I have many friends and even family members who swear by energy drinks, it “helps (them) get their day started” or “it helps (them) get through the day”. Sadly new research is showing that excessive consumption of energy drinks is having a very serious impact on health and you may not even know it.
Recent studies on the impact of energy drinks on the body have revealed startling evidence that these drinks could pose a danger to human health. So what exactly did they find happens when you chug down one or more energy drinks?
- Your heart rate increases rapidly. Your heart begins to beat as if you were jogging at a normal pace. Heart rates could reach as high as 150 bpm.
- The caffeine levels in these energy drinks prevent your blood vessels from dilating properly. So the increased heart rate also means your blood pressure goes up significantly through smaller blood vessels.
- It thickens your blood : The caffeine and taurine in these energy drinks can actually make your blood so thick the heart has a very difficult time pumping it through your body.
- You are at risk for cardiac arrest. Because your blood vessels aren’t able to dilate normally, and due the the increased thickness of your blood, it can reach a point where the heart cannot get enough oxygen supply and you suffer a heart attack. One individual, a 28 year old, drank significant amounts of energy drink which led to his blood thickening so excessively as to lock up his blood stream, resulting in cardiac arrest.
- Excessive amounts of caffeine can impact the electrical system of your heart, causing arrhythmias and other neurological disorders of the heart.
- You could suffer caffeine intoxication. Symptoms include: anxiety, insomnia, gastrointestinal irritation, muscle twitching, restlessness and periods of inexhaustibility.
- Insufficient research has been done on the impacts of energy drinks on your brain. But doctors have theorized that drinking energy drinks could lead to mental health problems.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2011 over 1500 people were admitted to emergency rooms for energy drink related health emergencies. That number has risen significantly over the past several years.
The Mayo Clinic states that “healthy adults who choose to drink energy drinks should not exceed one can per day.” Most people become so addicted to the caffeine rush produced by these drinks that they simply cannot resist having more than just one per day. Based on the research done, consuming more than one a day could have a significant impact on your health.
Personally, I used to drink between four and six cans of Mountain Dew a day when I was younger. But since then, I have gone without caffeine for over 15 years. I don’t drink anything with caffeine, nor do I drink or eat anything with caffeine-like properties. Honestly, I don’t need it. Neither do you! I would rather feel a little tired over ending up in the emergency room with a medical emergency caused by something I drank.