When it comes to energy drinks, we know they are one of the easiest and most popular sources of instant energy and added focus when you’re feeling down and out. However, what we don’t know is that there are some real dangers that are involved with their consumption that are not well known to the public.

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Below are just a few of the dangers that you risk when you take in energy drinks.

The Short Term Effects

You May Experience Headaches or Even Migraines

Although most energy drinks do not contain as much caffeine as a cup of large coffee, the sweetness that allows them to be ingested more quickly causes a cumulative effect of overstimulation.

  • One of the first side effects of too much caffeine in the body is the onslaught of severe headaches when the caffeine wears off.

  • These headaches can become even worse if the amount of caffeine that is in your system changes more quickly than normal.

You May Experience Lack of Sleep (Insomnia)

Energy drinks are great at keeping you awake. However, unlike a normal energy boost that you might get from natural foods, energy drinks do not let you go back to sleep. This lack of sleep can actually cause hallucinations and danger when operating machinery or while driving.

Energy Drinks Tend to Make You More Nervous

Energy drinks directly stimulate the nervous system instead of going through the normal governors of the body. This direct stimulation is foreign to the body as the nervous system is one of the more protected systems. For people with weaker nervous systems, drinking too many energy drinks can actually cause physical shaking that interferes with their day to day performance rather than increasing its efficiency.

Energy Drinks May Induce Vomiting

Vomiting is a side effect that many people experience when drinking energy drinks and losing out on sleep.

  • If you vomit while on energy drinks, you also run the risk of becoming dehydrated as well as acid erosion of your teeth.

  • Your esophagus is also at risk of erosion with continued use.

You May Have Allergic Reactions to Energy Drinks

There are many unnatural ingredients in energy drinks that may cause allergic reactions in the body because of their foreign nature. Many of the more synthetic ingredients may be the same ones that induce vomiting.

Energy Drinks May Cause Unpredictable Behavior

According to a study that was published in the Journal of American College Health, energy drinks tend to cause precarious behavior in people, especially in teens.

Energy Drinks Can Interact Negatively With Medication

If you are on prescription medication, consult your doctor before indulging in any energy drink. Medicines that are prescribed for treating depression are especially prone to interacting negatively with some of the ingredients in energy drinks. So you need to watch the amount that you ingest if you are on these medications.

The Long Term Effects

Energy Drinks May Cause Type II Diabetes

What energy drinks lack in caffeine they make up for in sugar, and overly processed sugar at that. This kind of sugar tends to wear out the cells in your body that produce insulin even more quickly than regular sugar. Once this happens, the onset of Type II diabetes is imminent.

Energy Drinks May Cause Cardiac Arrest

Those people who have had heart problems in the past or in their family history should probably stay away from energy drinks in total.

Energy drinks are well known to increase the risk of cardiac arrest in individuals with a history of weak hearts in the family, and this can occur after just a few drinks, even over an extended period of time.

Energy Drinks May Cause Drug Addiction

Energy drinks can be quite addictive because of its high sugar content. There is also a diminishing return to energy drinks when it comes to the boost that it gives a person over time. This means that an individual will eventually have to consume many more energy drinks than previously in order to get the same effect or buzz.

The Alternative to Energy Drinks

In short, if you are looking for a quick burst of energy, it is much better to get it from natural sources such as fruits and nuts, which contain the carbohydrates and proteins that your body needs in order to maintain a more balanced energy. You will not experience any of the crashes that are associated with energy drinks nor will you have to undergo any of the other negative effects of overproducing and over stimulating the chemicals in the body on a continual basis.

Dorothy Wheaton, PA-C, works with Careworks. Careworks urgent care services include immediate treatment  to minor health problems and their clinics are located at all major locations in northern America.

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