Energy drinks can cause a lot of damage to the body.
The effects of energy drinks are becoming legendary. Especially when it comes to young people consuming these possibly harmful drinks. The main active ingredients are taurine, caffeine and guarana. These energy boosters are responsible for causing havoc on the body’s systems as well as short term memory.
The high percentage of carbohydrates in these drinks make it harder for the body to absorb food and nutrients which makes the buzz not as potent. Too many carbohydrates can also cause a lot of gastrointestinal problems, especially if taken before an extreme workout or other strenuous physical activity. This is not recommended for competitive athletes. Increased carbohydrates can also cause dehydration.
Energy drinks also have an extremely high content of sugars as well as high fructose content. These have a laxative effect on the body. The buzz is very short lived and the crash off of these can be draining. Sugar burns out of the body very quickly and can leave the person feeling more tired than they were to begin with. It will also lead to massive dental problems as sugar erodes the teeth.
Caffeine has both a diuretic as well as a laxative effect. It causes excess urination which leads to dehydration. It will also raise heart rates and body temperature which places an extra strain on the heart. Caffeine can cause an irregular heartbeat, nervousness, excessive sweating. None of which are ideal conditions when studying for an exam or getting the proper mindset for a competition. It has also been known to cause lack of coordination and will disturb sleeping patterns
If that isn’t disturbing enough, many are also adding alcohol to energy drinks to offset the negative effects. This causes one to loose track of how much alcohol has been imbibed and results in driving accidents and fatalities.