THE REAL LOW DOWN ON ENERGY DRINKS
I am finding out with the younger generation that energy drinks seem to be a staple in their diets. The consumption of energy drinks has rapidly increased over the years. It is a BILLION-dollar industry. Yes, with a B. With so much of this being consumed I felt I would shed some light on the subject and the effects it has on your body.
We will look at the first 24 hours after drinking it and see what havoc it does to the body.
10 minutes after consumption caffeine enters the blood stream. The heart rate and blood pressure both increase.
15 to 45 minutes caffeine peaks in the blood stream leaving you feeling more alert and improves concentration.
30 to 50 minutes all caffeine is fully absorbed. Your liver also responds by absorbing more sugar into the blood stream.
1 hour the body starts to experience a “sugar crash”. You will start to feel tired and energy levels will start to feel low.
5 to 6 hours this is the half-life of caffeine, meaning it takes 5 to 6 hours for your body to reduce the content of caffeine in your blood stream by 50%. Women on birth control tablets require double the length for their body to reduce it.
12 hours the time that it takes most people to fully remove caffeine from their bloodstream. This depends on age and activity. (This is why most have trouble falling asleep at night)
12 to 24 hours as caffeine is a drug those that regularly drink items with it in can feel withdrawals symptoms 12 to 24 hours after the last dose, these often include headaches, irritability, and constipation.
This is just the first 24 hours!! Now, onto what the long-term effects it can have. In the US admissions to emergency rooms visits which, were energy drink related doubled from 2007 to 2014 according to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report.
Insomnia, migraine, seizures and heart related problems are just a few of the issues.
Caffeine causes water-loss in the body. Dehydration can happen quickly and cause serious damage to the body. So, if exercising make sure you are staying hydrated with non-caffeinated drinks.
Most energy drinks are sweetened with a high amount of processed sugar. This refined carbohydrate provides quick energy and it also dramatically raises the blood glucose levels, causing a crash shortly after drinking it. This will cause weight gain and could lead to diabetes.
“Users who drink 2 or 3 energy drinks could be taking in 4 to 6 times the maximum recommended daily intake of sugar.” Mary Jo Dilonardo.
Over time this could lead to Type 2 Diabetes.
“Increase blood pressure accompanied by increase in norepinephrine, a stress hormone chemical, and this could predispose an increased risk of cardiac events even in healthy people.” Says Anna Svatikova MD, PHD
The daily recommendation for sugar is 6 teaspoons according to the World Health Organization. The average energy drink contains 13 to 15 teaspoons a single can. Over time this could lead to obesity and insulin resistance. Insulin resistance means even when insulin is present it still doesn’t unlock to let glucose into the blood and into the cells. This putting you in type 2 diabetes risk.
Now, that you know a little more about these energy drinks and the effects on the body you may think twice before grabbing your next one. If this information was helpful or you know someone that could benefit from this, please share and pass this information on.