The energy drink market is thriving with the desire consumers see in its energy fix for their weekday work life and weekend night life. Although energy drinks contain a large amount of caffeine for a temporary energy boost, this boost is short lived according to Mayo Clinic nutritionist, Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D.
Energy drinks can be loaded with sugar causing weight gain and the large amounts of caffeine can cause: nervousness, irritability, insomnia, rapid heartbeat and increased blood pressure. This does not mean you need to cut your energy drinks cold turkey, however, try to re-evaluate the amount you are drinking.
Try to limit yourself to about 16oz a day. If you are consistently fatigued-consider a better and healthier way of getting energy. Make sure you are getting adequate sleep, drinking enough water, eating a healthy diet and getting physical exercise in your daily routine. If you continue to feel fatigued after attempting these strategies-consult your doctor. Sometimes fatigue is a sign of an underlying medical condition, such as hypothyroidism or anemia.
If you are an avid energy drink consumer-start monitoring the amount of beverages you consume and make sure you aren’t overdoing the sugar and caffeine content. Energy can be made by making healthy and natural choices, so don’t skip to the short-term energy drink fixes every chance you get!