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Energy Drinks

I recently came across this article on energy drinks and it explains why they can be bad for you. Take care with what you choose! Highly caffeinated energy drinks and energy shots may enhance sports performance or keep you alert and attentive. However, hidden in their promise is the risk of getting too much caffeine — and that can endanger your heart. Drinks like Red Bull, Monster, and Rockstar, or shots like 5-Hour Energy, are not the same as sports drinks or coffee. Energy drinks and energy shots contain up to 500 milligrams (mgs) of caffeine per can or bottle compared with 100 mgs in a typical cup of coffee, or about 50 mgs in a 12 oz. caffeinated soda. As the number of energy drink-related emergency room visits is spiking — from about 1,500 in 2005 to over 20,000 cases in 2011. Though energy drinks are popular with young people, the largest increase in emergencies was for people over 40. Energy Drinks Pump Up Blood Pressure and Heart Rate The caffeine in energy drinks doesn’t just pump up your nervous system. It also gives your heart a kick by raising blood pressure and heart rate, which is risky for people with heart disease. People with heart conditions should absolutely avoid all energy drinks and energy shots. Also, the taurine in energy drinks may overload the heart with calcium, which can cause irregular heartbeat, cardiac arrest, and sudden cardiac death. Energy Drinks Plus Alcohol: Heart Failure Triggers The trend of adding energy drinks or shots to alcohol increases the risks of both. The energy drinks raise blood pressure and heart rate but also intensify alcohol’s effects. Drinking alcohol causes your body to lose water and raises the risk for dehydration. Like caffeine, alcohol also works as a diuretic and can increase volume and electrolyte loss. Many deaths each year are as a result of excessive alcohol consumption – these deaths are most often from binge drinking, which for women is four or more drinks in one session and for men, five or more. Sports Drinks: A Better Alternative Sports drinks like Gatorade, Powerade, and Vitamin Water — which don’t contain caffeine — can replace the sodium, potassium and magnesium salts lost during a good workout. Because of this, sports drinks are essentially the opposite of the energy drinks and energy shots that contain high levels of caffeine. Bunch explained that, like sweating, caffeine works as a diuretic to increase urination and fluid loss, which lowers the levels of sodium, potassium, and magnesium in the blood. Yet the normal heart needs these elements, because it creates electricity by moving sodium, potassium, and calcium in and out of cells. “When levels of these electrolytes fall, then the heart is more vulnerable to development of abnormal heart rhythms,” Bunch explained. One of the downsides to sports drinks is that they are packed with added sugar. By Jennifer J. Brown, PhD, Everyday Health Staff Writer Here at Yeovil Personal Fitness Club we stock a good range of Higher Nature products that are all organic and free from dangerous additives but can safely re-hydrate you after a workout. Higher Nature Hydrate

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