Energy drinks are all over the place, and they’re selling like wild. Because these drinks boost energy levels significantly and keep the senses alert for longer periods, many individuals — especially teenagers and young adults — take them frequently.
While energy drinks are usually promoted as harmless drinks that do no more than give you extra energy for activity and keep you alert, there’s more to these drinks than meets the eye. Truth is, they have been severally proven to have many side effects. And this is why there are increasing warnings against taking them.
Do you take energy drinks frequently or on occasions? Here are five good reasons why you should stop taking them now:
- They contain too much caffeine
Most energy drinks contains dangerously high levels of caffeine. In fact, some have been found to contain as much as 250 milligrams of caffeine — that’s way more than the recommended daily caffeine limit for most countries.
Caffeine is a stimulant, which means it keeps your senses alert for longer periods. But because it is a diuretic, taking too much of it can be dangerous, since this could lead to several dehydration, nervousness, and insomnia.
- They cause chronic stress
Most manufacturers of energy drinks claim that these drinks can “give you energy all day long.” While their energy boost aspect can be alluring, the bitter truth is that these drinks can actually alter your perception of fatigue, which means your body no longer senses it when you’re tired and need some rest.
This way, you’ll continue to push yourself beyond natural limits until you come down with chronic stress and other serious conditions, such as high blood pressure, insomnia, and seizures.
- They trigger weight gain
Although many energy drink manufacturers claim that their products contain zero calories, this is usually a false claim aimed at compelling you to buy their product.
The truth about most energy drinks is that they contain high amounts of sugar, which provides your body with excess calories on consumption. The result of this is unhealthy weight gain and obesity, which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and many other health issues.
- They are addictive
The main ingredient in energy drinks is caffeine, which is an addictive stimulant. That is, once your body gets used to taking excess caffeine in the form of energy drinks, your body will continue to depend on it (caffeine dependence).
Once this addiction sets in, it’s hard to break. And worse, you won’t even realize it’s an addiction, so you’ll never see anything wrong with it.
- They stress your organs
Another adverse effect of taking energy drinks too frequently is that it mounts additional stress on your organs. When you put additional stress on your organs, they get tired and need some time to relax.
But when you take energy drinks, you force them to keep working even though they are tired. This way, you end up stressing your vital organs further until they fail.
So, if you never saw anything wrong with taking energy drinks, now you just learned five compelling reasons to avoid them like a plague.