5 reasons you should avoid energy drinks

10 February 2014
5 reasons you should avoid energy drinks


Life Desk :Energy drinks are very popular among youngster, because most of them believe that these drink helps them stay up studying or partying.While these drinks claim to provide you with instant energy that will keep you going, they do have a downside to them. They can harm your health in the long run and so it is important to know about the negative impact they have on your body, reports TOI.Caffeine dependenceIt is commonly known that caffeine is the main ingredient of energy drinks. But do we really check how much caffeine we consume in those energy drinks? Once your body gets used to this excess consumption of caffeine, your body will begin to depend on this supply to keep it going.InsomniaYou might have consumed the energy drink to give you that extra boost to get you through the day but what happens when this energy lingers on through the night as well? You end up going through a sleepless night and end up with another energy drink the next day. This will keep the vicious circle going and lead to insomnia.Affects the moodStudies show that frequent consumption of caffeine lowers serotonin levels in the body. This serotonin is known to be the "feel good" neurotransmitter of the body and a decrease in it is easily linked to depression and low moods.Sugar rushOther then stimulated energy, these drinks also contain a lot of sugar. Some of these drinks can have upto about 13 spoons of sugar in each drink. This causes an individual to go on a sugar high. Apart from that, sugar can leave a person dehydrated, suppress the immune system, decay teeth and cause weight gain.Stresses organsAnother ill effect of energy drinks is that it can stress out your organs. When you put additional stress on your organs, they get tired and need some time to relax. But, when you gulp down energy drinks, you send a signal to your organs to respond and work even though they are exhausted, thereby stressing them further.

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