Energy Drinks...parents who may be concerned with their teens energy drink addictions. What are these drinks? Are they getting any energy from them? Or is it all in their mind? What else are they doing to their bodies? Can you overdose on them?
Energy drinks are a hybrid of coffee and pop. Can you guess as to what I’m going to say about this mixture? Adrenal fatigue springs to my mind, but likely not to yours. The combination of both of these tax the liver in so many ways; think of the road to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and a very overworked detoxification system.
Side effects of consuming too much caffeine includechanges in heart rate, increased blood pressure, anxiety, sleep problems, digestive issues, headaches and dehydration. No one needs any more of those issues in their life, especially during puberty and the teen years.
No teens should not be consuming energy drinks, but we all know that they are. Take the Rockstar Energy drink - it has 29g of sugar (that’s over 7 teaspoons or 2.5 tablespoons). There’s 160 to 240mg caffeine depending on the size you buy. That’s about the same for a regular 8 oz cup of coffee.
The addiction comes from the combo of sugar and caffeine because as they come down off the high of all that, they want more, and more, and more. Sugar cravings come from consuming sugar, it’s as simple as that. And with sugar as addictive as hard drugs, so that feeling like you need coffee to get through the day, is an addictive chemical. The combo is one that I suggest is avoided at all cost!
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