drinks claim to boost alertness, shorten reaction time, improve concentration,
memory, and performance in endurance and anaerobic exercise. Athletes are
turning to energy drinks in the hopes of boosting their energy and quenching
drinks promise to "pep you up". Sadly, the wake-up buzz from energy
drinks is short lived and may be followed by a prolonged period of crash and
burn. There is no replacement for good old fashioned sleep, recovery, and
putting in your time at the gym.
Energy Drinks hydrate your body?
drinks should not be confused with sport drinks which are designed to rehydrate
the body during exercise. In fact, energy drinks can impair hydration. The
American Council of Sports Medicine (ACSM) states "[energy] drinks are a
very poor choice to consume when exercising in the heat or probably when
exercising in general." Because they pack twice the amount of sugar as
sport drinks, fluid absorption in the body is impaired, delaying hydration.
While energy drinks may taste refreshing, they should not be consumed before,
during, or after exercise when you need to replace sweat loss.
beverages high in sugar and caffeine such as energy drinks, before or during
exercise, may have a laxative effect in some people.
Sugar free Energy Drinks okay?
free energy drinks include artificial sweeteners such as sucralose (Splenda™),
aspartame (Equal™), or acesulfame k. These beverages do a better job at
hydration than regular energy drinks because they have less sugar. Still, they
contain a number of artificial ingredients and they should not be consumed on a
in the Energy Drinks?
drinks contain caffeine, sugar, taurine, and glucuronolactone – a combination
that is claimed to improve performance. Energy drinks also may contain very
small amounts of Echinacea, l-carnitine, vitamin C, ginkgo biloba, ginseng,
ciwujia, hydroxycitrate, and
Wort. There is little evidence that ingredients other than the sugar and
caffeine have any positive effects on performance. Many energy drinks also
contain very high doses of B vitamins, which are likely to be excreted in the
Energy Drinks Lead to a Positive Doping Test?
drinks may be tainted with prohibited substances. Some energy drinks contain
many raw herbs that have not been tested for purity or contamination and could
lead to a positive doping test.
Energy Drinks really BAD for me?
states that "[energy drinks] have the potential for adverse and dangerous
effects if taken in excessive quantities or consumed while on medication."
These effects include electrolyte disturbances, heart irregularities, nausea,
and vomiting. To avoid any harmful effects:
not exceed the recommended serving indicated on the bottle
not mix an energy drink with alcohol
recommends children consume no more than 50 mg of caffeine daily.