All of us have that need for a morning pick-me-up or afternoon burst of energy. Energy drinks have been millions of people’s go-to drink for that extra kick throughout the day. However, before you pick up your can of liquid energy, you should be aware of the most recent findings. New research shows that energy drinks can be harmful for your heart.
Energy drinks can cause serious increases in heart contraction rates within an hour of consumption. The researchers are worried over the long-term negative effects this will have on individuals, especially teens and young adults.
Not only does new research point to the possible scary side affects of energy drinks, but hospital records also prove that energy drinks are not the best choice. According to government estimates, energy drink-related emergency room visits have doubled in the past four years. These emergency cases involve mostly teens and young adults.
Energy drinks have also been connected to changes in the heart. Such changes include the heart rhythm and increased blood pressure. Both are life threatening. Since energy drinks are much higher in caffeine levels, they can lead to heart palpitations and blood pressure hikes.
It is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your heart health. Instead of downing an energy drink, why not try one of these healthy and natural energy boosters:
- A small meal of protein and fiber, such as Greek yogurt with berries or grilled chicken wrapped in a whole-wheat tortilla.
- A cold glass of water. Sometimes dehydration shows itself through fatigue.
- Green tea and a handful of almonds. This snack boosts your energy and helps prevent cancer.
- A short burst of exercise. When you are feeling run-down, take a few minutes to do quick jumping jacks or sprints. This helps get your blood pumping and your heart rate up, which will then help you push through your day.
It may seem that energy drinks are the quickest way to perk up your energy and help you focus, but they are not worth the health risk. Look for natural ways to increase your energy, and your heart will thank you.
Remember to always consult your chiropractor or physician before taking any health advice.
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