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In response to my article Pre-Competition, Energy, Focus and Mental Alertness Drinks, Guest Blogger Steve Gray submitted this artle on Energy Drinks.
I thought it was an interesting read from a different perspective. I personally like Vitalyze and Powerdrive before major track competitions, taken on an empty stomach on hour before a competition.
Have you ever wondered if all the claims for energy drinks are fact or hype? Well here is some information to help you be fully aware of the content and claims of energy drinks. They claim to give you a boost when you are about to undertake any physical exertion such as an athlete training or you need a burst of energy after a hard days work etc. Well the facts are that energy drinks say that it improves stimulation, concentration, and the metabolism.
Most energy drinks are packed with 100 calories, 27 to 30 grams of sugar this in an 8 ounce can, this can increase your fat deposits, and because they are high in sugar they can cause your body to pump out insulin to help digest the sugar.
Low sugar energy drinks can help your body’s natural metabolic process and usually contain protein calories, which work with your body. They use Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium (Ace K), and fruit essences to give the drinks their great flavour without sugar.
There are some drinks on the market that are made from a unique blend of natural energizing elements, including d-ribose, l-carnitine and taurine. Its pure, concentrated energy in an 8.3-fluid-ounce can. It will increase your mental and physical efficiency, and replenish your strength.
Most of the energy drinks can have side effects if you drink to many, they claim to re-hydrate you but it would appear that this claim is not necessarily true and you need to make sure that you drink plenty of water. In some cases, depending on the ingredients, they can cause side effects like heart irregularities, sickness, and nausea.
On the other hand there are a lot of natural herbal energy drinks that can benefit your body and increase your energy without the side effects. They will not add weight and in some cases could help to maintain a healthy weight. Herbal cola is an example. It is caffeine free, gives a great energy rush and is made from spring water with over 70 ionic electrolytes (including crucial trace minerals) and fulvic acid, nature’s miracle vitality giver.
Most herbal energy drinks are made from natural ingredients and promote health, vitality and energy. Most are sugar free and 100% natural. And without the sugar you will still have the energy but not the expanding waistline that can give you even more problems than the benefits you were hoping to achieve.
As with all things you put in your body, check the label. Sometimes that new fad drink isn’t as good for you as you are made to believe.
About the Author
Steve Gray is the owner of DecideHealth.com, which sells products made by Herbalife, and offers strategies and solutions for health and weight loss that have worked personally for him.