Energy drinks are one of the fastest growing beverages in the US market. With sales of 8.1 billion in 2011 and reached ~$13.5 billion by the end of 2015. Can you image what the sales are today? The huge multi million dollar marketing and advertising budgets go to extremes.
They are trying to convince the public that they achieve increased performance and sharper concentration benefits. And, not to mention the “coolness” factor, by drinking energy drinks.
All it takes is a quick look at the ingredients to realize that if you are low in energy. The last thing you should put into your body is a traditionally marketed energy drink.
Beware of these:
Firstly, you should steer clear of energy drinks is the mind-blowing amounts of sugar they contain. Did you know a 16 oz. Rockstar contains 60 grams of sugar! To put this into perspective consider the USDA recommends that if you eat 1600 calories per day, your sugar intake should be limited to 22 grams per day.
In a single drink, you have overshot the recommendation by almost 3X. Is it just me, or is it that these energy drinks seem to come in bigger and bigger cans? Every 4 grams equals a teaspoon of consumed sugar, so that would make one can equivalent to that of 15 tsp, WOW!!!
The second reason you should avoid energy drinks is because of the stimulants manufactures add to give you that “boost in energy”. Typically you will find guaranine, taurine, caffeine, and/or ginseng added to these drinks, in addition to sugar. All these ingredients have been known to cause: insomnia, high blood pressure, tachycardia (rapid heart rate). In addition to difficulty breathing, seizures, anxiety, arrhythmia (irregular heart beat), heart palpations, and various allergic reactions. Also, each of these stimulants is extremely addictive.
Although energy drinks are wildly popular in the US, other countries aren’t so keen on them. Did you know Red Bull was banned in France after an 18 year old athlete died from drinking 4 cans? Since Red Bull exceeds the amount of caffeine French laws allow in a consumable product, they have banned the drink. Denmark and Norway have also followed suit and also ban the drink.
The third and final reason you should put down the energy drinks is because it is a diuretic. What this means, is that it causes fluid loss. In fact most nutritionists are most concerned with this side effect because the typical American doesn’t drink nearly enough water as it is. Only 34% of Americans drink the 64 ounces of water per day recommended by the USDA. However, any health care practitioner will tell you that you actually need much more water than that.
Things you need to know:
Do you know what the first sign of dehydration is? FATIGUE. If you are tired all the time there is a good chance one reason is you are just not getting enough water into your body!
Here is why:
- Every 20-ounce Monster you drink, it takes 6.3 gallons of water to flush it out of your kidneys.
- Most individuals drink 6.3 gallons of water in 23 days.
- Did you know, every 20 ounces of Sugar Free Red Bull that you drink, it takes nearly a gallon of water to flush it out of your kidneys.
- The average person drinks a gallon of water in 2 days. (Many people take a week to consume a gallon of water).
Valentus Energy is 100% all natural and safe!
In my opinion, you may want to try and healthier choice if you are wanting adding mental clarity, focus or just plain old Energy! Take a look at this and an healthy option, Valentus Prevail Energy instead of the other products you may find on the market!
For an ingredient list and the positive influence they can have on the body you can go to Valentus energy drink Nutrition facts: CLICK HERE
You can always just reach out to me personally if you want to know more!