In today’s go, go, go society, it is not uncommon to hear people complaining about not having enough energy or wishing they had more energy to tackle their day. Reaching for caffeine in the form of a highly concentrated energy drink like 5-Hour Energy or Red Bull is one way some have resorted to for increased levels of mental and physical energy. Recent studies have pointed to the dangers and risks of supplementing your energy with highly caffeinated drinks.
A study from Sean Nordt, MD from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles states that energy drinks may even be deadly. Large amounts of the caffeine-containing beverages, especially if drunk in rapid succession, may cause anxiety, chest pain, gastro-intestinal upset, insomnia, palpitations, seizures and other problems.
At greatest risk: People with seizure disorders or atrial fibrillation, a heart arrhythmia.
Did you know that energy drinks and sports drinks can also damage teeth? Beverages such as Red Bull and Gatorade are highly acidic—they can erode tooth enamel and the underlying dentin.
Here’s a self-defense: Rinse your mouth with water after drinking any of these beverages…do not brush for at least an hour—brushing can make the damage worse.
For all natural energy booster drinks and other ways to naturally boost your energy, contact our doctors at South Orange Chiropractic Center! As always our health evaluation is complimentary.