Let’s get one misconception out of the way: supplements are not energy drinks. A supplement is something designed to improve your ability to exercise or recover, usually geared towards someone with an active lifestyle. Energy drinks, on the other hand…not so much.
Before we talk about the scientific reasons why energy drinks are bad for you, let’s go over the societal and mental aspects of using energy drinks. The most frustrating aspect of energy drinks is how they promise people that they can somehow have their cake and eat it too. Stayed up all night partying? Don’t worry, just down a couple cans of our ‘energy drink’ and you’ll be ready to go!
Caffeine and Energy Drinks
Now, it would be hypocritical of us to ignore the fact that plenty of pre-workouts have caffeine in them (here’s our review of 1.M.R; we loved the stuff). Keep in mind; we never said that caffeine was bad, just that we have an issue with energy drinks. Why? Well, let’s go back to the issue of what each product is designed for.
The Pre-workout Mentality
Pre-workouts are designed specifically for that purpose; to be used before a workout. The caffeine is just one aspect of a complicated formula that allows your body to exercise at its full capacity. Plus, most fitness enthusiasts don’t use pre-workouts liberally. More often than not, they’re used right before a workout in order to heighten mental clarity and increase energy right before an exercise.
The Energy Drink Mentality
When it comes to energy drinks, there’s really no purpose behind the drink. More often than not, it’s just a bunch of chemicals thrown together that keep you uncomfortably awake while you’re mind-numbingly tired. They’re not meant to support your growth; they’re just built to keep you up.
Health Risks…and then some
In terms of the actually science behind it, people who consistently consume too many energy drinks are at risk of suffering from something called adrenal fatigue. Basically, adrenal fatigue starts when you put too much stress on your body. After you’ve begun to experience adrenal fatigue, you’ll find that it’s impossible to start the day like you used to. You’ll be constantly tired and (more importantly) you’ll feel like you need an energy drink to reach 100%.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Energy drinks put people at risk of Type 2 Diabetes (the insane amounts of sugar), serious dehydration, severe headaches and insomnia (even during the withdrawal process). From consumption to detox, energy drinks are a terrible experience.
The worst part about these energy drinks is that they are often used to support dysfunctional lives. Someone has work in the morning but decided to stay up all night playing video games? Time to grab an energy drink! What’s worse, some people find it to be funny and crack jokes about the bad choices they consistently make. I know plenty of people who often talk about how they can’t start their days without their espresso shots or something strong.
How to be Healthy
The main reason most people get involved in fitness is to learn how to be healthy and how to live happily. When we not only consume, but celebrate energy drinks that goes against everything that being healthy stands for, we betray ourselves. If we want to fix the obesity and health issues that plague our world, maybe we should stop pretending that it’s okay to fill ourselves up with garbage.
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