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Energy Drinks and the negative effect they have on the body.

Did you know…

For every 600ml Energy Drink you consume, it takes 22 litres of water to flush it out of your kidneys. 😳 It would take the average person more than 14 days to consume that much water.

The average person drinks less than 2 litres of plain drinking water a day. 

☠️ Energy drinks hyper-stimulate your adrenal glands, to increase hydrocortisone and adrenalin production, and then the GABA amino acid comes in to suppress the hyper-stimulation so you don’t feel jittery. All this extra work for your adrenal glands can lead to adrenal fatigue or crash. The extra hydrocortisone your adrenal glands are producing also makes you resistant to insulin. 

☠️ Throw in all those artificial sweeteners that energy drinks contain, and your pancreas will be working overtime. This can lead to weight gain that shows up specifically in the abdomen. All of this hyper-stimulation and production can cause metabolic syndrome, the initial symptoms of which include abdominal obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol.

As metabolic syndrome progresses, it leads to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and nerve damage. 

☕️ Each energy drink contains anywhere between 40 to 240 mg of caffeine in them. While they might increase mental alertness for a few hours, energy drinks have also been known to cause irregular heartbeat, anxiety, jitters, increased blood pressure and thickening of the blood.

☕️ Caffeine increases the brains alertness, and while that’s great first thing in the morning or when you are trying to get that report to a client, it’s not great when you are trying to sleep!

☕️ Research shows that it takes between 15-45 minutes for caffeine to take full effect and temporarily relieve fatigue and drowsiness, it does, however, stay in your system for about five-six hours, so make sure you time that last caffeine hit earlier in the day if you want a to enjoy a good night’s sleep.

☕️ Many of us rely on a morning hit of caffeine as a ritual to get through the day, and without it often experience irritability. Headaches and Migraines can also occur as a symptom of too much caffeine, but once you’re hooked, headaches are also a symptom of withdrawal.

☕️ Caffeine is also a diuretic so ultimately it dries out your skin. and drinking too much caffeine can make your skin look dull and aged.

☕️ There are high levels of acid in caffeine that can trigger a stress response in your body and this response alerts your adrenal glands to go into overdrive and release excess hormones – which can alter your blood sugar levels and release excess insulin. The increase of insulin results in more oil being produced and more oil means clogged pores which can lead to acne.

If you are experiencing skin or health issues and and a regular energy drink consumer, this is likely to be a huge part of the issue!

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