Monday, August 12, 2013

Healthy Alternatives to Energy Drinks

I'm not a doctor, nutritionist or dietitian. I just researched the net and I'm sharing it to you.

Start-up life often means stressed out, 24-hour workdays. When coffee doesn't cut it, some entrepreneurs turn to energy drinks like Red Bull,Cobra or Sting. But these beverages not only make your energy spike and crash, but they can also take a toll on your body. Studies show that some bad effects of drink energy drinks are increased heart rate, dizziness, abdominal pain, and anxiety. The reports ranged in level of seriousness–some did not require medical attention, others visited an ER, and required hospitalization or were life-threatening.

Next time you’re feeling sluggish and tired, avoid downing an energy drink as a quick fix. Energy drinks, which are typically loaded with caffeine, taurine, and sugar, may increase blood pressure and disturb your heart rhythm

If you want a healthier alternative to energy drinks, there are plenty of options available. Here are a few you can try: 

Water. Amazingly enough, simple tap water can have profound effects on your energy levels. Dehydration makes you feel tired, hungry, and unable to concentrate. Being dehydrated can also have a negative impact on your digestion and blood pressure. Instead of shooting for the standard eight glasses, just have a glass of water every time you feel tired or hungry.

Coconut water. If drinking plain water bores you, try this. It has about the same electrolyte balance as your blood does, providing the minerals you need to nourish your circulatory system in a healthy way. It is also a great source of potassium, which has been found to help keep blood pressure in check. Hydrating your body can help you feel more energized, so coconut water can be a refreshing pick-me-up in the middle of a hectic day.

Green tea. Green tea has just enough caffeine to boost production of the hormone adrenocorticotropin, which triggers the release of cortisol. Drink a glass of green tea about 90 minutes before you need it to kick in. Green tea takes longer to hit than coffee does.

Protein smoothies. Blending fruit and protein powder will boost your energy in a natural and sustainable way. If you are being mindful of your weight, use berries, which are low in sugar, as your main fruit. Don't forget to add the protein powder, which will provide lasting energy and better help maintain focus and concentration. If you don't have time to make your own, head over to Jamba Juice. 

Chocolate milk. The best way to quickly boost energy without crashing later is to reach for a drink that combines carbohydrates to provide quick energy and protein to provide lasting energy. Chocolate milk contains both carbohydrates and protein as well as a small amount of caffeine for an added boost. 

Eat Wheat Bran Cereal. Fiber can help you feel more awake. 

Eat a Protein Snack. Go for a snack with at least 10 grams of protein, such as two hard-boiled eggs, to produce a steady rise in blood sugar and energy levels. I also found a website that sells protein bars. Visit

Any other tips? Please share.

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