Energy drinks have been described by the WHO to be a danger for public health. The fact is that the consumption of energy drink is increasing at a fast pace globally.
About energy drinks
Manufacturers of such type of drinks tend to market them as beverages which can help boost physical and mental performance. The common stimulant used in this drink is caffeine. However, some brands are likely to contain various plant based stimulants like ginseng and guarana. Reports also have concluded that the caffeine amount in an energy drink bottle or can could range between 80 mg to 500 mg+. There is also high amount of sugar in the energy drinks.
Studies conducted have shown that negative health implications can be caused with consumption of energy drinks. Energy drinks according to the reports have been found out to alter function of the heart among healthy adults. Other studies have suggested that its consumption is linked to other unhealthy behaviors like smoking.
What energy drinks exactly does to the body after being consumed?
1. Caffeine withdrawal, energy slumps and sugar crashes: It is within ten minutes of its consumption that caffeine is said to enter into the bloodstream, thereby triggering increase in blood pressure and heart rate. Caffeine levels within the bloodstream tend to peak in the coming 15 to 45 minutes. This causes the individual to become more alert as well as experience improvised concentration. The experts conclude that caffeine is a wonderful drug that can block temporarily adenosine pathways, thus providing the person with the much needed boost and allows that ‘feel good’ factor molecules within the brain like dopamine to be readily released. This way, the person is likely to feel much better about himself and be more alert. It is within 30 to 50 of energy drink consumption that the entire caffeine gets absorbed. More sugar is soaked into the bloodstream which is the response of the liver. Caffeine effects subside within an hour and there can occur sugar crash. Energy levels will become low, setting in tiredness. For 50% reduction in caffeine amount to take place, it will need at least 5 to 6 hours.
2. Within 12 to 24 hours after energy drink consumption, caffeine withdrawal symptoms can be noticed: Individuals who regularly consume energy drinks are likely to experience within 12-24 hours of consumption, caffeine withdrawal symptoms like constipation, irritability and headache. Such withdrawal symptoms according to the health experts can last for about 9 days. Its severity will depend upon the consumed caffeine amount. The body of those regular consumers of energy drink will take about 7 to 12 days for adapting to the regular caffeine intake. But, once the body gets used to it, then the person is highly unlikely to experience the boost.
The fact is energy drink consumption the world over has increased over 60%. They are becoming popular especially among adolescents and children. It is necessary for everyone to be aware of the dangers of such beverages.