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Energy Drinks Are A Harmful Fix—What Works For More Energy?

Energy drinks are marketed to teens, college students, athletes, to those wanting a boost to start or get through their shift at work. The boost comes from the addictive drug caffeine which is found in more plants than just coffee. There is a concentration of caffeine in ingredients such as guarana, ginseng, and taurine that are in energy drinks, which have a higher level of caffeine than what is found in soda or coffee or certain weight loss supplements. The effects of caffeine are elevated blood pressure, increased heart rate and arrythmias, leading to heart and vascular disease. Young people tend to be more at risk for death by cardiac arrest because they are using them for a perceived competitive edge or for hydration during or after physical activity, or they are mixing them with alcohol and losing awareness of the effect of the opposite agents, one stimulating the body and the other depressing it. Ironically energy drinks will make one more physically tired after being artificially sped up, and also interfere with sleep.

What could we need if we are lacking energy in our day?

Water

One of the first symptoms of being dehydrated is feeling tired. As we age, we lose awareness of being thirsty, so we need to make a conscious effort to make sure we are drinking water throughout the day. Our bodies are made up of mostly water, and no other beverage will fill in for that need. If you don’t care for drinking water, get a reusable straw. People will drink more water when they use a straw. Tricks for keeping track of water intake include filling a pitcher or mason jar with the day’s supply, or putting 8-10 rubber bands on your water glass and take them off each time you drink a glass.

Nutrition

We are what we eat. There are so many junk foods that can fill our bellies with empty calories and tax the body to break it down and get rid of it.  When we eat healthy, we feel revitalized and in a better mood. When we eat processed foods (simple carbs, chemical added, fractured, sugar added), fried, or a meal without mostly plants, it can make us feel sluggish or sleepy, even anxious and depressed. Our body is dealing with tens of thousands of free radicals every day that are ricocheting off of cells, damaging cell walls as they steal electrons. If they are not continually neutralized by antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables, and they shave into the cell far enough to damage the mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cell, and the body cannot repair it. That contributes to irreversible aging. That is why it is recommended that we eat 9-13 cups of fruits and vegetables of all colors every single day, 16-21 if one is an athlete or pregnant to support our cellular health. Most find that difficult to do, for tips for eating more, request a free consultation with a Certified Health Coach.

Exercise

Exercise stimulates system and helps with elimination of toxins. It can generate hormones that give one a lift. Regular exercise builds strength and endurance, helping the body be more efficient in effort and at rest. It is a great stress reliever, and can help one sleep better.

Sleep

We need an average of 7-8 hours of sleep a night, ideally starting around 10 PM at night to work with our natural circadian rhythm. The time asleep before midnight is worth double. The best way to set up a routine is to turn off digital devices, TV, smartphone, computer by 9, for the light emitted by electronic screens interferes with the production of melatonin which is needed for quality sleep.

“Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.”

 

In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

 

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