Many people consume energy drinks in order to take until the end of the day. Students do too, thinking that these drinks help to stay awake all night and promote concentration. Unfortunately, many are not aware that a single can of Red Bull or other energy drink greatly increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.
The effects of energy drinks on your body
Beverages make the viscous blood, which may cause several cardiovascular problems. One hour after drinking Red Bull, your blood will be identical to that of patients with cardiovascular disease. Of course, the manufacturer does not talk about these harmful effects. It even states that this energy drink is equivalent to a coffee or a soda. Drinking an energy drink, it certainly has the same effect of caffeine, but accompanied by a large amount of artificial sweeteners and sugar.
Red Bull gives energy, that’s undeniable, but this effect does not last long. Once it disappears, you feel lethargic and need to drink again to boost your energy again. A vicious circle.
Energy drinks contain aspartame to adverse effects, neurotoxic, metabolic, allergenic, fetal and carcinogenic. One can of Red Bull can increase your risk of heart attack or stroke, whatever your age. Dr. Mercola announces that “no less than 3.5 billion cans of Red Bull were sold last year in 143 countries around the world.”
As they have become very popular, some countries such as Norway, Denmark and Uruguay have banned to prevent damage they might cause. In Kuwait, Red Bull was banned for children under 16 years following the death by heart attack two members of the national team squash. Both deaths were linked to consumption of energy drinks.
Which people are at high risk?
Energy drinks affect the function of blood vessels and increase the risk of blood clotting. Definitely avoid these drinks if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Caffeine sensitivity
- Cardiovascular disease
- Disorder of blood coagulation
Pregnant women and nursing mothers should also avoid drinking Red Bull. The researcher Scott Willoughby says that this drink can be fatal if consumed by people high blood pressure or suffering from stress because it can affect the proper functioning of blood vessels and increase the risk of clots.
How to boost your energy naturally?
To counter the lack of energy, there are better choices:
- Eat healthy and balanced by focusing on fruit and vegetables
- Eat foods and plants that reduce inflammation
- Increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids
- Eliminate processed foods and sugars (carbohydrates) from your diet
- Eliminate emotional stress and negative thoughts
- Sleep when you’re tired
- Exercise regularly