Energy Drink Dillema – Cutting Back Caffeine

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Tired? Sluggish? Unmotivated? Just exhausted? Many of us feel this way constantly. Whether it’s our incessant on-the-go lifestyle or simply lack of sleep, we all feel drained from time to time. When this happens many of us reach for coffee or worse, an energy drink! They definitely can put pep in your step but they may be causing a cardio catastrophe!

 

 

Cardiac Complications

You’ve probably heard it before that energy drinks aren’t the best for you. Recent research backs that notion even further. Research published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine found that the high levels of caffeine in your energy drinks can lead to cardiac complications like abnormal heart rhythms. While the report was suggestive that energy drinks can cause cardio complications, it wasn’t conclusive. This stills leads credence to the notion that we need to watch our sugar and caffeine intake. Plus, this high sugar consumption can have other unexpected heart effects!

 

Tooth Infection and Your Heart

Another thing that many energy drinks are loaded with is sugar. As you know even with proper oral hygiene, massive sugar consumption can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Recently, research out of the University of Helsinki found that even symptomless root tip tooth infection can increase your risk of coronary artery disease! In fact, researcher John Liljestrand explained, “Acute coronary syndrome is 2.7 times more common among patients with untreated teeth in need of root canal treatment than among patients without this issue.” With tooth decay being the most common cause of this root tip infection, we need to watch our sugar consumption and dental hygiene!

 

Other Energy Options

 

Natural Active Energy

You ever notice that endorphin rush you get after a great workout? Well, naturally bump up your energy levels with exercise. A quick workout in the morning will get the blood pumping and you feeling focused! These early morning exercises are great for getting you through the early morning office hour lull. Plus, when you exercise early in the morning you are more tired when it’s bed time which can lead to improved sleep… more on that later.

 

Natural Food Energy

Junk food, junk food, with a side order of more junk food. No wonder we are all incredibly tired when we are fueling out bodies with crap. It’s like putting regular unleaded gas in your luxury sports car. It still runs but it won’t run as smoothly (nor stay as clean) as if you put super unleaded in it. The amount of Trans fat in many of the foods we eat can leave us feeling sluggish without providing no true vitamins and nutrients. Want to energize? Make vegetables and fruit a staple of your luxury sports car diet!

 

Sleep is Crucial

I mentioned sleep earlier and it deserves getting mentioned twice. Getting 6-8 hours of sleep is crucial for you to feel awake. From improving your cognitive abilities to ramping up your immune system, a little shut eye can do wonders for your psyche and how you feel physically. Aim for those 8 hours and watch as your energy levels improve!

 

Other Vitamins

Other options include B vitamins to help put some pep in your step. Wellesse has a great B vitamin liquid supplement that I’ve used for years. Put a squirt in your water bottle and it helps you focus and provides an energy kick that you need. Combined with the previous 3 energy steps, it’s a great way to stop relying on energy drinks and even coffee!

 

Wrap-Up

There are many natural approaches to getting an energy increase than downing an energy drink or two. Instead, focus on your nutrition, activity level, and sleeping regime to help you cut down on energy drinks and improve your overall health!

 

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