The following is a guest post provided by Walter Hurley, who works as a freelance writer for https://eduzaurus.com/. There are several good points here, and I am one of those people who would not have made it through college and grad school without the help of energy drinks. Balancing multiple jobs and rigorous studies in biochemistry, “get more sleep” was not an option.
Why Drinking Energy Drinks Is Important in Your 20s
When you’re in your 20s you have a lot on your plate, whether it is going through the rigors of college or graduate school, playing sports, raising a young family, or all of the above. With such high demands on your body, it is essential that you supplement your diet with natural products that increase your alertness and overall physical performance. One thing you might not have known is that consuming energy drinks can be a healthy, beneficial way to achieve these results for both men and women. Energy drinks tend to get a bad rap, but with the right knowledge, you will see that they really can make a positive difference. But don’t just take our word for it; the research is in and energy drinks are the way to go.
The website Livestrong.com provides a review of four important ways in which energy drinks can act as a booster whether you’re in an office or at the gym.
- CARBOHYDRATES. A typical 8-ounce can of energy drink contains between 18 and 25 grams of carbs [according to the National Federation of State High School Associations’ Sports Medicine Advisory Committee]. Carbs are important for replenishing your body’s energy levels and the result can include better performance and recovery.
- CAFFEINE. Caffeine is a common ingredient in most energy drinks that is good at boosting performance. While caffeine content can vary from brand to brand, the top-selling energy drink contains 80 milligrams of caffeine [according to Caffeine Informer]. The recommended daily limit of caffeine consumption is 400 milligrams for healthy adults.
- ELECTROLYTES. As your body sweats, you lose electrolytes. Electrolytes are nutrients that serve a variety of important functions such as regulating your heartbeat and allowing your muscles to contract. Electrolytes also help keep your body hydrated. For best results, seek out energy drinks with 460 to 690 milligrams of sodium per liter.
- SIMPLE SUGARS. You are typically told to avoid simple sugars because of their negative side effects such as raising unhealthy blood sugar levels. However, when you are loading up on carbs before highly intensive athletic activities, simple sugars are key. Unlike complex sugars, the simple forms of sugar are devoid of fiber, which is good because, as you are exercising, fiber can cause digestive problems. The liquid form of simple sugars is an easy, instant way to gain the benefits, which is yet another reason why energy drinks can be beneficial.
Good for the Heart
The European Society of Cardiology found concrete evidence that consuming energy drinks can improve heart function. This study, which involved subjects with a mean age of 25, found that drinking energy drinks containing caffeine and taurine improved left and right ventricular functioning one hour following consumption. The amount of energy drink that each participant consumed was based on their body surface area, which amounted to 168 ml/m2. Taurine serves as one of the beneficial ingredients in energy drinks because it regulates the flow of calcium, which is necessary for a healthy heart.
Improves Physical and Mental Performance
A study published in the medical journal Amino Acids also discovered some good news involving energy drinks. In this particular case, Red Bull Energy Drink (which contains caffeine, taurine, and glucuronolactone – a naturally occurring chemical that contributes to the structure of connective tissues) was measured against non-energy control drinks. The study found that subjects who drank Red Bull saw improvements both physically and mentally. The physical benefits were found after having the participants ride cycle ergometers: those who drank 500ml Red Bull saw increases in aerobic endurance (the ability to maintain a high heart rate) and anaerobic performance (maintaining maximum speeds). The indicators of higher levels of alertness included better reaction time, concentration and memory. This is not to say that Red Bull is the best energy drink, although its aforementioned key ingredients are common among other energy drinks.
Of course, there are many energy drinks that contain higher and lower amounts of caffeine, some that are sugar-free, and even caffeine-free energy drinks that contain ginseng, acai berry and other ingredients that can increase alertness and energy levels. Ultimately, which energy drink is the best for you comes down to your own lifestyle choices and what you seek to achieve in terms of physical and mental benefits.
Consume Energy Drinks in Moderation
Of course, the main thing to note is that just like everything in life, when consuming energy drinks, you would want to make sure to do it in moderation. It goes without saying that high levels of caffeine and sugar are bound to have negative health consequences, so always keep to the daily recommended levels as espoused by the medical experts and use energy drinks as part of an active lifestyle. So go out there and choose the best, healthy energy drink that is right for you!
This guest post is provided by Walter Hurley who works as a freelance writer for https://eduzaurus.com/.
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