Energy Drinks Causing Holes in the Brain? Energy Drinks in the News

In October 2017 a news story surfaced that a man suffered a severe brain injury because of excessive consumption of energy drinks. Biochemist and Energy Drink Guide author GreenEyedGuide explains what consumers should take away from this news story.

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GreenEyedGuide Caffeine Challenge Day 6/10 – Fatigue Level 4

For Day 6 of the GreenEyedGuide Caffeine Challenge we talk about FATIGUE LEVEL 4 (out of 5) aka ENERGY EMERGENCIES! What happens when you reach Fatigue Level 4 and what kinds of energy drinks/caffeinated beverages should you use?

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Through this challenge, you’ll learn how to use the 5 Levels of Fatigue to reap the benefits of caffeine while avoiding addiction, dependence, tolerance, and toxicity.

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GreenEyedGuide Caffeine Challenge Day 5/10 – Caffeine Limits and Mondays

For Day 5 of the GreenEyedGuide Caffeine Challenge, we talk about when MONDAY RUINS your SUNDAY! We talk about the importance of planning ahead, why 400 is a magic number for caffeine consumption, and what countries exceed that magic number. ***PLAY ALONG – post a picture of your tricks to nurse your caffeine on Instagram/ Facebook/Twitter and tag @GreenEyedGuide, or add your pictures to the Caffeine Challenge Event page at Facebook.com/GreenEyedGuide/events

Through this challenge, you’ll learn how to use the 5 Levels of Fatigue to reap the benefits of caffeine while avoiding addiction, dependence, tolerance, and toxicity.

 

Mr. Swift and Mr. Thrift: Book Excerpt of the Week 

HOW QUICKLY you consume caffeine is JUST AS IMPORTANT as HOW MUCH caffeine you consume. 

❎This is why I don’t like energy shots! If it’s more caffeine than you can handle, it’s too late because you’ve consumed the whole thing in one gulp.❎ 

Sipping your caffeine and even breaking the 1 can = 1 serving suggestion (treating 1 can = 4 servings) you can decrease the total amount of caffeine you consume in one day and ultimately teach your body to work just as well with slightly smaller doses. 

Consider the Book Excerpt of the Week from PART TWO: Do They Work Energy – Synergy and the WHO, HOW, and WHEN 

Mr. Thrift sips his caffeine throughout the day to make it last. Mr. Swift makes sure to drink every last drop of a 16 ounce can containing 160 mg caffeine on his way to work. By the end of his shift, he feels like he needs another can. With caffeine’s half-life of ~4 hours, there is still ~80 mg  in Mr. Swift’s system. However, with his consumption habits, this won’t feel like enough. 

Story Time

When I was in grad school I would drink a full bottle of water, then pour half my energy drink in that empty bottle and save it for the next day. The carbonated energy drinks would lose all the carbonation overnight, but I didn’t care. The caffeine still worked. To this day, I rarely finish a whole energy drink in one day. Those days that I do, it’s a long drawn out consumption, to ensure I don’t consume more caffeine than I absolutely need. 

Get your copy of my book, “Are You a Monster or a Rock Star-A Guide to Energy Drinks: How They Work, Why They Work, How to Use Them Safely” on Amazon and wherever books are sold. 

Monday Punday meets Caffeine Safety Limits – Book Excerpt of the Week

Pretend you’re on a on vacation and you’re given $400 a day, every day, to cover your expenses. Would you spend that all at once or try to make it last the whole day? Now pretend that money allowance is actually your caffeine allowance, which brings us to our excerpt of the week:

The Background

Consuming up to 400 milligrams of caffeine per day is considered safe for the healthy adult population. This limit was determined by the Bureau of Chemical Safety, Food Directorate of Health Canada. The FDA uses this limit because it’s based on a comprehensive review of published studies on the effects of caffeine on human health. 

Essentially the authors of this review searched all published studies on human health and caffeine, then determined the overall consensus among the studies. 

The consensus was consuming 400 milligrams of caffeine per day doesn’t pose a threat to the heart, the bones, or male fertility, and doesn’t cause general toxicity or increased incidents of cancer. Consuming caffeine safely means not exceeding this 400 milligrams per day limit.
The Lesson

Before consuming an energy drink, look at the number of milligrams of caffeine per serving and the number of servings per container. Careful not to blow your whole caffeine allowance in one shot. 

Learn more about the ABCs of Caffeine Safety in “Are You a Monster or a Rock Star-A Guide to Energy Drinks: How They Work, Why They Work, How to Use Them Safely”.

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