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Do you know of a teenager that is addicted to energy drinks? Energy drink consumption for teenagers and people in their twenties is the fastest growing group in the soft drink industry, with sales totaling a whopping nine billion dollars. In fact, they are quite popular on most college campuses, and among adults in the workplace. Many of these energy drink companies are finding ways to maneuver the FDA, and do not have to report how much caffeine or even disclose certain information to the FDA. Many people are becoming dependent upon these drinks, as they feel that they perform better during physical and mental activities, can stay up longer to study, fight fatigue, increase metabolism and athletic ability. The CDC reported that “one in three adults consumed an energy drink within the past week, 21% had drank them more than once in the last week, and 11% consumed more than three energy drinks per week”. The most alarming trend is that these drinks are commonly coupled with alcohol, and research shows that college students consume more alcohol when mixed with energy drinks.

Drinks such as Red Bull, Monster, Rock Star, AMP, 5-Hour energy, and others contain such ingredients as caffeine, Taurine, sugar, (even more sugar, such as sucralose and high fructose corn syrup), synthetic vitamins and chemicals, and other flavorings. Side effects can include:

Caffeine: According to the Mayo clinic, caffeine has been shown to cause anxiety, nervousness, tremors and shakes, dehydration, headaches, rapid hard rate, difficulty breathing, increased blood pressure, irritability, and lack of sleep. It stimulates your central nervous system, making it difficult for many people to sleep. Red Bull among many other energy drinks that contain a lot of caffeine, causes the body to leach calcium, resulting in weaker bone structure, which can then contribute to Osteoporosis when taken over a long period of time. Red Bull is banned in Norway, Uruguay, France, and Denmark because of its many adverse effects.

Taurine: An essential amino acid, Taurine helps regulate bodily levels of water and salt, and is an anti-oxidant. It also plays a role in helping cardiac patients with angina and respiratory issues. The University of Utah reports that consuming only one amino acid supplement like Taurine can alter nitrogen balance in the body, lower metabolism and put undue stress on kidney function. Increased Taurine supplementation in children can cause stunted growth.

Sugar: With an abundance of extra sugar such as glucose and sucrose, tooth decay and other dental problems can develop, not to mention adrenal and pancreatic problems. Rockstar contains 102 grams of sugar!

A healthy alternative: drink orange juice, and eat orange slices to help improve circulation and oxygenate tissues. Apples are great fruits to increase energy as well! So goes the saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”.

Alarming statistics include:

  • A federal agency, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, reported energy drinks caused over 13,000 emergency room visits in 2009.
  • Children are drinking more caffeinated drinks, and are averaging 60-70mg per day, and sometimes as much as 700mg per day.
  • 33% of US teens, and 50% of college students consume energy drinks and caffeinated beverages on a consistent basis.

Do Energy Drinks help athletes perform better? Creighton University conducted a study on 17 college males, to research the effect of sugar-free Red Bull on weight lifting. The study determined no improvement in lifting after consumption. Another study was done by Utah State University with a low-calorie caffeine energy drink with Taurine on 20 NCAA Division I football players, and they did not run faster or perform better in various athletic tests.

When choosing a drink, water is your best bet. You can even consider adding lemon / lime drops to your water. Smoothies with added fruit and a quality protein powder also helps with energy. Do your research to determine which drink is right for you, and what positive and negative effects they may cause.

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Source by Dr. Chad Laurence

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Bouncing back from a cold by consuming more alkaline foods and health drinks can give you an energetic fresh start. This year’s cold and flu season seems to be hitting harder than usual. The good news is that when it’s over, your body is cleaner, leaner and should function better, assuming you don’t start piling in the junk again. Here is a good way to get back your energy and create better health than you had before the cold hit.

First, let the cold run its course. It is really your body’s way of eliminating toxins that have built up over time. Don’t try to stifle the runny nose and coughs with antihistamines or other drugs that only delay the inevitable. If you slow the process down, then you are only prolonging the pain, and you may not get the full benefit of a natural cleanse. In my experience, a good, cleansing cold lasts about 7-10 days. Think of it as a natural cleanse. Then, get more out of the recovery with alkaline foods and natural health drinks.

When you feel like the cold is starting to disappear, you will probably feel that it is time to start some fresh, new healthy habits. One of the best things you can do after a cold is develop healthier eating habits. A good way to do that is by including more alkaline foods and health drinks in your diet. This means, consume more foods that form an alkaline ash in the bloodstream after they are digested and burned for fuel.

  • What are alkaline foods that help you bounce back from a cold?

Think about fresh fruits and vegetables, natural foods that are lower in animal protein, health drinks without sugar or artificial sweeteners and food grade herbs, not medicinal herbs.

  • Some of the more common acid forming foods can be caffeine, chocolate, beef, pork, fish, alcohol, soda, even beans and rice.

Experts recommend that your daily alkaline food intake should be about 80% of your diet, compared with only 20% acid forming foods. The theory is, and I think it does hold water, that it is harder for illness and disease to take hold in a more alkaline environment.

Through a great deal of research, and personal experience, I have discovered numerous health benefits with more alkaline foods in my diet. By maintaining that 80/20 ratio, I have experienced fewer arthritic pains and digestive problems. Also, by adding health drinks that are less acid forming, I feel better knowing that my body has the tools it needs to work on other issues such as eliminating toxins, rather than constantly struggling just to maintain internal pH balance.

So, the next time you are recovering from a cold, take advantage of your cleaned out system while taking your health and fitness to a new level. Get your energy, stamina and power back with a fresh boost. Search the Internet to find natural alkaline foods and health drinks for pH balance. Begin incorporating more of these into your life while avoiding so many acid forming foods and you will feel the difference.

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Source by Cliff Smith

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