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Are Energy Drinks Safe?

Energy drinks have been around for decades. However, a growing body of research has shown that energy drinks can have serious negative health consequences, especially for children and young adults.

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  • Most energy drinks are made up of water, sugar, caffeine, vitamins, minerals and non-nutritive stimulants including guarana, taurine and ginseng. The stimulants are not harmful in moderation but can be dangerous when consumed frequently in large doses.
  • Energy drinks may cause headaches, stomach aches, diarrhea, dizziness, trouble sleeping and dehydration. Repeated use can lead to long term health effects, including heart rhythm disturbances, addiction and withdrawal, increased heart rate or blood pressure and anxiety.
  • Energy drinks are safe in moderation, but it’s better to look for more natural methods — like diet, sleep and a steady exercise regimen — for healthier, more reliable energy.

Quick Tip Now

Want a morning boost without the risk? Black coffee, water with lemon and protein shakes are healthier alternatives to energy drinks!

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