27th November 2019
Danger! Know What Happens When You Drink Too Many Energy Drinks
Love having energy drinks?
They are sweet, taste amazing and work super quick in fighting off those sudden hunger pangs! Packaged as fizzy drinks, non-alcoholic beverages, and energy cans are often marketed as pick-me-ups for those looking to recharge their body or fuel their system with easy food.
How many are too many?
Athletes consume it, workaholics following a deadline wrap depend on it and students cramming before the exams love it. For those who are not that big a fan of caffeine and tea, this works as the perfect drink to wake them up. However, just like with coffee or tea, we do know that too much of a dietary supplement can be a bad thing and that extends to energy drinks as well.
Think energy drinks are good for you?
Not only are they devoid of actual nutrition and high on extra calories and sugar (more than what you need), they can also cause some potentially risky health hazards which you are definitely better off avoiding. Just recently, television actress Gehna Vasisht ended up taking a trip to the hospital after she developed severe health complications and a possible sugar overdose after drinking a lot of these energy drinks during her shoot. According to doctors, the sudden sugar shoot up also pushed her body to a state of shock. An agency report read:
"Due to various complications in her vitals and body, the differential diagnosis was concluded as diabetic ketoacidosis (DK), which had reached a very advanced stage in Gehana's system. Diabetic ketoacidosis is a serious complication of diabetes that occurs when your body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones."
While her vitals are stable and she is well and recovering, this should be a wakeup call for those who think that energy drinks are way less harmful than cola and other canned drinks.
While we know that energy drinks and canned goods like these are easy on the tastebuds and supply the carbs to fill you up with instant energy, what we often end up overlooking is the shocking caffeine content in these drinks. In fact, it is also possible to get hooked to them.
Addicted to energy drinks?
Just like a caffeine addiction, energy drink addiction can happen very easily and cause a host of health problems. So much so, a 2013 study by WHO said that energy drinks could potentially cause public health problems if the conditions are not taken care of.
In addition to the excessive caffeine content, they are also loaded with some natural (and some unnatural) stimulants like taurine, guarana extract, ginseng in high concentration. If moderation is not taken care of, these can have adverse effects on your health and affect your physical as well as mental health.
What happens when you drink too many drinks in a go?
According to nutritionists, the sugar levels in the drink do a lot more damage than you think, almost as harmful as nicotine addiction. With the very first sip you drink, the intense sweetness hits your system and within the first hour or so, the sugar levels begin to spike. This, in turn, pushes the pancreas to produce more insulin to cope with the changes.
You will start to feel the sugar 'high' in the first couple of hours. However, post this, there will be a big drop in the energy levels in the body, making you feel even more tired, drowsy and fatigued. The cycle goes on, making you crave for something sweet yet again and puts you through an unhealthy eating cycle, usually wanting something sweet or sugary.
How the sugar high effects you
The drinks are also rich in caffeine, which can stay in the body for up to 12 hours. This, in turn, starts affecting your body composition. In some people, it can also manifest into other issues like anxiety, nagging headaches, insomnia or even migraines. All of these take a longer time to get eliminated from the system, more so in people affected by chronic health problems, liver damage or pregnancy. In severe cases, it can take up to a total of nine days to wash off.
Hence, when you consume more than adequate quantities in one go, the risks multiply. This can push your body to face danger from apparent caffeine toxicity-which can cause your heart rates to rapidly rise, spike blood pressure, increase tremors and symptoms of a stroke. All of these can be fatal. Some symptoms can also be life-threatening and make you experience severe symptoms like disturbed breathing, palpitations, convulsions, pain, thirst, dizziness or shock, which least to say, is harmful.
What is the safe quantity to consume?
While strict guidelines are being devised to moderate the consumption levels, all adults who chose to drink energy drinks should not exceed more than one drink a day. If you do exceed, you are potentially increasing your sugar intake which can prove fatal. For children and younger adults, even a can is too much.
Source: Times of India
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