If you have been to the grocery store lately you have surely seen the massive amount of energy drinks available today. There are a host of energy drinks, shots, and gels flooding the marketplace, promising to give you more energy and help you through the day. But, many also say they will boost your workout, improve your health, and help you stay more alert. No wonder the energy drink business is booming.
What's Really in an Energy Drink?
These drinks market a fast-acting boost of energy. Red Bull and Monster talk about their high dose of caffeine with a blend of "energizing" vitamins, amino acids and herbal supplements. However, despite their marketing prowess, the main ingredient responsible for that kick is good old-fashioned sugar. Calories equal energy; so energy drinks equal calorie drinks.
They have a lot of calories too. A 16-ounce can of Red Bull has 220 calories, and a 24-ounce can of Rockstar has 420, very similar to a double cheeseburger! However, most of the calories in energy beverages come from simple sugars. Unlike regular food, there is no fiber, fat, or protein, to slow digestion. All that sugar hits the bloodstream quickly and gives you the superfast rush, a.k.a energy boost you are looking for. But it is very short lived. Just like eating too much candy or sweets, having too many energy drinks, can cause weight gain.
Regular exercise increases energy and reduces fatigue. Fatigue is one of the most common complaints doctors hear about. But experts say one of the best antidotes to beating fatigue and boosting energy is to exercise more, not less. If you are looking for more energy in a day, regular exercise can increase energy levels even among people suffering from chronic medical conditions. Research shows that expending energy by engaging in regular exercise will pay off with increased energy in the long run. Exercise literally creates energy in the body.