Are Energy Drinks Really That Bad For You?
There are definitely some cons to energy drinks, and most doctors would generally recommend that teens stay away from them. WebMD had an article, Energy Drinks’ Evil Powers that outlined some of the concerns with these caffeine-loaded beverages. Some of the main points were:
- Energy drinks make you tired because the significant amount of caffeine in them makes it hard to get to sleep when you do finally need the rest.
- The caffeine in energy drinks is not good for your heart since too much caffeine can make your heart race.
- Caffeine is a stimulant, so energy drinks loaded with caffeine can increase the amount of stress or anxiety you are feeling.
- Too much caffeine from energy drinks can actually increase the amount you sweat.
- The empty calories of energy drinks can easily pack on the pounds.
- All the caffeine in energy drinks can cause your stomach to make more acid, leading to some bad tummy troubles.
- All the caffeine in energy drinks can contribute to headaches.
If you are drinking lots of energy drinks, FX would recommend that you gradually cut back with a goal of eventually stopping them altogether. If you have any questions or concerns about energy drinks, speak to your doctor. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.