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Maria Kang

Stop drinking Energy Drinks!

I have a confession:

I used to drink Energy drink A LOT.

I’d pick up a can of Rockstar at the gas station, drink a Monster at the grocery store and mix Red Bull with vodka on nights out.

I used to drink one, sometimes two cans a day.

It was a sick habit I knew was not healthy. Firstly, I only drink the ‘sugar free’ versions…which is not healthy considering sugar alcohols are genetically engineered and has unknown consequences to the body. For me, I bloat, I crave sugar more and I feel weezy. Secondly, I’ve noticed the prices on the drinks creeping up .10 cents at a time. What used to cost $1.50 is now close to $3.00. Lastly, I want to be as natural as possible with my diet. Most often I drink water now. Only water with a bit of lemon.

SO – for Lent this year, I gave up energy drinks. Since that 40 day fast, I haven’t gone back.

What does this mean for you? That means if you want to break a habit, it’s as easy as giving it up for a few weeks…suddenly, I guarantee you, you will lose the craving.

Recent studies are starting to note the very bad consequences of consuming energy drinks – especially young kids. Like prescription drugs, like food! ….this is a drug…it is addicting…and it is not good for you.

Energy drinks linked to risky behavior among


By Tara Parker-Pope

Published: May 27, 2008

Health researchers have identified a surprising new predictor for risky behavior among teenagers and young adults: the energy drink.

Super-caffeinated energy drinks, with names like Red Bull, Monster, Full Throttle and Amp, have surged in popularity in the past decade. About a third of 12- to 24-year-olds say they regularly down energy drinks, which account for more than $3 billion in annual sales in the United States.

The trend has been the source of growing concern among health researchers and school officials. Around the country, the drinks have been linked with reports of nausea, abnormal heart rhythms and emergency room visits.

In Colorado Springs, several high school students last year became ill after drinking Spike Shooter, a high caffeine drink, prompting the principal to ban the beverages. In March, four middle school students in Broward County, Florida, went to the emergency room with heart palpitations and sweating after drinking the energy beverage Redline. In Tigard, Oregon, teachers this month sent parents e-mail alerting them that students who brought energy drinks to school were “literally drunk on a caffeine buzz or falling off a caffeine crash.” Read the rest here.

Does Red Bull give you wings? Or something else?

Maria Kang

About Maria Kang

Maria Kang has been in the fitness industry for over 13 years as a personal trainer, fitness manager, competitor, writer and founder of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Fitness without Borders and Mom-ME fitness club. Besides writing and working out, she enjoys getting active with her three sons.
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