It’s easy to feel like you have hit a wall in the middle of the afternoon. It’s only natural to want to find a quick fix to stay alert and focused to keep going. Most people will reach out for something sweet and full of caffeine to help with the afternoon crash.
Energy drinks may not carry the same amount of sugar and caffeine as a soda drink but it’s the fact that folks are downing two to three cans of them in a sitting that has doctors worried. What is particularly alarming is that those under the age of 18 tend to be the group that is abusing these drinks the most.
Many energy drinks are labelled as dietary supplements because they contain herbal extracts. However, some plant extracts like guarana provide the same effects as caffeine, in essence you are drinking higher amounts of caffeine than what is actually listed on the labels. One man nearly lost his life after he decided to drink 24 cans of Red Bulls in one sitting.
Red Bull doesn't just give a boost of energy, one that is short-lived as you will crash soon after.
This may explain why drinkers are not satisfied with consuming only one can of the sugary drink.
The high amount of caffeine can make drinkers feel jittery and shaky.
The symptoms can increase to feeling nervousness to having a full-on panic attacks.
Those who suffer from high blood pressure increase their chances of hypertension consequences like a stroke.
If you are already consuming the energy drinks and decide to stop, keep in mind you will have possible withdrawal symptoms like headaches and migraines.
One man downed 24 cans of Red Bull one after another.
His heart rate began to increase at an alarming rate. His chest began to pound violently.
Within a short of time he endured what is called "flail chest."
His rib caged detached from the chest wall, breaking about two ribs in the process.
Flail chest injuries are usually caused by chest trauma injuries like car accidents or hard falls.
Flail chest often cause bruises on the lung tissues.
He didn't die from the condition but the recovery is long and painful.
Energy drinks have been known to cause heart contractions which can be lethal for people suffering from heart conditions.
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You consume enough of this energy drink and it won't just keep you awake in the afternoon.
Red Bull will affect your natural sleeping pattern. Many drinkers suffer from insomnia.
Kathleen Miller, Ph.D., a senior research scientist at the University at Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions, warns that the dangers of energy drinks are real.
“Get high enough levels — and I’m not talking really, super high here, say 500 milligrams of caffeine, that’s the equivalent of five cups of coffee – and you run into what’s called caffeine toxicity,” Miller says.
Caffeine toxicity can and does affect different parts of the body.
“That includes the headaches, tremors, heart palpitations and nausea. At high enough levels — and this is fairly unusual — caffeine is toxic enough that, for some people, it can cause seizures, mania, hallucinations, even strokes,” Miller explains.
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