They are sweet, taste amazing, and work super quick in fighting off those sudden energy crashes. Packaged as fizzy soda pop-like beverages, energy drinks are pick-me-ups for those looking to recharge -- but how many is too many?
What Happens When You Drink Too Many Energy Drinks?
If you’re not a coffee or tea fan, you may find it much easier to start your day with an energy drink. And, when that mid-afternoon crash hits, it’s quick and easy to just pop open another can and throw it down the hatch, resulting in the consumption of one too many energy beverages. In doing so, though, you may have surpassed health experts’ recommendations.
According to experts, healthy adults who choose to drink energy drinks should not exceed one can per day. For children, however, even one energy drink is too much.
But What About All the Great Benefits Energy Drinks Offer Me?
If you consume an energy drink, you obviously want some energy, right? These popular beverages do indeed deliver on that front, and deliver hard.
One report revealed that drinking energy beverages may have beneficial effects on a person’s physical performance. Researchers also noted that 3 milligrams of caffeine consumed via an energy drink, significantly improved players’ performance. Another study revealed that an energy shot can significantly improve important aspects of cognitive function for up to six hours following consumption.
If these all sound like good things, that is because they are. However, if you’re not careful, the bad can certainly outweigh the good.
After analyzing the data on energy drinks, it was concluded that although energy drinks may have beneficial effects on physical performance, they also have possible detrimental health consequences for your heart, mental health, GI system, and your teeth.
You Could Experience a Caffeine Overdose If You Consume Too Many Energy Drinks
Caffeine is the major component found in the majority of energy drinks and is also a huge part of the problem. A study found that energy drinks typically contain 80 to 150mg of caffeine per eight ounces, which is equivalent to five ounces of coffee. Now, think of the last energy beverage you consumed. Chances are, it was at least about 16 ounces or so, right? And what if you drink more than one? Do that math and that’s a whole lot of caffeine.
Drinking too many energy drinks and thus too much caffeine can lead to a caffeine overdose. Serious cases can be life-threatening and cause you to experience trouble breathing, chest pain, confusion, and even convulsions. Milder symptoms are still pretty uncomfortable, including diarrhea, dizziness, and increased thirst.
Of course, caffeine overdoses are completely preventable. According to medical professionals, you should not have more than 400mg of caffeine per day, and even less if you are particularly sensitive to it.
Your Stress and Blood Pressure Rises When You Consume Too Many Energy Drinks
Even if you cut back on your daily energy drink habit to just one beverage a day, it’s possible that it’s still too much. Research suggests that all it takes is one energy drink to increase blood pressure in healthy adults. And to add to that, new research suggests that the increases in blood pressure are accompanied by increases in norepinephrine -- a stress hormone chemical -- and could predispose an increased risk of cardiac events, even in healthy individuals.
Your Blood Thickens When You Consume Too Many Energy Drinks
After you throw back one too many energy beverages, you may notice that your heart pounds a little harder than usual -- this is because your heart rate is elevated. However, that’s not all that is going on inside. Energy drinks not only have been shown to raise levels of stress, increase blood pressure, and increase heart rate, but they have also been shown to make the blood a little thicker.
Caffeine is not solely to blame for this, though. It may be a case of how the caffeine interacts with all the added ingredients, such as taurine. Guarana -- a type of Brazilian shrub that naturally contains caffeine -- is another common ingredient found in energy drinks.
Is adding additional energy sources to an already heavily-caffeinated drink really necessary?
At this time, there still is not a whole lot of credible evidence on these ingredients and more research needs to be gathered to fully understand how they respond to one another. But until that time comes, it’s best to stay away from these unnecessary ingredients and reach for healthier energy drinks like the ones found at Proper Wild. Each Proper Wild Clean All-Day Energy Shot is made with natural juices, organic caffeine, and nothing artificial for a clean, smooth taste without the junk.
You Increase Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes When You Consume Too Many Energy Drinks
The massive amount of sugar found in energy drinks is cause for concern. On average, energy drinks typically contain 21 to 24 grams of sugar -- be it sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, or glucose.
Even if you ignored all of the other potentially harmful ingredients like guarana and taurine, this amount of sugar alone is enough to do some serious damage. As such, researchers report that individuals with a high energy drink intake may increase the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. In addition, frequent consumption could lead to metabolic syndrome, which is a combo of increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels.
Consuming Too Many Energy Drinks Can Potentially Be Fatal
Between 2009 and 2012, one popular energy drink company was cited as possibly being involved in thirteen deaths. In 2017, a habitual energy drink consumer died after consuming alcohol with their energy drink. The following year, a 16-year-old teen died from a cardiac event after drinking coffee, soda, and an energy drink within the span of forty minutes.
To most kids, energy drinks aren’t really anything other than higher-caffeinated soda pop, so they consume them on a regular basis, sometimes more than once per day -- but clearly, drinking too many energy drinks should be avoided.
A Final Word
So, how many energy drinks is too many?
According to experts, healthy adults should limit their energy drink intake to roughly one can per day because they are loaded with synthetic caffeine, sugar, and other unnecessary ingredients that can do more harm than good.
However, the truth is that not all energy drinks are created equal.
Here at Proper Wild, our energy shots are crafted with only the best ingredients. We use organic caffeine from green tea leaves, natural fruit juices, and nothing artificial for a clean, smooth, and natural taste without the junk. Each bottle contains only 5 grams of sugar from the juices we use to craft each of our three delicious flavors.
We suggest taking one Proper Wild Clean All-Day Energy Shot when needed to boost focus, alertness, and productivity. One Proper Wild shot contains the caffeine equivalent of two cups of coffee and since it's naturally sourced, you will notice sustained energy all day long without the notorious caffeine crash that is commonly experienced with synthetic caffeine.
Energy drinks can be dangerous because of all the unnecessary ingredients, but here at Proper Wild, we believe in clean and simple ingredients that are backed by science, designed to maximize your productivity. Try Proper Wild today -- you’ll be glad you did!