Given all the possible reasons why someone might need a little extra energy, it’s no wonder why energy drinks have become hugely popular all around the world.
Professionals in essentially every industry turn to stimulant-filled beverages to keep their eyes open through long work meetings or help them stay focused on big projects with looming deadlines.
Athletes rely on energy drinks to pump them up before a tough workout or give them a quick boost before a game.
Moms look to energy shots as a quick fix to keep them on their A-game when juggling hungry babies, laundry, and work meetings via Zoom.
Gamers toss back any number of these popular products to power late-night bouts with their virtual rivals.
Needless to say, energy drinks come in handy for many reasons for a lot of people! The downside? Energy drinks are notorious for sugar crashes and weight gain.
Thankfully, not all products on the market are created equal, and there are some healthier energy shots -- like the ones from Proper Wild -- that won’t leave you especially sleepy before noon or worrying about fitting in your favorite itty-bitty bikini next weekend.
In this post, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about sugar crashes and weight gain as well as what to look for in energy shots. Are you ready? Let’s dive in!
What is a Sugar Crash?
The sugar high is all fun and games until the resulting sugar crash affects the quality of your day! The term “sugar crash” refers to the sudden drop in energy levels after consuming a large amount of sugar -- which is commonly found in energy drinks.
On average, energy drinks contain a whopping 29 grams of sugar per serving. And we really want to reiterate the “per serving” because most energy drinks contain 2 to 3 servings per can. This means that if you drink the entire can -- which most people undeniably do -- you’re not consuming 29 grams of sugar, but 2 to 3 times that.
And fun fact: the recommended daily sugar limit for a healthy adult is no more than 24 grams of sugar.
We could most certainly spend a lot of time explaining how bad excess sugar is to your health, but we’ll save that for another day. Right now, we’re talking about sugar crashes.
You see, when your body has more sugar than it’s used to, it rapidly produces insulin in an attempt to keep the levels consistent. This causes blood glucose to decrease, which ultimately results in a sudden drop in energy levels -- a.k.a. hypoglycemia, or a sugar crash.
With this drastic drop in energy, your body can experience some unfavorable symptoms such as:
Sugar crashes generally cause us to be extremely distracted throughout the day, which leads to a lack of concentration and productivity. Abnormal behavior, confusion, the inability to complete routine tasks, and blurred vision are also common symptoms -- especially for those who have diabetes.
Additionally, other than sugar being the root of all evil when it comes to packing on the pounds around the middle, a sugar crash can cloud our judgment and ability to make wise decisions, which could easily send us spiraling on a binge. And we all know what binge eating ultimately leads to... weight gain.
Are There Healthier Energy Shots?
Believe it or not, and despite what many people may think, there are healthier energy shots on the market! Here’s what to look for:
Free of chemicals and artificial color.
Many energy shots are loaded to the brim with artificial colors and other harmful chemicals that can be really damaging to our overall health. We recommend steering clear of energy shots made with questionable ingredients and preservatives.
No added sugar.
When looking for a healthy energy shot, keep an eye out for one that is made with zero grams of added sugar -- like Proper Wild’s Peach Mango Energy Shot. These shots are sweetened with natural fruit juices and nothing artificial, which is pretty rare to find in an energy drink these days!
If you’re looking for sustainable energy all day long, skip the synthetic caffeine found in most commercial energy drinks and reach for an energy shot made with natural caffeine. Synthetic caffeine is absorbed by the body much more quickly and can cause an uncomfortable spike of jitters followed by a rapid energy crash a short time later.
We all know about caffeine’s worst attributes: restlessness, anxiety, increased blood pressure. Well, believe it or not, when combined with L-theanine, these side effects are reduced. You see, caffeine inhibits the actions of our adenosine receptors in the brain-- which is the stimulatory activity. L-theanine can help reduce physiological responses to stress by inhibiting excitatory responses in the brain. And when these two meet, they don’t just battle it out to a stalemate -- instead, they work out a compromise.
L-theanine -- which is a naturally occurring amino acid found in green tea -- has been shown to allow the popular stimulant to work its brain-boosting charm without letting it induce restlessness or raise your blood pressure. So, if you want an amazing energy shot that will leave you feeling productive and focused without the jitters, look for one that combines natural caffeine with L-theanine.
While there are a ton of energy drinks in the market today, finding something that helps you boost your energy without any downsides like weight gain is very important. Since most energy drinks are packed to the brim with sugar, regularly consuming them can lead to several health issues -- not to mention a not-so-wonderful sugar crash! Thankfully, there are healthier energy drinks available-- you just need to know what to look for.
When searching for a healthier energy shot that won’t pack on the pounds or leave you snoring before noon, it’s important to look for one that is free of chemicals and artificial color, has no added sugar, and combines natural caffeine with L-theanine for sustainable energy all day long -- without the jitters. But where does one find such an amazing energy shot, you ask?
At Proper Wild, of course!
Here at Proper Wild, we craft our energy shots with the purest organic caffeine available sourced from natural green tea, and we sweeten them with natural juices instead of added sugar. Now that’s delicious.
Try our tasty shots today and see the difference clean energy can make on your day.