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So-called “energy drinks” litter the shelves in health food stores and grocery stores. Each brand promises to deliver the energy boost you need for workouts or just to make it through the day.
The sad truth is that most commercial drinks and drink powders come with a steep price to your health.
Most of the popular brands contain stimulants such as caffeine and high levels of sugar. They make you feel jittery and wired, with a crash that comes soon after.
Why? Because they are filled with ingredients that are toxic to your health and that don’t address the underlying reasons you feel lethargic.
Drinking an energy drink is like putting jet fuel in your car – it might help the car go faster for a couple of minutes, but it will wreck the engine and leave you much worse than you started.
Instead of a temporary, band-aid solution that wrecks your body, why not simply optimize your body’s internal engine for long-term, clean-burning energy that helps you feel great all the time?
Well, that’s what we are here to discuss today.
Let’s first take a look at the ingredients in some of these so-called energy drinks, get the facts, and then discuss some healthy methods to optimize your natural energy production.
Virtually all popular energy drinks contain caffeine in one form or another. Your morning cup of coffee has between 80 and 150 grams of caffeine, while many of the commercial energy drinks contain almost 600 grams of caffeine – as much as you would get by drinking five to six cups of coffee. The sheer volume of caffeine leaves you feeling hyper and then depleted.
While a single cup of coffee is not too damaging, the science shows how harsh high levels of caffeine can be to your body.
Caffeine is the most commonly consumed stimulant in the world, found in coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate, and – energy drinks. It is, essentially, a drug. It suppresses your appetite and increases your alertness by affecting the adenosine receptors in the brain. 
These adenosine receptors are encoded in your genes, and they play a role in:
Caffeine triggers a short-lived boosting effect by “antagonizing” the adenosine receptors in the brain. 
When consumed in the massive quantities found in most popular commercial energy drinks, caffeine can have a detrimental effect on both your mental and physical health. A caffeine overdose can lead to serious adverse health conditions, including tachycardia, hypertension, nausea, vomiting, and gastritis. Overconsumption has also been linked to irritability, insomnia, depression, anxiety, and even stroke. It has a harmful effect on the musculoskeletal system by causing the loss of calcium and potassium. 
As an addictive drug, caffeine requires you to consume more and more to get the “buzz,” and if you try to cut back, expect to go through withdrawals, usually with a headache.
Bottom line? The boost isn’t worth the long-term damage. Enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning, but skip the energy drink!
Most commercial energy drinks contain a staggering amount of sugar, whether agave, cane sugar, or concentrated fruit juice. The sugar causes your pancreas to work overtime to produce insulin – your body’s response to managing the incoming flood. Sugar is often the second main ingredient, after water, in most energy drinks. A 12-ounce soda contains about 39 grams of sugar, but many energy drinks have even more – an average of 41 grams. What does this sugar overload do to your body?
Sugar causes extra insulin to be produced, which causes arterial inflammation and results in your arteries gradually becoming thicker and stiffer, which places additional stress on your heart. As you digest the sugar, the enzymes in your small intestine break it down into glucose. Sugar consists of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms, and a high intake damages your cardiovascular health and causes a range of metabolic abnormalities – and cancer cells feed off sugar. [4, 5]
While you may believe you need sugar for energy, this is far from the truth.
Energy in the human body is measured in a single compound called ATP (adenosine triphosphate). ATP is the principal molecule the body uses to store and transfer the energy in cells. Your body produces ATP through mitochondria, an organelle found in every cell throughout your body. To put this in perspective, you have from 100 to 10,000 mitochondria in every cell.
Sugars, believe it or not, have been found to alter the mitochondria in brain neurons. The rush of glucose shrinks brain cell function by causing the mitochondria to adapt, causing them to be less and less able to manage the glucose levels. 
In summary, the sugar load in energy drinks sets you up for a range of diseases, and the energy boost is short-lived.
You may have tried to avoid a sugar overload by using so-called energy drinks with artificial sweeteners. Nothing could be more disastrous, as these sweeteners affect the release of gastric hormones – your body thinks it has food, but no nutrition is present, triggering food cravings. Artificial sweeteners are linked to a wide array of physical problems, including nausea, cancers, diabetes, seizures, mood swings, and weight gain. Keep any artificial sweeteners out of your diet.
The secret to sustained, healthy energy lies in four factors:
While it may sound difficult to accomplish these things at first glance, you can make the above happen with just a few key dietary changes.
One of the most important nutrients your body needs to optimize energy and supercharge performance is electrolytes. These electrically-charged minerals are a critical component of your nervous system, hydration, your cardiovascular system, and virtually every other function of your body.
In fact, your body cannot use the water you drink without electrolytes. Typical feelings of nausea, dehydration, and lethargy or often caused by an electrolyte deficiency – even when you aren’t outside sweating all day. One of the easiest, simplest, and most effective ways to boost your energy and help your body attain peak performance is simply giving it the electrolytes it needs. And while you can get electrolytes from the food you eat and natural water, the most effective method is to take a supplement like BodyHealth’s PerfectAmino Electrolytes – which supplies your body with full-spectrum electrolytes in an all-natural, healthy, non-GMO, sugar-free way.
Fats like MCT oils, coconut oils, and Omega-3s not only supply your body with the raw materials to create clean-burning energy (as opposed to sugar, which produces hydroxyl free radicals as a side-effect), but they also act as antioxidants to keep your body functioning well.
Nitic oxide is a key component used by your body to optimize blood flow and is synthesized internally using healthy nitrates. The nutrients needed to optimize nitric oxide production are found in vegetables such as beetroot or in supplements such as BodyHealth’s Perfect Reds.
Your body uses the eight essential amino acids to build a vast majority of the enzymes, proteins, and compounds needed for optimal cellular function – including the production of ATP and mitochondrial function. While a diverse diet rich in natural proteins can supply you with the EAAs you need, you can also supplement your diet with Perfect Amino – a revolutionary product that was developed in a precise ratio for 99% utilization by the body for protein production (oh, and it is also 100% vegan, non-GMO, and contains no added sugars).
One of the most damaging conditions that can affect your energy levels and overall health is called oxidative stress – the unbalance between free radicals and antioxidants. Not only has this been shown to contribute to countless life-threatening diseases, but it also contributes to chronic inflammation and a gradual shutdown of your body’s natural energy production. Thankfully, you can help avoid this condition by supplying your body with the antioxidants it needs to maintain homeostasis and optimize health. Green vegetables, Omega-3’s, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and many other nutrients help keep everything running smoothly.
And you can always, of course, supplement your diet with products like BodyHealth’s Perfect Greens – which is chock full of natural antioxidants to keep you running at top performance.
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