Energy drinks are infamously popular and notoriously bad for you, mostly because they are full of sugar. Your endothelial function is acutely worse after consuming the beverage, according to a study. Cardiac blood vessels become sluggish and don’t open as well.
They are even worse when mixed with alcohol because they have too much caffeine, one of the most dangerous legal drugs. It leads to high blood pressure and racing heart.
Also, while just a sip or two of caffeine can rev you up, an entire can of an energy drink will have you crashing after a few exercises.
The popular drinks have organic acids that are potentially very erosive to dental enamel because of their ability to breakdown calcium, which is needed to strengthen teeth and prevent gum disease, according to a study.
Energy drinks have many negative effects, all of which can be avoided if you made the boosting beverage yourself.
The truth is that you may already have some of the natural ingredients needed – tea, fruits, honey, milk.
Citrus and Coconut Water
One very simple recipe includes just four ingredients: 1/2 cup coconut water, 1/2 cup vegan milk, 1/2 ripe banana, and 1/2 orange.
Coconut water and bananas have a lot of potassium, which helps maintain a healthy cell activity and boost your energy. The fiber and antioxidants in oranges, one of the best superfoods on the market, which are full of Vitamin C, are a natural food that will eat any pain away.
Research shows that getting the right amount of vitamins aid in preventing inflammatory arthritis and maintaining healthy joints with osteoarthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
Electrolyte Energy Drink
Electrolytes are important because in addition to other aspects of athletic performance, they help with cellular functions and muscle contractions. When we sweat, electrolytes like sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium are lost in varying amounts.
A simple energy drink recipe to replace them includes: 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice, 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1 ½ to 2 cups fresh water, 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt, and 2 tablespoons natural sugar or honey, to taste. Toss everything into a food blender and blend until the honey is dissolved.
The Quick Fix
Instructables.com calls this drink “the closest thing to a non-caffeine/refined sugar pick-me-up.” The ingredients are: hot water, 1 1/2 - 2 tsp honey (to taste), 1 inch of fresh ginger root, 1/4 tsp ground cardamom, and 1/4 tsp turmeric.
All of them are various superfoods. Ginger has been used in traditional medicine for reducing inflammation as it contains constituents with anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger is as effective as ibuprofen in relieving pain in women with primary dysmenorrhea, a study says.
One of the active organic components of turmeric is curcumin. Researchers have connected curcumin to a plethora of health related benefits including a reduction in inflammation and joint pain, cancer prevention, heart health benefits as well as prevention in the formation of plaque.