When you’re feeling sluggish at work at 2pm on a Wednesday afternoon, what do you reach for?
For some, it’s coffee. For others, it’s a snack. And for others, it’s an energy drink. The latter, however, is a slippery slope. Energy drinks may indeed live up to the name, but at what cost?
Below, we’ll talk about why energy drinks are bad for you, and we’ll discuss some healthy alternatives to energy drinks you should try.
The Downside of Energy Drinks
As it turns out, energy drinks can have serious ill-effects on your health and wellbeing. First, they’re full of sugar. In just one Red Bull (8.4 oz.), for example, there are 27 grams of pure sugar. If you’re drinking more than one of these a day, you’re on a path to weight gain and tooth decay. If you choose the diet alternative, you’re consuming fake sugars — artificial sweeteners — which have their own health consequences and can actually make you crave even more sugar.
Furthermore, energy drinks are simply too full of stimulants. They contain an excess amount of caffeine and other ingredients that can literally make you wig out. Your heart and body simply weren’t meant to deal with this amount of action. It can keep you from sleeping and screw up your circadian rhythm.
Healthy Alternatives to Energy Drinks
Here’s a real winner for energy. Naturally, the core ingredient is caffeine. However, coffee supersedes energy drinks because one cup really doesn’t contain that much caffeine compared to an energy drink. Plus, it is a natural food.
You saw that coming, right? Tea is a great alternative to energy drinks because, like coffee, it’s all natural, and it’s got even less caffeine. Therefore, you get a little boost, but not so much that you’re bouncing off the walls. Just make sure you reach for a black tea (with more caffeine). Although green tea does have a little caffeine and can also be great for energy levels, it does not contain much.
- Energy drink alternatives
Alternative energy drinks like Thin Energy® are basically healthy versions of energy drinks. They come in delicious flavors like Hibiscus Passionfruit and Lemongrass Spearmint, but they’re all-natural and actually good for you.
Sounds like a bummer, right? But water is truly the ultimate energy drink. Think about it: It’s really all your body needs — besides food, of course. Furthermore, many people aren’t getting enough of it, and this can be a huge contributor to feeling tired and sluggish during the day. As a goal, try to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water. This means several trips to the office water dispenser every day- which is also a good excuse to get up and stretch too.
- A different kind of stimulation
Lastly, maybe it’s not a drink that you need. For some, just a brisk walk outdoors (or even a walk around your home or office), a chat with a friend, reading an inspirational quote, or indulging in a “power snack” (try a banana or an orange) can boost your mood and your energy levels.
Try all five of these healthy alternatives to energy drinks to get the same energy-boost you’ve been looking for with Red Bull — without the downsides.