Information on Energy Drinks
Information on Energy Drinks - Rating the Energy DrinksBy Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MSAuthor of www.TurbulenceTraining.com
Energy - we all could use or want more of it. Nowadays, it's as easy to get as going to the corner store. All you need to do is slam down an energizing Red Bull, or Gatorade or a coffee. Well, at least this is what the adds would have you beleive.
But what IS the best energy drink? Here's the answer...
When we talk about energy drinks, we are most often referring to products that contain a certain amount of caffeine. In essence, when someone describes their energy levels, they are talking about their mental alertness level. Thus, we will limit our discussion today to that - what drinks give the best and longest-lasting energy levels.
Information on Energy Drinks - The TOP 5
#5 - At the bottom of our list are sugar and caffeine based energy drinks such as Red Bull (and coke).
The problem with most energy drinks is that they have too much sugar and/or too much caffeine in them.
While the short-term effects are increases in energy (i.e. feeling wired), after a couple of hours you will crash and most likely be ready for a long nap - or as those marketing "gurus" would suggest, another "energy drink".
#4 - Sports Drinks: Give these guys (companies) credit because they have managed to convince the world that we need to refuel with a "sports drink" that is essentially uncarbonated soda pop. Unless you are exercising for more than an hour, you really don't need this type of liquid sugar.
#3 - Coffee: Since I've never drank coffee in my entire life, I'm not sure it's fair for me to pass judgement on coffee. However, I will say this - a cup of coffee every day is not going to kill you.
However, if you depend on caffeine for your morning pick-me-up or get-up-and-go buzz, then you should do a little lifestyle review. Maybe there are other things you can do/have to give yourself energy without relying on an early morning caffeine fix. Furthermore, keep in mind that you are probably getting a lot more caffeine than you need if you buy coffee from the well known coffee shop chains.
#2 - Green Tea: It's true that this beverage contain caffeine, but in smaller amounts than coffee.
Furthermore, it should be fairly easy to find naturally decaffeinated Green Teas (avoid Green Tea that has been decaffeinated via the "acetylation" process because this also removes the healthy phytochemicals in the tea). If you can, go organic.
Green Tea is a very close second place on our information on energy drinks list and research indicates that several cups of green tea are needed each day to receive full health benefits.
#1 - Filtered Water: There's no way that water will lead to an energy crash. It's a key part of our nutrition plan. Of course, it will never compare to a caffeine-based beverage for giving you that mental boost and charge. But, in the long-run, water is the safe go-to drink.
I'm a big advocate of drinking 12 glasses of water a day - I drink much more than that and I notice sluggishness when I don't drink plenty of water. Thus, I encourage you to monitor your water intake and determine your optimal amount for optimum alertness.
Finally, if you need more information on energy drinks try to find online information from sites that offer independent reviews. Don't go to manufacturers' websites because all you will find there is marketing propaganda that will try to convince you that their particular brand (or brands) of energy drinks are the greatest thing since sliced bread.
About the Author
Craig Ballantyne is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and writes for Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Maximum Fitness, Muscle and Fitness Hers and Oxygen magazines.
His Turbulence Training workouts have been featured multiple times in Men’s Fitness and Maximum Fitness magazines and have helped thousands of men and women lose fat, gain muscle and get lean.
For more information on the Turbulence Training workouts that will help you burn fat without long, slow cardio sessions or fancy equipment, visit www.TurbulenceTraining.com
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