Are you an addict?
Think they’re helping you burn the midnight oil and get through all that work you’ve got sitting on your desk? I mean, it’s in the name… right?
You might want to re-consider your drink choice…
We recently found an infographic on the web created by ‘Personalise.co.uk‘, which shows the exact effects on your body after drinking an energy drink. And it’s not pretty.
A lot of people think that caffeine is the solution to all their energy problems, whether it be within coffee, energy drinks or something else.
Why is Drinking An Energy Drink Not the Solution?
The effects people receive from an energy drink are only short term. You may receive a short burst of energy within the first 30 minutes or so, but after a while, that turns into sugar crashes and fatigue.
Plus long term energy drink addicts won’t be seeing any of the original effects anymore. Your body eventually gets used to it, and if you even think about consuming less than you regularly do, you’ll start to see withdrawal symptoms.
A Few Stats About Energy Drinks:
- A 250ml can contains 80mg of caffeine
- A 250ml can contains 27.5g of sugar
- There has been over 50 billion cans of Red Bull sold worldwide
Take a look at the infographic and see for yourself just how damaging energy drinks can be to your productivity, energy levels and overall health.
What Happens 24 Hours After Drinking An Energy Drink? [Infographic]
For a detailed explanation of the effects shown within the infographic, read the below:
1. 10 Minutes
Once you consume an energy drink, it takes around 10 minutes for the caffeine to enter your bloodstream. As a result your heart rate and blood pressure begin to rise.
2. 15-45 Minutes
At this time, your caffeine level reaches its highest point within your bloodstream. You’ll feel more alert as the stimulant starts to affect you, improving not only concentration, but how alert you are.
3. 30-50 Minutes
All of the caffeine is fully absorbed, and your liver also responds by dumping more sugar into the bloodstream.
4. 1 Hour
Your body starts to experience a sugar crash, as well as the effects of the caffeine dying down and wearing off. You’ll start to feel tired and energy levels will start to feel low.
5. 5-6 Hours
This is the half life of caffeine, meaning it takes your body 5-6 hours to reduce the content of caffeine in your bloodstream by 50%. Women on birth control pills require double the amount of time to reduce it to this amount.
6. 12 Hours
12 hours is the time that it takes most people to fully remove the caffeine from their bloodstream. The speed of which this happens does depend on many factors such as age and activity.
7. 12-24 Hours
As caffeine is a drug, people who regularly drink items containing it, can expect to experience withdrawal symptoms 12-24 hours after the last dose. These often include headaches, irritability and constipation.
8. 7-12 Days
Studies have shown that it only takes 7-12 days for your body to become tolerant to your regular caffeine dosage. Which means, after this point you’ll get used to it and won’t feel the effects as much.
You will however need to keep consuming that amount regularly to stop yourself from experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Which is when people start to experience serious addiction and health issues.
We always like to point out the benefits or disadvantages of popular products, such as these energy drinks we’ve spoken about today.
However, most things are safe in moderation. This is just to inform you of how some of your favorite drinks and foods might be affecting your body.
To sum up whether energy drinks are good or bad for you:
- Often high in sugar and calories, there are other ingredients that can have bad effects on you. These include caffeine, a stimulant drug, which can cause anxiety, stomach upsets and dehydration.
- Although high in caffeine, energy drinks like Red Bull are well within the guideline maximum 400mg.
- In America, admissions to emergency departments which were energy drink related, doubled between 2007-2014.
- Energy drink companies often compare their products with those offered at coffee shops. Many coffee products can contain higher quantities of caffeine than drinks like Red Bull.