I had a discussion with clients on the weekend about energy drinks. We are becoming more and more aware of the potential dangers of these beverages on our health. Not too long ago, they tried to put legislation through to make it so pharmacist would have to hand out energy drinks from behind the counter in order to deter children from consuming them.
I have seen children drinking Red Bull and Surge like it`s water and it`s very concerning. A few posts back I even mentioned that one little six year old on Toddlers and Tiaras that has become famous for the 'GoGo Juice' she drinks which is a combination of Red Bull and Mountain Dew (So Unhealthy) .
I don`t encourage anyone to drink these things for any reason (even for energy) because in the long run, the excessive caffeine high and sugar will put stress on your body and causes you to need more stimulants to stay awake. Ever wondered why some people can`t go without their morning coffee? It`s the same reason I just described: the body expects it after a while.
But BY FAR the most dangerous thing people use energy drinks for is with alcohol. I can`t stress enough how bad this is for you. Energy drink is a stimulant, meaning it causes the vessels in your body to constrict and increases your blood pressure and heart rate. Alcohol, is a relaxant, causing your blood vessels to open up and blood pressure to drop.
So think of it this way: Imagine you have a flexible hose that can widen or tighten to allow more water to pass through. Now what do you think would happen if you widened the pipe but tried to force the same amount of water you always do at a greater force (by say putting more air behind it)?
The water would have nothing to push against because the pipe is too wide and so it won`t flow as smoothly. Water in a pipe needs the walls of the pipe to move downward as it`s being pushed.
The same thing happens in your blood vessels. If they widen because of the alcohol but your heart is pumping harder because of the red bull, you could potentially cause your heart to malfunction or blood presuure to drop too low.
So please be advised that this is a dangerous combination. It`s for your own health.