Sometimes our energy levels need a boost, so many of us reach for energy drinks. Yes, these drinks keep us alert, but ingredients found in these beverages can be harmful to the liver. Specifically, the level of B vitamins found in many of these beverages.
Researchers determined that when the body is low on sugar and energy, these drinks are the most toxic.
Energy drinks are very high in B vitamins and too much of certain B vitamins can contribute to liver toxicity along with skin bruising and nerve problems.
One extreme case of this was a UK man who consumed five energy drinks a day over the course of three weeks. The man ended up developing hepatitis as a result.
Although you’re probably saying, “Well, I don’t drink nearly that much,” you should still be cautious of your energy drink consumption. These beverages are stimulants and if you have other health problems or are taking certain medications, you could experience side effects.
Other side effects include nervousness, anxiety, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, changes in heart rhythm, dizziness, numbness, high blood pressure, frequent urination, possible dehydration, and caffeine toxicity.
Your best bet is to avoid these types of beverages, as the possible side effects just aren’t worth drinking them. Instead, staying well hydrated with water is actually enough to keep you alert, as dehydration is a big contributing factor to fatigue. And if you need a cup of coffee here or there, that’s okay too, as long as you aren’t having too much caffeine.
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