These days, “energy drinks” are super popular. In fact, it’s a multi-billion dollar industry.9 The reason they’re so popular is because:
- they taste good
- people think they’re “healthy”
- and of course, they give you lots of energy
Unfortunately, Energy Drinks Are HORRIBLE For Your Health
Do they taste good?
Yes… but that’s because they either have lots of sugar (over 60 grams and 250 calories worth). Or the sugar-free ones are loaded with toxic artificial sweeteners.
Are they healthy for you?
Nope! Just because they contain a few vitamins, doesn’t mean they are healthy. In fact, they create an imbalance in vitamins.
Secondly, they make your body very acidic which is known to cause cancer and accelerate aging.9
Energy drinks are linked to many health problems, but these are the big ones in my opinion:
- Heart problems — cardiac arrest1, high blood pressure2, decreased arterial health1 and more.
- Physical problems — headaches, migraines, insomnia5, arthritis3, addictive, type 2 diabetes6, erectile dysfunction and poor blood flow11.
- Emotional problems — anxiety, panic attacks, nervousness, and depression.7
Do they give you energy?
Yes they do, but that’s because of the massive dose of CAFFEINE they contain! Some contain as much as 500 mgs of caffeine10. That’s 3-4 cups of strong coffee.
Trust me, take out the caffeine and there is no “energy” in these drinks.
Vitamins don’t give you energy, they help FOOD convert to energy. But even then, you need the CORRECT BALANCE of vitamins.
Most energy drinks just have 1-2 vitamins at massive dosages, which creates an imbalance and toxicity.
As you can see, there are lots of problems with energy drinks, but …
The WORST Problem Of All
However, in my PERSONAL opinion, the WORST problem with energy drinks is the caffeine consumption and the negative change in your hormones due to the RISE in your “stress hormone” called, cortisol!
At the end of the day, the elevation in this stress hormone is the cause of many of the above mentioned negative effects.
We already live in stressful times, with lots of responsibilities and many of us aren’t sleeping well or enough.
Caffeine is just making everything else much worse and it’s accelerating the aging process!
Why We Like Caffeine So Much
So, why do you or anyone even take caffeine products?…
You can have “decaf” coffee, tea or energy drinks. It tastes the same. So, it’s not about “taste”.
At the end of the day, it’s simply because you like how the caffeine makes you FEEL. After all, it IS a drug!
We like the temporary extra energy levels — both physical and mental.
Additionally, caffeine temporarily increases dopamine levels slightly. Dopamine is known as the “pleasure chemical”. So, another reason caffeine makes us “happy”.
However, after continued use (usually 7-10 days):
- your adrenal glands become overworked,
- cortisol levels increase,
- dopamine receptors become desensitized
- and caffeine is NO LONGER making you “energized and happy”…
It’s now just keeping you “normal”.
Many times you have mid-day “caffeine crash”, which means MORE caffeine (coffee, energy drinks, etc.). Thus, why it’s addictive.
And when you get off, the opposite happens — you’re super tired, anxious and depressed!
Now that you know energy drinks and caffeine isn’t good for your health… let’s talk about better, safer and healthier alternatives…
How To Increase Your Energy Levels & Feel Good,
The good news is that with the correct combination of natural ingredients, you’ll get MANY MORE BENEFITS, without any of the negatives of caffeine.
That means NO withdrawals. NO addiction. NO crashes.
When increasing your energy levels – you want to focus on BOTH physical and mental energy. This requires a balance of multiple mechanisms in your body.
I’m going to list how all of this can be done, naturally. And at the end of this article, I’ll give a simple SHORT CUT solution – so I don’t want you to feel overwhelmed.
Increase ATP & Mitochondria
A common complaint among people, especially older adults is the loss of physical and mental energy. One primary reason is their cells’ ability to produce energy is diminished. The two primary energy “producers” in your body for your muscles, cells and brain are ATP and Mitochondria.
You can naturally increase these by taking Rhodiola Extract, NADH, CoQ10, PQQ and Acetyl-L-Carnitine.
This is a neurotransmitter that regulates your mood and cognition/memory. It’s known as the anti-aging “pleasure chemical”. It gives you a natural “high”. Sex and drugs like cocaine increase dopamine.
You can naturally increase dopamine by using wild green oat extract, velvet bean extracts and L-Theanine
Decrease Stress Hormones
As stated earlier, caffeine increases (NOT what you want) your stress hormones and depletes your adrenal glands, which leads to fatigue, weight gain and depression… in addition to many health ailments and diseases.
You can naturally decrease stress hormones and improve your memory by taking Bacopa and Ashwagandha extract, Phosphyatidylserine and Tyrosine.
Increase Acetylcholine & Oxygen
Proper acetylcholine function is essential to muscle control, sleep, and cognition… and the prevention of dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.12 Additionally, increasing oxygen to your cells – both brain and muscle, will dramatically increase your energy levels and slow the aging process.13-16
To increase acetylcholine – you can take Alpha-GPC, Choline and Huperzine-A. And to improve oxygen to your cells, you should take Ginkgo Biloba and Vinpocetine.
Total Body & Brain Energy
Remember, your goal is to increase your energy levels to BOTH your body (muscles) and brain (neurotransmitters), while reducing the aging process at the same time.
I’ve listed the four primary mechanism, including the ingredients. You can read about the exact dosages as well, including clinical studies for additional proof.
Unfortunately, the problem is that you have to buy too many different ingredients and supplements to achieve this “total” energy goal. It’s not convenient and it can get very expensive.
Which is the same challenge I ran into for myself and private clients.
My Personal Favorite “All-In-One” Solution
However, I did finally discover an all-in-one solution.
Imagine getting all the benefits of caffeine and MORE, without the negative side-effects and as an added bonus, you’ll look and feel younger too! …
Plus, all you did was just take 1 or 2 pills daily, which combined all these scientifically proven ingredients, along with a few other key ingredients…
Many years ago I was always tired because of too much work, school, responsibilities, stress, not sleeping enough, etc., etc. Something I’m sure you can relate to.
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