It seems like no matter how hard I try, I can never get enough sleep. After particularly busy days and sleepless nights, it’s hard to resist the urge to chug as much caffeine as I can swallow in the 5 minutes between classes, and it turns out I’m not alone. In fact, 900 million gallons of energy drinks are consumed worldwide each day. With the stress of work, school, and friends, it’s no surprise that teenagers and young adults account for nearly 1/3 of this consumption.
While energy drinks are not a healthy or reliable way for anyone to boost their energy, they can have a significant and detrimental impact on young adults and teens who drink them. While sleep is definitely the best cure for overtiredness, all-nighters and busy schedules affect the best of us. For those days, here are some healthy alternatives to energy drinks!
Alternative natural energy drinks
Coconut water. Coconut water is incredibly good for rehydrating, so it can be the perfect beverage to sip on during sports or activities. Additionally, the natural sugars can give you a bump in energy just when you need it.
Fruit smoothies. Fruit-enhanced smoothies can be a great way to get the boost of energy you need to conquer your day. The natural sugar from the fruit will boost your energy levels, while the fiber will help make the energy boost longer lasting by slowly releasing the sugar into the bloodstream.
Apple cider vinegar. I know what you’re thinking – should I really be drinking apple cider vinegar? The answer is definitely yes, and it if you mix it with the right ingredients you won’t even be able to tell it’s there! Apple cider vinegar contains amino acids that counteract a buildup of lactic acid in the system caused by exercise. Since excess lactic acid can cause fatigue, the apple cider vinegar acts as an energy boost. Mix it with raw honey and water for a drink that’s both delicious and good for you.
While the research on energy drinks and their effect on health is still relatively new, it’s clear that choosing those high caffeine, high sugar drinks are not the best choice for fueling any healthy lifestyle. Try out these alternatives the next time you need a pick-me-up!
TapGenes Takeaway: When you need an energy boost, look to these natural alternatives rather than the high caffeine, high sugar options at the store!
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