ABC News reported that 20,000 people ended up in the ER last year with energy drink related problems. As a reformed Red Bull drinker, I highly recommend NEVER consuming energy drinks, no matter how sluggish you feel. Reach for one of these healthier forms of liquid energy instead.
- Coconut Water: Loaded with potassium, magnesium, and calcium, coconut water helps boost energy levels and increase metabolism in the human body.
- Coffee: Though coffee also has negative sides when over-consumed, studies have shown that a little caffeine before a workout (100 milligrams or so) can give you a boost. Aim for one cup of fresh brewed coffee 30 minutes before your workout.
- Green Tea: High in antioxidants, daily consumption of green tea boosts endurance, helps burn body fat, and hydrates the body, despite the caffeine.
As a healthy alternative to energy drinks, the body healthy benefits of plain ol’ water are numerous:
- Improves Energy Levels
- Halts Hunger
- Increases Metabolic Rate
- Enhances Performance
- Energizes Muscles
- Flushes Toxins from Body
Aim for an average of 8-10 cups of water per day, though individual needs vary depending on physical activity, environment, and diet. If flat water is too bland for you, drink sparkling water. Add slices of lemon, lime, cucumber, or fresh berries to add flavor and fun to your sparkling water. These additives also work great in flat water as well. Drink up and stay healthy!