LISTEN TO Natural Healing and Remedies 6-29-2011_1;00;47_PM

WE TALK ABOUT THE GOOD AND THE BAD OF ENERGY DRINKS.

A recent review of the effects of high-caffeine energy drinks on children and young adults has found that they have been linked to a number of serious events — including increased blood pressure, irregular heart beat,  cardiac arrest and death — and worse pose special risks to young people who take medication or have chronic illnesses.

THE UGLY SIDE OF ENERGY DRINKS

These energy drinks are created on vitamins and herbal extracts base, that can disturb a teenagers heart’s rhythm, causing arrhythmia and in some cases may lead to seizures this is especially dangerous for those with heart conditions and mood or behavioral disorders, like attention deficit disorder. They have loads of unnecessary caffeine, that overstimulates the body, stressing the immune system. Further the high sugar content may pose risks for people with diabetes. These drinks may contain up to  70 to 80 milligrams of caffeine per eight-ounce serving, about three times the concentration of cola drinks, plus extra caffeine from other ingredients, like kola nut, cocoa and guarana. They do not contain any nutrients necessary the healthy growth and development of the body and mind.

ENERGY DRINK PRECAUTIONS

  • Pediatricians should highlight the difference between sports drinks and energy drinks with patients and their parents and talk about the potential health risks.
  • Energy drinks pose potential health risks because of the stimulants they contain, and should never be consumed by children or adolescents.
  • Routine ingestion of carbohydrate-containing sports drinks by children and adolescent should be avoided or restricted, because they can increase the risk of overweight and obesity, as well as dental erosion.
  • Sports drinks have a limited function for pediatric athletes; they should be ingested when there is a need for rapid replenishment of carbohydrates and/or electrolytes in combination with water during prolonged, vigorous physical activity.
  • Water, not sports drinks, should the principal source of hydration for children and adolescents.”Sweetening (water) with some lemon juice or lime juice, or even now they sell some packets of true lemon, true lime, true orange, some different flavoring packets that have no sugar and no artificial sweeteners either so you can add it to the drinks and give it a little bit of flavor,” Harwood said.So play well, workout well, and drink plenty of water all summer long.