Need Some Energy?

I won’t bore you with my ongoing health saga, other than to say, through a series of incidents, I decided it was necessary to detox from an Excedrin habit I acquired long ago during my youth. Being convinced it was about the caffeine, I decided to consider some alternatives like 5-hour energy or a Red Bull both of which house their advertisement-cars in my neighborhood.

Red Bull began in Austria in 1987 and was introduced into the United States in 1997. Today, there are hundreds of different brands on the market. If a drink advertises no caffeine, the energy comes from guarana, which is a caffeine equivalent. Energy drinks‘ stimulating properties can boost the heart rate and blood pressure, dehydrate the body, and prevent sleep.

Classified as dietary supplements, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate content labeling or health warnings but they do suggest that 400 milligrams of caffeine a day from all sources is safe for adults.

One 8 oz. cup of coffee has about 125-150 milligrams of caffeine, a Starbucks has 180 milligrams, Excedrin has 65 milligrams and a 12-ounce can of cola has 35-38 milligrams. Energy drinks range from 75 milligrams to over 200 milligrams per serving. Other energizing beverages without caffeine include sports drinks, fruit juices, water and low-fat milk.

Okay, no quick fix for me. As always, the bottom line is a better diet, an increase in physical activity, more sleep, plenty of water and an occasional drink of choice, my favorite skim-milk latte.



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  1. Phyllis says:

    Everything in moderation The skim-milk latte will be even better.

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