YOU COULD CALL IT AN ENERGY CRISIS.
IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS ALONE, E-R VISITS ASSOCIATED WITH NON-ALCOHOLIC ENERGY DRINKS INCREASED BY ABOUT 12-THOUSAND.
THERE'S EVEN BEEN MORE THAN ONE-THOUSAND REPORTED CASES OF ENERGY DRINK OVERDOSES AND ADVERSE REACTIONS.
STILL THEY'RE FLYING OFF STORE SHELVES!
TONIGHT'S HEALTHCAST HAS MORE ON THE POTENTIAL DANGERS AND HOW YOU CAN GET A BOOST NATURALLY.
TWO MONTHS AFTER HE GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL, CHERYL JAMES BURIED HER SEEMINGLY HEALTHY SON, DREW.
"They brought me a can of Monster nitrous and pretty much said they were almost confident that's what killed Drew."
DREW'S AUTOPSY WAS INCONCLUSIVE, BUT THERE HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS DOCUMENTED DEATHS AND SEIZURES ASSOCIATED WITH ALCOHOL-FREE ENERGY DRINKS.
"What's on the label doesn't necessarily mean what's in the drink."
REGISTERED DIETICIAN MINDY BLACK SAYS A KEY INGREDIENT TO CHECK FOR IS CAFFEINE. TOO MUCH CAN CAUSE HEART PALPITATIONS, SEIZURES OR SUDDEN DEATH.
"They don't recommend you to have more than 300 mg of caffeine a day and kids should not have more than 100."
ALSO IMPORTANT: SUGAR. 1 AMP ENERGY DRINK IS EQUAL TO SIX GLAZED DONUTS.
ONE FULL THROTTLE: ELEVEN BUTTER CROISSANTS!
DRINKING COLD WATER CAN INCREASE ENERGY FOR UP TO TWO HOURS. SOME OF THE BEST SNACKS TO GET YOU OUT OF A FUNK?
ALMONDS, EDAMAME, OATMEAL, WHOLE WHEAT TOAST, GREEK YOGURT AND LOW-FAT POPCORN. FINALLY, GET MOVING!
"Just a 10 minute brisk walk will increase your energy stores for about 2 hours."
IF YOU PREFER ENERGY IN A CAN, MINDY SAYS AN OCCASIONAL DRINK IS NO BIG DEAL, BUT TOO MANY, TOO OFTEN-- CAN BE TOXIC. CHERYL BELIEVES HER SON IS PROOF OF THAT DANGER.
"I definitely never thought it would be a drug they sell in the store that would kill my son."
WHILE SOME ENERGY DRINKS HAVE THE SAME AMOUNT OF CAFFEINE AS A CUP OF COFFEE, EXPERTS SAY THE ADDITION OF POWERFUL HERBAL STIMULANTS IS WHAT MAKES THEM MORE DANGEROUS.
PEOPLE WHO SHOULD STAY AWAY FROM ENERGY DRINKS INCLUDE KIDS UNDER 12, PEOPLE TAKING CERTAIN MEDICATIONS, OR THOSE WHO HAVE HEART DISEASE OR HYPERTENSION.
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