What's the Buzz About Energy Drinks?
There are healthier ways to get an energy boost, experts say.
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Other energizing beverages include sports drinks, fruit juices, water,
low-fat milk, and good, old- fashioned water. "Drink more water,"
suggests Farrell. "Being dehydrated can lead to fatigue."
Also make sure you're getting enough carbohydrates. Fresh and dried fruit,
vegetables, cereal, low-fat yogurt, and whole-grain breads are just a few of
the many nourishing foods that can give you energy.
Eat meals every few hours, don't skip meals, and take a good look at your
eating and sleeping habits, suggests Farrell.
If you're feeling run down, Sass suggests taking a look at the reasons why
you are so tired instead of trying to fix it with energy drinks.
"Try to get more sleep or increase your physical activity -- both will
help sagging energy levels," she says.
The bottom line is that while energy drinks are not necessarily harmful,
many just don't live up to most of the claims they make. Think of them as
drinks that are highly concentrated in sugar and caffeine, and drink them with
"We don't need energy drinks," says Sass. "Don't take trendy
energy drinks at face value. Question the marketing of these products, and find
alternatives that contain ingredients that are known to be healthful."