Energy Drinks – Are There Good Alternatives?

Energy drinks have become more and more popular these days especially among young adults.

With all the busy lifestyles many young adults are burning the candle at both ends, and they need a boost in energy to get through the day.

Just like anything else; there are side effects to taking these energy drinks, and they contain massive amounts of sugar, caffeine, and other herbal ingredients.

Many of these ingredients are stimulants that can cause a lot of damage to the body.

Drinking these types of energy drinks consistently is an inferior health choice.

Dangers of Energy Drinks in General

Let’s take a look at the major concerns and risk associated with the following ingredients:

Sugar – Many of the most popular energy drinks contain about 26 grams of sugar per 8 ounces serving and you know that each can is usually 12 – 16 ounces.

This sugar content means that the product is going to deliver between 39 to 52 grams of sugar per can!

That is considerably more than the 37 gram recommended daily limit for men.

Caffeine – Doctors have published many studies on caffeine over the years; it seems that they are not so against taking caffeine with coffee (as long as the sugar and cream are left out!)

The side effect is what we need to be mindful of which can be discomforting, like dizziness, headache, or nervousness.

The real problem is the more serious ones that can affect your blood pressure, vomiting, sleep patterns, heart problems, etc.

Herbal – The herbal components usually do not amount too much, but can add to the effects of high sugar and caffeine.

This herb content enhances their ability to affect a person’s mental health by increasing anxiety levels, causing more stress to deal with, raise blood pressure and can cause kidney problems.

To top it off with all this going on inside your body; many people will end up crashing from the sugar rush and end up experiencing extreme fatigue from taking the energy drink!

People are Stressed Out and Need Something

We are all under more stress in this fast-paced world we live in; it does not matter what your station in life.

If you stay home or where you are working, there is going to be things to amp up the tension.

There are ways to deal with this without taking some supplement or energy drink.

Meditation can have a positive effect; if you can break away type the rat race, and devote enough time to do the techniques.

What do you turn to when you are in this situation?

What do Doctors Recommend for an energy boost

It is funny what comes sense, and a Medical Degree can come up with at times.

In researching this topic, I was amazed at what showed up as things that Doctors recommend:

The top of the list was eating a good breakfast; the most important meal of the day is what Moms tell their kids all the time.

Sometimes we forget the importance of an excellent start to the day.

Regular exercise and meditation can help us to battle fatigue.

Adding Yoga or deep breathing techniques to your morning routine can help increase your energy level.

Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated; it is a little more complicated than it may seem because thirst is not a good indicator if we are hydrated or not.

The best way to check your hydration level is to monitor your urine, the lighter, the better!

Make sure to eat your meals regularly. Grab some nuts for a quick energy boost, if it is not mealtime!

This habit gives both your brain and your body a chance to rejuvenate.

Finally, to seek out your upbeat friends or co-workers who give those around them an energy boost. Just being around some people is a blessing because they provide useful energy.

Many times it can improve your attitude just being around someone like that!

The Power of the B Vitamins

All the B complex vitamins are found naturally in protein-rich foods like fish, poultry, eggs, and meat.

A vitamin deficiency is why people who are on a high protein / low carb, typically report having no energy swings throughout the day.

The body can run on fat for its energy needs as long as there is an adequate supply of fat.

But if the person is too thin, they would need to approach it differently.

There is also B complex vitamins in dairy products, leafy green vegetables, and nuts. So there are plenty of different ways to get them.

All the B vitamins do their part in helping us to function correctly converting the food we eat into glucose for energy.

The most effective in giving an energy boost is the B-12 vitamin; we all probably know someone who has been to the Doctor and got a shot of B12 to boost their energy.

Do NO Harm to Yourself

Alternative energy drinks that do not contain sugar and use the power of the B VITAMINS to give you a boost without the crash from the sugar and caffeine.

I have used several of these over the years, one of the first ones was the “5-hour ENERGY” this used to work right for me before taking Sustain Supplement by AvisaeMost of the time my energy levels stay good all day because of Sustain by Avisae.

Avisae produces another product which is an energy drink, which contains high-quality ingredients as they put in Sustain.

ACTIVATE is a drink that tastes good and leaves no nasty aftertaste!
It does have a small amount of cane sugar and is only 15 calories per serving.

The energy boost comes from Green Tea extract, and each packet has 10% of your RDA for Vitamin B-12 and 75% for Vitamin D.

Both flavors are refreshing and a good substitute for a soda or tea to drink with meals.



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9 comments on “Energy Drinks – Are There Good Alternatives?

  • Alenka says:

    Thank you for suggesting Active as an alternative to all the sugary energy drinks that seem to be everywhere nowadays!

    The amount of sugar in every drink is incredible. 

    Yes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day! However, we are all so busy, and in the morning often, there is no time to sit down and breakfast properly. Fast breakfasts are also full of sugar. Sadly, without paying extra attention, we are drawn into the trap of getting our energy from sugar. 

    Working out and yoga are perfect way to raise one’s energy, so everyone should try to do that daily!

    • Chad Trader says:

      Thanks for your reply, and reminding us that we would all be benefit from doing more exercise and stretching. 

      Sometimes we just to get back to the basics!

      Have  a great day!

  • kaeyoes says:

    Hey!  I left a comment on your website too 🙂

    This is really good information! It’s good to have this kind of stuff out there as I think energy drinks are really NOT good for the body.  It’s so much better to have healthy, common sensey things out there that can be used as opposed to energy drinks. Besides that, I know that life was a lot slower way back when, but they didn’t need their energy drinks!  They used what they had then, which most of the time was more natural, except when the traveling salesman with his drug-drinks would come into town… but that’s for another time. Lol.

    But what I’m saying is that energy drinks are fairly new in the scheme of everything else.  And so we need to really use them sparingly if at all.  They’re not healthy, though, a lot of times, it seems they advertise being healthy.  

    You’re right, though, we need to use common sense and see what a doctor says about them and what our alternatives are.

    Awesome article!!!

    • Chad Trader says:

      Thanks for your reply it is good to hear your opinions on the subject, having ample amounts of energy from the right sources is the way to go!

      Stay away from those traveling salesmen…

      Have a great day!


  • Jenny says:

    I never tried energy drinks, but I eat a ton of sugar every day and I do get the up and downs of sugar rush every now and then. 

    Lately, I’ve tried to add exercise in my daily program and I see that it’s way better to work out for 5 minutes than to eat a bar of chocolate. It’s healthier, I’m energised for a lot more and I don’t have the guilt of eating a ton of calories in a sitting. Plus, it gets rid of the stress.

    I’ll get the peach mango, by the way. I hate raspberries!

    • Chad Trader says:

      Hi Jenny,

      Good plan to get more exercise during the day, we should all be trying to do that! 

      It is hard to skip the chocolates sometimes, but we feel better when we do the right thing.

      Hope you enjoy the peach mango!

      Have a great day! 


  • Kelly says:

    That is really funny what common sense can tell us – and what doctors can tell us, haha!
    I’m not a big fan of energy drinks. A couple of times I took some redbull on a long drive from one State to another about halfway across the country. I don’t eat much when I travel, either, so, I milked one and a half Redbulls the entire drive. But, at the end of the first day, my body was soooo not used to it, that my body was shaking really badly.
    So, I had to quickly try to figure something else out for the next day that was less destructive. I was never a big caffeine drinker or even soda pop drinker, it was a little more difficult to find something. So, we ate and had a lot of water… and cookies. The cookies helped for those quick boosts, lol. And sugar’s kind of a weakness for me. But we made it and I wasn’t shaky or jittery the next night 🙂

  • Danny says:

    This was a really useful resource to read; thanks for sharing! I know that recently (in the UK at least) the government has cracked down on the intake of energy drinks and you now need to be over a certain age in order to buy them. However, I didn’t really understand why exactly this was; thanks for providing all the information I needed to know! I like the natural energy boosting strategies you shared instead; I will try and implement a better breakfast routine for example! Do you think we should do ALL of those natural suggestions or just focus on a few? Thanks.

    • Chad Trader says:

      Hi Danny,

      Thanks for your reply; I know what you mean,  Doctors want you do many things.

      What to start on? Right… well I think its best to get started on whatever a person thinks they can complete quickly and what is easiest for them. 

      That way there is a sense of accomplishment and immediate encouragement to go to the next thing.

      We can only focus on a few things at a time. Thanks for pointing that out.

      Have a great day!


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