Today, people eat bad food, don’t drink enough water, and don’t sleep enough. That’s a perfect spell for constant fatigue and grogginess. To avoid the afternoon crash, more and more people are taking to energy drinks like Red Bull. But did you know that Red Bull can actually increase your risk of stroke and heart attack?
An energy after drinking Red Bull, your blood is similar to that of a person suffering cardiovascular disease. They say drinking one of their energy drinks is the same as drinking coffee or soda, and you might have the same energy you get with coffee and soda, but the difference is that no one really knows what all the ingredients in a Red Bull are. We also don’t really know how those ingredients interact with the body.
Of course, one major ingredient is aspartame, which has been shown to be neurotoxic, allergenic, and carcinogenic. Pair that with other ingredients and you have a recipe for a vicious cycle of energy drink consumption that can be deadly.
“No less than 3.5 billion cans of Red Bull were sold last year in 143 countries. Yet, questions regarding the safety of Red Bull, as well as other energy drinks, keep cropping up at regular intervals when yet another overzealous energy-addict keels over,” says Dr. Mercola.
Energy drinks have even begun to outsell bottled water.
Who is at the highest risk? If you suffer any of the following, do NOT drink Red Bull:
- High blood pressure
- High stress
- Caffeine sensitivity
- Blood clotting disorders
- Chronic fatigue
- Any cardiovascular disease.
It’s not advised to drink Red Bull if you’re pregnant too. Instead, try to improve your energy naturally. Exercise regularly, eat good foods, increase your intake of omega-3 fats and eliminate grains and sugars from your diet.
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