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WASHINGTON A recently released study indicates energy drinks, which can have the caffeine of up to three cups of coffee, can have a boomerang effect on a person's ability to stay awake.
Energy or sports drinks contain a lot of sugar.
At the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Robin Toblin looked at survey data on service members in Afghan war zones. She says those who had at least three energy drinks a day reported falling asleep more often on guard duty and in briefings than did troops who drank fewer.
Toblin advises troops and civilians alike:
“Use these in moderation, both in the number of drinks someone is having, as well as the size of the container, which can really range from about 8 ounces all the way to 24 ounces.”
The study was in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
When thirsty, drink water instead of sugary drinks. Energy or sports drinks contain a lot of sugar, which add calories. If you are attempting to lose weight, energy drinks will actually work against your goal. To get to or to maintain a healthy weight, drink water.
Your thirst will be your guide as to how much water your should drink. Many health experts recommend drinking eight (8) glasses of water daily. While this is a good standard, your body's needs may be different. Combined with the foods you eat and beverages you consume, a healthy body can balance water needs throughout the day. Let your thirst be your guide.
Drink plenty of water if you are very active, live or work in hot conditions, or are an older adult.
posted February 4, 2013 6:00 am est