Monster, Rock Star, 5 hour energy,, there are so many products out there promising to give us energy, and rock our world..  Do they really work? And are they good for us?  Fist lets talk about what they are made of..
Generally, energy drinks include methylxanthines (including caffeine), vitamin B and herbs. Other common ingredients are guarana, acai, and taurine, plus various forms of ginseng, maltodextrin, carbonated water, inositol, carnitine, creatine, glucuronolactone and ginkgo biloba. Some contain high levels of sugar, and many brands also offer artificially-sweetened 'diet' versions. The central ingredient in most energy drinks is caffeine, the same stimulant found in coffee or tea, often in the form of guarana or yerba mate

The most common ingredient in most energy drink is caffine.  Caffine, herbs, vitamins, and other ingredients promise to improve strength, endureance and mental focus. This is what gets us buying these products. Many of us wake up tired, needing an extra boost of energy, this is probably when we turn to these caffine loaded stimulants.  We look for that extra boost to get us through our workouts, or to help us stay up a little longer.  These products may be helpful for that, but that does not make them good for us. Caffine can be very addictive, and we might get to a point where we rely on caffine or some type of supplement for our workouts, or for getting through the day. 
The best way to make sure we have enough energy to get through a workout, or even just through the day is through proper nutrition.and proper rest.  Our bodies were made to run as an efficient machine, and if we feed it right it will run right.  If it seems you still need an extra push, try an energy drink, but make sure you know what you are taking, and read the instructions, bc often times we overlook the serving size, this could have negative results. 



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