Find yourself turning to energy drinks when you feel sluggish in the morning and throughout the day? If so, you could be negatively impacting your health.

Due to our fast-paced lifestyles, the energy drink industry is booming. Energy drinks are consumed for several reasons: improved athletic performance, weight reduction, mood enhancement for the midday slump, or boosts late into the night.

Regular and excessive energy drink use poses several risks that you should be aware of.

Emotional Risks.
Extreme caffeine content in these beverages may cause emotional problems such as irritability, restlessness and nervousness due to its impact on serotonin and endorphin levels. Caffeine-sensitive individuals may experience these issues more intensely than others. Those with anxiety or depression may experience stronger ups and downs.

Physical Risks.
     •  Rapid heartbeat and irregular heart rhythms
     •  Increased blood pressure
     •  Dehydration resulting from intake of caffeine and other ingredients
     •  Seizures
     •  Chest Pains
     •  In extreme cases, risk of heart attack or sudden death

Although these symptoms are unlikely for most individuals, it is best to take caution when consuming them.

Alcohol Hazards.
Though a popular trend, it is dangerous to pair alcohol with energy drinks. Alcohol can contribute to the effects of energy drinks and increase the risk for heart-related symptoms.

Those who drink alcohol along with energy drinks have a greater risk for extreme intoxication because their assessment of their intoxication is reduced (due to depressant-stimulant actions).

Cognitive and Sleep Problems.
Drinking even just one energy drink in the morning can contribute to difficulty sleeping at night. Caffeine and other stimulants can affect a person’s ability to think clearly and focus on important tasks. You may feel like you have the energy to complete a task but may not be able to complete it as efficiently.

If you enjoy sleep, energy drinks are bad for you!

Take caution when consuming energy drinks. Make sure to look at ingredient labels before you drink them—they vary substantially in caffeine content, additional stimulants and other ingredients.

If you find yourself experiencing adverse effects from energy drinks, start cutting back on them.

You can replace them with water, fruit juice or sports drinks, which also work as great energy enhancers. Boost your immune system and energy levels naturally with a healthy diet and natural supplements.