Energy drinks are the latest craze. People are consuming them to gain energy and keep them awake. BUT!!! did you know that they are linked to anxiety and depression? AND!!! that the increase in anxiety and depression effects men more than women? This is worrying enough but when the marketing associated with these drinks is directed towards young adults the chances of developing anxiety and depression at a younger age increases dramatically.
In 2009 the energy drink industry spent $15 million dollars just in Australia alone to promote their drinks.
In 2014 the World Health Organisation hailed energy drinks a “danger to public health”.
There are physical symptoms that can be seen from consumption of these drinks such as restlessness, nervousness, psychomotor agitation, tremors (shaking and quivering) as well as the worst side effect insomnia.
Caffeine has a huge effect on the body and when it is combined with all of the other additives in an energy drink it is very difficult for your body to cope and detoxify it.
There is now scientific research evidence of a link between the consumption of energy drinks and the increase in cases of anxiety and depression.
This cannot be ignored any longer, it is now reaching a younger population as these drinks become accepted as a society norm.
In a long term study conducted by Branum et al over the ten year period of the study energy drinks were unavailable in the beginning but as they became available there was significant decline from 62% to 38% of caffeine obtained from soft drink as it shifted to energy drinks. There was also an increase from 63% to 75% in consumption of energy drinks in the 2-5 year age bracket.
These are KIDS!!! drinking something that their body does not understand or can cope with. Adult bodies struggle enough to cope.
Soft drinks have already shown their effect on society with a huge increase in cases of diabetes which is now being seen at an earlier age. Add to this the increase in consumption of energy drinks and we will then be adding anxiety and depression to diabetes.
If any of these symptoms sound familiar then we can help. Meal plans can be created to assist with correct food and drink choices and conversations can be had to help children and young adults make changes earlier.
We can also help with any of the signs and symptoms associated with diabetes, anxiety and depression.
Who am I?
I am a Bachelor qualified Naturopath who specialises in improving metabolic processes in the body and reducing metabolic inflammation. Major areas for improvement include gut health, thyroid, kidney, liver, weight loss and mental health. Conditions such as fatty liver, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, irritable bowel conditions, depression & anxiety. I help my patients by giving them symptomatic relief while working on repairing the underlying causes of metabolic stress and waste accumulation.
Melissa Callaghan ND, BHSc, BTeach
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