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Sugar & Caffeine and Energy

November 16, 2011

Why sugar & caffeine are not so good to over-dose on!

Sugars

Glucose is the chosen fuel for the body.  However, too much sugar can spike insulin levels which can lead to a “crash” feeling after about an hour or so.

Energy drinks generally contain a substantial amount of sugar as their fuel source. Over indulging in sugar intake over a long period of time has been linked to diabetes.  The trick is to eat a well balanced diet and supplement the diet when exercising with complex carbohydrates – not all sugars are created equal – see this LINK.


Caffeine

Caffeine is a stimulant found in coffee and is found in high amounts in energy drinks. Typical amounts average between 70 and 200mg. A regular cup of coffee has about  110-150 mg of caffeine.  Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system giving the body a sense of alertness. It can raise heart rate and blood pressure but a negative effect, particularly for those practising sport, is dehydration.  Too much caffeine can produce sleeplessness, heart palpitations, headaches, and nausea.  It may be more practical and certainly less expensive to have a coffee before training but don’t overdo it on the caffeine intake.

Healthy Alternatives:

InnOrbit have created an Energy Shot that can provide energy but does not contain Caffeine or Sugar.

Based on a traditional recipe, the natural ingredients will provide slow energy for a relatively long period (3 hours or 5 hours).  Of course, eating a well balanced diet is also recommended.  The InnOrbit Energy Shot will not give a sugar “crash” and will not give any of the side effects of caffeine.

Check out this LINK for more information.

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