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Health Issues Linked to Intake of Energy Drinks

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Do you love energy drinks and you cannot live without them? Then this article is made exclusively for you — it will tell you some health-related issues that you may get from consuming them all the time.

If you have family and friends who are never seen without energy drinks in their hands, make sure that you share this article on your various social media sites later on so that they may know that they’re at risk of encountering the following:

Weight Gain

 

It’s no secret that energy drinks are loaded with caffeine so that they may be able to increase the energy levels of those who consume them. However, there is another ingredient in energy drinks that allow them to provide anyone a boost in energy, and that’s none other than sugar.

Sugar is packed with calories, and that is why you may end up gaining unnecessary weight if you consume energy drinks a lot and you’re not getting enough physical activity.

Increased Blood Sugar

Because energy drinks are actually teeming with sugar, it’s not unlikely for someone who is hooked on them to end up with increased levels of sugar in the bloodstream. This is a very serious matter as having elevated blood sugar is regarded as one of the various risk factors for type 2 diabetes.

There are a couple of things about type 2 diabetes that make it clear that it should not be taken lightly. First, there is no cure available for it. Second, there are many health complications associated with it.

Dehydration

Everybody knows that caffeine has stimulating properties. Sadly, not a lot of people are aware that caffeine has diuretic properties, too, which only means that it has the ability to drive water out of the body by encouraging the kidneys to produce more urine. This is the reason why energy drinks can cause dehydration.

No one should make the mistake of quenching the thirst with energy drinks — this will only leave him or her even thirstier as a result of dehydration. When thirsty, reach for a glass of water.

Anxiety and Stress

Someone who is diagnosed with anxiety disorder may have an attack after consuming energy drinks as their caffeine content can cause physical symptoms that can trigger anxious thoughts to come into being.

Caffeine has the ability to increase a person’s energy levels as it encourages the production of stress hormones. Needless to say, having stress hormones in your bloodstream can leave your body stressed. It’s for this reason why you may end up even more stressed out if you couple your stressful lifestyle with regular intake of energy drinks.

Insomnia

Especially if energy drinks are taken a few hours before bedtime, it’s not unlikely for you to fail to have a good night’s sleep — it doesn’t really come as a surprise as caffeine is a stimulating chemical, and thus it is capable of you wide awake at night for as long as it’s in your body.

As a general rule of thumb, anything with caffeine should no longer be taken about 6 hours before bedtime to ensure that very little to no caffeine are present in the bloodstream when it’s already time to take a trip to dreamland.

Heart Palpitations

Some of the most terrifying side effects of consuming energy drinks and others that have loads of caffeine in them are palpitations that can make the heart seem to race, pound, flutter or skip a beat.

According to cardiologists, heart palpitations are harmless most of the time — they go away on their own once the levels of caffeine in the bloodstream drop. However, heart palpitations could be dangerous for individuals who are suffering from cardiovascular disease — heart palpitations may increase heart attack or stroke risk.

Headaches

In some cases, headaches due to energy drink consumption can be blamed on introducing high amounts of caffeine into the system — some people tend to end up with a nasty headache after glugging down something loaded with caffeine.

There are cases in which the resulting headaches can stem from caffeine withdrawal. This is most especially true if those headaches started showing up the moment that the individual who’s used to consuming lots of energy suddenly stopped taking them. The solution? Gradually cutting back on the intake of energy drinks.


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Fruit and Vegetable Juices That Enhance the Immune System

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Everyone knows that fresh fruits and vegetables are loaded with nutrients that offer a wide range of benefits for the mind and body. Certain fresh produce help enhance your immune system, making it possible for you to easily avoid various infections and diseases. Juicing the following allows you to boost your immunity in a truly refreshing and delectable way:

Carrots

The sweetness of carrot juice makes it loved by kids and adults alike. Carrots get their characteristic bright orange color from its rich supply of beta carotene, a nutrient converted into vitamin A for sharper vision and better eye health. More importantly, vitamin A is an essential nutrient for a stronger immunity.

 

Lemon

Vitamin C in lemons makes these citrus fruits excellent boosters of your immune system. Vitamin C is a well-known powerful antioxidant that protects the body from colds, cough, flu and others. Lemon juice may be acidic, but it has an alkalizing property once ingested, helping to restore optimal pH balance in the body.

Apples

Other than vitamins and minerals, apples also contain plenty of insoluble fiber. This type of carbohydrates that cannot be digested by the body works as a broom that sweeps out toxins along the intestinal tract. With all of those accumulated poisonous substances out of your body, your immunity is in top-form.

Kiwi

When it comes to fruits, some of the best sources of vitamin C are kiwis. Other than this super antioxidant, kiwis also contain vitamins A and E, both of which are necessary for a stronger immune system. Insoluble fiber and potassium in these fruits are also highly favorable for your cardiovascular system.

Cranberries

Cranberry juice is admired for its ability to bolster the urinary tract system. However, it also contains plenty of vitamin C that helps safeguard you from illnesses brought about by invading microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses.

Broccoli

A vegetable that makes for an excellent immune-boosting juice is broccoli, thanks to its rich supply of beta carotene and vitamin C. Every glass of broccoli juice also provides your body with sulphur, a mineral with powerful antimicrobial properties. Sulphur promotes healing as well because it detoxifies the body at a cellular level.

Beets

What makes beet juice capable of supporting the immune system is its long list of vitamins and minerals. Some of them include vitamins A and C, iron, calcium, potassium and manganese. When juicing, it’s a good idea to mix beets with other fruits and vegetables of your choice due to its strong, earthy flavor.

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Reduce asthma symptoms with Omega-3

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A new study has found that consuming a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids is linked to fewer childhood asthma symptoms which are triggered by indoor air pollution.

The study published in ‘American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine’, lays out that families and health care providers may be able to protect children from harmful effects of indoor air pollution by serving a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids while reducing foods rich in omega-6 fatty acids such as soyabean oil and corn oil.

“Our group is working on ways to reduce the levels of indoor air pollution in Baltimore City homes,” said lead author of the study, Emily Brigham. “Results are promising, but we don’t want to stop there,” Brigham added.
The study found that for each additional gram of omega-6 intake, children had 29 per cent higher odds of being in a more severe asthma category.

 

Conversely, with each 0.1-gram increase in levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet, researchers saw 3 to 4 per cent lower odds of daytime asthma symptoms.

Indoor air pollution, from sources including cooking, cleaning activities and cigarette smoke, is a known trigger for asthma symptoms.

Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found abundantly in fish and certain nuts and seeds, are considered healthy as they are known to reduce inflammation.

Omega-6 fatty acids, primarily found in vegetable oils (including corn, soybean, safflower, and sunflower), as came out in other studies, have mixed effects on health, but have the potential to promote inflammation.

The researchers, however, noted that it doesn’t prove the relationship between fatty acids and asthma severity.

“Among populations known to be disproportionately affected by asthma, we may find that improving diet and air pollution together has the greatest impact on health,” said Brigham.

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New cell that can heal hearts discovered

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Researchers have discovered a previously unidentified cell population which could lead to new treatments for patients with injured hearts.

The cell, described in the journal Immunity, was discovered in the pericardial fluid found in the sac around the heart of a mouse with heart injury. The researchers from the University of Calgary in Canada found that a specific cell, a Gata6+ pericardial cavity macrophage, helps heal an injured heart in mice.

The same cells were also found within the human pericardium of people with injured hearts, confirming that the repair cells offer the promise of a new therapy for patients with heart disease. “Our discovery of a new cell that can help heal injured heart muscle will open the door to new therapies and hope for the millions of people who suffer from heart disease,” said Paul Fedak, a professor at the University of Calgary.

 

“The possibilities for further discovery and innovative new therapies are exciting and important,” said Fedak. Heart doctors had never before explored the possibility that cells just outside the heart could participate in healing and repair of hearts after injury, researchers said.

Unlike other organs, the heart has a very limited capacity to repair itself which is why heart disease is the number one cause of death in North America, they said. “We always knew that the heart sits inside a sac filled with a strange fluid,” said Fedak. “Now we know that this pericardial fluid is rich with healing cells. These cells may hold the secret to repair and regeneration of new heart muscle,” he said.

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