The Truth About Caffeine
And The Energy Drinks
I have never understood the obsession with coffee. I tried drinking it when I was a freshman in college and I thought it tasted like motor oil. I eventually switched to Mountain Dew for the caffeine when I had to pull an all-nighter. The only way I could tolerate coffee was by loading it with sugar, cream, anything to make it taste better which in today’s terms would be a crappucino (or something like that).
But why should I drink coffee if it is loaded with extra calories, sugars, and fats that will cause me to crash later. Obviously so I can get another cup to keep me fresh.
Now, I see teenagers drinking coffee like never before. Plus they are drinking those energy drinks like it is going out of style. I don’t know if they are drinking those items to serve the purpose that they originally were meant to be for or if it is just cool.
I don’t know how many times though, we’ve had athletes training with us and we’ve had to cut their sessions short because they “bonk out”. Basically, getting dizzy and feeling nauseous. Understanding what you are putting into your mouth and why is going to help prevent that from happening.
Why would you want does an athlete or anyone need to drink coffee or these energy drinks? Well, maybe they fit into one these categories:
- Someone who has trouble waking up or feels “energy slumps” throughout the day
- Someone who can’t work up enough energy to live life the way you want
- Someone who is looking for a more nutritious alternative to coffee, soda or other energy drinks
- An athlete who wants to be incredibly focused for the upcoming game or practice
Here is the reality of the situation. We live in a fast paced society. Athletes and people in general aren’t eating great diets. Probably aren’t getting the right amount of exercise that they need. Have stress on them like they have never felt before. Or maybe on the opposite end, an athlete is doing too much activity and not getting enough rest, thus feeling worn down a lot.
Is it any wonder why people are turning towards these energy drinks??
Obviously, some of these have gotten a bad rap. What you need to do is understand what these energy drinks are designed to do and what is in them that makes them do what they do.
With that in mind, I want to introduce to you one of the best energy drinks on the market, Advocare’s Spark®. If people are going to drink energy drinks, you might as well make sure you are putting a quality product in your system.
With Spark®, you accomplish 3 things:
- A quick boost of energy – Spark® has an effective amount of caffeine that will support the body to enhance mental energy and focus in a relatively short amount of time. Studies are also showing how caffeine can help with your workouts or practices, especially anything with an endurance component. So this is great for athletes or workout enthusiasts. Plus, it has the amino acid taurine in it which will provide fast-acting energy which won’t overstimulate your body.
- It provides long lasting energy – Each serving has a supply of B vitamins that help enhance your body’s natural ability to produce and sustain its own energy. B vitamins play a role in the conversion of the foods we eat to the calories we use and store for energy.
- It provides mental focus and mental energy – The neuroactive amino acids in Spark® such as L-tyrosine are believed to help with improving mental energy and focus.
My personal testimonial:
“I was sold on Spark® when I took it the first time playing in a flag football game. Now this wasn’t for the World Championships of flag football, but I usually played receiver and this game I was playing QB. I ended up having my best game ever as a quarterback. I threw for 3 touchdowns and ran for another. We won the game. I wasn’t jittery the way you hear some people describe energy drinks. I just felt more alert and yes, more focused. That convinced me this was the real deal and I take it before all my workouts and racquetball matches (I don’t play flag football anymore, getting up there in years ha).”
If you are an athlete, this is worth thinking about taking. Especially, if you are burning the candle at both ends and not eating great 100% of the time. This will help and it will be without any added sugars or calories. Just a healthy way to get that mental energy boost. Ultimately I feel you should start eating better, exercising, and getting plenty of rest to help your immune system and energy levels. You do that and take Spark®, you will be really optimizing your athletic performance.