Red Bull gives you wings, right? Well…maybe not. Maybe just a caffeine addiction.
I know – we love our “energy” drinks these days – they certainly make us peppy, don’t they?
But – like anything in nature, they get their energy from somewhere. More accurately, artificial stimulants like the high-sugar, high-caffeine energy drinks we seem to have fallen in love with take energy from your body.
The stimulants hyperactivate your adrenal glands, which is what creates the illusion that the drink gives you energy. In reality, however, it is really just making your body create its own energy – but in such a way that it wears the body out.
Soon, the adrenal glands have a difficult time producing adrenaline in normal circumstances. Then the poor body gets a headache and feels tired without those “energy” drinks.
It’s a bit like pouring rocket fuel into your car’s engine. Your car may go fast for a little while, but eventually, it’ll quit altogether.
If you know that you’ll get a headache and feel tired without your afternoon coffee/energy drink/gallon of tea, it may be time to consider weaning off of it.
If you need help with your caffeine addiction, give me a call. I can offer a round of nutrition and auricular therapy that will get you through the withdrawals and feeling good again. (314) 963-9050.
Dr. Dustan Mattingly, D.C.