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Your Energy Drink Isn't Getting You Through the Day, It's Killing You From the Inside

If you need another reason to give up energy drinks, here’s one: A new study published in the British Medical journal (BMJ) shows that these drinks can actually destroy your liver, Cosmopolitan reports. While it’s the high niacin (vitamin B3) levels that are doing the damage, there are many reasons to toss that so-called “energy” drink and never go back again.

Before energy drinks were invented, the primary ingredient in them — caffeine — was available by drinking lots and lots of strong coffee. But coffee went by the wayside with the invention of caffeine “shots” and drinks full of concentrated amounts of caffeine, and today the backwash from consuming these drinks is showing up.

The truth is consuming large quantities of caffeine can have serious health consequences, including caffeine toxicity, stroke, anxiety, arrhythmia and, in some cases, death. The good news is there are natural options for gaining lasting energy that pose no such risks, for example by boosting your glutathione levels by eating cruciferous vegetables, animal foods and nuts and seeds.

Foods to ditch, which steal your energy and make you tired, are carbohydrate-laden grains and breads like bagels, cereals, submarine sandwiches, muffins and potato chips. Beverages to avoid include sodas (diet or regular), orange juice (which often contains hidden added sugars) and fruit smoothies. You can replace the carbs with healthy fats such as olives, raw nuts such as almonds and pecans, avocados and pasture-finished meats.

A reasonable goal will be to have as much as 50-70 percent of daily calories from healthy fat, which will radically reduce your carbohydrate intake. Fat is also far more satiating than carbs.
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