Do you think about what is really in the Redbull you’re gulping down your throat? I know I usually don’t, but it tastes so good.
What would you give to get a hit of instant energy? A mass surplus of focus and willpower on command…
And all you have to do is hand over two or three George Washingtons to get an eight hour supply of it.
How do these drinks accomplish this? There are a few key nutrients in these drinks that are responsible for this “energy” rush you get. More on that later…
But what if costs more than your two dollars in the long term?
Part of the preparedness mindset is to think long term. You think about the future. You prepare for the future. You take actions today that will benefit you in a crisis tomorrow.
And that may include keeping a Redbull or two in your around so you can replace them after drinking both of them…
But are energy drinks the right choice for long-term survival?
Are we signing our own death warrants?
We attempt to help answer that. This post is about the toll energy drinks can play on your long term health and survival.
Energy Drink Survival Guide:
Energy drinks are seductive.
The energy in liquid form is a multi-billion dollar industry. They know how to make them addicting
“Wow I can get this drink that tastes like fruit juice and get instant energy!”
And you can just drink another one if the “energy” starts to wear off.
I have a full-blown addiction to Monster Energy Drinks. I actually just bought their new one that I saw for the first time today.
And it’s serving me well to write this post.
In fact, I’m drinking a Monster Energy Drink right now as I’m writing this post
I’ve been addicted to energy drinks for some time now. Some days I’ll drink much more than others. But
Best Energy Drinks
The most popular energy drinks are the ones you see every day anywhere you go.
Some of the best energy drinks today are:
- 5-hour Energy
- Rock Star
- Starbucks Coffee
Monster is my choice for energy drinks. The Ultra-Zero ones. I stopped consuming massive amounts of sugar a while ago. I would never drink a regular energy drink that has 30g of sugar in them.
Starbucks is okay if you don’t put all the cream and sugar in them.
The main ingredients in these drinks are:
- Other B vitamins, B6
Let’s go through them one by one so you really know what these ingredients do inside your body.
Taurine is a neurotransmitter that helps with general mental clarity. So consuming a daily amount of it in one serving has a greater effect for focus and energy.
Ginseng has been around for centuries. It’s been used in Chinese medicine for over 5000 years. It’s an herb that is beneficial for mental clarity, focus, and energy.
B12 is one of the essential vitamins we need for energy. Most of us are lacking in B12. These energy drinks tend to have 100% of a days supply of it in one can.
Other B Vitamins
B12 isn’t the only b vitamin that’s responsible for energy output. Other B vitamins are as well.
And last but not least, actually it’s the most energy inducing ingredient:
Most of these drinks have 1-200 mg of caffeine. Drinking one of them would be the max that you should consume a day.
But that’s nearly impossible for me and many others… you can’t have just one.
However. As long as you take a break from caffeine periodically, it allows your body to recover and balance out the excess chemicals it’s receiving.
What About Sugar?
I’m not covering sugar in this particular guide.
Sugar is the worst thing for you and if you’re drinking any of these drinks with sugar. Please stop, for your own survival.
All of these drinks have a similar pattern of ingredients. All primarily revolving around caffeine.
Here are the stats for each different drink.
Do you think the caffeine content is too high?
This post from mayo clinic gives you a detailed guide on caffeine intake.
Death From Energy Drinks
If you’re wondering if you can die from too much caffeine from energy drinks. The answer is yes and no.
The lethal dose of caffeine is around 10000 milligrams. You don’t have to worry about dying from a caffeine overdose. You would die from water poisoning first before a caffeine overdose.
Do Energy Drinks Help In Survival SItuations
So what’s the verdict?
Can we keep getting the rush from our Monster energy drinks, please?
Yes and no.
Here’s the bottom line.
If the apocalypse comes or some major disaster. The first 72 hours are the most critical. Yes, go ahead and grab your Monster and Redbulls.
But drinking more than a couple of them will likely do nothing for you except make you more jittery and anxious than you already would be in a survival scenario.
So drinking them in excess would be negative.
Thin of them as alcohol. Some is okay. More than some is not okay.
After knowing the calories and fallacies of these energy drinks, do you feel differently about them?
For your long-term survival, one or two energy drinks here and there are fine. But chugging down a 16oz Redbull in the middle of a crisis may not be the best choice.
P.S. If you do partake in energy drinks as I do to finish this post. Please drink sugar-free ones.
“Sugar is the reason you die”, I remember an anatomy professor saying that to my class back in the day. And he was right. Sugar is the worst thing you can put in your body. Go with sugar-free.
Enjoy the caffeine, B vitamins, and the addicting flavors.
Do you drink energy drinks? How often?