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Rethink Energy Drinks

Rethink Energy Drinks

Q: Are energy drinks bad for you?

A: I think this answer might hinge on your definition of “bad.”

Truthfully, why does anyone need to drink anything other than water? Why do you want to ingest excess calories and chemicals if you don’t need them? (and even “natural” energy drinks are full of preservatives and other things you probably can’t pronounce).

If you are an energy drink junkie, it’s probably because you are addicted to the energy buzz you get from the caffeine, sugar, and other ingredients. While kicking the habit may be hard, it can be done. Try reducing your intake by one can a day–or even half a can–until you get down to zero. Also, take a look at your diet. If you are suffering from energy lows during the day, it’s probably because you are not eating a good balance of proteins and carbohydrates.

If you are someone who drinks multiples of these drinks a day, there is a real danger of heart arrythmias.

Dr. Brent Ridge is the health expert for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. You can call and ask him a question live every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 112 (1.866.675.6675). You can also follow along as he learns to grow his own food and raise goats on his farm in upstate New York by visiting

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As an undergraduate, Dr. Brent Ridge majored in public health and environmental science, studying the way the state of the natural environment impacts our health choices. As a physician, he specializes in the field of aging. Send your health questions to Dr. Brent at


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12:36AM PST on Jan 15, 2013

yes, energy drinks have a lot of ‘bad’ things in them, but in moderation, they can be enjoyed. if i have a can/bottle of energy drink, i’ll look at the calorie content and substitute that with some of the food i may want to eat that day, so i’m not over-calorie eating/drinking. same as the sugar content. i’m not a sugar fiend, but again, if i have one of these, i’ll look at maybe not having that piece of cake/biscuit/sweet treat at the end of the day. all in all, it’s about looking at your diet, the label and how that drink/food will affect your normal habits; and then work out the alternative to let yourself have it, if you feel you really need to. so it’s also about self control, something we humans with our ability to get food, have unfortunately lost

7:45AM PST on Dec 21, 2012

Thank you Dr. Brent, for Sharing this!

1:52PM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

Interesting. Thank you.

2:04AM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

Arrhythmia's and a Heart Attack waiting to happen to some unsuspecting person, who ignores the warnings and especially the young, who feel they are Eternal and impervious...

1:20AM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

thanks for the info

6:09PM PDT on Oct 27, 2012

Now Most of us think Healthy and this sure isn't on the List at all!
Not Needed!

8:04AM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

Thanks for the info.

1:07AM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

Thanks for the information.

12:53AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

That's interesting - thanks

8:03PM PST on Feb 11, 2012

A glass of pure juice will do.

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