Friday, August 21, 2009

Energy Drinks For Diabetics? Discover the Truth!

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Energy drinks are becoming more and more popular among physically active people that need a good source of energy during their activities. But are they safe for diabetic people?

We will demonstrate in this article the effects of energy drinks on blood sugar level among diabetics, the dangers related to energy drinks and some diabetic friendly alternatives to energy drinks.

First of all, one of the major components of most energy drinks is caffeine. Caffeine is very dangerous to diabetic people. A research conducted on ten diabetics revealed that glucose levels rose by 8 percent when participants took pills filled with the level of caffeine found in four cups of coffee. Another effect caffeine has on the system is that it increases the level of insulin (in)tolerance of blood cells making it harder for the insulin to break down the glucose in the blood thus resulting in a build up and subsequent rise in blood level.

Besides caffeine, energy drinks are full of refined sugars and carbs. Refined sugars are the 1# enemy of every diabetic. They have an almost immediate effect on the blood sugar level and do not provide energy over a long period of time. This is why people who drink heavily sweetened drinks may feel thirsty right after they consume them. Carbs are also very harmful to diabetics and should be avoided at any cost.

So what are the best alternatives for diabetics who still need a good source of energy and hydration? Well a Minority Business Enterprise by the name of Hip Hop Beverage Corporation just released an ADA approved sugar free energy drink called Pit Bull sugar free energy drink, the first of its kind to receive such certification. Pit Bull sugar free energy drink contains no calories, carbs or sugar per portion, making it a perfect choice for any diabetic. More and more companies are becoming aware of the huge demographic diabetic people represent and try to do their best to make their products diabetic friendly, but none of them have been approved by the ADA or any other healthcare association as safe for diabetics.

If I was to give you only one piece of advice, it would be to stay away from energy drinks by all means if you are diabetic, especially if you have type 2 diabetes. Most energy drinks just have to much harmful ingredients in their composition and can be very dangerous to diabetics.


The real answer for diabetics like everyone else is to drink ionized, alkaline water!

When exercising or working out strenuously, you are burning glycogen to power
your muscles at an accelerated pace. Lactic acid is a by product of this process.

Over a period of time, if the exercise is intense, like weight lifting or prolonged, as in a marathon, the amount of lactic acid overwhelms the body's ability to dispose of it by sweating. It then actually steals magnesium from the muscles and calcium from the bones to try to neutralize the acid; just when your body need these minerals more than ever.

There is still yet another phenomenon that impedes peak performance. As your body burns fuel, another pollutant produced are free radicals. These are dangerous chemicals that ravage normal cells. The harder you work out or compete, the more of these free radicals your body produces. These free radicals can attack the walls of your muscle cells, thickening them and making it harder for nutrients to penetrate them.

They can also attack and damage red blood cells at a crucial time when you need their maximum ability to carry oxygen to your muscles.

The result is the familiar phenomenon of exhaustion, the perverbial "Hitting the Wall!"

"Sports Drinks" are the worst thing you could drink to recharge your muscles!

Let me count the ways:

1- They are acids themselves, contributing to the very over acidity the body needs to rid itself of.

2- They have artificial dyes and other chemicals that produce even more free radicals in your body.

3- They do not supply your body with the anti oxidants necessary to stop the damage to the red blood cells by free radicals.

4- Sports drinks are slow acting. They must first be digested in your intestines before they can enter the blood stream and make it to the muscle cells.

Other than that, they are just fine!

Seriously, the absolute best and quickest way of eliminating the excess lactic acid and free radicals from your body in real time, is to drink ionized alkaline water.

Let me tell you why:

1- Ionized alkaline water has a high PH value, meaning that it will neutralize the lactic acid in your muscles quickly.

2- This water is a powerful anti oxidant, which will quickly neutralize the free radicals and prevent them from harming your red blood cells.

3- Pure Ionized water, produced by electrolysis has no additives and therefore passes directly from the stomach to the bloodstream. Ionization also breaks up the normal large water molecules into smaller molecules which means the cells are hydrated that much faster.

The result is that your muscle strength and stamina are restored in real time, not after the race, but during the race!

This water is certified as a medical substance in Japan where it has been in use to treat various chronic illnesses for decades.

Unfortunately, Ionized Alkaline water is not yet universally available in the US. Furthermore, it is fragile. It cannot be shaken, subjected to light and should not be stored in plastic containers and should be drunk shortly after being produced.

There are a few but growing number of health clubs and gyms in the US that offer Ionized Alkaline water to clients.

You can also buy your own home water Ionizer. Learn more about them at: The Best Water!

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