Sugar, caffeine and water – which is best energy source?

Sugar, caffeine and water – which is best energy source?

Sometimes after having a hard day at work the only thing we are dreaming of is filling the stomach with a nourishing meal which, we believe, will help us to recover. To make it faster and bring back our energy resources, we quite often rely on caffeine and sugar that have been admitted for ages to produce energy so that we could get back to work.

However, after the expected energy flow sometimes we find ourselves more exhausted than we were and instead of going to work or doing some sports, we become lazy and clumsy. In fact, that’s because of these “popular” recommendations that have been denied after some medical analysis.

Myth I

Sugar increases your energy

Food, containing simple sugars, such as cookies, candies or sweet desserts cause a sudden increase in blood sugar level. Yes, you will feel temporary effect through energy flow which will make you able to work again because sugar is a quick form of energy. However, soon this flow will decrease rapidly leading your body to additional energy crisis.

Myth II

Caffeine is more harmful than helpful

According to US scientists, caffeine existing in one cup of coffee increases your energy for six hours. It also increases the sporting activity and fastens aspirin’s anaesthetizing effect. So drink coffee, but in moderation. Too much of caffeine consumption can cause poor minerals’ absorption, insomnia and fatigue.

Myth III

Water should be taken only when feeling thirsty

Thirst is the most common sign that your body is lacking of fluids. In order to improve the energy flow, water should be taken before you start feeling thirsty. On average, active person needs to drink at least 6-8 glasses of water per day. If you are very active or trying to lose some weight, you should drink even more.

Myth IV

Energy is never  too much

Containing large doses of caffeine, energy drinks are mostly used for recovering. However, though they can provide a required dose of carbohydrates, proteins and fats – minerals that provide energy – dose, energy drinks have been announced to cause harmful side effects. According to Health Education at Brown University, energy drinks cause loss of the fluids and can leave the person using them dangerously dehydrated. Never use them as a low-calorie food substitute.


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