Articles on energy drinks

Energy Drink Which Is Actually Healthy!

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
These days a lot of people for better health, higher energy, more strength and fitness are, adding health drinks in their diet to improve their daily nutrition intake. We have put together a simple analysis on which are the popular health drinks in the market and which one is the healthiest energy drink of the lot. The three most popular health energy drink brands are horlicks, bournvita and complan. All of them claim to enhance growth, provide added nutrition and even promoted as meal replacement option as they carry sufficient nutrition to compensate for a single meal.Reading the nutrition label of the best selling health energy drinks we found that the base of all the three health drinks are nearly same when compared to their carbohydrate, fat and sugar value. We require carbohydrates for energy, protein for muscle building, fat for basic functions etc. The health drinks contain a large number of vitamins and minerals which improve the cell functions in the body. Below are the nutrition content of horlicks, bournvita and complanComplan: Milk protein – 18 gms; Fat – 11 gms; Carbohydrate – 62 gms of which sucrose is 27 gm.Bournvita: Protein – 7 gms; Fat – 2 gms; Carbohydtare- 84 gms of which sugar is 70.3 gm.Horlicks: Fat – 2 gms; Carbohydtare- 79.2 gms of which sugar is 13.5 gm.The major portion of the health drink is carbohydrates that easily breakdown in our bodies to provide energy. The carbohydrates can be simple sugar like sucrose and glucose which instantly breakdown in our body to produce energy. Bournvita has highest amount of sugar and carbohydrates in total. Though each health drink is fortifies with important vitamins and minerals like iron, b vitamins, vitamin a, d and e which has various functions in the body is is beneficial. Horlicks contains the least sugar as compared to other healthy energy drink and contains fiber of the grain which is healthy for the stomach.Things need to be notedThese energy drinks are mostly consumed with milk and carry sufficient amount of fortified nutrition. Even though they highlight the vitamins and minerals on the packaging in reality carbohydrate is the major component of these health drinks. People who are looking to lose weight should avoid health drinks and look for more natural foods like fruits and vegetables which are packed with vitamins and minerals and are low in calories as compared to any other food.Bottom LineWe require only 4 teaspoon of sugar in day and anything above it gets stored as fat in our body. Carbohydrates also convert into glucose and provide energy to the body. Extra sugar in our diet increases blood sugar levels in the body reducing insulin activity and leading to long term health hazards and metabolic disorder like diabetes etc. Sugar leads to heart problems, weight gain and causes multiple problems in the body.So if you're really adding any of these powder in your milk, be specific with the proportion. Unheaped single teaspoon without added sugar is the best way to have it.

Effects of Energy & Soft Drinks

Dr. Pawan Sharma, Dentist
Previous scientific research findings have helped to warn consumers that the pH (potential of hydrogen) levels in beverages such as soda could lead to tooth erosion, the breakdown of tooth structure caused by the effect of acid on the teeth that leads to decay. However, the pH level of soft drinks isn't the only factor that causes dental erosion. A beverage's "buffering capacity," or the ability to neutralize acid, plays a significant role in the cause of dental erosion. Popular energy drinks also cause tooth erosion.Clinical Featurefigure 1 Effects of soft drinks ....teethAcid Versus Enamel:-It is well known by the medical profession that disease loves acid,2 and this is particularly true of dental caries.Dental caries, by definition, is tooth demineralization caused by acidic-byproducts of the bacterial fermentation of dietary sugars. The resulting caries lesion involves gradual demineralization of subsurface enamel and dentin, leaving the outer 20- to 50-micrometer-thick surface preserved more or less intact.3 With the consumption of acidic, carbohydrate-rich soft drinks,teenagers are at high risk for caries development,which can be quite aggressive (Figure 1). Eight- to 17-year-old children are at greatest risk. Normally, as the young, immature enamel is bathed by salivary ions and the intercrystallinespaces fill, it becomes progressively harder and more mature. Mature enamel appears as a very dense, less penetrable, glassy hard structure that is fairly resistant to acid attack.However, enamel maturation takes time. The newly erupted enamel in teenagers is immature, and the crystalline structure is porous, chalky, and easily penetrated and dissolved by acids.4 Even in the absence of carbohydrates,soft drinks can be destructive to teeth. These acidic, or lowpH, beverages can contribute to the demineralization of dental hard tissues.Dental erosion is the loss of tooth structure by a chemical process not involving bacteria.5 Initially,enamel will demineralize and dissolve, with the surface appearing dull. Acids can also enter the pits  of enamel and cause subsurface structure loss.6 The solubility of hydroxyapatite increases logarithmic-ally with decreasing pH.Erosion may be caused by either intrinsic or extrinsic sources. The intrinsic causes have been documented to include cases of anorexia nervosa and bulimia, as well as any gastrointestinal disorder that involves increased outputs of gastric acids. Extrinsic sources include acidic medicines such as vitamin C and aspirin, aerosol acid chemicals in the work environment, or the frequent consumption of acid food stuffs or drinks.Simple pH monitors have shown that all types of soft drinks are very acidic,especially the colas, which can have a pH of 2.4 or less . In order to neutralize a glass of cola, it takes 32glasses of high pH alkaline water.2 Exposure of enamel to Coca-Cola® for one hour leads to significant reduction in  ,and scanning electron microscopic evaluation has revealed surface irregularities.ConclusionAs you may imagine, although the erosion and caries processes are as different as their histological appearance,the two conditions occurringcon currently could be deleterious to dental hard tissues. As dental professsionals,we need to educate our patients about the consequences of soft drink consumption and provide suggestions to minimize the risk.We also need to be active in educating school administrators on the negative impact soft drinks have on students’teeth.The place where children spend agre at portion of their day and where they are influenced greatly by their surroundingsis their school. Schools are therefore the most suitable environment to provide health information tochildren in order to achieve the goal ofhealth promotion programs. It isquite a contradiction to teach principlesof good nutrition in health education,then adjourn the class to thereality that the children have highaccessibility to soft drinks right outsidethe classrooms

'Soft Drinks' Have a 'Hard' Impact on your health

Ms. Raminder Kaur Deshmukh, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Now a days it's a trend to gulp down a bottle of cola while dining or socializing with the family and friends. No meal seems to be complete without soft drinks.This is how a soft drink impacts our health:SUGAR OVERLOAD: After the consumption of the drink our blood sugar shoots up, at this our liver convert every single sugar molecule into fat which will lead to weight gain and obesity.ASTHMA: It aggravates the problem of respiratory diseases.KIDNEY PROBLEMS: The artificial sweeteners present in the colas can damage one of the most important organ of our body that is kidney. REPRODUCTIVE ISSUES: Researches have shown that consuming colas on regular basis can have spermicidal effect. Hey man are you listening ??OBESITY: Colas are full of sugar and extra laden calories. Excess intake of colas will give you extra laden calories which will gift you obesity in return. so better avoid colas.OSTEOPOROSIS: Soft drinks contain high phosphorous content which interferes with the body’s ability to absorb calcium and can lead to osteoporosis, cavities and bone softening.RISK OF DIABETES: With sedentary lifestyle this is the major giant killer which has emerged in India. Non diabetic persons should avoid these drinks in order to keep diabetes away and diabetic persons should be careful as it increases blood glucose levels instantly.HEART DISEASE: Soft drink contain high amount of artificial sweetening agents and fructose content due to which there is increase risk of metabolic syndrome which can lead to elevated risk of heart disease. TEETH DAMAGE: Drinking colas can lead to tooth decay as the Ph level of colas is high which can damage the enamels quickly. so for that perfect '32', keep the colas away.METABOLISM LEVEL DECREASES: A glass of warm water can speed up your metabolic rate.A can of Cola can surely be tasty but it really decreases the metabolism and helps in destroying the fat burning enzymes in no time.So let's say "Cheers" with lassi, coconut water,soups and bye to colas.

How to Improve Your Energy Levels

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
As we get older there is a change in our hormones levels that can affect the energy levels in the body. But even then low energy levels that reduce with age means that you don't have the hyper activity of a 13 year old. If you constantly feel tired and out-of-it even when you haven't done much all day should make you get concerned. Maybe its a calling to make that lifestyle change before it translates into some health issues. We give you some easy to follow steps that can help clean your system internally, regulate your metabolism and spike your energy levels naturally.Apples & Strawberry (Cr/free digital)Based on a simple philosophy of eat well and exercise, this is how you can do it too:Balanced Meal: Eating a heavy meal or stuffing till the time we feel loaded gives a sleepy feeling. Ensure your meal are dominated by fresh seasonal vegetables and pulses. This will not only give the right nutrition for your body but will also detox your system simultaneously. Vitamins and minerals accelerate the basic chemical reactions in the body for various functions. Low intake of vitamin and minerals affects the immune system which slows down the body metabolism and shows decline in energy levels. Eat fruits and vegetables for vitamins and minerals and keep a faster body metabolism.Water: Sometimes feeling thirsty can be a reason for lowered levels of energy. If you are dehydrated then you will feel fatigued and lack energy. Keeping the body hydrated will keep the metabolism high and faster digestion of food in the body. Drink plenty of water to keep energy levels high. Sometimes drinking too much coffee or tea also leads to dehydration. Avoid as much caffeine as you can. Instead switch to green tea for all its health benefits.Sleep: Another reason that is often neglected is sleep. Maybe you are getting disturbed or not enough sleep resulting in a over worked mind & body. Sleep is essential as its the time when the body relaxes and repairs itself. Make sure you get atleast 7-8 hours of sleep. Avoid heavy meals or drinking just before sleep.Exercise: If you are inactive then weak muscle can slow you down in doing basic movements where you will feel tired very quickly. Doing  exercise improves blood flow in body and builds muscles to provide greater strength and energy to do work more efficiently. If you have never exercised before even then its never too late. Start with walking and then add different forms of exercise to help you get fitter. Or just start playing a sport to add some kind of physical activity to your routine.

Think Before You Drink!

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
You stay away from the most obvious signs of sugar in your food.  Avoid desserts, don't take sugar in your tea/coffee. But sometimes you ignore the not so obvious forms of sugar that might be harming you. To start the damage control right away here are a few ways how sugar is finding way to your system.Cola drinks (Regular and diet): The cola drinks are soda and added sweeteners and artificial colors present in it. The soda present in it increases the level of co2 in the body which results in the reduction of anti-oxidants in the body. It contains a high amount of sugar in it which is not good for the health.Energy Drinks: It makes up for the energy lost especially for athletes who burn calories at a faster rate and want  to recover for lost energy. But if you read the nutrition label it contain nearly 7 teaspoon of sugar present in it which it more than double the daily requirement, adding health problems as overtime. It also contains a high amount of sodium which is not healthy at all. Have fresh fruit juice for energy and nutrition too.Iced tea: You probably know different flavors of iced tea but do can you tell how many tea spoons are you consuming in a cup. About 5 teaspoon of sugar you consume in a single serving of iced tea. All this extra sugar will keep getting stored and will eventually show on your body as fat or health problems. The lemon drinks for keeping health stroke away can't keep the extra sugar in it. Most of the packaged juices contain high amount of sweeteners not advisable for our body. Instead have green tea in chilled water. Try it, its really refreshing.Fresh Lime Soda: Sweetened lemon drinks whether with soda or without soda contains high amount of sugar which doesn't remain as a healthy option. The fruit squashes and syrups contain concentrated form with sugar and other preservatives. Sweetened drink syrups are equally unhealthy when we compare the sugar present in it to the required amount. Avoid  the sugar in your lime water and double up your health benefits.The above options might give you a reason to think again and put the stop on sugar consumption to a infinite level which is happening everyday. It is alright to consume these drinks in moderation but regular consumption of drinks with high amount of sugar will have repercussions on your health in long term like weight gain, anxiety and depression.

Lemon Juice the Best and Cheapest Energy Drink

Dr. Vaibhav Lunkad, Sexologist
Lemon juice the best antiviral, antibacterial, astringent, PH changer, immunity enhancer and the best and cheapest energy drink.A naturopath from USA had given us a very good lecture at MIT Centre for Biofield sciences, Kothrud, Pune 7-8 years ago that lemon juice when enters after mixing with saliva in the throat area it BECOMES ALKALINE and changes ph of all to alkaline and hence the best antiviral, antibacterial and health remedy.I used these properties for all our patients in Sassoon hospital HIV OPD from april 2013 to march 2014 and was able to reduce the expenses of patients in pvt and govt to 10 lakhs per month as people used to get saline and other OI medicines outside very costly and plus it is difficult to provide when they need at any moment after OPD hours medicines like septran,Azithromycin,Fluconazle,Nitazoxanide,antihelminthic,antidiarrheal,painkillers,antiallergic,antipyretic,h2 and h1 blockers,antacids..          HIV patients take saline very often in pvt clinics due to weakness,multiple deficiencies.Nobody was even guiding them that there are better options than saline which is salt glucose and water (costing 300-600 per bottle),whereas lemon juice(costing max 5rs) is saline+antiviral,antibacterial,astringent(clearing the muco-cutaneous coatings),ph changer,alkaliniser,dehydration and minerals corrector.Does this require any proof when it is even plain commonsense for any health professional to openly accept without a biased mind? We apply only specialised knowledge when we become specialists and just forget our duty to the common poor man from his angle.Antacids and H1,H2 blockers (acting against acidity) are not to be taken with ART as it decreases ART drug absorption and so instead we can advise lemon juice which helps in absorption of many drugs and also minerals and vitamins.     Crores of rupees are spent on saline and gives doctors a very big INDOOR HOSPITAL INCOME by giving only salt glucose water even today when we know the risks our staff are taking while injecting a saline,where there is high possiblity that staff becomes HIV positive because of inadequate precautions taken as outside patients don't reveal HIV status,thats another huge problem,how HIV spreads.By astringent property LEMON JUICE,our hero takes away all the fungal coating in throat and oesophagus and saves patient from severe projectile vomiting .HIV patients to the tune of 30-40% patients are always suffering from projectile severe vomiting,without any relief from anti-vomiting measures(costing heavily +pill burden,when combined with antifungals,antibiotics and of course ART).In this again,patient thinks ART causes severe acidity,becomes less compliant,less adherent to ART medicine and goes into DRUG RESISTANCE and again slowly towards SECOND AND THIRD line of drugs costing the patient and govt crores and serious other problems and failure of the great national programme on HIV awareness and control.So still you feel that patient should not take lemon juice daily just three-to-four glasses?All the world over all know VIT C DAILY reqt of 1000mg costing 20rs per tablet,still should we not advise cheaper lemon juice than severely bitter vit c tablets?Opportunistic infection is the only cause of morbidity and mortality in HIV and all immunedeficient disorders like diabetes,and fast acting viral infections like swineflu.When lemon juice can even sterilise and sanitise the throat and save the cost of costly masks and masking of commonsense(better called than knowledge).Shouldn't doctors and hospital staff of infectious disease be served first with lemon juice rather than tea,see for themselves with proof and then naturally they will advise reflexly even without their own knowledge!I have seen some cases of ED due to mouth odour alone and hence please give your sex partner at least lemon juice  before you go for sexLEMON JUICE THUS IS A GREAT SANITISER,STERILISER,ANTIVIRAL,ANTIBACTERIAL,TOPICAL ANTITUBERCULOUS DRUG,ANTIFUNGAL,ALKALINISER,PREVENTIVE ANTIBIOTIC.Plus like homeopathy in common cold etc it works as poison kills poisonHATS OFF TO LEMON BY LIMBOOWALE DR VAIBHAV LUNKAD ,AS I AM CALLED BY MY THOUSANDS  ALIVE AND ON ART PATIENTS.ONE-TO-TWO LEMONS A DAY KEEPS  DISEASE  WEAKNESS  and DOCTOR AWAY-DR VAIBHAV LUNKADLemon juice the best antiviral,antibacterial,astringent,ph changer,immunity enhancer and the best and cheapest energy drink reminds dr vaibhav lunkad

9 Reasons to Avoid Soft Drinks & Sodas

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
When taken at face value, diet soda seems like a health-conscious choice because it contains artificial sweeteners which satisfy your urge for sugar without adding any calories. But there’s more to these chemical cocktails than meets the eye.1) Devoid of nutritional valueSoft drinks and diet soda are devoid of any nutritional value, and don’t contain essential nutrients like vitamins and minerals.2) Enhances invisible fatArtificial sweeteners in diet soda and sugar in sugar sodas trigger insulin secretion which leads to increase in the level of triglyceride in blood. It also leads to deposition of fat in organs such as the liver. This further leads to insulin resistance and diabetes.3) Colouring chemicals-CancerColouring chemicals which are found in soda and soft drinks (2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole) are carcinogenic in nature and lead to cancer.4) Accelerate ageingStudies shows that phosphate and phosphoric acid found in colas and soft drinks acidify the blood and affect the action of glutathione, which is an antioxidant enzyme. In addition, these drinks lack any vitamins or minerals. By consuming these drinks, people cut their intake of water and milk and deprive themselves of essential nutrients which keep the skin healthy and glowing. Thus, the skin becomes dull and more prone to wrinkles and aging.5) Effects on kidneySoft drinks remove Calcium from the body, causing an excess amount of Calcium to be deposited in the kidney, resulting in nephrolithiasis (kidney stones).6) Effects bonePhosphoric acid present in all carbonated beverages causes removal of calcium from the body and leads to osteoporosis.7) Effects of CaffeineIn most carbonated beverages, caffeine is added to make it more addictive. Caffeine in carbonated drinks is more readily absorbed than in any other drink (like coffee, chocolate etc.). Caffeine disturbs sleep by stimulating the nervous system. It also makes premenstrual syndrome worse, causes dehydration and induces the stomach to produce acids, aggravating hyperacidity. Since caffeine disturbs sleep, the body is more likely to produce C - reactive protein, which plays an important role in heart disease.8) Messed up HormonesIt's not just the soda that's causing all the problems. Nearly all aluminum soda cans are lined with an epoxy resin called bisphenol A (BPA), used to keep the acids in soda from reacting with the metal. BPA is known to interfere with hormones, and has been linked to everything from infertility to obesity and diabetes and even some forms of reproductive cancers.9) Unknown Side Effects of GMOsTake a look at the ingredients list for any soda and chances are that most of those ingredients are derived from corn. Independent scientists have found that, in animals, genetically modified crops, or GMOs (Genetically modified organisms), are linked to digestive tract damage, accelerated aging, and even infertility.

Is Drinking Cold Water Bad for Health?

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Come summers and our thirst for cold water begins. Cold water has helped many of us tackle the summer heat by instantly giving us a cooling sensation. It has not only quenched our thirst but also cooled our sweating hot bodies down. Those sigh of sheer happiness when you finish drinking cold water after fighting the insufferable heat of the peak summers. Bliss!I think it is safe to assume that most of us love drinking cold water in the summers and wouldn’t trade it with any other beverage of any other temperature. But when we come across the ‘internet facts (read fads) or popular myths’ like drinking cold water harms your body and affects your health adversely, we can’t guiltlessly enjoy our icy cold water. We are always shutting that voice of reason which reiterates the read fact and we end up feeling bad instead of blissful after our drink.We are going to explain how drinking water at any temperature does not have any sort of adverse or harmful impact on your health. So, we have come across many articles on the internet about when you have cold water after a meal, it solidifies the ingested fat which in turn does not get broken down and gets collected in the body as stored fat, thereby making you fat. Well I think it is safe to say that this line of research is based on nothing and has had no concrete results. It is an absolutely confirmed fact that drinking cold water does no such thing.Water has no fat or carbohydrate in it; hence it cannot possibly make you fat, though depending on its source, it might contain some minerals & vitamins. While consuming hot water on an empty stomach after waking up in the morning is believed to boost metabolism and we would suggest that you follow this rule in order to lose weight more efficiently, drinking cold water can also help you burn a few extra calories.When you drink cold water, your body has to work a little extra to bring the temperature of the water to normal and in this process it ends up burning calories to produce that energy. Although the number of calories burnt is not that much. E.g.: to warm 500ml of ice cold water your body burns only 17 Calories. But if you calculate the number of times you end up burning 17 calories into the number of days, we are sure you will reach a more appreciable number. Another fact is that drinking cold water after exercising can help you get rehydrated faster and helps bring the elevated body temperature to normal. Some studies even show that our stomach absorbs cold water faster than warm water, allowing us to indulge in our physical activity for a longer time without worrying about dehydration.While we suggest you drink 9-12 glasses of water every day to keep your body free of toxins and other harmful compounds which gets flushed out through water when you urinate, we would also encourage you to take more reasonable decisions when it comes to fads like ‘Does drinking cold water make you fat or unhealthy?A few different ways of including more water in your daily diet:         1. Green tea: This beverage not only ensures increased water intake but also an increased metabolism        2. Lemon water: This beverage along with rehydrating you boosts your immunity every time you take a sip.        3. Turmeric ginger-honey tea: This one is especially effective in cooling your body down for longer periods owing to the                   cooling properties of turmeric and ginger. They also try to minimize the adverse effects of scorching heat.        4. Buttermilk: It boosts your calcium levels and instantly cools your body down.        5. Coconut water: This beverage is loaded with a lot of minerals and vitamins and has ability to regulate your blood                             pressure.You can enjoy these drinks everyday either hot or cold to increase your daily water uptake and reap the benefits of a toxin free, well hydrated healthy body. Happy Drinking!

Tips To Improve Your Energy Levels!

Dr. Swapan Banerjee, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Be Fit by FATS & OILS - Please note that omega -6 fatty acid based oils are always very essential for all. Although Omega -3 fatty acids based oils/fat are also required in a particular proportion.This information Is very important,  mainly for cardiac patients.You therefore go for unsaturated ones like mustard oil,sunflower oil as liquid fats not saturated fats like Butter,Ghee,Margarine.  Be Fit by EXERCISES - Do you know, along with proper diet some basic EXERCISE is how important?Basic Exercises means simple walking 2-4 kms or light cycling for half an hour. If you are going to Gym for body building then you need  more work out free hand as well as instrumental.There are some immediate benefits once you practice doing exercises:1. Increases HDL cholesterol i.e good cholesterol.2. Makes heart more stronger3. Reduces Blood pressure.4. Increase bone density i.e calcium deposition & help for old age.5. Lot of energetic & happy,dynamic enough rather no depression.6. Can maintain excess belly fat ..i.e your tummy which is always a reason of good jokes by public.7. Maintain your skin & skin color ,freshness of eyes, avoiding hairs for being fallen & more like these.Your Daily Nutrition &  Low Cost Diet at homeYour meal should contain per day all the nutrients in just required amount (may be a bit more/less) & in proper proportions. Normally a person needs 50-55% carbohydrate + 10 -15% protein + 20-25% both visible fats like oil added from outside during cooking & invisible like some fats already present inside the foods/ingredients eaten by you regularly.For example: if you are a 60 kg. Man then you need 2300 kcal/day energy. Now you have take 300gm carbohydrate like rice/roti + 60 gm protien like fish/egg (animal) soya/dal/rajmah etc.(plant) + 25gm visible fat (cooking oil) along with 600mg/d calcium & 17gm iron within normal foods. Pl note. All calculated per day within your taken food. And for woman: 55kg by same age - 1900kcam/d energy where she needs - 240gm cho + 55gm pro.+ 20gm visible fat along with little more calcium & iron.For gastric problems in general you take water after 5 mins of your each meal. Take fresh water,plenty fruits & max servings of vegetables,sour curd around 50.gm daily - its really helpful.Wish you all a healthy life