“En­ergy” Drinks:

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Food sci­ence ex­pert Budge Collinson says the en­ergy drinks guz­zled by kids on a daily ba­sis don't ac­tu­ally give the body en­ergy; they sim­ply stim­u­late it with brief jolts of caf­feine and un­reg­u­lated in­gre­di­ents. “For a few mo­ments, you'll get that spike, but it's a short-term ex­pe­ri­ence with a heavy long-term toll,” he ex­plains. Some of the side ef­fects com­monly as­so­ci­ated with th­ese bev­er­ages in­clude anx­i­ety, hy­per­ten­sion, el­e­vated heart rate, dis­rupted sleep, and headaches—so he of­fers th­ese tips in­stead for a health­ier en­ergy boost.

• Go for a speedy bike ride, take a brisk walk, or hold foot-races in the yard. Ex­er­cise pumps more oxy­gen—pure, healthy fuel—into the blood­stream and to the brain and mus­cles for a short-term en­ergy boost. Ex­er­cis­ing reg­u­larly will in­crease lung ca­pac­ity, so the body will get more oxy­gen on a sus­tained level for the long term. Ex­er­cise also re­leases en­dor­phins, the body’s nat­u­ral feel-good chem­i­cal, which makes us happy—and happy peo­ple are en­er­gized peo­ple!

• Seek nu­tri­tion from a va­ri­ety of sources. As hu­mans, we need more than 40 vi­ta­mins and min­er­als to keep our bod­ies func­tion­ing op­ti­mally. There is no sin­gle food that con­tains them all, so it is im­por­tant for chil­dren and adults to eat a va­ri­ety, in­clud­ing as many dif­fer­ent veg­eta­bles and fruits as pos­si­ble. Adding a daily mul­tivi­ta­min sup­ple­ment with essen­tials such as CoQ10, argi­nine, thea­nine, resver­a­trol, and mag­ne­sium can help en­sure bod­ies young and old are run­ning at top speed.

• Drink plenty of wa­ter—the nat­u­ral en­ergy drink. Even mild de­hy­dra­tion can leave us feel­ing list­less. Re­mind kids to drink wa­ter be­cause they not only need more wa­ter than adults (be­cause they ex­pend more en­ergy), but also may not rec­og­nize when they’re slightly thirsty. Par­ents, too, of­ten don’t rec­og­nize the signs of de­hy­dra­tion; a na­tional sur­vey of more than 800 par­ents of kids aged 1 month to 10 years found that more than half feel they don’t know enough about de­hy­dra­tion. A quick, light pinch of the skin on the child’s hand or arm is an easy check. If the skin is slow to re­sume a smooth ap­pear­ance, the child is likely at least mildly de­hy­drated.

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