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How to find the right energy drink for you

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Caution: The products mentioned here only target healthy adults (18+). It is not recommended to consume these beverages if you are sensitive to caffeine or in combination with any stimulants from other sources. High levels of caffeine have been shown to cause nervousness, irritability, sleeplessness, and, occasionally, rapid heart rate, according to the Mayo Clinic. 

 

Disclaimer: This review comes from a health enthusiast at the Vitamin Shoppe, who sells all the drinks mentioned on this blog. I am not financially compensated for these blog posts from the Vitamin Shoppe or other vendors. 

 

FYI: All of the drinks mentioned can be found at your local Vitamin Shoppe and GNC

 

Energy drinks come in different shapes and sizes; there is not a single drink that is the same as another. With the energy drink market being so saturated, it can be challenging for consumers of caffeinated beverages to figure out what energy drink is for them. Many people have different goals in mind when selecting a drink. A few of them include a quick pick me up, a boost in focus, or to become a beast in the gym. Whatever your goal is, there is an energy drink for you on the market. 

 

Quick Pick me up: 

 

Many people (including myself) choose an energy drink for a quick pick-me-up either because their morning coffee buzz has worn off or they have a busy day ahead of them in the early afternoon.  I have had this happen to me, especially when I played football, as I had to be awake until late at night to do homework and practice. When having an energy drink that late in the day, I tended to lean toward a 50-100 milligram dosage of caffeine in my drink. That has given me a light buzz of caffeine to get me through practice or late-night studying. Some drinks that have this include CBum and Jocko Fuel. 

 

Mental focus:

 

Many students need a drink that will help them focus when studying for a big test or simply working on assignments. Often, when you are looking for a focused beverage, there are many things you could be looking for. One thing is nootropics studies have shown that nootropic mushrooms help with focus. In addition to that, N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine (NALT) has been shown to assist in focus, as I mentioned in my review of Gorilla Mind. Some drinks that fit one or more of these criteria include Gorilla Mind, Space Tea, and Gym Weed.

 

Huge boost for the gym or extreme activity: 

If you are looking for a drink that will help you with any type of intense activity, there are many types of drinks for you. I personally recommend that you grab a drink with 200-300 mg of caffeine, as that is what the leading pre-workouts have. I also recommend that you grab a drink with bata alanine, as it strengthens your muscles and reduces fatigue. Drinks that fit this criteria include Bucked Up and C4. 

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