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ENERGIZING CAFFEINE ALTERNATIVES

It’s not that coffee (or tea) are bad; studies have shown that they’re high in antioxidants and may decrease the risk of diabetes, Parkinson’s, heart disease, and cancer. But slamming caffeine doesn’t give you true energy. Instead, it creates a fake rush by prompting the adrenal glands to release adrenaline and cortisol, stress hormones that, over time, deplete the adrenals and create an overall drop in true energy—and a greater dependence on caffeine as a drug.

The same goes for energy drinks and shots laced with caffeine and guarana (a “natural” caffeine source). Even worse, they’re usually loaded with sugar, artificial flavors and colors, and preservatives, which studies show can lead to other adverse effects including arterial dilatation, aneurysm formation,

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