Energy Drinks: A Student's Best Friend and Worst Enemy

Energy drinks may seem essential, but think twice before drinking one right after the other

An energy drink addiction is practically a prerequisite for students, but most energy drinks contain 200 mg of caffeine—seven times the amount of a can of Coca-Cola. One energy drink can contain 260 calories or more, and just two servings of Red Bull account for 20 percent of your recommended daily sodium. Not to mention the fact that energy drinks are often linked to heart attack, stroke and kidney failure.

The good news? You can still get energy in healthier alternatives. Fatigue is often caused by dehydration, so drink water as much as you can. Don’t skip breakfast, keep healthy snacks like granola on hand and take time to actually sit and enjoy lunch. If you really need the caffeine, a cup of coffee with skim or soy milk is OK. Of course, the best defense against fatigue won’t be found in the refrigerator but in at least seven hours of sleep.

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