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People with very active lifestyles that do not get adequate sleep on a regular basis usually turn to energy drinks to fuel their bodies when they feel the “crash”. The market for energy drinks has exploded since 2008, seeing an increase of about 60% in sales.  Athletes, particularly student athletes with jam-packed schedules that include classes, homework, clubs, and other extra-curricular activities are frequently overwhelmed and exhausted; it’s estimated that 51% of college athletes drink energy drinks regularly.

Energy Drinks: Solution or Problem?

For most young adults, the solution is to grab an energy drink for a quick boost. Although it will provide a rush of energy, we need to take a deeper look at the ingredients and their effects. The most popular brands include Monster, Red Bull & Rockstar, and they all have pretty much the same main ingredients:

  • Caffeine
  • Sugar (or artificial sweeteners)
  • Taurine

Caffeine

Caffeine levels of an 8 oz energy drink range from 40-250 mg (quite staggering)! In comparison, an 8 oz cup of coffee has approximately 100mg of caffeine. The FDA recommends a maximum of 400 mg of caffeine daily to avoid the risk of negative effects, but how each person metabolizes caffeine is dependent upon many other factors. Additionally, most of these drinks contain synthetic caffeine, which causes a higher “rush” followed by a bigger crash. And these high levels of caffeine, combined with the 3 other main ingredients in energy drinks, increases the risk for cardiovascular and neurological issues over time.

Sugar

The amount of sugar is also problematic; some drinks (like Rockstar) have a whopping 60 grams sugar in one 8 oz can! These are simple sugars, which are not broken down but are absorbed into the bloodstream. As a result, insulin output is substantially increased to manage the blood sugar, but the spike and sharp drop of sugar levels that follows takes a toll on the pancreas and Islet cells that are responsible for producing insulin. Over time, the cells become desensitized to insulin and can lead to Type 2 Diabetes.

Taurine

Because Taurine does not aid in protein synthesis, it’s not considered an essential amino acid; however, it’s still a very important nutrient that our bodies need. It’s needed for proper brain function, muscle development, supports the nervous system, and is used as an adjunct treatment for congestive heart failure. More research is needed to better understand how it helps improve athletic performance and endurance, but this is one of the reasons it’s added to energy drinks.

The Healthier Energy Option: Mineral Supplementation

Many people are not aware of the importance of minerals in the body, especially how critical the balance of minerals is for metabolic function and exercise. The minerals’ interaction with macronutrients and vitamins is essential, and they play a central role in providing cellular energy, adrenal and thyroid function, and proper hormonal function. There are 5 essential minerals (these are also known as electrolytes): Sodium, Magnesium, Potassium, Chloride, Calcium, and without these, healthy energy levels cannot be met nor maintained, particularly during exercise.

To illustrate the importance of mineral balance, as an example, let’s use a medical diagnosis of osteoporosis and conventional medicine’s approach for treatment: calcium supplements. There are 2 main problems with this approach; the 1st is that Vitamin D plays a large role in calcium absorption (one of its many functions in the body), and since the vast majority of the population is Vitamin D deficient, poor calcium uptake will likely occur from taking exogenous calcium and only add to the problem. The 2nd issue relates to the 1st in that higher levels of calcium can block absorption of magnesium, which is critical for muscle recovery and release of lactic acid. If lactic acid builds up in muscle tissue, it results in pain & stiffness, and the chance of injury increases. Certain minerals are antagonists to others; therefore, balance is essential for energy and overall healthy metabolic function.

Magnificent Marine Minerals—the Superior Choice

Marine life has existed for about 3.5 billion years on this planet, and it has been studied and observed how oceanic life has been sustained and developed over time. In the late 1800s, French biologist Rene Quinton did extensive research and testing, and determined that in order for the evolution of sea creatures to survive on land (as with the first amphibians), they needed to maintain the correct balance of the trace sea elements & minerals with the correct pH levels. Consequently, Quinton developed a unique process to dilute & sterilize ocean water using cold filtration & dilution; thus the first Marine Dispensary was born in 1904.

Supplementing with minerals instead of Energy drinks is a much better choice to improve athletic performance and muscle recovery, especially since there’s no dangerous side effects nor risk, and in addition, the minerals will improve general well-being as well. Quicksilver Scientific offers the original Quinton formula, created by Rene Quinton over 100 years ago, as a natural mineral supplement that contains 78 of the ocean’s minerals. Many athletes have enhanced their performances by providing the body with cellular energy that is required for peak function.

A Step Further: Test Your Mineral Levels & Determine Metabolic Type

Everyone should test their mineral levels and find out what their metabolic type is. Hair Testing Mineral Analysis is a very simple, inexpensive and valuable testing method because it can take years before a blood test can detect mineral imbalances. Hair testing will show these imbalances despite blood tests showing normal, in-range results, often long before onset of disease (and sometimes even before symptoms are even present).

Identifying mineral levels in the body is vital for health coaches/practitioners to design an initial protocol using the Quinton minerals to provide the best and most precise support for each individual client, as we are all bio-individuals with different needs.

So get in the game and find out your mineral levels to get the edge you need to improve your personal performance, endurance, and accelerate recovery time. Schedule your FREE consult today!

Resources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4892198/

https://ocean.si.edu/through-time/ancient-seas/ocean-throughout-geologic-time-image-gallery#:~:text=Evidence%20shows%20that%20life%20probably,ocean%20to%20support%20complex%20life.

https://quinton.bio/about-us/rene-quinton