Watch Out, Coffee! There’s a New Drink in Town
Most of us need a cup of coffee to help wake us up in the morning or an energy boost to get through the day. While the caffeine in these drinks can be a great stimulant, your daily cup of joe or afternoon energy drink can have some drawbacks. If you’re looking for a better way to stay energized throughout the day, studies have shown that hydrogen-enriched water may be an effective and healthy alternative.
Caffeine: A Powerful Stimulant
Caffeine is perhaps the most frequently ingested substance worldwide that affects how your body functions. (1) This mild stimulant is naturally found in the leaves, fruit, and beans of the coffee, guarana, and cocoa plants, and it is a common ingredient in many medications and products that contain cocoa or chocolate. (1, 2) Some of the most common sources of caffeine for many people these days are coffee or other energy-boosting drinks.
When you consume something that contains caffeine, you can expect to experience caffeine’s strongest effects — and that much-needed energy boost — within the first hour; however, caffeine absorption into the bloodstream typically peaks between 15 minutes and two hours. (2, 3) Once caffeine is in your system, it can remain in your bloodstream for anywhere from an hour and half to roughly nine hours! (2)
How Much Caffeine Is Okay?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that healthy adults consume no more than 400mg of caffeine each day. (2) That’s roughly the amount of caffeine in four cups of coffee, 10 cans of caffeinated soda, or two energy shot drinks. (4) However, not each brand of coffee or energy drink is created equal, which means the actual caffeine content in each drink will vary.
The Drawbacks of Caffeine
While caffeine can definitely give you an energy boost, it’s important to note that drinking too much caffeine, or having a sensitivity to it, can have some negative effects on your health. Some of these drawbacks include (2, 3):
- It is addictive, perhaps because of how it affects neurotransmitters like amphetamines, heroin, and other drugs do.
- It is a diuretic, which means it prompts your body to urinate and lose water, which can lead to dehydration if you aren’t drinking enough water.
- It can make you feel agitated, nervous, irritable, anxious, and restless.
- If you feel stressed, drinking coffee can actually make it worse.
- It can cause insomnia, particularly if you consume it at night or drink a large amount of it earlier in the day.
- If you are pregnant, it can contribute to reduced blood and oxygen flow to the placenta, as well as an increased risk of low birth weight or miscarriage.
- Many people can develop an intolerance to caffeine, which results in you consuming more in order to experience the same effects you did before.
While some people may not experience some or any of these negative side effects, others may experience many of them, and the severity of these effects largely depend on your overall health. Even if you do not experience negative side effects from caffeine, it is very possible that you will develop a tolerance to it, which could result in you consuming more than the recommended amount. If so, you may experience severe health issues or toxicity.
Hydrogen Water: The Perfect Caffeine Substitute
If you want to experience the energy boost that you get from caffeine but want to avoid all of the negative side effects, then hydrogen water is the perfect alternative. Hydrogen water is a natural way to experience greater energy without a crash later on. Plus, you can experience a variety of additional health benefits like reduced inflammation and oxidative stress, improved gut health, and an increased resistance to stress. (5, 6, 7)
One study compared the energy-related effects of caffeine and hydrogen-enriched water, and the results found that hydrogen water may be an effective alternative to caffeine consumption. When comparing subjects’ test scores on the Visual Analog Scale (VAS) and Attention Network Test (ANT), researchers found that VAS alertness increased by an average of 1.7 points. Plus, caffeine caused a significant drop in both alerting and executive control after 15 minutes. As a result, researchers concluded that hydrogen-enriched water may be a safe and effective alternative to caffeine that also causes no side effects. (8)
A More Natural Energy Booster
While this is only one study, it suggests that drinking hydrogen water provides similar benefits as caffeine but without the downsides. If you want to make the switch from caffeine to a more natural energy booster, our hydrogen water made by Echo™ water machines make it possible for you to enjoy hydrogen-enriched water right in your home or on the go. And once you experience the incredible health benefits and energy-boosting power of hydrogen water, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it.