This Is Your Body’s Absurd Response To Just One Energy Drink

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Sure, no one ever thought of energy drinks as exactly healthy. But now, new research shows that even small doses of the beverage may be truly terrible for our bodies.

The study, published in JAMA, had young, healthy men and women consume just one 16-ounce can of Rockstar, a leading energy drink brand. They then measured the participants’ blood pressure and stress levels.

The results were pretty shocking: Norepinephrine levels — a stress hormone that controls your “fight or flight” response — had spiked almost 75% thirty minutes after people downed the drink. Blood pressure also rose by an average of 6.6 points.

Not only are those effects harmful in the short term, but the researchers note that these physical changes “may predispose [people] to increased cardiovascular risk” in the long run.

As a control, the researchers also had the men and women drink a placebo drink the next day, which tasted the same and contained the same amount of sugar and calories but didn’t have all the stimulants found in Rockstar. The effects were found to be much less: with the placebo beverage, blood pressure rose just 3.3. points and stress levels about 30%.

So why are these buzzy beverages so harmful to our health? The study authors say that more research is needed to look into the effects of energy drinks, but some of the added stimulants in Rockstar are likely to blame — including caffeine, taurine, guarana, ginseng and milk thistle extract.

So next time you’re tempted to reach for a Red Bull during an afternoon slump, consider the health impact of even just a few gulps — and turn to these natural, stress-free energy boosters instead.

2016-01-07T15:36:19+00:00

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    Q: Hey herbalist, so I have been doing a lot of research on caffeine, and the benefits and harms of it. I am looking for some added information about the differences between the caffeine found naturally in coffee or tea, and the kind found in pure caffeine pills. I have heard that the pills are much more harmful, but have not been able to find proof of why. With the exception of "its made in a lab, therefore it must be worse". If you could shed some light on the matter, I would greatly appreciate it! Just one more question. I have read that caffeine blocks the re-uptake of glutamate. This can cause glutamate toxicity (resulting in dead brain cells), but I am skeptical as to how often this occurs. Will that happen if one takes just 200-mg of caffeine? Is it for the chronic caffeine users who drink 6 cups of coffee a day for 10 years? Thanks so much for your time and effort! looking forward to some knowledge!

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    Nature does not make caffeine or any substance in mono-structured form, including caffeine. Caffeine consumed by itself is harmful (a la caffeine pills -- nature does not produce caffeine pills). Caffeine pills are INORGANIC and thus not absorbed by the body (the cells). Bio-caffeiene from plant sources is ORGANIC and thus absorbable. Organic substances can be absorbed through the cells. Inorganic substances cannot. Inorganic caffeine blocks reuptake of glutamate, and that's another reason why synthetic caffeine is harmful. Organic caffeine does not block reuptake of glutamate.

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    Q: I had this cough for about 6 months. I started taking blood pressure meds, the pills have been changed several times and till have the cough, I don't smoke. Doctors have did blood work, chest xrays, breathing test, inhalers. still have the cough. I drink maybe once a month, beer or mix drink. got your email from a friend.

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    Perform the FULL BODY DETOX followed by the RESPIRATORY CLEANSE AND REGIMEN. Meds are TOXIC and POISONOUS! They will not help you!

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    Q: I am 37 years old and was recently diagnosed with high blood pressure. I related the pressure being elevated due to stress. My doctor prescribed medication for me, but I am looking for a natural way to assist me in lowering my pressure. I also suffer from acid reflux.

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    High blood pressure can be eliminated by changing your diet (cutting back heavily on meat), cutting out table salt for sea salt, staying away from stress, etc. Perform the FULL BODY DETOX and follow this kit up with a daily maintenance regimen of CARDIO-VASCULAR FORMULA, NERVES FORMULA, and CIRCUL-AID FORMULA. Eat more raw fruits and vegetables. Drink more water! Detox 2-4 times per year! There is much help for you. You can heal!

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    Q: I just stopped taking my medication for high blood pressure (10mg of Lisinapril) about a week and half ago. I started your regimen of Circul-Aid Formula, Cardio-Vascular Formula and celery everyday. Will there be any after effects from my taking prescription medication for a long period of time? Are there any other healing regimens I could undergo along with the current (i.e. cayenne/garlic)? I did the Full Body Detox in January (excellent), and plan on undertaking that regimen again in July. My only concern was the lasting effects of the medication. Also, the article on High Blood Pressure was very informative.

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    Drug residues will remain in the tissues for some time. The more you detox, take herbals, and eat raw fruits and vegetables (drink fruit and vegetable juice), drink good water, etc. The faster the drug residues will leave the body. Drugs are not assimilated in the body, because they are not organic, they end up lodged in the tissues of the body. When you take herbs, and eat fruits and vegetables, the tissues are cleansed and that's how the drug residues are eliminated from the body. You are on the right path, and I suggest you keep doing what you're doing. Don't even worry about the past drug medicine use. Stay in the NOW (moment), and focus on what you desire and you will be alright. A cayenne/garlic formula would aid you. Go for it! Make sure changes are made to the diet because it's the primary factor in HBP along with stress. Check out our "Dietary Choices" section under 'More Services' on the Home Page.

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    Q: I'm a 47-year-old male 218lbs. I'm a type 2 diabetic with my levels under control. I have no sexual desire at all. After my yearly physical I found out my testosterone level is 277, kind of low right? That thought process is just not available to get aroused. I can get an erection but can't keep it. Would you also suggest a blood sugar program? It's causing my relationship not to move into the getting married goal.

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    I would suggest our Pancreas Kit and Regimen! You don't want diabetes under control. You want it GONE! At least I would think. If you have diabetes under control, you still have it! How else could you CONTROL it if it wasn't there or in existence?

    Next, I recommend you give the Total Male Cleanse a try. Good maintenance herbs for your sexual dysfunction include Jackrabbit formula, Male Hormonal Formula, Prostate formula, and Circu-laid formula.

    Cheer up, Beloved! There is help for you.

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    Q: Hi, I have been suffering from a dull pain the testicular area for over 2 years now. I have seen 2 urologists that have confirmed that I have enterococcus bacteria in either the prostate of genital area based on semen culture. I have also done testicle ultrasound and CAT scan of the area with good results. One of the urologist said that I have an inflamed prostate (prostitis) there was some varicose veins when ultra sound was done but the urologist continues to give me long term antibiotics. Some my symptoms have been dull pain in the testicular area when I need to have a bowel movement. low energy, moody, memory loss, irritable, confused, brain fog etc. I use to have a health sex drive but now my sex drive is really low. A bit of erectile dysfunction but I think that comes more from having the pain all the time and anxiety. I don't know if this is possible but my penis seems to have reduced in size when erect. The doctor ask me to try some cialis for the ED which I did for a short while but decided I needed something natural because of the long term problems of using those medications. I have had long periods of stress from a bitter business relationship about 2 years ago. My concern is that every time I go to the urologist all they want to do it give me antibiotics and that doesn't seem to be working. I am concern of the other organ damage caused by taking long term antibiotics. Is there an alternative you recommend? I have been looking at your Anti- virus treatment. I am 30 years old.

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    I would suggest you perform the FULL BODY DETOXfollowed by the TOTAL MALE CLEANSE. Read some of our free health articles too on male reproductive health. Healing begins with knowledge!

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    Q: PEACE AND BLESSING TO YOU, My 14 yr. old daughter was diagnosed with elevated blood pressure. She is not overweight, she is active and healthy. My question to you is what would be a good herb for her she is now taking norvasc 5mg. She still has headaches. She has mostly every test done. Even to the point I put her in a study and they had a hard time getting blood from her. When they stuck the needle in her arm they proceeded to draw blood, and the blood just shot back in her veins. I know I must sound like a mad woman but I did see this with my own two eyes. Never the less I am in need of something that doesn't require dealing with these vampires. I really would like to know of something that will cure this she is to young to be going through this. Signed (worried about my little aloha)

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    Q: I am so impressed with your website and the level of great information you provide. The product list is very impressive as well. I have High Blood Pressure and have been on medication for a little over five years. I am 5'8" tall 167lbs. I'm in pretty good shape. I don't understand why I have HBP. I know I want to be off the meds. I feel really tired when I try to exercise. (I mean really tired) I notice there is constant congestion and post nasal drip. I'm usually going to the bathroom to urinate 4 or 5 times every night. So, I want to accomplish a couple of things. 1. I want my energy level back so that I can get back into the gym build my body again. 2. I want to get off these meds. I've been thinking about doing the FULL BODY DETOX but I read where some people were having real pain. I'm concerned that if the pain is too bad my blood pressure will go up.

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    Thank you, Beloved! Glad you like the website! I would recommend that you first perform the FULL BODY DETOX (FBD). Drink ginseng tea too while detoxing! Consult with our "HERBAL CHART" for products to take for any diseases you may be dealing with. Again, begin the FBD right away to reclaim your health. The meds are only killing you slowly but surely. You can heal, Beloved!

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    Q: I was given a blood pressure prescription because my reading was 140/90, I know that blood pressure is a symptom of something else going on. Do I need to cleanse my kidney? What's needed to treat high blood pressure?

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    Please read our article entitled "High Blood Pressure" in our articles section. There is plenty of information located wthin this article Beloved!

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    Q: What do you recommend for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high sugar level (not diabetic yet). I need help with excess weight and lack of energy.

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    We recommend you perform our Full Body Cleanse. The cleanse will help eliminate toxins, balance your weight, and restore your body to its optimal state.

    After the cleanse, order CARDIOVASCULAR FORMULA, CHOLESTEROL FORMULA, BOWEL MOTION, and SUGAR CONTROL to maintain the healthy progress you have made.

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    Q: I was just released from the hospital from having chest pains (stress related this time, next time I might not be so lucky. I am currently 280 pounds and on a rack of prescription drug for diseases ranging from diabetes, cholesterol, high blood pressure, anemia, depression and the list goes on. I am thinking about doing the Full Body Detox Kit but I am afraid. How will this interact with the prescription medication I am currently on and is it possible to find out what the instructions will be before I actually purchase the product?

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    Your main aim should be to release weight. Obesity is your major problem.

    If you are afraid of performing the Full Body Detox, how can I help you? Fear shuts the body down, so why even bother taking something natural that will help you. People are afraid of the wrong things. You should be afraid of taking all of those drugs which can kill you. Read my article "Iatrogenics." Drugs can't help you because your body is organic and not made up of drugs, so in reality, you're only poisoning yourself. If you are thinking about performing the Full Body Detox and still taking drugs while doing so, don't bother! Don't waste your money! It defeats the whole purpose to take drugs and herbs simultaneously. Herbs heal and cleanse, drugs pollute.

    Fear results from ignorance. Educate yourself about herbs. Read our free articles.

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    Q: I am very interested in improving my health and more so now that I have realized my doctors can't seem to help me. I have herpes, and I would love to get rid of it. But being a single mother, sometimes the stress gets the best of you. I have also been experiencing severe itching with a recurring bacterial infection that medication does not help at all. I have been diagnosed with high blood pressure and I would also like to loose weight also, especially in my belly area. Can you help me figure out how I can combat some of these issues?

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    Sure I can help! First, beginning with the FULL BODY DETOX. Follow this kit up with the ANTI-VIRAL CLEANSE AND REGIMEN and (you can wait about 7-14 days to start after completing the FULL BODY DETOX). After this kit, perform the WEIGHT RELEASE CLEANSE AND REGIMEN. The above kits will target all of your major concerns. For stress, start drinking Valerian Root tea (1-2 cups daily). Check out some of our inhalers too (ELATION INSPIRANT). There is much help for you, Beloved! Read some of our free â€ARTICLES†too. Many are very inspirational!

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    Q: I need help, which herbal supplements heal high blood pressure and lower sugar levels.

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    Try our SUGAR BUSTERand the PANCREAS AUXILIARY FORMULA .

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    Q: I have lupus, raynaud's phenonmenon, fibromyalgia, pernicous anemia, high blood pressure and neuropathy in my feet for over 15 years. Most recently I was diagnosed with pericarditis and scleroderma. My energy level is severely depleted along with my mental spirit. Is there any help for my illnesses? PLEASE HELP!

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    Yes, there is PLENTY of help for you! For diseases: first perform the FULL BODY DETOXfollowed by the 10-DAY ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD CLEANSE. Drink HEARTY HEART TEA (mornings) and NERVES TEA (nightly) while cleansing too. For your mind, please read MENTAL SCIENCE MANUAL e-book. All available in our on-line store! We have articles written on these diseases too. Go to our articles section and read Dec. 2009 newsletter!

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    Q: There is a raw bar called Raw Crunch Energy Bar - Goji Berry, and a raw protein drink called-Raw Power! (Chocolate) Protein Superfood Blend (raw, organic), can these be taken on the detox to sub for a salad while at work?

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    As long as the nutrition bars are made from RAW FOODS, they are ok. Please check the ingredients label to make sure they are within the parameters of the cleanse guidelines.

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    Q: At age 15 I started getting cysts in my sweat glands (under arms, under breasts, groin area). Doctors treated me with antibiotics and creams over the years... it left so much scar tissue...Around age 23 I had my sweat glands removed and at that time I was diagnosed with HS (Hydra denitus supporativa)... the problem went away for about a year, and eventually moved to another place (the groin).. seems to flare up monthly during my menstrual cycle.. Since then, I was diagnosed with kidney disease, I am a dialysis patient with High blood pressure, high cholesterol.. I am on at least 6 medications to regulate my blood pressure, cholesterol, potassium, and phosphorous levels.. Due to all these changes, my libido is extremely low and almost nonexistent.. I have a hard time achieving a climax with my partner...I am married with 3 young children... I've considered weight loss surgery as a way to finally get my weight under control as it has been a huge issue for the last 10 years. What can you recommend that I can take to detox and cleanse myself of all my health issues?? Is there really anything out there to help my situation??

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    There's always help! Keep your mind focused and stay positive. Give the Full Body Cleanse a try followed by the Pancreas Cleanse.

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    Q: I am writing to you because I recently had my blood checked for hormone levels, it turns out I am producing more of some male hormone in large amounts. I think its called the DHAEs, in any case the endocrine specialist says it could be cysts on my ovaries or a tumor in my adrenals that is making my count 163 where a normal woman produces this hormone at a 79 count, of course I am not claiming any tumors, and I asked her to send me back to the lab to "retake" a sample...before I go back, I would like to try regulate the glandular function with your help and see if the results differ.

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    HMMM, DHAE OR DE-HYDRO EPI-ANDROSTERONE IT'S CALLED AND IS SOMEWHAT UNIQUE BECAUSE THE HORMONE "ANDROSTERONE" IS UNISEXUAL AND BOTH SEXES OR GENDERS PRODUCE IT BUT IT'S REALLY A FEMALE HORMONE BUT HAS BEEN GIVEN OR ATTRIBUTED TO MALES TO BALANCE WOMEN HAVING 2 HORMONES: PROGESTERONE AND ESTROGEN, AND SO NOW MALES HAVE TESTOSTERONE AND ANDROSTERONE. WELL, CLEARLY A HORMONAL IMBALANCE AND DENOTES A DEFICIENCY WITH THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM. RARELY, I WOULD AGREE WITH THE ENDOCRINOLOGIST IN THIS CASE BECAUSE DHAE IS PRODUCED IN AND SECRETED BY THE ADRENAL GLANDS. BUT YOU SEE, WHETHER OVARIES OR ADRENALS, YOU ARE DEALING WITH "GLANDS" AND IT STILL POINTS TO THE HORMONAL OR ENDOCRINE SYSTEM SO FOR SURE WE KNOW THE PROBLEM IS HERE WITH THIS BODILY SYSTEM (ENDOCRINE OR HORMONAL). FOR SURE ... I MOST DEFINITELY UNDERSTAND. WITHOUT A DOUBT I AM SUGGESTING THE TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE AND THE ADRENALIZER FORMULA (REMOVE ONE OF THE FORMULAS FROM THE TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE THAT YOU FEEL YOU DON'T NEED AND SUPPLEMENT WITH ADRENALIZER FORMULA.)

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    Q: In less than a year, I had two miscarriages with there being a fetal pole, but no heartbeat. Both babies died between 7-8 weeks. My last baby, I had an emergency c-section. During that time (either before or afterwards), I had a major infection in which I was given antibiotics for 4 days. Then once the infection was gone (so they say), my blood pressure went up. Because I am not a medicine taker (especially since I had hypertension with the two pregnancies before the last one and the medicine never worked), I refused to take the ONE pill that they say would make my blood pressure go down. Today, my pressure is pretty stable. Anyway, I was wondering if you think that the miscarriages have been caused by the infection or is there something still wrong with my body due to the c-section. What do you recommend that I do in order to get my body back so that so I can safely and fully carry another baby to term if it happens again that I will get pregnant? I can't lose another baby. I will be totally devastated. By the way, neither I nor my husband wants to do birth control. I don't want to have my tubes tied because I believe there are some underlying negative causes that can effect the body and I particularly do not want to put anything foreign in my body, i.e. IUD. I have been told that I cannot take Birth Control Pills due to my history with hypertension. What can I do?

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    The miscarriages are more spiritual than anything. Babies have no soul until after birth, so until birth, you only have biological entities forming in your body, so you are dealing with physical health problems. You need to work on strengthening your reproductive system. Evidently you system is weak. The C-section was unnecessary and doctors did it to make money. That's all. You don't do a C-section for a fetus of 7-8 weeks. That's ludicrous! Antibiotics? Those things are dangerous and are still in your body until you detox. The poisonous drugs they put in your body caused the Hypertension. Beloved, here's what I would recommend in your case: first perform the FULL BODY DETOX that will target all of the above. After this, perform the TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE. After this cleanse, perform the FERTILITY CLEANSE (which is optional in your case). You don't need birth control pills or any foreign device in your body. Just change your thoughts (see yourself pregnant, holding/nursing your baby), develop a healthy attitude (that you are worthy of holding a baby to term). Change your diet (vegan is best, eat more raw foods; fruits and vegetables). Drink Dherbs FEMALE HEALTH TEA daily. Remove all fears that you cannot hold a baby. Remove all thoughts about a 3rd miscarriage and how you will be devastated as you are setting yourself up for this by the very thought. Thank you for your interest in Dherbs.Com