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What’s the trend? This trend hits close to home—my teenage daughter came home from varsity volleyball practice asking if I could buy her a Celsius energy drink after her interest was piqued from its popularity on TikTok. The Celsius energy drink has become popular in high school, college and among adult athletes, as the company claims that it provides essential energy, accelerates metabolism and helps burn body fat.

The truth behind the trend: Research suggests that energy drinks can be harmful—one 2019 study found that energy drinks can raise blood pressure, and others have linked their consumption to headaches, stomachaches, hyperactivity and insomnia.

Celsius and other energy drinks contain several stimulants, including caffeine and guarana extract. Guarana is a compound with roughly four times more caffeine than coffee beans. Excessive amounts of caffeine can lead to increased anxiety, insomnia, heart problems and an upset stomach—and while Celsius Heat has 300 milligrams of caffeine (and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests 400 milligrams is safe to consume), this would almost max you out for caffeine intake for the day. Celsius also contains taurine, which is used to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure, however, there is little to no research on the safety of taurine when taken in high doses or for longer periods of time.

Try or skip? Skip this one. There are much better ways to get energy then by adding lots of caffeine and other, non-scientifically sound ingredients to your workout regimen. Water tends to be your best bet when exercising moderately, and if you do need extra electrolytes or fluids, usually if you’re exercising over an hour or if the weather is very hot, I recommend coconut water or Gatorade.

Do you think you may suffer from Insomnia and live in Florida, California or New York?

If so, please consider scheduling a proper virtual online Insomnia and Anxiety diagnosis with one of our physicians. Although we have an online ADHD and Anxiety diagnosis tool, a proper diagnosis from a Board-Certified Medical Doctor will help you know for sure. If appropriate, a customized treatment program will be recommended at the conclusion of that initial visit.

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