How to Know if Your Energy Drink is Healthy

Published by: Clayton Du

13 February 2019

We get you. You like to work-hard, play hard, experience life without sacrificing your career, your relationships, your fitness, or your chill time. What you choose to fuel your body with throughout the day is going to have a significant impact on these important areas of your life! While water is a necessity to a healthy lifestyle, sometimes you need an extra boost of good, clean, healthy energy. 

With so many energy drinks on the market, how do you decide which one is the healthiest for you? Which energy drink is going to give you the boost you need without the dreaded crash just a few hours later? We investigate the most important components of a healthy energy drink below: 

Is there such a thing as natural energy?

As people are becoming more aware and conscious of the additives and artificial flavors and colors found in our food and drink, looking for an energy drink that’s natural can seem like a bit of an oxy-moron, but they’re out there! You’re going to want to look for a drink that’s made of 100% plant-derived natural ingredients, flavors, colors, and caffeine to get you the energy boost you need, naturally, without compromising taste!

Plus: All +Red Elixir drinks contain red marine algae which support a healthy immune system and strengthen the health of hair, nails and skin! 

How long does the energy last? 

The best energy drinks are ones that are going to give you a consistent, long-acting energy boost that don’t leave you with an imminent crash. You want to zero in on high-quality energy drinks with good ingredients that will not only give you a boost of energy, but really sharpen your neuro-function and improve your focus. By including ingredients such as B-Vitamin complex, you can ensure that your mind will stay sharp, so you can get through the afternoon at work, rev up for that study session, or burn the midnight oil at the office! 

Can an energy drink support my fitness goals? 

In order to maximize your fitness regime, you need to focus as much on your pre and post workout routines as you do during the workout itself. Ensuring that your body is properly hydrated and that your muscles recover adequately, you have to make sure you’re taking in the right vitamins and minerals. For hydration, you’re going to want to focus on consuming electrolytes.  

When you exercise, the primary mineral lost is sodium and that can take away from your performance and results when it comes to exercise. You can also become prone to headaches and muscle cramping, so it’s important that before and after your workout, you fuel up on a drink that contains lots of electrolytes so that your workout doesn’t end up doing more harm than good. Focus on finding a drink that highlights electrolytes as one of its benefits.

We’d be lying to you if we didn’t also mention that electrolytes are totally clutch during a hangover. So, feel free to crack one open after a big night out. ;)

Best Ingredients for Energy 

We can’t say enough about the health benefits of l-arginine. Basically, l-arginine is an amino acid that helps the body make proteins. It helps to promote blood flow and blood vessel health and is an essential component to protect against heart disease, improve kidney function, improve athletic function, and boost immunity! What we’re getting at is, you want a drink that’s going to give you health benefits, rather than just give you a short-term energy boost. By drinking an energy drink that is fortified with l-arginine, you’re doing your body a massive long-term favor.

Do natural caffeine sources have health benefits? 

As we’ve mentioned, going the natural route when choosing an energy drink is the way to go. It’s important to find a drink that’ll do more than just keep you awake. When doing your research, focus on where the caffeine is from. Our caffeine is derived from green coffee bean extract, a totally plant-based, natural caffeine source. Fun fact: the health benefits of green coffee bean extract may improve glucose metabolism and reduce blood pressure - meaning, that our drink is a heart-healthy energy drink option.  

With these points in mind, we hope you agree that +Red Elixir is not only a healthy option to include in your life, but the greatest beverage ever! We are constantly working to give our customers the best drinking experience possible and love to pack our drinks with the highest quality ingredients available. Want to experience natural energy first hand? Hit up our online shop!