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  • Ditch Your Energy Drink for a Personalized Energy Shot

  • As told by Kristina Diaz, Certified Primal Health Coach

    What if you could have a vitamin-filled, nutrient-dense alternative to popular, caffeinated canned drinks and coffee? Sounds good, right? Buddy Shots are personalized energy shots designed for your needs.

    Coffee, Energy Drinks, or Personalized Energy Shot?

    What is your go-to beverage for a boost of energy? Coffee? Energy Drinks? Energy shots? Yes, that’s what I thought. The beverage industry is flooded with these drinks. They can be effective for a quick energy boost. That’s obvious. But are they really the best option?

    Let’s look into this.

    Coffee is probably the most consumed, high-energy beverage known to give you the perfect morning perk-me-up. The average 8-ounce cup of Joe is known to have anywhere from 70-140 mg of caffeine. It’s also known to be loaded with antioxidants.

    So you’re probably asking, “so what’s wrong with my coffee?” The answer is nothing if you don’t mind the caffeine-crash that usually comes along with it.

    While caffeine is a natural substance and does have benefits such as increased alertness and mood, it also is known to cause dependence, which can lead to withdrawal symptoms.

    Let’s talk science for a sec. Caffeine is known to block adenosine from adenosine receptors in the brain. While it is doing its magic and keeping us awake for the time being, adenosine continues to build and build in our brains, with nowhere to go. When the caffeine wears off, receptors are crowded with adenosine and our bodies think it’s time to go to sleep. We become sleepy and irritable. This is known as the “caffeine crash” we all know.

    Having a morning cup of java alone may not necessarily cause this crash, but it’s also not going to give you an added boost of vitamins and nutrients that you need to keep you going strong through the day.

    Energy drinks are loaded with caffeine. Popular energy drinks contain anywhere from 70-240 mg of caffeine per serving. And if you check the serving size, some cans actually contain 2 servings. If you drink the whole can, that’s a lot of caffeine.

    Some energy shot brands, packaged in a 2-ounce bottle, don’t even disclose the amount of caffeine added in each shot.

    According to the journal of the American Heart Association, caffeinated energy drinks can cause heart arrhythmias, raise blood pressure, and even lead to a heart attack. People that are on certain medications need to be careful with energy drinks because they may be at increased risk for heart arrhythmias, which can actually be fatal.

    Other side effects are dizziness, anxiety, nausea, and heart attacks. Well, that doesn’t sound appealing, does it?

    Unlike medications, energy drinks are not always tested for safety and should be avoided.

    Yes, some have vitamins like B12, B6, and niacin. But on top of that, most of them are loaded with sugar, some of them around 30g per serving, and as mentioned, some cans have 2 servings (or more)!

    You ask about the sugar-free energy drinks? They’re probably not much better. Most of these contain artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, which may account for health issues, including some cancers.

    To sum it up, most popular energy drinks and energy shots will make you think you’re getting tons of vitamins you need for energy. But how do you know these are the vitamins you’re missing?

    These aren’t drinks with custom formulas for you.

    What if you could have a customized energy drink or shot, based on your needs?

    I’m not talking about private label energy drinks and shots you can find online that have fancy graphic designers and let you pick a flavor you want.

    I’m talking about an actual custom formula, filled with functional foods, nutrients, and vitamins to fit your needs, to give you energy and keep you going strong all day.

    This is where Buddy Shots come in. Buddy shots are personalized energy shots, designed specifically for you by a team of nutritionists and physicians.

    They’re made with real food. They have awesome flavors to choose from. You can even add and remove vitamins and extra “boosts” as you see fit.

    There’s no one-size-fits-all here!

    I bet you’re wondering what you can add (or not add) to your customized energy shots. Here’s some of what Buddy Shots can offer you:

    Collagen. Give a boost to your hair, skin, nails, and joints!

    Adaptogens. Fight stress and balance hormones…if you need to!

    CoQ10. Lots of health benefits with this. It’s needed for cellular energy production and is also known to lower blood pressure.

    Added vitamins B12, B6, D3, C, K2. Each has its own unique functions. Take which ones you need, leave out what you don’t!

    Nootropics. Give your brain a boost! Or don’t, it’s up to you.

    What’s that? Scared to let go of caffeine? You don’t have to. Buddy shots are so customized to fit your needs, you can even add caffeine!

    Want to customize a shot but don’t know where to begin? Buddy's team of professionals can get you started with just a few simple questions.

    Written by: Kristina Diaz, Certified Primal Health Coach

    Sources:

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1356551

    https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/JAHA.118.011318