Mid-Afternoon Slump? Why a Sugar Rush May Not Be the Answer
by Edward Group
Weve all been guilty of turning to quick pick-me-ups to help
us make it through a long day. For many of us this means an extra
cup of coffee or energy drink sometime between lunch and five oclock.
While theres little denying that this approach works, its
far from perfect. If youve ever tried it for more than a few
days in a row, then you probably know its limitations firsthand.
Consequences of Sugar and Caffeine
Our bodies quickly build up a high tolerance for substances like
caffeine and sugar. Prolonged overuse of these substances usually
tends to have undesirable side effects. In the case of afternoon
carb overloading, this often means consequences like rapid weight
gain, obesity, and even type 2 diabetes in more extreme examples.
With over-caffeination, reactions frequently include bowel instability,
mood swings, and anxiety. Both are also associated difficulties
sleeping through the night.
A number of caffeine
and sugar alternatives are available in stores, but many have significant
shortcomings of their own. More importantly, recent findings suggest
that sweet-tasting energy sources, regardless of their origin, may
actually trigger drowsiness.
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