Faced with the unrestrained lifestyle we lead, many people turn to energy drinks to give them a small boost of energy to accomplish all the daily tasks. However, these drinks with a sweet and sparkling taste constitute a great danger to health. Here is the story of a woman who damaged her liver by drinking 20 cans of Red Bull per day for 4 years.
Mary Allwood is a 26-year-old mother from Brixton, England. Having a very busy schedule, she followed the advice of the advertisements to manage to hold until the end of the day. She also wanted to have wings to finish all she had to do during the day and started eating Red Bull!
Mary initially took 1 to 2 cans a day in order to have more energy, and it was effective, but after 4 months, this dose had no effect on her. She then decided to increase her to 20 cans a day, equivalent to 16 cups of coffee and 17 bars of chocolate into sugar. She took at least two of them when she awoke.
What began as a simple boost of energy became a need over time, which cost the British mother over £ 2300 a year. “I needed it and I did not care at all about the damage this drink caused,” says Mary Allwood. She was aware of her addiction, but could not resist it. “If I did not receive my dose, I became miserable and grumpy and it did not help. I was doing everything I could to have it. ”
Excessive consumption of energy drinks impacted Mary’s weight: she went from a UK size 16 to 24, from a French 44 to a 52. But if only the damage was limited to a simple weight gain ! Mary was hospitalized due to severe side pain. An MRI revealed that her liver was twice as large as normal, something that the doctors explained by excessive alcohol consumption, but Mary confirmed that she did not consume it . “The doctors said my liver looked like an alcoholic, and that’s when I confessed to them that I consumed at least 12 cans of Red Bull per day.”
After a series of analyzes, the doctors concluded that there was fat deposits on his liver, caused by the high sugar concentration of Red Bull. They also diagnosed two fibrous masses, one the size of a grape and the other the size of a mandarin.
Shocked by the discovery of doctors, Mary immediately changed her diet, trading her multiple cans of Red Bull against several liters of water a day.
This period of detoxification was not easy, she experienced several episodes of mood swings and tremors. But at the end of a month everything was back in order.
Today, Mary Allwood wants her story to be an example for everyone who consumes this drink. “The thought that everybody can go to the supermarket and get it makes me worried. I think it should be placed at the same level as cigarettes and alcohol, “she says.
Recall that excessive consumption of alcohol is the main cause of fatty liver disease or steatosis hepatic, gold, a diet very high in sugar, can also lead to an accumulation of fat in the liver. This can in turn cause inflammation of the liver as well as the development of fibrous masses.
Indeed, fat deposits on the liver, caused by heavy consumption of alcohol or food, can damage the cells of this organ, impair its functioning and lead to serious liver diseases.
Why are energy drinks dangerous to health?
Although they help boost energy and increase concentration, energy drinks are very dangerous to health. They are very rich in artificial sweeteners, sugar and caffeine, ingredients that have a direct impact on health. Not only do they increase the risk of myocardial infarction and stroke, but they can also cause many problems such as diabetes, hypertension , gastrointestinal problems …
Just like the drug, this drink has an addictive effect. Indeed, because of its composition, this product has a strong energizing power which lasts unfortunately only a short period, after which the consumer is more tired and needs another dose.