3 Clean Energy Drink Alternatives

When feeling sluggish, it's too easy to reach for a Redbull or Five Hour Energy to keep you going for the rest of the day, but getting a little mid-day pick-me-up should not compromise a healthy lifestyle. Many people see ingredients like guaraná, green tea, and ginko biloba, and think they're getting good benefits from the drinks. Popular energy drinks actually have high amounts of sugar, artificial flavors, and controversial ingredients that do much more harm than good. On top of that, they may make you feel jittery, nervous, and sick. In extreme cases, energy drinks can have dangerous side effects that can be fatal or put you in the hospital. Side effects may include, headaches, addiction, cardiac arrest, jitters, vomiting, insomnia, type 2 diabetes, and more.

Luckily, for every popular energy drink on the store shelves, there is a healthier clean energy-boosting alternative for these controversial drinks.

It's best to get your energy from a healthy diet, exercise, and plenty of sleep and water; however, sometimes you may need a little extra energy. A few of my favorites little pick-me-ups are listed below. Moderation is still important. These are still very caffeinated or strong, and they can still be harmful to your health if over consumed.