It depends on your definition of a "healthy energy drink powder."
The only truly healthy energy drink is water - it's all your body needs.
Most energy drinks - along with soda - are full of sugar, caffeine, and other chemicals that aren't great for you, especially when consumed every day.
On the other hand, not all energy drinks were created equal; some like EarlyBird are sugar-free, for example.
That being said, there are no incredibly "healthy" energy drinks, only energy drinks that are healthier than others.
In terms of powdered energy drinks, they're no different than canned energy drinks in terms of health benefits.
It all comes down to the ingredients in the energy drink vs. the powder.
Mixing with water is the only difference between powdered energy drinks and liquid energy drinks that are already pre-mixed.
Just like any other energy drink, I'd recommend everything in moderation.
Specifically, make sure you check out the ingredient label of the energy drink powder, keeping a close eye on sugar/caffeine content.
Sugar and caffeine content are the two things you need to look out for when choosing an energy drink powder.
Consuming either (or both) in excess can have some negative health effects, including:
Altered heart rate
An American Heart Association study found that energy drinks can change heart rate when consumed in excess.
Researches had study participants drink two energy drinks each after fasting, or they had a placebo energy drink instead.
After measuring their heart rate, those who consumed the energy drinks had a noticeably different heart rate.
It's important to consider how this may affect your heart rate, especially if you have heart problems.
According to MD Edge, when you load your body with caffeine, it can give you a jittery feeling and even increase anxiety levels.
This issue has never happened to me, but people who suffer from anxiety need to keep this in mind before consuming a lot of energy drinks.
Caffeine abuse can also exacerbate mood, anxiety disorders, and disrupt sleep patterns.
Definitely don't overdo it if you already have trouble sleeping at night and/or have anxiety issues.
Higher blood pressure
Young kids and teenagers are especially susceptible to increased blood pressure as a result of consuming too many energy drinks (or even one energy drink).
Increased blood pressure as a result of excessive sugar/caffeine intake can cause blood pressure to rise which increases the chances of other serious health issues like heart attack, stroke, and more.
Though unlikely for such severe health consequences to arise, it's important for children and teenagers to avoid drinking too many energy drinks.
Drinking too many energy drinks can lead to obesity, which is funny considering the common notion of athletes using energy drinks to take their game to the next level. But yes, energy drinks can lead to obesity.
Sitting on the couch downing cans of caffeine, sugar, and other chemicals without being active, it's not good for you.
Even drinking a ton of energy drinks loaded with sugar on a busy day isn't good for you. Sugar is the enemy of staying slim!
That's why EarlyBird is sugar-free.
Generally, I'd only recommend consuming an energy drink when out and about performing physical activities, and those with a rather sedimentary lifestyle definitely should keep consumption to a minimum.
Otherwise, it's unlikely your body will successfully burn the sugar, which turns to fat.
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