From specialty coffees to energy drinks, we all have our go-to beverages when we’re feeling like we need a pick-me-up.

Many of these drinks, however, end up having the opposite effect and can leave us feeling sluggish after an initial jolt.

While black coffee and green tea are good choices, Warren Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing has a look at four drinks that will do the body more harm than good.

  1. Sweetened Coffee

Whether it’s just a packet of sugar or a combination of that, whipped cream, and flavored syrups from your favorite coffee shop, the combination of sugar and caffeine from these drinks will give you an intense high, but the sugar causes a hard crash afterward because your blood sugar and cortisol levels drop heavily.

  1. Soft Drinks With High Fructose Corn Syrup

Refined sugars like high fructose corn syrup found in sodas also cause your blood sugar to fluctuate and give you that same crash feeling a little while after finishing the beverage. Oftentimes, that causes people to drink even more soda, which is high in calories and sugar. Studies found that your risk of type 2 diabetes goes up by around one-quarter if you drink one to two glasses of soda or sweet tea per day.

  1. Smoothies

Smoothies can be a tasty treat, but be sure to not add any extra sugar. The sugars in the fruit contain more than enough to give you a boost and even cause a crash, so offset the sugar content with some protein powder or peanut butter.

  1. Energy Drinks

If you need a caffeine fix, you’re better off with coffee or tea. Canned energy drinks are loaded with sugar and other ingredients that lead to high blood pressure or an increased heart rate, and they can also cause trouble when you’re trying to sleep at night if you have one too late in the day.


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