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What energy drinks do to your tongue

Most of us are guilty of looking for an upper once the midday slump gets us down. Whether we need a jolt while we are sitting at our desks at work, or need some motivation to clean the kitchen at home, energy drinks can make you feel on top of the world, and they are pretty darn tasty too!

Energy drinks often contain more sugar and caffeine than soda.

Stories of the dangers of energy drinks have been circulating for a number of years, with the result that these drinks have always carried warnings on their labels such as elevated heart rates from the overload of caffeine and other drugs in the make-up of these elixirs Thus, when an avid energy drinker, Dan Royals, posted on Facebook recently, many were horrified by what he had to say.

In a very graphic image, he showed his disfigured, burned-looking tongue.

Dan’s tongue is raw and bleeding in the unsettling picture. He said that he drank about six energy drinks a day, resulting in his self-inflicted injury. The doctor told him that excessive chemicals in the drinks were eating his flesh, Dan told the media. Apparently, the excessive sugar and chemicals – including amino acids, B vitamins and herbal substances – were eating away at his flesh.

He posted: “Who drinks energy drinks? Addicted to them? You may want to think again… That’s what [it does to] to your tongue, imagine what’s it like on your internals? Up until recently, when this started to occur, I was drinking at least 5-6 a day (a lack of energy teaching kids usually) and I brush daily, so I went to the doctor and boom! I found out it’s the chemicals in these drinks that are causing it… It literally eats away at your tongue. So be wary guys.”

According to Twenty Two Words, in 1962, a Japanese pharmaceutical company called Taisho released a drink called Lipovitan D. It was designed to reduce fatigue to keep workers productive throughout the night.

Lipovitan D contained taurine, a free form of amino acid that occurs naturally in the human body. It’s utilised by the body when a person is exercising or feeling stress – that’s why it works so well in energy drinks.

Nowadays, energy drink consumption is the highest it has ever been.