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Popular Drink Almost Kills Woman - Now She’s Warning Others

It's hard being a mom, everyone knows that. A boost of caffeine every now and then throughout the day can really be a help, but not everyone is a fan of coffee. One mom spent four years downing Red Bull, and she seriously overdid it. Doctors were shocked by the state of her liver.
 
Mary Allwood, 26, began experiencing severe pain in her side. The UK woman went to doctors to get herself checked out, and the doctors thought she was an alcoholic. Allwood denied being a heavy drinker, but the doctors told her that her liver was in bad shape. They finally figured out what had caused the problem: Allwood drank 20 Red Bulls per day.
 
If you added up the caffeine in 20 cans of Red Bull, it's equivalent to 16 cups of coffee. It's also more than 2,000 calories. There are more than 600 grams of carbohydrates in that amount of Red Bull —the equivalent of approximately 40 slices of white bread per day. It also contains the same amount of sugar as 17 Snicker's bars. This is what Allwood was consuming every day.
 
Like a junkie needing a fix, she had cans of Red Bull stashed all over the house. Her habit cost her almost $3,000 per year. She never thought her health problems were due to her beverage addiction. She thought it was helping to give her energy.
 
"At first I would feel as if it would give me a buzz and energy, but eventually it wouldn't give me energy - I just needed it," she said. "I needed the taste and fizziness. It was my heroin. I would feel awful if I didn't have it."
 
She got to the point at which she was dependent upon the beverage. "I needed it and I didn't care at the time what damage it was doing to me. If I didn't get my fix I would be miserable and grumpy and it just wasn't an option - I would make sure I got it."
 
Allwood went from a size 16 to size 24. She started getting heart palpitations. In November of 2015, she began getting pain in her sides. It got so bad she was rushed to the hospital. That's when doctors told her that her liver was twice as large as it should be and had fibrous lumps.
 
After that health scare, Allwood quit cold turkey. She started drinking water and went on a meal-replacement diet. She suffered through terrible cravings and withdrawal symptoms, but she managed to stay strong. She's gotten through the woods.
 
Five months later, her liver was back to normal. She believes the problem is still that Red Bull is treated like a soft drink, when it should actually be treated more like an addictive drug, such as alcohol and caffeine. "Now I think the rules should be changed and it should be treated in a similar way to cigarettes, with the blank packaging."
 
Kathleen Miller, Ph.D., says that the colorful packaging and advertising of so-called 'energy drinks' has many people thinking they're as harmless as any other soft drink. Red Bull cartoon commercials promise to 'give you wings', but they're not actually doing your body any favors. When you need energy, the last thing you need is a beverage that’ll load you up on sugar and carbohydrates while simultaneously dehydrating you.
 
"The general public in many cases doesn’t really get the difference between a Red Bull or a Monster on one hand, and Gatorade on the other hand. And they are doing the exact opposite things. Gatorade or Powerade, those are designed to rehydrate and bring back electrolytes into the system. They are designed for use with exertion. The others are really, really good things to avoid under the same circumstances," said Miller.

Source: MailOnline, The Huffington Post
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