Are You a Monster or a Rock Star?

Sit back and enjoy this episode. I learned some much about energy drinks and what works for me.

I cut out the sugar and no longer have the afternoon crash.

Meet Danielle

Danielle Robertson Rath a biochemist and author of “Are You a Monster or a Rock Star: A Guide to Energy Drinks – How They Work, Why They Work, and How to Use Them Safely”. In 2003, Monster energy drinks hit this US markets, and at that time she was studying for her undergraduate degree, while also maintaining two part-time jobs. She remembers that energy drinks were a helpful resource at the time to help her get through her days. But at the same time, they were very controversial within the scientific community. She devoted her work to understanding fatigue and the role of caffeine and energy drinks.

Topics in this episode:

●     6:13 – Defining a “caffeinated beverage”

●     7:56 – What causes that afternoon crash

●     10:16 – How much caffeine you should have

●     12:21 – The combination of caffeine and alcohol

●     13:37 – The five levels of fatigue

●     16:43 – What time of day is best to drink caffeine

●     20:50 – A resource for caffeine information:

●     27:07 – Danielle asks me: Have you ever hit fatigue level 5?

Free Audiobook: How to Caffeinate Strategically

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8:02 Caffeine doesn’t do anything quickly. It doesn’t hit you quickly and it doesn’t leave quickly. So you don’t really get an energy crash from the energy alone. Most of the time, it’s because you were exhausted before and the caffeine kind of revives you. And then you’re crashing because you’re going back to being how tired you were before. Or you’re crashing because there was a lot of sugar in the drink.


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