August 14, 2012

The Five Hour Energy Experiment

Every now and then I come across blogging opportunities that are intriguing. Whether they are an awesome contest or a product to try that I'm actually genuinely interested in, it's kind of fun. Before I launch into my latest experiment, know that I will ALWAYS be 100% honest in my opinions.

When I had the opportunity to try the 5-Hour Energy drink, my curiosity got the best of me. There have been people handing it out along Nicollet Mall and Marquette Ave to which I said no to their free samples every time. When the Smiley360 mission came up, it was a sign that I needed to try the stuff.

So, last weekend, I chose to forego my usual cup of Joe and chug the 5-Hour Energy drink instead.

Holy crap, the stuff does not taste very good. Thank god it isn't more than a shot (although a wolfing a shot of vodka sounds much better than drinking this stuff).

Day 1, Saturday: I guess you could say it worked. I was pretty amped up for a bit and then I got the shakes. Getting jittery is exactly what I do not like about some of these energy supplements. It probably explains why my blood pressure was up a bit too. Yikes. I crashed hard that afternoon though. They might need to call it the 5-Hour Crash.

Day 2, Sunday: The shakes were a little better and I didn't get a caffeine (or lack thereof) headache so I know I got the caffeine I needed. It was a busy day so I didn't notice a crash.

The Verdict: Frankly, I'm not going to run out and buy the stuff. I personally enjoy my cup of coffee in the morning.

Now, I'm not going to completely throw 5-Hour Energy under the bus. Not everyone likes coffee. Not everyone drinks Diet Coke like water. It contains about as much caffeine as a cup of premium coffee, has zero sugar, zero herbal stimulants and only 4 calories. It also contains a bunch of vitamins and nutrients (which is something your morning cup of coffee doesn't have). It may just be the thing you need to get the energy you need to get through your day. I've heard of some people taking it before a workout to get a bit of an energy jolt (perhaps that is why they sell it at the gym?).

My Recommendation: Give it a try! What do you have to lose?


Disclaimer stuff: I was provided two bottles of 5-Hour Energy through Smiley360. 
5-hour ENERGY® is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and/or ailments and does not enhance performance. Stating otherwise is considered to be a false claim. Do not post any false claims stating that this product did, or is intended to, cure any disease and/or ailments and does not enhance performance.Important Note:
  • 5-hour ENERGY® is not to be consumed before going to the club/bar
  • 5-hour ENERGY® is not recommended for use with alcohol
  • 5-hour ENERGY® is not for children

Visit the 5-hour ENERGY® website here for more information and read the FAQs here
For questions or comments regarding 5-hour ENERGY® products call 1-888-960-9495

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