Katelyn Wilcox-4th Semester

The History of Hip Hop

Hip hop dancing began in the 1960s. It originally came from the Black and Latino ghettos in the South Bronx of New York. The style of dance was closely tied to rap, graffiti, and other "street activities", giving it a bad name. Popping, locking, and breakdance were the earliest forms of the dance. Hip-hop has quickly taken over the world of pop culture not only with dance, but music as well.

Energy Drinks

  1. Teenagers- Teens who use energy drinks are at high risk of insomnia, anxiety, high blood pressure, and digestive problems. Teens are driven to use energy drinks because the are spread too thin with everything they have to finish for school and begin to prepare for college. Most doctors tie patients who complain of headaches and other problems with too much caffeine. They say the best way to stay focused is to live a healthy life style and get the suggested 8 hours of sleep every night.
  2. Too much?-Because energy drinks are considered to be a "dietary supplement" there is no restriction on how much caffeine can be put into them. An energy drink can have anywhere from 80 to 500 Mg of caffeine in a 12 oz. serving. A regular Coke only contains 35 Mg of caffeine for the same size serving, making the energy more than twice as caffeinated. A typical cup of coffee will have the same amount of caffeine as an energy drink of the same serving size, but people are more aware of what they are getting in a cup of coffee. And most people tend to drink coffee slowly, as opposed to energy drinks that taste good and people drink at a faster rate.
  3. Types of drinks- The most common type of energy drink supplement is the actual liquid drinks in a can. The most common brands of these drinks are Red Bull and Monster Energy. But energy supplements can also be found in other forms. For example, 5 Hour Energy dominates the energy shot industry while brands like Crystal Light and Propel are large names in the powder energy industry.
  4. Ingredients-Caffeine: Caffeine is considered to be the most widely used drug on the planet. It stimulates the brain but can lead to serious health problems such as anxiety and insomnia.
Taurine: Taurine is an amino acid that the body naturally makes. But energy manufacturers recreate the substance in energy drinks because it supposedly helps calm the brain while using other supplements. For a while is was banned in many countries.

Most other ingredients found in energy drinks serve the same purpose as these main two, too stimulate the brain and increase alertness. most ingredients are seen as supplements and are dangerous to take together.