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Paul Akapanga warns of dangers posed by alcoholic energy drinks on kidney health

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In a recent interview on A1 Radio’s Health and Lifestyle segment with Mark Smith, nutritionist Paul Akapanga raised concerns about the increasing popularity of alcoholic energy drinks in the Ghanaian market. 

Mr. Akapanga emphasised that the excessive consumption of these beverages not only poses risks to the liver but also significantly impacts kidney health. 

He further highlighted the detrimental effects of high caffeine intake on the kidneys, cautioning that the combination of alcohol and caffeine can have disastrous consequences for the body.

According to Mr. Akapanga, the kidneys play a crucial role in filtering waste products and maintaining the body’s fluid balance. Excessive alcohol consumption places a heavy burden on these vital organs, impeding their ability to function optimally. 

Furthermore, the high caffeine content found in energy drinks, when consumed in large quantities, can lead to dehydration and put additional strain on the kidneys. When alcohol and caffeine are combined, the negative impact on kidney health is further intensified.

The nutritionist’s warning serves as a reminder of the importance of responsible consumption and the potential dangers associated with the misuse of these popular beverages. 

Individuals should be mindful of their intake and consider the long-term consequences on their overall health. Mr. Akapanga advised seeking healthier alternatives such as natural fruit juices or infused water to maintain adequate hydration and support kidney function.

As the market continues to be flooded with alcoholic energy drinks, it becomes imperative for regulatory bodies and health organisations to raise awareness about the potential risks, Mr. Akapanga intimated. He said it is essential to continue educating the public about the specific dangers associated with these beverages, particularly their impact on kidney health to empower them to make informed decisions and prioritise their well-being.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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