If you’re a programmer like myself, you may find yourself fighting to stay awake to code in the late nights, or to help stay focused when lacking concentration before that dreaded project deadline. Most humans rely on coffee but for some others, we like energy drinks. I find coffee to give me the jitters and my body doesn’t mix well with coffee so I naturally am drawn to energy drinks to get my fix.
What Is A Programmer?
“pro·gram·mer (n) An organism capable of converting caffeine into code.” by Urban Dictionary https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Programmer
If you’ve been following me on twitter you might know by now that I’m a monster fan…
The Adrenaline Rush
There’s nothing like the ability to drink a can of liquid and instantly feel jolted back to life. One thing that I knew is I couldn’t drink more than 3 within 24 hours or my internal operating system would return -1 and shut down. So I had my daily drink counts tagged on posit notes on my desk. Not going to lie, I’ve had a few uh-oh moments where heart was pumping a little too fast or feeling dizzy when I shouldn’t. So after my body was having bad reactions I decided it’s time to make a change. In moderation everything is fine but that wasn’t enough for me. I knew something needed to change.
My solution to this problem? I finally ditched monster for an organic energy drink called RUNA®. It took awhile searching for alternatives online until I came across this company who is selling these “clean energy drinks”. The claim was they had no sugar, no chemicals, no carbs, no nothing really. The magic is in the “super leaf” which is called guayusa from the Amazons.
I was skeptical at first but after learning the story on how this company was formed, how it operates, and trying the energy drinks I feel even better supporting it. When people buy from this company they are also supporting farmers in the Amazons, they work with the farmers to gather up this super leaf to put into the drinks. Its basically an energy drink tea that works. I’ve drank all kinds of tea before that have caffeine but nothing makes you feel more alive than RUNA® energy drink.
I use the RUNA® clean energy drink every day to help me stay focused while working on my apps. When I was depending on monster energy drinks I always had to have another one to recharge and then become flat lined when I needed the energy the most. RUNA® energy drinks is helping me stay busy on what needs to be done at hand. The best part is this energy drink has 0 calories, 0 sugar, and 0 sodium. It has Vitamin C and some Iron in it but as for the rest is all guayusa plant.
I’m just excited to share this with you as I’ve always wanted to find a healthier alternative to monsters and now I found it. Hopefully it’ll be yours too.
You can buy some at Amazon below. Disclaimer this is an affiliate link and I do get a small percentage kickback. I prefer the blood orange flavor. At first the taste is a bit strong but you’ll get used to it and ignore it after experiencing the amazing results. For a monster user of 2-3 cans a day I need 2 cans of RUNA® energy to keep me energized for the whole day coding. Only 1 if I’m moving around and doing errands.
RUNA Organic Clean Energy Drink from the Guayusa Leaf, Blood Orange, 8.4 Ounce (Pack of 24)
What Flavor Is The Best?
The 3 flavors are Lime, Blood Orange, and Berry. I’ve tried them all and my advice is get the blood orange. The lime is ok. As far as the berry flavor, don’t get it! I found that flavor to be horrible.
If the energy drinks are too much, they have them available in tea bags as well. Flavors are good for all of them. I usually go with the traditional or the mint tea bags.
Wait, Will I Have Sugar Withdrawals?
Depending on how much sugar soda and energy drinks you rely on, it is good to consider the withdrawal symptoms as you break the habit. Here is a great article on handling just that here.
I hope this helps someone who has an urge to find something healthier to drink. If you could quit caffeine all together, the better, but if you need an extra boost like myself, than I personally believe drinking these healthier energy drinks or even tea is better for you and safer for your health.
If you know anyone who relies on energy drinks please share this with them, or buy them a case of RUNA®.