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The Highs and Lows of Caffeine
In our overworked and sleep-deprived society caffeine has
become a quick fix for many people. It wakes up the brain,
improves concentration and can make us feel temporarily
more alert, even happier. But, if you’re using caffeine as an
energy crutch, it may be time to take a closer look at the
amount you’re choosing to take in each day and also
where caffeine is “sneaking in.” If your caffeine habit totals more than 500 to 600 milligrams per day, you should be
cutting back. This is particularly important if you’re
bothered by headaches, sleep issues or anxiety.
Like most things in life, moderation is key
and by being aware you’ll be able to enjoy
Shield from disease.
Reputable studies have shown that
moderate coffee consumption may actually provide some
protection against coronary disease, Parkinson’s disease,
Caffeine has been plagued with a bad reputation in the
type 2 diabetes, colon and liver cancer and gallstones.
past and has been linked to high blood pressure,
Green tea and coffee are also loaded with antioxidants,
cholesterol and heart problems, especially in connection to
smoking—i.e. lots of people associated having a smoke
break with drinking coffee. Once smoking is removed from
the equation, however, research shows that there are lots of potential “perks” to caffeine. Moderate caffeine
For most people moderate amounts of caffeine aren’t
harmful. But, heavy caffeine use—more than three cups a
Caffeine improves your alertness and
reaction time by stimulating the central nervous system.
For some, drinking caffeinated beverages can
This makes you feel more alert, relaxed and helps you
make it harder to fall asleep and affect sleep quality. This
can create an unwelcome cycle of masking sleep
deprivation with caffeine, which will continue to impact
Caffeine can have a positive effect on your
your sleep and other areas of your life. To break this cycle,
mood, causing increased happiness, energy and
try to reduce the amount of caffeine you take in a day and
sociability. These effects depend on the amount of caffeine
stop drinking beverages with caffeine at least six hours
before going to bed. When you’re tired just try catching a
Research reveals that caffeine may
nap or going to bed earlier instead of reaching for more
actually improve your athletic ability. As a natural stimulant,
caffeine helps with your endurance and acts as a mild pain
reliever so you may feel less sore after your workout.
Caffeine is addictive so if you try to stop
Colas are well-known for their caffeine
drinking coffee, tea, energy drinks or colas, you may suffer
content, but less suspecting, sweeter sodas also pack a
withdrawal symptoms including bad headaches, muscles
caffeine punch. Because of the sugar content in these
aches, anxiety and irritability. Keep your addiction to a
beverages though, they’re probably wise to drink only
minimum by slowly weaning yourself off your beverage of
choice and working towards a more modest daily intake.
Caffeine is found natural y in cocoa beans so
Although research is inconclusive in
all chocolate contains caffeine, but the darker the
this area, research suggests that more than 300 milligrams
chocolate, the higher the amount. Your average dark
of caffeine a day increases a woman’s risk of conception
chocolate bar has 31 milligrams of caffeine, which is
problems, miscarriages and low weight babies. Doctors
almost as much as a can of cola. Chocolate ice cream has
recommend that women who are pregnant or planning to
much less with usually only 3 milligrams.
become pregnant should either eliminate or cut down on
For caffeine lovers out there, you will be pleased to know
that caffeine can make you a better athlete, chase away
Caffeine can cause your body to excrete
the blues and provide some protection from serious health
calcium and this loss over time may start to affect your
concerns. But, this doesn’t mean that it’s bottoms up: the
bones. If you must have your caffeine, bone up on calcium
secret behind all of this is moderation. The next time your
by adding extra milk to each cup of coffee or tea to offset
energy drops and you start making your third trip to the
drink machine at work or the coffee shop down the street,
think about eating a fresh piece of fruit or getting some
Other caffeine concerns include: heartburn, anxiety and
exercise—both of which are great ways to get that energy
stomach problems. These effects depend on the individual
boost you’re looking for without going into caffeine
and usually accompany heavy caffeine use. Some
medications may also be affected by caffeine so be sure to
talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you’re on medication
Looking for additional support?
Assistance Program (EAP) can help.
receive support through a variety of resources.
Although we are all well aware of the usual caffeine suspects like coffee, tea and many energy drinks, it can
Call your EAP at 1 800 268-5211 for service in
actually pop up in some pretty unexpected places. Look
English, 1 800 363-3872 for service in French.
Caffeine is used in many pain medicine
because it helps the body absorb the drugs quickly,
bringing fast pain relief. A little caffeine can beat that headache, but if you take more than the labels suggest you are getting more than you need. Two common pain relief tablets can contain as much as 130 milligrams of caffeine, which is the same as an espresso shot—so stick to the recommended amounts.
This content is meant for informational purposes and may not represent the views of individual organizations. Please call your EAP or consult with a professional for further guidance.
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