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Benefits Of Caffeine Consumption

Benefits Of Caffeine ConsumptionMany people can’t wake up without their daily cup of coffee, not only because of the taste, but because they are addicted to the caffeine in the brew.  Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant found in coffee, cola drinks and chocolate, as well as in some medications; it can be purchased in pill form, too.  Caffeine consumption leads to both positive and negative health effects.  Caffeine can also become addictive when consumed too frequently.

Caffeine And Dehydration:

Caffeine acts as a diuretic, meaning that is causes you to urinate more frequently, thus losing much-needed body water.  This is why caffeine can never adequately quench a thirst.  When you are thirsty, it means you are dehydrated, so water is the best remedy. Doctors recommend at least one glass of water per caffeinated drink to counteract the latter’s dehydrating effects.

Caffeine And High Blood Pressure:

Caffeine is considered only a mild stimulant when taken in small doses.  One or two cups of coffee, for example, won’t usually cause any adverse health effects.  However, a study conducted by Duke University showed that the equivalent of five or more cups of coffee in the span of a workday could significantly raise a person’s blood pressure.  If you have problems keeping your blood pressure under control, then your caffeine intake should be limited.

Caffeine And Weight Loss:

The weight loss industry is estimated to be a $50 billion a year industry.  Many people are looking for a way to get their piece of the money-making pie without a lot of credibility behind what they are promoting.  The supplement industry is constantly promoting a new product to enhance weight loss by increasing satiety or burning fat.  The claims are convincing, but the research backing many products is often lacking.  To make matters worse, supplements often contain combinations of ingredients in the hopes of enhancing each one’s effect without safety or efficacy tests.  Caffeine is one of the ingredients now being included in many of the weight-loss supplements.  It’s added for its energy enhancement, appetite suppressant, and “fat-burning” properties.

The scientific evidence about caffeine as a weight-control agent is mixed.  In a study done to monitor the impact of a green teacaffeine combination on weight loss and maintenance, participants were divided into those who consume low levels of caffeine (<300 mg/day) and high-caffeine consumers (>300 mg/day).  Weight loss was significantly higher in the high-caffeine consumption group, but weight maintenance was higher in the low-caffeine consumption group.  The conclusion was that the caffeine was related to greater weight loss, higher thermogenesis, and fat oxidation, while the tea was responsible for the greater weight maintenance.  Other studies have stated that caffeine actually contributes to weight gain by increasing stress hormones.  It appears that caffeine’s role in weight loss is as inconclusive as the efficacy of the majority of weight-loss supplements on the market.  Looking for a safe way for healthy weight loss, I have the answer for you, see for yourself!

Caffeine And Pregnancy:

Benefits Of Caffeine ConsumptionThere is no disputing the importance of proper nutrition during pregnancy.  There is some dispute about the safety of caffeine during this time.  One concern is that caffeine may lead to miscarriages.  In a study following 431 pregnant women, no relationship between caffeine consumption up to 300 mg/day and adverse pregnancy outcomes was found.  Another study examined the relationship between caffeine consumption and spontaneous abortions in over 5,000 women and found no association.  A recent study found that caffeine can reach the follicular fluid of the ovaries.  It also found that an increase in coffee consumption was associated with an increased number of aborted pregnancies.

On the other side, research has also shown no clear relationship between caffeine intake and fertility and birth defects.  Even with this evidence, everyone agrees that there is a limit for how much caffeine can be consumed during pregnancy.  The majority of the subjects in the studies were consuming small to moderate amounts of caffeine.  It is difficult to accurately test the effects of very high intakes of caffeine without risking the health of the mother and child..  The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends a caffeine limit of the equivalent of one to two cups of coffee per day during pregnancy.

For most healthy adults, moderate doses of caffeine — 200 to 300 milligrams (mg), or about two to four cups of brewed coffee a day — aren’t harmful.  But some circumstances may warrant limiting or even ending your caffeine routine.  If your looking for a healthy alternative to caffeine, without the jitters, then I have the perfect alternative for you, click here.

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Originally born and raised in Woburn Massachusetts (love my Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins!) I made my trek northward to the beautiful state of Maine back in October 2003 after marrying my college sweetheart. We began a family in 2004 and I am happy to say that we have 4 happy, healthy, beautiful children that bring an amazing amount of joy to our lives! I am also a type 1 diabetic. Diagnosed back in 2006 (out of the blue), at a routine doctors visit. Diabetes has single handed-ly been the biggest obstacle that I have faced in my life. At the time I had no idea of what a roller coaster ride I would be in for, I mean really, what's a couple finger sticks a day and a couple shots of insulin for food...this will be easy, I got this! Well 2 ER visits later, I quickly found out that this was no joke, and if I wanted to see my little ones grow up, this was something that I needed to take seriously! Little by little as we began to digest all of the information that was being thrown at us...fast acting insulin, short acting insulin, lancets, test meters, test strips, ketone sticks, carb counting, food groups, glucagon emergency kits, insulin pumps, glucose monitors...OMG, my head was spinning like a top!! After a couple of crazy years, I can happily say that I am well controlled and feel absolutely amazing! Not to be lost in all of this either is the amazing support of my wife. She has been my rock! She has been with me every step of the way, from 2am finger sticks to helping me change out a failed pump in the middle of a crowded restaurant. She truly is an amazing wife and mom and I can't imaging my life without her love and support- love you babe!

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