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Does green tea have caffeine?

Does green tea have caffeine?

by Tina Sendin December 10, 2018 4 min read

Caffeine has been known to give a whole heap of benefits - from giving that first jolt in the morning to keeping high concentration and perky vibe throughout the day.

The good news for big caffeine fanatics is that our favourite - and most frequently consumed [1] - stimulant can come from different sources.

Coffee may be the most popular, but it can also come from caffeine mints and pills, chocolate (beverage and milk bars alike), cake, yogurt, and tea!

Yes - tea. That seemingly innocuous cup of tea can give you that much needed boost.

It’s such a healthy, delicious drink and there are many ways to drink it. But just the same, tea could give you your daily caffeine fix without the jitters.

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Here's the best way to drink coffee and stay awake

Here's the best way to drink coffee and stay awake

by Tina Sendin December 06, 2018 5 min read

Ever wondered how to get the best bang for the cup? Of coffee at least.

What if I tell you that the best way you can stay awake after drinking coffee is to get some shut-eye?

Ironic as it sounds, it's how you can recharge and make the most out of your tall cup of cappuccino, or a shot of espresso.

In fact, coffee naps are a thing. If you take caffeine before you snooze in the afternoon or whenever, when you wake up you'll feel less groggy, experts say.

The effect comes by getting the benefit of the sleep, add to that the stimulating benefits of caffeine when you wake up. Both caffeine and sleep alleviate tiredness, so the double whammy works well together.

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How long does it take for caffeine to kick in?

How long does it take for caffeine to kick in?

by Tina Sendin November 29, 2018 6 min read

If you’re one of the many coffee-drinkers who regularly drink a cup of joe for that morning jolt, then you must’ve wondered at one point:

When’s the ideal time to drink coffee? How many minutes before caffeine kicks in?

Those are valid questions. In fact, caffeine’s nothing like Popeye’s spinach that works the moment he pops in that can of power. It takes some time before it goes into full gear.

So the million dollar question is - how long does it take for caffeine to work?

That’s exactly what we’re going to find out in this article.

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How to make strong coffee

How to make strong coffee

by Tina Sendin November 26, 2018 3 min read

How do you like your coffee?

Rich, bold, smooth, with an extra punch that lasts you through the day?

Sounds like you like your coffee strong. (High five!)

But wait - what does strong even mean?

How do you make it?

How do you keep your strong coffee fresh?

This article will show you through the answers to these very important questions many java lovers ask.

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What does caffeine do to your blood pressure?

What does caffeine do to your blood pressure?

by Tina Sendin November 22, 2018 5 min read

Caffeine appears to raise blood pressure, in some people in the short term and in others in the long term. This is an important question because 80 percent of Americans drink coffee every day and about 90 percent of people worldwide consume caffeine in one product or another.

It's also an important question because high blood pressure can cause strokes or heart attacks.

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Does tea have caffeine?

Does tea have caffeine?

by Tina Sendin November 19, 2018 4 min read

We’ve talked at length about coffee and how it can change your everyday life for the better (or worse, if you go overboard). But there’s another amazing drink that hasn’t been given much love here - tea.

Tea is such a healthy, delicious drink that many people swear by it. There are many ways to drink it (high or afternoon) and different types to try (traditional or herbal).

Regardless of how you want your tea, it has the same benefits as coffee, including getting your usual dose of caffeine.

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What is a caffeine pill? Is it safe?

What is a caffeine pill? Is it safe?

by Tina Sendin November 15, 2018 4 min read

Considered as supplements, these are your caffeine fix taken in capsule form. They may have natural caffeine straight from the brewing process, while others may have synthetic or artificial caffeine.

Caffeine pills provide the same stimulating benefits as coffee and other caffeine beverages.

Note that caffeine pills aren’t exactly those caffeine powder you see in bulk from the retail stores. In fact, the US Food and Drug Administration or FDA considers caffeine powder as “potentially dangerous.” [1] Caffeine pills are generally safe, though there are some precautions to note, which we’ll talk about later.

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How many calories are in your coffee?

How many calories are in your coffee?

by Tina Sendin November 05, 2018 5 min read

If you’re trying to lose weight (or at least not gain a few extra pounds), then the best thing to do is eat healthy and go to the gym more religiously, right?

But if you’ve been going at it for a while now and haven’t been seeing much progress, then you may want to look into something else.

Like your coffee consumption.

Now you may ask: what does an innocent cup of joe have to do with weight gain?

Let me tell you.

It’s not as innocent as it seem.

That cup of coffee you buy on your way to work? It may be sneaking in a few extra calories (more than you’d like and expect). And if you buy more than one cup a day, you may be racking up a few calories from a “dessert” that disguises itself as your go-to caffeine fix.

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Is caffeine an appetite suppressant?

Is caffeine an appetite suppressant?

by Tina Sendin October 22, 2018 4 min read

The holidays are upon us. It’s only October but with the rate this year has gotten to the tail-end, we’ll all be wearing our favorite sweatshirts (forcibly or otherwise) and devouring the holiday away in no time.

The forward-looking you will already be starting to watch that *extra holiday weight* before the holiday even starts.

But one step at a time, right? After all, there’s a few weeks left before the celebrations and holiday parties officially kick in.

If the java lover in you has ever been curious whether caffeine can help curb the appetite, now is the perfect time to find some answers.

The word on the street is that caffeine is one of the best appetite suppressants.

Spoiler alert: researches tell us the jury’s still out on this one. 

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Caffeine sensitivity: all you need to know

Caffeine sensitivity: all you need to know

by Tina Sendin October 18, 2018 5 min read

Have you been drinking coffee for years and starting to feel weird sensations after a cuppa? You’ve got to know something.

If you suddenly find yourself going through unusual post-caffeine effects such as anxiety, headache, faster heartbeat and tremors, you may be experiencing a shift in how your body metabolizes caffeine.

Two words: caffeine sensitivity.

Caffeine sensitivity is not necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes, it’s all a matter of our body adapting to caffeine in our system.

However, if all of a sudden you start to feel things that didn’t use to happen after having your caffeine fix, then it’s time to watch that caffeine intake!

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8 ways caffeine affects your concentration and mental performance

8 ways caffeine affects your concentration and mental performance

by Tina Sendin October 15, 2018 4 min read

What if I tell you that aside from perking you up, caffeine can also help you concentrate and become more productive?

If, during mind-numbing, brain-wracking moments, you want to feel like Popeye going for a whole can of spinach, just reach out for the coffee-maker and you’re likely to feel the same! (For the best java experience, know when’s the best time to drink your coffee here.)

Caffeine can also help you absorb information and remember them more efficiently.

Yep! Our favorite stimulant can boost mental performance in more ways than one. Have a cuppa and you’ll find yourself retaining more information from classes and business meetings, kill it in planning and problem-solving, and finish those day-to-day tasks efficiently.

Without further ado, here are 8 ways caffeine can help us take a step closer to becoming Einstein-genius:

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Does coffee cause upset stomach?

Does coffee cause upset stomach?

by Tina Sendin October 12, 2018 3 min read

Caffeine is known to bring a great deal of health benefits day in and day out. From helping you get clear, misty-looking skin, carry a sprightly vibe throughout the day, or win the gold in your favorite sport, caffeine just keeps winning the java-lover in you.

But it’s not all rainbows and butterflies. Sometimes, having one too many cups of joe leads to unwanted side effects, turning a regular caffeine hit into a love-hate relationship.

Upset tummy is perhaps one of the *supposedly* negative effects of being too caffeine-happy. Hear a growling tummy or feel a nagging pain in the stomach? Must be your fourth cup of coffee, right?

But is caffeine really to blame?

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