How much caffeine is allowed in sports?

How much caffeine is allowed in sports?

by Tina Sendin September 09, 2018 3 min read

Some of our favorite athletes are just like us – they have their everyday caffeine regimenand love it.

But did you know that some athletes don’t just have it as part of their morning routine; they also use it to boost sports performance?

In fact, three-fourths of the world’s elite athletes take advantage of caffeine’s performance-enhancing properties. 

But have athletes always been allowed to drink coffee and other products with caffeine in them, especially right before the sport?

If so, how much are they allowed to consume?

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Is Caffeine Safe During Pregnancy?

Is Caffeine Safe During Pregnancy?

by Tina Sendin September 06, 2018 5 min read

Pregnant ladies may be going through A LOT of changes (such an understatement, we know).  

This is probably true not just with their body (physical and physiological), but also in their diet. There’s a lot of foods and beverages to avoid during pregnancy, which is a tall order for a lot of people! [1]

And for many, quitting caffeine is the toughest. 

But is getting a caffeine fix really bad for pregnant women?

We’re going to try to answer this million-dollar question by putting together the various research and studies we’ve found on the topic and try to help you ladies come up with not just an answer, but a solution.

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Does Caffeine Cure or Cause Migraines?

Does Caffeine Cure or Cause Migraines?

by Tina Sendin September 03, 2018 4 min read

Migraines can get so painful that people who suffer from them are often only able to do little, if none at all.

Migraine headaches are very common and are a major health problem globally. In the United States alone, there are about 38 million migraine patients - adults and children alike [1]. That's about 1 in 4 households with people prone to migraines.

But there’s a silver lining:

Caffeine, which is in so many delicious products, actually help relieve symptoms and boost the effectiveness of medications.

Sounds too good to be true? Not really!

It's all backed by science.

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How does caffeine affect your mood?

How does caffeine affect your mood?

by Tina Sendin August 29, 2018 5 min read

Feeling down? Going through mood swings? Having one of those days?

What if I told you that you can turn your day around as easy as getting a caffeine fix?

I'm not pulling this out of a hat. Science suggests that caffeine is not just a stimulant that keeps you alert, it can also improve your mood and help you become a walking ball of sunshine. This may seem like a tall order for caffeine but wait ‘til you order a tall cup of coffee and experience it yourself!

Based on a review conducted by A. Nehlig, having 75mg of caffeine (a cup of coffee) every 4 hours can lead to a “pattern of sustained improvement of mood over the day.” It can increase alertness and well-being, help concentration, improve mood and limit depression. [1]

Keep reading to find out more!

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When's the best time to drink coffee?

When's the best time to drink coffee?

by Tina Sendin August 23, 2018 4 min read

Want to hear something shocking? 

Having your caffeine fix first thing in the morning will NOT perk you up.

But the good news is, you no longer need to make that sluggish early morning trip to the coffee-maker daily, nor join that long rush hour queue in your go-to café.  

If you’re wondering whether we’re pulling some sick April Fool’s joke in the middle of August, there’s actually scientific evidence to all of this.

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3 ways caffeine boost your metabolism Viter Energy

3 ways caffeine boosts your metabolism

by Tina Sendin August 16, 2018 5 min read

Caffeine has been known for its several benefits – from something so simple as helping you get over that afternoon slump, to lowered risk of Type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and heart disease.

And for those wanting to lose weight, listen up!

Caffeine can also INCREASE METABOLISM.

Yes, you read that right. In fact, increased metabolism is observed for up to three hours after consuming 8 mg/kg of coffee (1).

So how exactly does the magic happen?

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depression and caffeine

Depression and Caffeine - Is it good or bad?

by Mark Miller October 23, 2017 4 min read

The effects of caffeine on one's mental state are an important area for scientists to explore because about 90 percent of the world's adults take the stimulating substance. Some prefer coffee, some tea, some soda pop and others take it in energy drinks. Caffeine is also in chocolate, some over-the-counter pain relievers and other products, including Viter Energy Mints.

As to depression and caffeine, some scientists say it helps alleviate symptoms, and some say it causes depression to worsen. Some claim caffeine's positive effects are so great that it can help prevent suicide.

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caffeine and dehydration

Does too much coffee cause dehydration?

by Mark Miller October 17, 2017 4 min read

Scientists have been studying whether eight 8-ounce glasses are necessary, and whether moderate amounts of caffeine make you dehydrated. The answers: no and no.

It was claimed caffeine makes you urinate so much you become dehydrated. In fact, taken in moderate amounts, caffeinated beverages can contribute to your overall daily water needs. Drink up, but beware you might have to go to the bathroom a lot.

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does caffeine stunt growth

Great news: Caffeine doesn’t stunt growth

by Mark Miller October 10, 2017 4 min read

Does caffeine stunt growth? A lot of people may say that, but the science doesn't support the contention. It's an urban legend now. About 90 percent of Americans consume caffeine in one product or another.

Caffeine is the world's most popular stimulant. It and coffee are legal, and in moderate doses do no harm but actually may help people by decreasing the risk of several conditions.

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Discovery of caffeine

Who Discovered Caffeine?

by Mark Miller September 29, 2017 4 min read

U.S. National Public Radio published a February 2016 story titled "Caffeine for Sale: The Hidden Trade of the World's Favorite Stimulant" about how caffeine is removed from coffee beans and then where it goes after the decaf coffee is made.

Now there is a huge, worldwide trade in caffeine extracted from coffee beans. It is used in soda, energy drinks, medications and candies that have no natural caffeine content. And people wonder if synthetic caffeine is more dangerous than caffeine from natural sources. Scientists say there is no difference between the two.

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Does caffeine make you pee more?

Does caffeine make you pee more?

by Mark Miller September 11, 2017 4 min read

In other words, you can actually hydrate yourself by drinking coffee, tea or soda, though plain water is still recommended as the best way to get your daily fluids.

 

But WebMD says caffeine can increase the need to pee. It can depend on how much caffeine you take, your tolerance for it and the type of food, drink or medicine you get it in. And if you have urinary incontinence or have frequent urges to urinate, it may increase after drinking a caffeinated beverage

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caffeine and memory

Caffeine, a good diet and a drink a day: mental clarity

by Mark Miller August 24, 2017 4 min read

It seems caffeine may enhance memory and learning, but not if it is taken before the lesson is to be learned. Research from a few years ago says caffeine should be taken after that important business meeting, crucial college lecture or other knowledge-imparting event you need to recall.

Some studies show a benefit from caffeine on memory, some show none. Same with alcohol. But it seems scientists find with few exceptions that good diets promote healthy minds and bodies.

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