Why you can drink coffee (or not) before a blood test

Why you can drink coffee (or not) before a blood test

by Mark Miller December 14, 2016

What is the latest thinking on avoiding coffee before a blood test?

You have a problem. You must fast for 12 hours (overnight) before your blood test, but you have a real dependence on coffee or caffeine. You need that cup of caffeinated energy before you even walk out the door. Otherwise, grogginess, a headache and a general feeling of malaise may set in.

May we suggest that you get up earlier than your usual coffee time and arrive at the laboratory as early as possible?

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Coffee or energy drink before exams? Here's why you should drink water instead

Coffee or energy drink before exams? Here's why you should drink water instead

by Mark Miller December 08, 2016

Coffee before exams? Say you have a big mid-term or final exam coming up. You should power down big doses of caffeine in coffee or an energy drink, right? Not according to what we’ve read online. There are few formal, scientific studies about what to drink before exams, but the anecdotal evidence seems to point to water as the best beverage beforehand.

It’s important to get enough water so you don’t become fatigued from dehydration. That said, you can get some water from drinking coffee or energy drinks. Those old stories about coffee being a diuretic are true, but only if you drink so much that you get excess amounts of caffeine. Coffee and other caffeine-containing products are healthy for you when taken in moderate amounts, as we have written several times on this blog before.

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What to do when you can't sleep before an exam

What to do when you can't sleep before an exam

by Mark Miller December 01, 2016

Sleep before exams or other important milestone can be elusive. With final exams coming up in December for college and high school students, we’ve collected some advice and wisdom from here and there on the Internet on what to do if you can’t sleep before an exam.

The ancient Romans had a god of sleep, Somnus, whose name gave us the word somnolence, which means sleepy. Somnus was a pleasant, smooth god in contrast to Death, who was thought to be vicious and grasping. “Somnus is the twin of Death, and is a pleasant youth, carrying a poppy and a horn from which he dispenses sleep.”

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Thanksgiving Turkey Day food coma — bring on the tryptophan

Thanksgiving Turkey Day food coma — bring on the tryptophan

by Mark Miller November 24, 2016

Three thousand five hundred calories in one meal. Maybe you’re so tired after all that turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce and pie because it’s a big job just lifting the fork to your mouth so many times and chewing all that food.

Or maybe, just maybe, it’s those celebratory beers, cocktails or glasses of vino.

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Report: Vast majority of elite athletes take caffeine

Report: Vast majority of elite athletes take caffeine

by Mark Miller August 25, 2016

The World Anti-Doping Agency attempts to police athletes and make sure they aren’t taking substances, hormones and chemicals that purport to give them an unfair advantage over others who don’t take them.

We say purportbecause while it is widely and falsely believed that steroids, for example, increase athletes’ performance, these hormones and chemicals quickly and catastrophically destroy a person’s health.

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It makes a difference what time you drink coffee during the day

It makes a difference what time you drink coffee during the day

by Mark Miller August 11, 2016

Did you know timing when you drink coffee intake may improve your life? In the morning when the alarm goes off, the first thing many people think of is getting a coffee fix. Coffee or tea doesn’t just taste good, the ritual is not just comforting, you actuallyneedthe caffeine to feel alert, normal and ready to face the day. And if you’ve developed a dependence on caffeine, you might even get a headache, be crabby and out of sorts or be too sleepy to perform well if you dont’t get it.

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The half life of caffeine lasts for hours after your last drink

The half life of caffeine lasts for hours after your last drink

by Mark Miller August 04, 2016

The half life of caffeine determines how long the stimulant remains in the body. It varies from person to person, but it can take several hours for caffeine to be eliminated. That can be good or bad, depending on when you take it. If you have more than your usual dose late in the day, it can lead to a night of tossing, turning and no sleep.

It’s impossible to tell coffee’s exact half-life because it differs so much from person to person. A half-life is the time it takes for one-half of the amount of a substance to be eliminated from the body. For example, if you consume 200 mg of caffeine, the half-life is the amount of time until you have just 100 mg left in you.

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Is caffeine addictive? No, but it sure is habit forming

Is caffeine addictive? No, but it sure is habit forming

by Mark Miller July 28, 2016

Caffeine isn’t addictive, but it sure is habit-forming. You don’t hear about jonesing coffee addicts robbing stores and hijacking motorists to get money for a fix. That’s because while caffeine does cause dependence, it isn’t in the same category as opiates or alcohol.

That’s a good thing that caffeine, unlike alcohol and drugs, does not cause disease, crime, financial ruin, automobile and other types of accidents and a breakdown in social interactions because in the United States 90 percent of people take it in one form or another.

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Caffeine cycling for chronic users brings back that caffeine kick

Caffeine cycling for chronic users brings back that caffeine kick

by Mark Miller July 21, 2016

Caffeine cycling for chronic users brings back that old black magic. If you’re a regular or chronic caffeine user, you may have noticed the stimulating effects of the substance aren’t as strong as when you first started to take caffeine. If you want to experience that near-bliss you used to get from that first cup of java, you can do caffeine cycling where you stop taking it for a while and then start again.

Researchers call the need people have for caffeine tolerance or dependence (both psychological and physical) rather than addiction. Some people who are dependent on caffeine suffer headaches, sleepiness and a bad mood if they don’t get their dose. But don’t confuse these symptoms with addictions to substances like alcohol and narcotics, where heavy users suffer intensely when they try to stop.

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Athletes train harder, longer, and perform better with caffeine

Athletes train harder, longer, and perform better with caffeine

by Mark Miller July 14, 2016

Athletes train harder, longer and get more results on caffeine. If someone told you about a common, legal substance that could help you burn fat, increase your athletic performance and decrease muscle pain, you might call him a liar. But caffeine reportedly does all that for athletes and more.

The International Olympic Committee once limited how much caffeine Olympic athletes could take. The committee categorized caffeine as a performance-enhancing substance but has since removed it from the list of regulated or banned substances.

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Does caffeine makes you smarter? Sort of (maybe)

Does caffeine makes you smarter? Sort of (maybe)

by Mark Miller July 07, 2016

Is it true caffeine makes you smarter? Sort of, it seems, at least indirectly. Researchers have studied this question a lot, and two groups of researchers did meta-studies (studies of studies) to determine just exactly what, if any, the conclusions of the scientific literature are.

If the title sounds like we’re hedging our bets, we are.

Whether caffeine makes you smarter is one question. Whether it makes you feel good is another. Test subjects in studies report they’re in a better mood after taking caffeine, they’re more alert and less fatigued.

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Sublingual Viter Energy Mints deliver a quick kick to the bloodstream

Sublingual Viter Energy Mints deliver a quick kick to the bloodstream

by Mark Miller June 30, 2016

Sublingual Viter Energy Mints deliver a quick kick to the bloodstream. One of the fastest ways to get a drug, vitamin or caffeine into the body is through sublingual administration—that is, under the tongue, where the substance dissolves and quickly gets absorbed into the body.

That is how Viter Energy Mints, our product, delivers a load of invigorating caffeine and B vitamins into the bloodstream quickly.

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