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Why is soda caffeinated?

Why is soda caffeinated?

by Mark Miller July 13, 2017 5 min read

Why does soda have caffeine in it? Caffeine does add to the complex flavors of the various types of caffeinated soda. In fact, the taste of caffeine is bitter and has to be balanced with sugars or sweeteners and other flavors. Caffeine also adds a boost in energy to the drinkers of soda.

But what reason do the manufacturers give for adding caffeine to soda pop?

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coffee at night

Should you drink coffee at night? (Probably not)

by Mark Miller June 29, 2017 4 min read

Should you drink coffee at night? Apparently not. Between not getting enough sleep and drinking alcohol or doing drugs, many people are not getting enough sleep, and the sleep they do get is not optimal, researchers say. A recent study says if you drink coffee or take caffeine at night that can interfere with sleep patterns by disrupting the circadian rhythm, or the body's internal clock that regulates when you sleep and stay awake.
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How to get rid of caffeine from the body quickly

How to get rid of caffeine from the body quickly

by Mark Miller February 02, 2017 4 min read

It’s not possible to eliminate caffeine from the body more quickly than usual. Caffeine’s half-life, the time it takes to for a healthy adult to see a reduction of caffeine’s presence in the body by half, is 5.7 hours. And if you don’t get your usual dose the next day, you may go into minor withdrawal and be groggy and cross. Some people also experience a headache if they don’t get their usual dose.

Some people go to extraordinary lengths to eliminate caffeine, including doing vigorous exercise and taking cleansing or detoxification measures. These measures are not likely to reduce caffeine’s presence in your body at all. Be patient, the last traces of caffeine should be gone completely about a day after ingestion.

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How bad is caffeine withdrawal? What causes it?

How bad is caffeine withdrawal? What causes it?

by Mark Miller January 26, 2017 5 min read

How bad is caffeine withdrawal? People who have a caffeine habit may empathize with a scene of the 1931 production of Frankenstein, in which the mad scientist exults over the animation of his monster, exclaiming “It’s alive! It’s a alive, it’s alive!” I know I get animated in the morning after drinking my first cup of the ichor we call coffee.

Caffeinated products are wildly popular worldwide, used by as much as 90 percent of the adult population. An estimated 80 percent of American adults take caffeine in one product or another, and it’s estimated half of those people are prone to headaches for one reason or another. If you are among the caffeine users who get caffeine withdrawal headaches from coffee, tea or energy drinks, there are a few things you can do to minimize the pain.

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How well studied is caffeine?

How well studied is caffeine?

by Mark Miller January 12, 2017 5 min read

Studies of caffeine show that it does not increase the risk of death, but it causes a habit or possibly a dependence that the American Psychiatric Association now lists in its diagnosis manual as a disorder that warrants more study.

Scientists study caffeine and its use by humans a lot, some say more than any other psychoactive substance in the world. Caffeine is the most widely used drug, and more scientists are saying now there should be yet more studies into dependence and other aspects of caffeine consumption.

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The benefits of coffee - over 1,000 compounds!

The benefits of coffee - over 1,000 compounds!

by Mark Miller January 04, 2017 4 min read

What is the chemistry of coffee? Caffeine is the most famous chemical compound in coffee, but roasted coffee beans contain more than 1,000 other compounds. Some of these chemicals are noxious but still are not unhealthy because they are present in such low amounts.

You never hear anybody wake up and say, “I need a big dose of putrescine and dimethyl disulfide in my morning cup.”

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How to cram an hour before an exam or test

How to cram an hour before an exam or test

by Mark Miller December 28, 2016 4 min read

Preparing for exams and tests in high school and college may be essential to getting an A, entering the university of your dreams or making the grade to go on for a master’s degree. Assuming you’ve studied the subject or subjects thoroughly, what should you do just one before an exam?

If it’s a big mid-term or final, an Advanced Placement or a Graduate Record Exam or other graduate school test, most people have to study the subjects thoroughly during the semester or school year or years. Attempting to learn all the material one hour before the very end is not a good strategy for a final exam or for a placement test.

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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 4 min read

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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Thanksgiving Turkey Day food coma — bring on the tryptophan

Thanksgiving Turkey Day food coma — bring on the tryptophan

by Mark Miller November 24, 2016 4 min read

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 4 min read

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 4 min read

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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Athletes train harder, longer, and perform better with caffeine

Athletes train harder, longer, and perform better with caffeine

by Mark Miller July 14, 2016 4 min read

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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