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by Mark Miller June 24, 2021 3 min read
Erectile dysfunction. In combination, those are two of the ugliest words known to man. But can caffeine help you get it up?
Science hasn't found the definitive answer to this question, but one study concluded that fewer men who consume caffeine have problems performing. The study said:
Caffeine intake reduced the odds of prevalent ED, especially an intake equivalent to approximately 2-3 daily cups of coffee (170-375 mg/day). This reduction was also observed among overweight/obese and hypertensive, but not among diabetic men. Yet, these associations are warranted to be investigated in prospective studies
by Mark Miller June 22, 2021 4 min read
Many breastfeeding mothers wonder if it's OK to take caffeine. In fact, many nursing mothers just avoid caffeine in case it would keep their babies fussy, jittery and awake.
The answer is yes, you can take caffeine while breastfeeding, as long as you don't go over about 300 mg a day.
It's an important question because caffeine is in so many products, and taking coffee, tea, or soda is such a common ritual.
And breastfeeding mothers may be tempted to take caffeinated products because they are deprived of sleep by their newborns' odd sleep schedule.
by Mark Miller June 17, 2021 5 min read
You might think gum chewing is an activity with little or no benefits besides the pleasure and flavor, but think again. Chewing gum has several benefits.
In addition to freshening your breath, sugar-free gum can help prevent cavities and contribute to overall oral health. But that's just the beginning.
by Mark Miller June 15, 2021 4 min read
Chewing gum to lose weight may be a viable method for some people, scientific studies have shown. It works in part by controlling appetite.
A study published in the scientific journal Appetite concluded:
"Overall, chewing gum for at least 45 min significantly suppressed rated hunger, appetite and cravings for snacks and promoted fullness (p<0.05). This study demonstrated some benefit of chewing gum which could be of utility to those seeking an aid to appetite control."
by Mark Miller June 10, 2021 4 min read
You may have been chewing gum all of your life, but you don't know what's in it. Chewing gum has four main ingredients: gum base, flavors, colors, and sweeteners.
Around the mid-1900s, chemists learned to make synthetic rubber. This became the base ingredient for most brands of chewing gum, says the site Chewing Gum Facts. That said, some companies use both natural and artificial ingredients in the base.
by Mark Miller June 08, 2021 4 min read
The history of chewing gum advanced from chewy substances found in nature thousands of years ago, to chicle centuries ago in Central America, to mid-19th century Maine when the modern product was first mass produced in a factory.
The gum of centuries and millennia ago would not have been like what we chew today. In fact, neither was the stuff of the 1840s and '50s.
by Mark Miller June 03, 2021 5 min read
So you like your coffee or tea, energy drinks, or caffeinated mints. But you're afraid too much caffeine is unwise.
In a meta-study published in the British Medical Journal, the researchers looked at the results of 218 other studies, most of the observational, to find the optimal amount of coffee consumption per day.
Three to four 8-ounce cups per daywill not only satisfy your caffeine cravings, but it results in some health benefits.
by Mark Miller June 01, 2021 4 min read
Scientists speculate that the caffeine lowers the body's sensitivity to insulin, meaning the hormone is not as effective as it once was. The cells don't absorb as much sugar from the blood after eating or drinking. To compensate, the body creates more insulin, which raises its level after your meals.
It's a double whammy because the body already uses insulin poorly, and blood sugar rises higher than it should. Caffeine might make this worse and make it hard to reduce blood sugar to healthy levels.
In time, the complications of diabetes, like heart disease or nerve damage, could become worse from the higher blood sugar induced by caffeine consumption.
by Mark Miller May 27, 2021 3 min read
The body converts fatty acids into ketones. These natural chemicals are produced when you metabolize fat. The chemicals include acetone, acetoacetate, and hydroxybutyrate.
When you breathe, the body releases some of these chemicals from your mouth, resulting in the nail polish odor. You may notice the odor when you urinate, too, as the ketones are released in urine.
Not everyone gets keto breath, but if you do experience it, it means you may be in a state of ketosis, that is, your body is burning fat stores. At least you know your diet is working.
The good news is the keto breath should go away in a few weeks when your body adjusts to the new diet. In the meantime, there are some things you can do to reduce keto breath.
by Mark Miller May 25, 2021 5 min read
That said, be careful you don't take caffeine so late that it prevents you from falling asleep. Sleep deprivation can have a big impact on mental health and can worsen depression. Sleep deprivation can also cause physical health problems, which can exacerbate depression.
by Mark Miller May 20, 2021 4 min read
In a bit of good news, caffeine boosts the rate of your metabolism, as we stated. Scientists calculate something called the resting metabolic rate (RMR).
Caffeine can increase your resting metabolic rate by 3 to 11 percent. The more caffeine you take, the higher the RMR. If your metabolic rate is higher, you burn more calories even at rest, and you can eat more without gaining weight.