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 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 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.