Can you have caffeine while intermittent fasting?

by Tina Sendin January 29, 2020 4 min read

Intermittent fasting (IF) is becoming not just a global health and fitness trend, but a way of life.

According to Healthline: [1]

Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting.

It does not say anything about which foods to eat, but rather when you should eat them.

Doing IF is not just for losing weight, but also for better metabolism, improving medical conditions like diabetes, more optimal brain activity, stronger immune, and basically living longer [23, 4].

While it focuses more on when to eat, rather than what, many people still ask this big question:

Can you drink coffee or tea while going through intermittent fasting?

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Here's how coffee can make you poo

by Tina Sendin January 27, 2020 6 min read

We all love our cup of joe. Whether it’s because of the surprising health benefits it brings, the occasional buzz we need, or just a habit we’ve formed, it’s become an indispensable part of our everyday life.

But did you know that “nature’s call” comes with your java fix?

This is NOT a drill.

According to various studies, coffee can make you poop.

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Can you drink coffee before a blood test?

by Tina Sendin January 23, 2020 5 min read

You’re a coffee lover. Coffee’s part of your morning routine.

But what if you have to take a blood test first thing in the morning? Can you still have your caffeine fix?

This seems to be the million dollar question for many. So today, we’re embarking on a mission to find out the real deal behind this.

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Are you a caffeine addict? Here are telltale signs you need to dial it down

by Tina Sendin January 20, 2020 5 min read

Do you find yourself heading to the coffee-maker straight from bed? Then you’re one of 62% Americans who drink coffee every single day. Call it a morning ritual or a habit that can’t be shaken, but it’s pure unadulterated java love. But are you addicted to it? Here's how you'll know if you are and how to dial it down.

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Benefits of a coffee scrub

by Tina Sendin January 16, 2020 4 min read

Did you know that the benefits of coffee go beyond helping you get a second wind during that afternoon slump? It actually helps you get smooth, glowing skin!

Sounds like your typical skin care ad right? But here me out.

Coffee's properties give natural benefits for the skin. And no, not by drinking more cups of joe. It's when you actually apply it on your skin.

Say what?

Those innocuous-looking coffee ground can actually become a coffee scrub for your face and body!

This isn't the fad of the year - it's actually been done for years because of the things it can do for your skin.

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Does caffeine help control ADHD?

by Tina Sendin January 13, 2020 4 min read

Certain studies show that caffeine can help ADHD treatment in various ways, including raising levels of dopamine (the hormone linked to pleasure, attention and movement), reducing blood flow in the brain (which calms overactivity in certain regions), and increases concentration. Caffeine can even complement certain ADHD medications. However, it's not applicable to everyone and certain precautions have to be observed when drinking caffeine in the context of ADHD.

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Does coffee dehydrate you?

by Tina Sendin January 09, 2020 4 min read

One of the common questions about caffeine is whether it makes you dehydrated. Some think that coffee and other caffeinated beverages make them pee more than usual, perhaps making them believe that they’re losing fluids. Some though think that it doesn’t make a dent on their fluid intake.

If we were to turn these myths, urban legends, “feelings” and observations (however way you want to call it) into something scientific, then the million dollar question is…

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How much caffeine is allowed in sports?

by Tina Sendin January 06, 2020 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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How does caffeine affect your mood?

by Tina Sendin December 20, 2019 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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Does Caffeine Cure or Cause Migraines?

by Tina Sendin December 18, 2019 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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3 ways caffeine boosts your metabolism

by Tina Sendin December 16, 2019 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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Can caffeine help with weight loss?

by Tina Sendin December 09, 2019 4 min read

Some research has suggested that caffeine may stimulate thermogenesis - a scientific name for the way your body generates heat and energy from the calories in your food; but nutrition experts say that this effect probably isn't enough to produce significant weight-loss. Caffeine may also reduce your desire to eat for a brief time, but again, there's no good evidence over the long-term that this effect leads to weight-loss. To date, no conclusive clinical studies have been done to determine the long-term effect of caffeine on weight loss, and the smaller studies that have been done show a lot of variability in the outcomes.

 

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