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Is Caffeine Safe During Pregnancy?

by Tina Sendin October 06, 2020 7 min read

Is getting a caffeine fix really bad for pregnant women?

We’re going to try to answer this million-dollar question by putting together the various research and studies we’ve found on the topic and try to help you ladies come up with not just an answer, but a solution.

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How do you stay awake on a road trip?

by Mark Miller October 01, 2020 4 min read

As we've been writing on this blog lately, there are long-term [1] and short-term [2] practices to remain alert and avoid becoming drowsy on the road.

The long-term practices are to get a good, healthy diet; sleep on a regular schedule, at least 7 hours a night (or day, if you work the graveyard shift); and exercise regularly to stay physically fit.

The short-term practices are more detailed. And we can all take a hint from truck drivers, who are experts in driving long distances and staying awake. 

Underlying both the short-term and long-term practices is judicious use of caffeine. If you rely too much on caffeine, one study finds [3], you run the risk of crashing. For truckers who get a good, healthy amount of caffeine, another study found [4], they can avoid crashes and save lives.

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Truckers' tricks to stay awake on the road

by Mark Miller September 24, 2020 4 min read

For many truckers, the fight to stay awake is a daily (or nightly) one.

You should follow the long-term tips of getting a good diet, exercising plenty, and getting on a good sleep schedule that we at Viter Energy Mints outlined in this blog [1] to help truckers. Those three strategies, plus judicial use of caffeine, can save lives.

For some short-term tips on staying awake on the road, read on.

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Helping new parents cope with little sleep

by Mark Miller September 22, 2020 4 min read

In the wee hours of the night, babies need to be fed, have their diapers changed, and sometimes they wake up and just need comforting if they’re being fussy.

Sleep loss from a newborn is a challenge that you can meet with some strategies that will make it easier for you to cope and even get some more shut-eye.

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Why caffeine helps truckers stay awake

by Mark Miller September 17, 2020 5 min read

Truckers have a way to help save their lives and the lives of others: caffeine. A 2013 study found that truckers who consume caffeine are 63% less likely to crash [1]. The American Association for the Advancement of Science writes:

Long distance commercial drivers who consume caffeinated substances such as coffee or energy drinks, to stay awake while driving, are significantly less likely to crash than those who do not, even though they drive longer distances and sleep less, finds a study published today on bmj.com.

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

by Tina Sendin September 15, 2020 8 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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6 other ways you can have your caffeine fix aside from coffee

by Tina Sendin September 01, 2020 4 min read

Coffee is the top-of-mind source of caffeine, which is a natural substance that’s considered a stimulant, something that promotes alertness. It can heighten mood and make you happy, improve reaction time, and elevate mental performance. [1

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Caffeine microdosing: what is it and should you try it?

by Tina Sendin August 25, 2020 4 min read

Microdosing has become so popular these days – and for all the right reasons. A trend in Silicon Valley, microdosing has a become a common practice of ingesting minimal doses of a substance – say one-tenth or one-twentieth of what’s normal. 

The point is to reap all the positive effects of a substance and steer clear of the negative. Microdosing is perceived to boost cognitive functions – such as improve concentration – and increase energy levels.

The practice has been perceived to be so effective that some have repurposed and applied it to caffeine.

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Synthetic vs. natural caffeine: a primer

by Tina Sendin May 21, 2020 5 min read

Is there a big difference between synthetic and natural caffeine? Which gives a stronger jolt? Does it even matter?

Natural caffeine in coffee, tea, and chocolate is much less common than the synthetic caffeine found in so many other products.

Caffeine is found in plant species such as the more popular ones like Coffea arabica and Coffea robusta, as well as tea leaves, kola nuts, cacao beans, Yerba mate and guarana berries.

Not only does naturally-occurring caffeine from said plants keep your cognitive functions at their peak, but it also contains antioxidants that help you fight illnesses like cancer and Alzheimer’s.

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5 signs you may be “addicted” to coffee

by Tina Sendin May 19, 2020 4 min read

If you’re one of the coffee lovers wondering whether they may be having too much coffee, here are 5 signs that tell you it may be time to take it easy!
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Is caffeine addictive? No, but it sure is habit forming

by Tina Sendin May 14, 2020 5 min read

Caffeine is NOT addictive, but it sure is habit-forming. You don’t hear about 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.

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