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Caffeine; to have or not to have

on November 22, 2013
Are you addicted to caffeine?  Do you know why?  Is it good for you?
Read on…
The brain produces a natural sedative called adenosine, which binds to the appropriate receptor sites in the brain, resulting in a drowsy feeling. Adenosine levels rise during daytime/waking hours, encouraging sleep in the evening. While sleeping, adenosine levels drop, so you awaken refreshed and raring to go.
Caffeine is similar in structure to adenosine. It temporarily binds to adenosine receptor sites in the brain.  This prevents adenosine from attaching itself to the sites and thus, wards off fatigue. If you regularly consume caffeine, you might also discover that you build up a tolerance because the brain makes more receptor sites as a result. Therefore, you need more caffeine to attach to these new sites and get the same results. Caffeine is a highly studied ingredient yet there’s still confusion over the effect of it on our health.
Here are 5 health benefits that we DO know:
1.  Dementia Risk: While it is too soon to tell about caffeine’s role in the prevention of dementia in humans, there are some preliminary animal studies showing that it MIGHT help to protect against dementia.
2.  Headache Treatment: The blood vessels in the brain dilate (enlarge) during a headache. Caffeine constricts the blood vessels, which lessens the pain. It is also a mild pain reliever. This is why caffeine is found in headache medications like Excedrin Migraine, Midol Complete and Anacin.
3.  Mental Stimulation and Problem Solving: Caffeine has been shown to speed up reaction time and improve processing skills, such as paying attention, solving arithmetic problems, typing and proofreading.
4.  Parkinson’s Disease: Several preliminary studies have shown that higher caffeine intake can reduce one’s risk for developing Parkinson’s Disease. In fact, caffeine might help improve tremors and motor skills in people who already have the disease. However, the benefits could lessen as a person develops a tolerance to caffeine.
5.  Physical Performance: Low to moderate doses of caffeine (200-300 mg) have been shown to improve athletic performance in well-trained athletes, especially in endurance events like running. However, in sports that require short bursts of movement like weight lifting or sprints, caffeine is less effective. Caffeine might help with the burning of fat for energy after exhausting the carbohydrates stored in the muscles. Caffeine also helps reduce the feeling of muscle pain and tiredness, so one feels better while exercising.
I say choose your caffeine wisely…”ALL THINGS IN MODERATION”!  Keep in mind that when consuming caffeine, the caffeine “attaches” itself to the good or the bad ingredients in that item…carrying it all straight to your blood stream.  I choose for my caffeine to attach to GOOD!  I drink AdvoCare Spark for my energy boost everyday.  Spark contains 21 vitamins, minerals & nutrients!  Enhances mental energy & focus.  Helps reduce free radicals, is sugar-free & at only 45 cals per serving I sometimes have a second in the afternoon just as a “treat” from water.  Comes in 7 different flavors so I never get bored w/ it  🙂
I was almost afraid to try that first Spark simply because I’d NEVER been able to tolerate any caffeine!  It always made my head feel “weird” and NOT in a good way!  That was because I wasn’t choosing the right form of caffeine…I was choosing those things w/ ingredients like SUGAR, Phosphoric Acid, Potassium Benzoate (preservative), just to name a few… Spark has NO NEGATIVE EFFECTS …I ain’t gonna lie, I’m the FlAvA lol~

**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂   **I am an Independent Distributor of Essential Oils and when purchasing I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of essential oils, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

The information on this site is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations is at the choice and risk of the reader.


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