Spydernights (spydernights) wrote in nutrition101,

Caffeine Dependence

Probably the first in a series of health-related posts, since that is what I'm feeling I should do with my life.

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The over-use of caffeine is bad for you, and it's really easy to over-use.

There, I've said it. And here is a John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center's report and Psychiatric Times article to agree with me. Please note the line about "...caffeine-induced sleep disorder" in the Psychiatric Times.

It's also important to note that caffeine alter a person's mood or behavior can be seen in as little caffeine as 100mg. That's 15mg less then is in a Tall (the smallest size) Starbucks Café Au Lait. The US average of caffeine consumption is 280mg/day, according to a different John Hopkins study.

Yes, this is from a person who used to drink 96oz of Mountain Dew in an eight hour work shift. I feel loads better now that I'm not drinking caffeine then I ever did while I was drinking it.

(Crossposted to my personal journal.)
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While living in the dorms in college, I had become physically dependent on soft drinks with caffeine without knowing it. It was not until I tried to cut back and experienced headaches that only went away when I resumed drinking pop that I realized what happened. I had gone cold turkey after I graduated, mostly because I could not afford to maintain it. I have found caffeine in some weird things, such as Midol. Ok, they suggest that it is not a good idea for women with PMS to have caffeine, and yet it is an ingredient in this product. My coworkers think I am weird for seeking out decaffeinated items, but it is my health.
I think it's a smart idea to seek out the healthier stuff!

I didn't know that it wasn't recommended for woman with PMS to have caffeine, but that's good to know.