I had to chuckle when I read this story today on the CNN feeds. This is so me! And I was just writing about how hard it is to get off caffeine in the "Energy Drinks at school" post. I have never been a big coffee drinker because my body reacts poorly when I drink it, but I love my Diet Coke.
I have been soda free for four days. I know, it's not a great accomplishment. But it is for me! I saw this cold can of Cherry Coke in the break room a moment ago and it looked so good! I feel like an addict.
Here's the CNN story on moms taking in too much caffeine:
Moms are consuming caffeine more now than ever. What effect does it have on their health?
A study shows caffeine consumption is on the rise, especially with busy mothers. How much caffeine is too much? One mom said, "I have about 4 energy drinks a day." Another said, "I'm drinking coffee every waking hour." These moms, who are also CNN I-reporters, are fairly typical caffeine consumers.
A National Sleep Foundation study found more than 65 percent of moms drink caffeinated beverages to get through their day. Stacy DeBroff , the CEO of MomCentral.com said, "We are facing the busiest generation of moms ever, we dash from place to place. We find ourselves always on the go and usually with a cup of coffee in hand." But here's the thing: research shows caffeine can trigger migraines, heart burn and put women at an increased risk of miscarriage.
Cardiologist Dr. Allen Dollar from Emory University said, "The jitteriness, the nervousness, the feeling that the heart may be racing a little bit, skipping a beat every now and again, those are the short term side effects of caffeine intake but again the good news is there is no serious health consequences to that of the long term."
So there are no serious long term health effects. Relying on caffeine for energy drains the body because it never gets a chance to properly recharge. DeBroff said, "Take advantage of small breaks in the action. Sometimes you only have 10 minutes as a mom and you have to think of 'What can I do to restore my energy so that I can then get ready to go forth on the next mom mission that awaits me.' The key is moderation." Experts agree, 200 milligrams of caffeine a day is safe. That's between one and four drinks--depending on the size of the beverage.
Here are some tips from readers about what they drink instead of caffeine:
Maria said, "Sometimes when I think I want a pop, I drink a Perrier instead. It's my guilty pleasure. Oh, and in Europe, I would mix some 100% juice and mix it with mineral (carbonated) water at a 20/80 mix of mostly water. It was so good..."
Septboy said, "When I get tired of the taste of tap water, I add a squirt or 2 of lemon or lime juice."
How much caffeine do you drink?
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