What is your personal intake of caffeine, reporting on any noticeable effects resulting from a substantial increase and/or decrease in the amount consumed? How do any of your mood and/or behavioral changes correspond to those reported in your textbook readings? what recommendations would you make?
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I do not typically take in any caffeine except whatever I get from some chocolate here and there. Every now and then, like when I visit family, I will have caffeine in the form of Coke or other cola sodas. When I do, I have never noticed any changes in my mood or behavior. However, the fact that I drink it in a situation that is so different from my normal surroundings would likely make it harder to differentiate between changes caused by the caffeine and changes caused by being in a different setting and with different people than normal.
I ingest about 150mg of caffeine each day, in the form of 2 espresso drinks. One consumed in the morning, one in the afternoon. When I don't drink those espressos, I find I have less energy in the morning. This chart helps you determine your personal caffeine intake:
I detox every summer and retox every fall. I start off with good intentions but, besides the local coffee stand being really, really good, by this time of the year I am exhausted and I use it to wake up. It is better than in my youth and college, when I was still invincible, but I average two cups of coffee per day, and some tea or diet soda.
This question is one that we can discuss, but it is directed specifically at the student.
Kikie, you should develop a plan to measure and control your caffeine intake every day for a specified period of time. Use the FDA nutrition labels on coffee, soda, or other caffeinated foods to measure how much caffeine is in your daily use. For example, if you drink two cups of coffee every day, you can calculate the percentage of caffeine per serving, and then multiply that by your selected period of time. You can then use yourself as a control by cutting your intake, or eliminating it entirely, and keeping a detailed log of how you feel without your usual dosage. You can then write it all up with comparisons and conclusions from your textbook reading, and present it as a personally researched paper.
For the record, all my caffeine intake is in natural foods -- I don't drink coffee, and I drink soda on very rare occasions. In fact, I'd be willing to bet I get most of my caffeine in chocolate.
I never tasted coffee until I became a teacher, and it provided the pick-me-up that I needed each morning. I drink 3-4 cups each morning, and occasionally drink a cup or two at night when I am working late. It keeps me alert and also serves as an appetite suppressant; it also keeps me awake if I drink it at night, so I rarely do so. I consider my intake a moderate amount, and I don't drink other caffeine drinks, so I have noticed no negative effects.
I am addicted to Diet Coke. Literally. My first stop in the morning, on the way to school is the gas station. I grab the largest fountain (horrible, I know) and finish it by the time my drive is over (an hour). If I do not have my caffeine, I get headaches.
I used to drink Diet Coke in great quantities each day and had convinced myself that I could not get along without the caffeine. Then a doctor friend of ours claimed that there is some chemical in Diet Coke that eats small holes in the brain. Since I have enough holes in my brain already, I stopped drinking Diet Coke. For other reasons, i've also radically cut back on my caffeine consumption in general and don't really seem to miss it. However, I can't imagine starting my day without a nice big cup of coffee!
I'm another person who almost certainly gets most of my caffeine in the form of chocolate, which is to say not a huge amount at any one time but some most days. I don't notice any effect on my system when I don't have any for a few days or when I eat it again.
My husband is literally addicted to caffeine - he gets vicious headaches if he doesn't get his morning fix of coffee or caffeine pills.
I used to be a complete addict, having between 5-8 cups of coffee a day. One year I decided to give up coffee for Lent, and I was surprised at how ill I felt and the ferocity of the headaches that I suffered. I now do drink coffee, but only have 1-2 cups a day and no more. I much prefer to drink herbal teas, especially in the evening. I think we need to make sure that we have caffeine and other substances in moderation.
Many years go I drank regular coffee all day long...even just before going to bed. I became relatively immune to the stimulating effect of the caffeine, and slept normally despite the high intake. I think this is an example of developing tolerance of a repeatedly ingested drug. It is akin to the drug addict who must take increasing doses to get the desired high.
A second, and more insidious result of the high caffeine intake was an adverse effect on my mental status. I found that I was becoming irritable and difficult, often finding myself snapping at subordinates or being inappropriately and publically critical and mean. I also felt emotionally uneasy.
Deciding that these negative effects were from too much caffeine intake, I switched to Decaf. and reduced the number of cups consumed.
I have been off of caffeine for many years now. And the undesirable mental issues indeed disappeared.
So, in my opinion, high caffeine intake results in reduction of the expected stimulation effect, and gradual appearance of undesirable mental effects.
As with almost everything in life, moderation seems to be the best policy.
I love my one large cup of caffeine, I mean coffee in the morning, preferably extra bold. During the day, I drink two or three cups of unsweetened iced tea. However, if I don't have the caffeine, I may notice a headache in the morning but no other ill effects. I like drinking seltzer water rather than soda to cut down on sugar and caffeine.
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