I ran into a major glitch with my new braces this morning I must take them out when I drink a cup of coffee.
Yikes, I didn’t think about that. Since I drink roughly 12 cups of coffee each day – from 5 a.m. until noon, that means I will be taking them off and on so much they probably won’t do much good.
So I figured out how to drink and keep my braces intact. I drink it through a straw! It’s that or main-lining.
I read this morning that caffeine is the most common mood-altering drug in the world. It’s a mild stimulant that works on the central nervous system. Just ask any java junkie – caffeine can make you more alert, give you an energy boost and keep you from snoozing when you need to stay awake.
Caffeine can be found in many products like tea, soft drinks, energy drinks, and some over-the-counter medications, but coffee is the leading dietary source of caffeine among American adults.
Generally, three 8-ounce cups of coffee per day is considered moderate consumption and won’t hurt you, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). However, excessive caffeine use — more than 10 8-ounce cups of coffee per day — can produce physical side effects including tremors, anxiety, insomnia, and a “crash” of extreme fatigue once the caffeine starts to wear off.
Symptoms of Caffeine Withdrawal
The brain fog and headache that some people get if they don’t have their typical amount of coffee or other caffeinated beverage might actually be a sign of caffeine withdrawal syndrome, according to a recent study.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University Medical School in Baltimore and American University in Washington, D.C., reviewed 66 experimental and survey studies on caffeine withdrawal. They identified these common symptoms:
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Depression and irritability
- Difficulty concentrating
- Flu-like symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, and muscle aches