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Effects of Caffeine on the body

A lot of people take caffeine daily to help wake themselves up in the morning or for an extra boost of energy in the afternoon. It is seen by many as harmless and others as destructive. It is an addictive substance that many consume often, so what are the effects of caffeine on the body exactly?

Where Does it Come from?

Caffeine comes either from plants or can be man-made. Some plants that contain caffeine are coffee beans, kola nuts, tea leaves, and cacao. These are used to make things like coffee, soda, tea, and chocolate. Chocolate is a food that contains caffeine that some people do not know about so it should not be eaten in large amounts.

Man-made caffeine is used to make medicine, energy drinks, and food that contains any chocolate. It is also found in cold medicines and pain-relievers like Midol and Excedrin.

Caffeine in Drinks

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Out of everything, coffee contains the most caffeine. Just one 8-ounce cup has between 95-200 mg of caffeine. Coffee even contains more caffeine than most energy drinks! Most energy drinks have between 70-100 mg of caffeine in an 8-ounce can. However, there are larger cans that contain much more caffeine. Some energy drinks even contain up to 300 mg of caffeine, like Bang Energy Drinks.

Compared to these drinks filled with caffeine, soda has almost nothing. A 12-ounce can of soda contains only 35-70 mg of caffeine. The downside to soda is most of them contain large amounts of sugar as well.

Benefits of Caffeine

To reap any of the benefits from caffeine, it should only be taken in moderate doses. Although there is not much data or evidence, caffeine is known to help with focus and help others feel more alert. The recommended amount for a daily intake of caffeine is less than 200 mg. Any more than this may have more negative effects on your body than positive.

Negative Effects of Caffeine

According to Mayoclinic.org, caffeine is safe only if people drink 400 mg or less each day. More than this could potentially cause problems. One major effect of too much caffeine is sleep deprivation. Contrary to what some might think, caffeine does not replenish energy. The boost of energy from caffeine is very temporary and your body will still need a full 7-8 hours of sleep to avoid other problems.

Without proper amounts of sleep, you may face other problems like depression, anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure, feelings of nervousness or other problems. Caffeine has also been linked to problems when taken during pregnancy. According to adf.org, too much caffeine can even cause seizures, confusion, or delirium.

One rare, but possible cause of too much caffeine is an overdose. While not many have died at the hands of caffeine, it is possible, so it is important to make sure not to take more than the recommended daily amounts.

The motto “all things in moderation” should apply when it comes to caffeine. Some bodies handle caffeine better than others, but everyone should still be careful and consider the effects of caffeine on the body. Take care of your body and treat it with the respect it deserves. Check out our article, Benefits of Multivitamins to find out how you can help your body get the vitamins and minerals it needs.

Sources

https://www.uhs.umich.edu/caffeine

https://cspinet.org/eating-healthy/ingredients-of-concern/caffeine-chart

https://medlineplus.gov/caffeine.html

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/caffeine/art-20045678?p=1

https://www.uth.tmc.edu/pet/century-study/PDF/caffeine-list.pdf

https://uhs.princeton.edu/health-resources/caffeine

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Healthy Skincare Habits

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Healthy Skincare Habits

Most of us want healthy, glowing skin and envy those who never seem to struggle with acne. How do they do it? A big part of it is genes, but there are healthy skincare habits everyone can make to get that glowing look everyone desires.

Wash Your Face – Gently!

One of the most important things you can do for clear skin is to wash your face every day. According to aad.org, you should wash your face in the morning, at night before bed, and after sweating. This will help keep dirt and bacteria out of your pores. Remember to always wash your face gently to avoid irritating your skin.

Use Sunscreen Outdoors

Whenever you are going outdoors remember to always apply sunscreen first. Even if the sun is not shining, you can still burn. No matter who you are, sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more will help keep your skin smooth by preventing wrinkles caused by the sun.

one healthy skincare habit is meditation

Avoid Stress

Stress is one of the worst things for our skin. It can cause acne and wrinkles. Not only that, but it can flare up other skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis. It is so important to either avoid stress or find ways to manage it.
A few ways to manage stress are:

  • taking a break
  • going for a walk
  • reading a book
  • meditating
  • positive thinking or self-talk
  • doing yoga

Use the right products for your skin type

Everyone’s skin is unique; therefore, we all require different products. Some skin is oily. Some are dry. Others are sensitive. Look for products that match your skin type.

Drink More Water

Skin is made up of cells and cells require water to function properly. It is important to make sure our skin is hydrated. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day will help you keep your skin hydrated. Water also reaches the skin after all the other organs in our body, so one way we can help keep the water locked into our skin is to apply a hydrating moisturizer right after getting out of the shower. Without water, our skin becomes dry, flaky, and is more prone to wrinkling.

Do Not Smoke

Smoking will cause your skin to age faster and slow down how fast your skin heals itself.

There are so many healthy skincare habits we can make for better skin. Check out our article, Benefits of Multivitamins, to read about how they can improve your health. Matsun Nutrition’s Hair, Skin, & Nails contains biotin and other ingredients for healthier skin.

Sources

https://www.aad.org/public/skin-hair-nails/skin-care/skin-care-secrets

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4082169/

https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/3-tips-to-manage-stresshttps://www.uwhealth.org/madison-plastic-surgery/the-benefits-of-drinking-water-for-your-skin/26334

https://www.uwhealth.org/madison-plastic-surgery/the-benefits-of-drinking-water-for-your-skin/26334

Health Tips from Around the World

Health Tips from Around the World

Health Tips from Around the World
Health Tips from Around the World

It can be both fun and beneficial to find out what lifestyle and health habits are practiced around the world. Here are a few health tips from around the world listing things that are working for just a few places.

Iceland

The people in Iceland eat a lot of fish with omega-3 fatty acid. This is an essential fat that our bodies cannot make on their own but can get from the food we eat.
 

The Netherlands

In the Netherlands, people are known for riding their bikes everywhere. It may not be practical to ride your bike everywhere but riding it every day or as often as you can is great exercise and a great place to start. The diet in the Netherlands avoids a lot of processed food and consists of food that is well-balanced like dairy, nuts, vegetables, fruits, and fish while avoiding things like red meat, salt, and sugary drinks.

France

Slow down when eating and eat at set times each day. Enjoy your food and let your metabolism digest at a steady pace.

Italy

Food is an extremely important part of Italian culture. They spend hours preparing meals. The people of Italy eat a lot of fresh produce and cook a lot of their meals with the produce they grow or purchase. This allows them to get the best vitamins and minerals from the food they eat.

Japan

The people in Japan have a reputation for being in shape and never aging. The health tips from Japan are a combination of things previously listed. They eat a lot of fish with Omega-3 as part of their meals. Japan loves Sushi! They also eat a lot slower, especially while eating with chopsticks and they use smaller dishes for their food. This prevents them from overeating, which is something many of us do.

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Overall, there are so many different lifestyles and ways to live. Something that works great for someone may not be ideal for someone else but striving to live healthier will always be beneficial. It can be fun to read about different health tips from around the world and maybe just one tip can be applied to your own life.

Check out our post about the Benefits of Multivitamins and learn how you can get the vitamins and minerals your body needs.

Sources

https://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stories/italians-are-healthiest-world

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/fats-and-cholesterol/types-of-fat/omega-3-fats/

https://www.self.com/story/live-longer-5-health-habits-to