"I can definitely say without a doubt that I am addicted to caffeine," said Sarah Kripal, mother of two from Lincoln, Nebraska. "I need about four energy drinks, three cups of coffee and a six-pack of soda every day."
Lindy Smith, a mom of three in Forest Lake, Minnesota, says she needs caffeine just to get through the day. "I usually drink two to three pots of coffee a day. I am sure this is not good for me, but how do you keep up?"
Author and parenting expert Stacy DeBroff says today's moms are the busiest ever. "We have crammed lives. We work full time, our kids our busier than ever, and we are finding ourselves always on the go."
|What's in Your Cup?|
Caffeine content of common beverages:
Note: Energy drinks and soda estimates are per can, ranging from 8 to 18 ounces. Coffee and tea estimates are per 8-ounce serving. Source: CNN research
Caffeine works by suppressing the neurotransmitters in your brain that would normally release nerve impulses that make you tired. This is one reason caffeine is addictive, experts say. People start to depend on the boost of energy it provides.
But what effect is that having on your health? Research shows that caffeine can trigger migraines, heartburn, gastrointestinal problems and put women at an increased risk of miscarriage or heart problems.
"It makes you nervous, jittery, pulse races, premature heartbeat," said Emory University cardiologist Dr. Allen Dollar. "But the good news is, those are very short-term effects and have no long-term consequences whatsoever."
But the bigger issue may be the addictive nature of caffeine. "Needing any type of stimulant to get through your day is dangerous," Dollar noted.
Following are ways you can boost your energy naturally:
- Sleep seven to eight hours every night.
- Maintain a proper diet.
- Exercise regularly.
- Take a daily break (10 minutes or more) to rest or read a book.
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