Get your "kickstart" to the day


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As I'm sitting here brainstorming ideas on what to write my last blog about, I happened to glance over to see my roommate drinking Mountain's Dew energy drink, Kickstart.  This got me wondering, "Do energy drinks really make that big of a difference?" I'm totally a fan of Red Bull, but honestly after drinking one I'm awake for maybe an hour and then I'm instantly ready for bed. 


According to howstuffworks, most of the energy from energy drinks comes from caffeine and sugar. Actually, "a 2006 study found that the average 12-ounce soda contains 18 to 48 mg of caffeine."  That's a lot of caffeine. It's no wonder when the caffeine starts to wear it has so many of us ready to hit the sacks. Loughbourough University Researchers found that "after an hour, people who had such drinks had slower reactions and more lapses in concentration than those who had a no-sugar, no caffeine drink." 

Researchers advice for a quick pick me up is a cat nap.  "A 'sugar rush' is not very effective in combating sleepiness - so avoid soft drinks that contain lots of sugar but little or no caffeine," says Professor Jim Horne. I love naps just as much as the next person, but we don't always have time to just nap, even if it's for an hour. One thing I take every morning on top of my vitamins, are energy pills from CVS.  I swear they actually make a difference and keep me more alert during the day.

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WebMD gives a great run down of energy pills that work. My advice is to research and find one for not that much money! A little boost of energy that isn't an energy drink or coffee can only make your day better. Healthcompare.com says that "Ingesting caffeine late in the day can also interfere with your ability to get deep, restful sleep at night which can turn into a self-perpetuating cycle of too much caffeine and too little sleep." This was very interesting to read because I always find myself not being able to sleep after I had coffee late in the day. I know that I shouldn't drink caffeine a lot, especially after reading this research, but as a busy college senior it seems like it's just a part of my normal day.  I have been trying to only drink caffeine once or twice a week, and it has really help me sleep at night. I hope you all can also find a healthier way to stay energized without a monster or Starbucks in hand!




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I try not to rely too much on caffeinated drinks to get me going in the morning, coffee included. I used to drink it everyday before heading off to high school, and became pretty dependent on the rush and clarity it provided. But like any drug, there are effects that accompany withdrawal. With no apparatus to make me coffee, I've gone without it for the past month or so. An idea of what I've had to deal with can be found at the following link: http://www.energyfiend.com/caffeine-withdrawal-symptoms-top-ten

I have never really been a huge fan of energy drinks but things like chocolate which do have caffeine are just too darn good. Personally I don't eat in the morning just because I don't have time but the desire for food is what usually keeps me going in those morning classes. Coffee's taste also doesn't particularly appeal to me either so I am unfortunately without much to wake myself up in the morning besides maybe apples? .. http://www.oddee.com/item_98510.aspx

I actually find this to be super interesting. I used to be a coffee junkie. I'm not joking when I say junkie. I would have sometimes up to 7 cups of coffee per day. My body became so tolerant to the caffeine that I could almost drink up to any amount of coffee that I pleased. Obviously that isn't good for the human body. I'm not the biggest fan of energy drinks, but I completely agree that although I might be taking in a large amount of caffeine, after about an hour or so I'm ready for my next nap. I've been trying to find a healthy medium & will most definitely be checking out those energy pills. If you are looking for any other effective energy boosters, check out this link : http://www.doctoroz.com/slideshow/5-energy-boosters

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