Douglass & Runger - July 2022



From pain killers to carbonated drinks, you can find caffeine everywhere on the American market. However, high caffeine consumption can pose risks. The good news is that in moderation, caffeine may contain useful health benefits, but if you want to actually benefit from caffeine, consider these healthier options. But what is caffeine, exactly? Caffeine is a natural stimulant — in other words, it stimulates the brain and central nervous systems, which prevents weariness and helps you stay alert. Over 80% of the world’s population consumes a caffeinated product every day, including tea, coffee, soda, and energy drinks. In North America alone, this number rises to 90%.

and during exercise, it may even increase your body’s use of fat as fuel — but that doesn’t necessarily mean chugging an energy drink is ideal. Why? Its health benefits come mainly through tea or coffee. Walk into any grocery store, and you’ll notice that many highly caffeinated drinks are also high in sugar and additives. Sugar is extremely harmful to your long-term health — and no matter what benefits you read about caffeine, the harmful effects of sugar can overwhelm them by heightening your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and much more. The experts agree: Tossing a sugar cube or two into your cup of coffee isn’t the same as drinking a sugary Red Bull.

Additionally, too much caffeine can cause some problems. In some individuals, caffeine can promote headaches, migraines, and high blood pressure. Caffeine is also a psychoactive substance, which means it’s habit forming. After a period of not drinking coffee, you might be familiar with the “caffeine withdrawal” and its side effects: anxiety, tremors, restlessness, irregular heartbeat, and even trouble sleeping. Thankfully, these effects are temporary. Studies show that the people who benefit the most from caffeine are often those who drink anywhere from 1–4 cups of tea or coffee a day. You can also find zero-sugar seltzer waters with low doses of caffeine if you need a small kick. Keep it simple, and you’ll avoid excess sugar and reap the benefits of caffeine more fully.

Research shows that caffeine may possibly elevate your brain function and metabolism,

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For Storytelling Before there was writing, there was storytelling. It exists (and existed) to entertain and promote cultural traditions and values. From the traditional tale of “Cinderella” to the classic nursery rhyme “Old McDonald had a Farm,” storytelling podcasts are like archives of children’s audiobooks that kids can enjoy which can even be nostalgic for parents. “StoryNory” is a podcast that brings in professional voice actors to “perform” classic stories, fables, nurseries, rhymes, and myths. It aims to showcase the

As humans, we seem to be wired to absorb what we hear and create images in our heads of scenes being described to us. So, when we listen to podcasts, we tend to listen intently. It turns complex conversations into digestible content and transforms those conversations into relatable stories. Podcasts are generally free and available on a variety of different platforms, so all you need is a device and internet connection to tune in. Check out these three podcasts that the entire family, parents and kids alike, can listen to! For Education As institutions are opting for technology-enhanced learning, podcasts have become one of the major forefront innovations. There are different topics for all ages that are easily accessible at home or in school. Even parents can tune in and learn a thing or two! “Brains On!” has a new kid co-host with Molly Bloom every week to explore fascinating questions about the world we live in. Its mission is to encourage kids’ natural curiosity and wonder using science and history.

imagination and great narrations that promote both listening skills and sleep for the little ones.

It can be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Aha Radio.

For Self-Help Many professionals like therapists and doctors are joining the podcast platform. It’s a great way for them to share tips to help their listeners lead more healthy lives. This is great for both parents and older children who may be going through major changes in their lives, like divorce or mental health issues. “The Habit Coach with Ashdin Doctor” teaches listeners how to create simple habits that apply to their own lives. These habits help with health, sleep, de- stressing, productivity, motivation, and so much more.

This podcast can be found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Audible.

Whether you’re in the car or at home doing chores, podcasts offer a variety of topics and themes to choose from and enjoy with the family. Listening together can become a great bonding experience, and it provides a little something for everyone.

This podcast can be found on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, and Spotify.

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