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MARCH IS CAFFEINE AWARENESS MONTH: Caffeine awareness may sound strange, but also full of great information! March is a time to learn about what we’re consuming from our favorite coffee, tea, energy drinks, and even chocolate bars. It’s important to know where the caffeine in your diet is coming from by monitoring the foods you’re eating and drinking regularly, so you can see where it’s adding up during the day.

According to Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a maximum of 400 mg of caffeine can be part of a healthy, daily diet. That’s approximately three to five 8 ounce cups of coffee per day. Here’s some more info on caffeine in our daily drinks/food: • The average energy drink or can of soda (of about 8 ounces), a 20-ounce diet soda, a shot of espresso, or a small cup of coffee will bring you to about 80 mg of caffeine. • If you’re go-to is Green Tea, that is around 40 mg of caffeine. • If chocolate is your guilty pleasure, you get about 10 mg of caffeine from an average 1.5-ounce chocolate bar. If dark chocolate is your choice, the same size contains about 30 mg of caffeine. Here are some combos that will keep you fueled throughout the day while staying in a healthy daily intake range: • Three cups of coffee and one energy drink. • Two cups of coffee, two energy drinks, and one shot of espresso. • Two energy drinks and a four-shot of espresso (two “tall” lattes). • Three pieces of dark chocolate, two cups of coffee, and one energy drink.

Caffeine is the most widely used substance on the planet, and it is also one of the most researched in regards to the effects on the human body. Research had found that caffeine increases memory! A newer study out of Johns Hopkins University showed that a 200 mg caffeine pill helped boost memory consolidation. • Caffeine relieves post-workout muscle pain by up to 48%. • Research shows that people who drink at least four coffees or teas have lower blood pressure. According to a new study out of Paris. Tea drinkers had the most blood pressure benefit, while coffee drinkers had just slightly less.. We can conclude that caffeine consumption through natural sources is probably the best since many of the health benefits are probably largely due to high antioxidant levels found in regular coffee and teas. Taking time this March to educate yourself on your favorite pick-me-up method will help you maintain your health. As long as caffeine consumption is maintained, it is a beneficial addition to your diet and safe to keep sipping on your favorite go-to.

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