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The Truth About Caffeine

Caffeine is a stimulant, and when consumed through coffee, energy drinks or supplements may boost energy in the short term, but it dissipates quickly, leaving you feeling even more tired than before. Caffeine also has side effects that can include:

  • Sleep disturbances
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Heart palpitations
  • Stomach upset

“In moderation, caffeine is okay. The problem is, manufacturers don’t always name caffeine as an ingredient, and they aren’t required to list how much caffeine a product contains, which can range from 50 to 500 mg,” says Jaskiran Sandhu, MD, Family Medicine Physician with Wheaton Franciscan – St. Joseph Campus.

Not only are energy drinks and some sodas high in caffeine, they are also high in sugar, resulting in unnecessary calories and increased tooth decay. And sugar gives you a high, followed by a crash, which is not the
desired result.

If you are constantly feeling tired and it’s affecting your quality of life, talk with your doctor. He or she can help you rule out any underlying reasons for your fatigue.

Caffeine Alternatives

Try these healthy, energy-boosting alternatives:

  • Drink water with lemon
  • Take a brisk walk
  • Get some fresh air
  • Stand and stretch
  • Eat high energy, healthy carbs
  • Don’t skip meals


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The Truth About Caffeine