As many of you know, caffeine is a staple to the American diet. Found in tea, coffee, energy drinks, and energy gum (like ours of course!), America depends on regular doses of 1,3,7 trimethylxanthine, the chemical name for a bitter white powder known as caffeine, to help wake us up and get us through the day.
Caffeine is a psychoactive compound that directly affects our central nervous system in a stimulating way. Not considered a true addictive substance due to its relatively mild withdrawal symptoms, it is the most widely used and socially accepted "drug" in the world. It stimulates the release of stress hormones that make you more alert, increases heart rate and blood pressure, and speeds up cognition, making it the perfect choice for busy people...although too much of it can lead to serious side-effects like headaches or upset stomachs.
The Food and Drug Administration considers 400 milligrams a safe amount of caffeine for healthy adults to consume daily. However, pregnant women should limit their caffeine intake to 200 mg a day, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
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You may think your mental capacity is at a pretty good level, with your thought processes fluid and fully functional; but what if they could be even better? The fact is, the human brain has tremendous potential and recent advances in medical science have unearthed clues into optimizing the way you feel, think and interface with the world around you.
Sounds far-fetched, but this “optimization” is simply the process of neurogenesis, which can best be explained as the way our brain renews and evolves by creating new neurons and other cells essential to the brain and central nervous system.
Taking control of the mind is an intuitive process and by learning more about yourself and the way you function as an individual and a human, you can learn to fine-tune your mind and your capacity to wield it effectively. The following are six important points on the subject of your mind that can help you better understand it.
The expression “use it or lose it” definitely applies to the brain. Just as our bodies need regular physical exercises to stay in shape, our brains need to stay active in order to function smoothly and effectively. Here are some tips to always keep your brain sharp: