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Re: Average number of caffeinated beverages per work day

by one4k4 (Hermit)
on Oct 17, 2001 at 23:44 UTC ( #119527=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Average number of caffeinated beverages per work day

Does anybody else ever experience headaches from caffeine? Usually when I stop drinking coffee/soda for a while..

I've heard about it being a dehydration thing.. but..

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Re: Re: Average number of caffeinated beverages per work day
by strfry() (Monk) on Oct 17, 2001 at 23:50 UTC

    i don't get headaches from drinking caffiene, but i sure do get them when i don't drink it.
    i drink more water than i drink coffee, though. (which is a mean feat - check my post below.) (:

    strfry()

Re: Re: Average number of caffeinated beverages per work day
by gloryhack (Deacon) on Oct 18, 2001 at 00:53 UTC

    Caffeine constricts blood vessels, even in the brain. When you make it a habit, your body works extra hard to open them up -- the brain needs oxygen and nutrients, and its wastes carried away. When you take that caffeine away, your body still anticipates its arrival -- those blood vessels open up wide and put pressure on your brain.

    In order to cut back (which is good if your intake is over about 200mg/day), you have to go easy. Try green tea in the same quantity as you drank coffee -- you'll cut your caffeine by about 60%.

    If you're drinking diet soda with aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal, et al.) in it, stop that right now. That crap is poison. It can cause headeaches, which is actually the least of the damage it does to a body.

      i've cut down on my intake several times over the years, but at some time or another find myself having to do with less sleep, and more activity, so i start chugging ye olde coffee again. i did find that if i drink a couple cups of expresso fairly quickly, though, that i don't crave the java as much throughout the day. maybe it's like that 'crack rush' i keep hearing about. (;

      If you're drinking diet soda with aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal, et al.) in it, stop that right now. That crap is poison. It can cause headeaches, which is actually the least of the damage it does to a body.

      hm, i knew it was bad for you, but i'd always just assumed i had an allergy towards it when it gave me headaches. (yay, i'm not a hypochondriac!)


      strfry()
      This provides more in-depth coverage of aspartame toxicity.

      Oh, and I do something to counteract it already...fairly large doses of ginkgo biloba. Even though I know it's probably not healthy in the long run, I sometimes drain two liters of Mountain Dew in a day, along with my own herbal cocktail of ginseng, eyebright, ginkgo biloba, and astragalus. If I'm drinking coffee (or tea, as I have been lately, because there's so damn much of it in my home) then it's usually a much lower caffeine intake, usually just a pot of coffee or a pot of tea.

      Back in HS, I actually got to the point where I drank four liters of Mountain Dew every single day, and my time perception was totally bizarre. I literally cannot access that time period normally. (My VCR analogy: Think of watching SP in SLP mode.)

      The only reason I happened to slip back into this temporal rate is because one of my sisters dared me to go off caffeine altogether for 30 days. I did. I went right back on it afterwards, but I didn't ramp the intake back up.

      But after I stopped - the whole world snapped back into place. It was really, really weird.

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