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Are You Consuming Too Much Caffeine?

Try non-caffeinated alternatives

Imagine being awake for over 20 hours propelled by excessive caffeine and sugar intake, feeling mentally exhausted yet strangely immune to fatigue. This scenario is a common reality for numerous students who use caffeine to pull all-nighters to study.

Recent discussions revolving around wellness topics shed light on how caffeine consumption has resulted in impacting the lives of college students, and according to Gitnux — a website focused on market trends,statistics and data — states that approximately, 80% of students rely on it daily for alertness, energy boosts, and as a coping mechanism for stress and sleep deprivation. The typical college student consumes between 400-500 mg of caffeine per day, surpassing the FDA-recommended daily limit of 400 milligrams, a trend that can potentially lead to caffeine intoxication.

Symptoms of caffeine intoxication include excessive jitters, nausea, irritability, sleep disturbances, and rapid heartbeat, among others. Students often overlook both their caffeine intake and the warning signs, much like North Carolina A&T sophomore Jelissa Wheeler, who found herself dealing with unexpected side effects after consuming multiple cups of coffee in a bid to power through her day. “After I finished my fourth cup of coffee, I immediately felt my heart racing, followed by a raging headache. My productive day turned into a caffeine disaster.”

One of the beverages gaining traction among students is Celsius, packing a can with 200-300 mg of caffeine per 12 oz serving. Despite its variety of refreshing flavors and natural ingredients like green tea extract, the high caffeine content poses a concern for students who indulge in more than one can a day. The surge in caffeine-related incidents prompted the NCAA and U.S. Olympic Committee to ban Celsius, aiming to safeguard athletes from its potentially detrimental side effects.

UNC football player Dorian Leethal recounts his firsthand experience, having unknowingly  consumed up to 900 milligrams of caffeine in a mere two-hour span. “Being an athlete, it’s important to stay hydrated, and after drinking three cans of Celsius to make it through practice, that caffeine had a adverse effect causing me to have stomach, and head discomfort, and even dehydration.” Such issues underscore the need for awareness and moderation when it comes to caffeine consumption.

Many students remain unaware of non-caffeinated alternatives that can offer similar energizing effects. For those seeking a natural boost to kick start their day, Hi-Vibe Superfood and Juicery, located on 160 W. Kinzie St. and 2904 N. Ashland Ave., offers the drink  “Zinger” an organic pressed juice, featuring a blend of celery, apples, ginger, and lemon, promises a bioenergetic charge without the caffeine kick.

For those battling with sleep deprivation, Hi-Vibe offers The Chill Shot, or the tea brand Yogi, offers a like Bedtime tea which is infused with melatonin, chamomile, magnesium, and other natural ingredients to facilitate restful sleep.

In addressing stress, products like blueberry sage Yogi tea or the Blue Mood drink at Hi-Vibe, containing ashwagandha and reishi mushroom, are recommended. These ingredients target stress relief, energy, focus, and improved sleep quality, providing holistic support.

Start your wellness journey today and find a substitute for caffeine. Your body will thank you later.

 

By Dasia Garner, Sophomore, North Carolina A&T

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Written by Dasia Garner

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