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A Day in the Life of Your Average Caffeine Connoisseur
6:00 AM: The alarm goes off. Ringing, ringing, ringing. Snooze.
6:07 AM: The alarm goes off again. It only rings once before snooze is hit.
6:14 AM: The alarm goes off a third time. You finally turn it off as a sweet aroma washes into the room. You throw back the blankets and crawl out of bed.
6:20 AM: You brush your teeth, wash your face, and take your morning bronchodilators. Bunny slippers in tow, you pour your first cup of coffee.
6:45 AM: You finished reading the paper and pour your second cup of coffee.
7:30 AM: Shower, dressed, and ready for the door, you fill your favorite travel mug with the final cup of freshly brewed coffee.
8:30 AM: After battling the painful traffic of the morning commute, you stop at the Starbucks next to your office building. Double shot skinny vanilla latte with your name misspelled on the side. The usual.
10:00 AM: Two Monday morning meetings down, two to go. The best way to get through it: an espresso from the new office coffee machine.
12:00 PM: Lunch couldn’t come fast enough. A quick trip to Subway means a cold cut trio on whole wheat, a chocolate macadamia nut cookie, and a Coca-Cola.
2:45 PM: The afternoon fatigue has set in, so your team congregates in the office kitchen for coffee hour, but you swore you’d be healthier, so instead you opt for green tea.
7:00 PM: Finally, you’re home. Dinner plans include a small bowl of bean and sausage stew, a can of soda and the chance to watch a few I Love Lucy re-runs. As usual, you doze off and end up sleeping on the couch that night.
Where to Find Caffeine
For most people, the idea of going a whole day without caffeine seems crazy. Maybe you acknowledge your slight addiction to coffee, or maybe you don’t even realize how much caffeine you really consume each day. Caffeine can sneak into your diet in ways you don’t realize. Let’s take a look at the dos and don’ts of caffeine and lung disease.
Coffee is the go to for a caffeinated beverage. Drinks such as lattes, cappuccinos, espressos, Americanos, flat whites and more all contain varying amounts of caffeine. Even decaffeinated coffee options, both brewed and instant, contain a small amount of caffeine.
While tea may seem like a healthier alternative, most teas contain a decent amount of caffeine. Even green tea contains caffeine, leaving drinkers with a small caffeine buzz.
Many carbonated beverages contain caffeine: sodas such as Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Mountain Dew and others, and even non-caffeinated varieties contain scant amounts of caffeine. Energy drinks such as Red Bull, Volt, Monster and Venom also contain large amounts of caffeine.
Chocolate & Other Foods
We often don’t think about caffeine popping up in the foods we eat. The biggest offender: chocolate. A candy bar, a cup of hot cocoa and a hot fudge sundae all contain caffeine. Another food with surprising caffeine content is macadamia nuts.
The Effects of Caffeine and Lung Disease
The Cons of Caffeine and Lung Disease
The verdict is still out on the impact that caffeine has on people with chronic lung diseases like chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) or pulmonary fibrosis. Historically, researchers believed that caffeine negatively affected sufferers because it quickens breathing. For individuals who experience difficulty breathing or have an inability to absorb large amounts of oxygen, this quickened breathing pattern could be dangerous.
Another danger of drinking caffeine with a lung disease is the potential for caffeine to interfere with prescribed medications. If you’re not sure whether caffeine will interfere with your medications, ask your doctor, who will be able to guide you in the right direction.
Although there are some cons to drinking caffeine if you have a lung disease, recent studies also suggest some pretty compelling pros.
The Pros of Caffeine and Lung Disease
In 2009, a study conducted at the University of Texas showed the potential for caffeine to actually improve lung function. The study looked at the amount of coffee consumed, smoking habits and pulmonary function. The results surprised some researchers. Smokers with lung damage actually showed an increase in lung function when they increased coffee consumption.
While caffeine is still being studied to determine whether it could be a potential treatment option for people with chronic lung diseases, there are currently other options. Some people are finding relief and quality of life improvement after receiving stem cell therapy from the Lung Institute. To learn more about stem cell therapy, contact the Lung Institute at (800) 729-3065.