Are you unable to function until you have had your morning cup of coffee? You are not alone. Many people rely on caffeine for that extra pick-me-up to stay awake and energized throughout the day. Caffeine can help you perform on days you feel groggy, but moderation is key. Shannon C. Scott, D.O., Clinical Instructor and Osteopathic Family Physician at the Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic in Glendale, Arizona, gives the facts about caffeine and how to safely decrease your consumption if you think you've had too much.
"Although many people indulge in caffeine usage, many are not aware of some of the basic facts regarding its effects," says Dr. Scott. Here are five facts that everyone should know about caffeine:
So how do you know if you're consuming too much caffeine? Dr. Scott recommends paying attention to your sleeping habits and your stress levels. "If you experience insomnia, feelings of anxiousness, or often have an upset stomach, you may be consuming too much caffeine," She says. Dr. Scott gives some tips on how to safely decrease your caffeine consumption:
While caffeine can be a helpful tool to keep you awake, don't rely on it to keep you moving throughout the entire day. "If you are using caffeine to counteract sleep deprivation, you can create an unhealthy cycle for yourself," says Dr. Scott. "Masking how tired you are all day with caffeine can cause you to stay awake at night, making you even more tired the next day and in need of more caffeine," adds Dr. Scott. Consuming the right amount is key to having a healthy relationship with caffeine.
"Proper nutrition and exercise can help to keep you motivated and healthy. Caffeine can be a good augmentation to this, but is not the 'magic bullet' for which everyone tends to look," concludes Dr. Scott.
Preventive medicine is just one aspect of care osteopathic physicians provide. D.O.s are fully licensed to prescribe medicine and practice in all specialty areas, including surgery. D.O.s are trained to consider the health of the whole person and use their hands to help diagnose and treat their patients.
The Health for the Whole Family series of articles is presented in conjunction with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) by faculty experts practicing at the three Midwestern University Clinics, located at 19389 N. 59th Avenue in Glendale just south of the Loop 101. The Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic offers caring medical exams and treatment utilizing the latest methods and facilities from fully-licensed professionals. The new state-of-the-art Midwestern University Dental Institute and Eye Institute clinics combine comprehensive, professional medical care with student training and instruction, offering standard exams at prices at about half the cost of traditional fees. To make an appointment at a Midwestern University clinic, call 623/537-6000. For more information, visit www.mwuclinic.com.
The information contained in this article is provided for informational purposes only and is not for use in diagnosing any condition. The information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, care or treatment. Always consult your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions regarding any possible medical condition. Ivan Rusilko, D.O., a board-certified osteopathic physician from Miami, Fla., contributed to this article.