Do you suffer with headaches on a daily basis? Do they range from a mild throbbing sensation to full blown migraines that affect your vision? You might be surprised to find out your morning daily coffee routine is bringing you more pain than pleasure. Many women love to wake up in the morning to a fresh, hot cup of coffee or stop at the local coffee shop. However, caffeine has been linked to chronic migraines due to the effects caffeine has on the brain and blood vessels. Women are also genetically more at risk than men for headaches. Read on to learn the ABC’s of caffeine and how to incorporate it into a healthy lifestyle!
A. Caffeine is not only found in coffee. Some of the most common foods that you should be aware of are soft drinks, teas, chocolate, breakfast cereals, and even ice cream! It is perfectly healthy for women to consume the recommended serving size of these foods, but if headaches are a problem for you, then try cutting out these foods entirely. Some healthy substitutes are caffeine free herbal tea and oatmeal with eggs instead of cereal. Three ounces of dark chocolate has about double the amount of caffeine as three ounces of milk chocolate.
B. If you like something warm in the morning, instead of reaching for a large cup of coffee swap it out for a hot herbal green tea. Craving something sweet? Enjoy a healthy piece of fruit! Grab a banana with some peanut butter. How about a grapefruit, orange, or tangerine? They provide quick energy from the natural sugar they contain.
C. Another way to boost energy without the caffeine is by eating eggs. One large egg contains the highest concentration of vitamin B12 by weight when compared to milk and chicken. Eggs will also keep you full for a longer period of time and provide sustained energy - minus a headache.
Although caffeine is not always the sole reason for a headache or migraine, it is a risk factor that is easily modified. Not everyone reacts the same way to caffeine so it is important to listen to your body and monitor how much caffeine you intake everyday. For a healthy adult, 400 mg of caffeine per day is considered normal. For comparison, an 8 ounce cup of coffee contains approximately 95 mg of caffeine.