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Do You Know How Much Caffeine Is In Your Coffee?

Do You Know How Much Caffeine Is In Your Coffee?

Oh, the sweet giver of life. The drink of the gods. The elixir to which we owe our awakened state. Of course I am referring to coffee. Nowadays we all seem to drink it in varying degrees (a lot, a lot more, and give me an IV are the degrees I suggest), but do we really know what is in there? I mean sure it’s infused with magical properties that get us up and going. There are some beans that are ground and there are different flavorings. What snaps my eyes awake though? I just described one of the magical properties: caffeine.

Which Cups of Coffee Contain The Most Caffeine?

In this link you can find a nice graphic that shows you the information I am going to tell you about. Here is what you will learn from the graphic: 9 kinds of coffees were studied to see how much caffeine was in each one. The chart puts them in order and tells how much each contains.

The one with the least amount of caffeine (drum roll please) is McDonald’s. They have about 9.1 mg per fl oz of caffeine. Are you lovin’ it?

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The next one is Seattle’s Best. That one comes in at a dreary 10.4 mg per fl oz of caffeine. Try harder Seattle.

Let’s truck on down to Biggby Coffee. The “big” in Biggby does not stand for levels of caffeine as it comes in at 12.5 mg per fl oz and that is not much higher than the other spots on the list.

Dunkin’ Donuts anyone? They have about 12.7 mg per fl oz of caffeine and we are headed toward the middle of the pack.

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Dutch Bros Coffee is at 12.8 mg per fl oz of caffeine. Pretty close to Dunkin’ Donuts.

Caribou Coffee jumps to 15 mg per fl oz of caffeine to end out the middle contenders.

Next we arrive at Peet’s Brewed Coffee. Fore Pete’s sake this one is 16.7 mg per fl oz of caffeine.

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Starbucks is not the top contender on the list. I’m not sure if you were expecting them to be (I was), but their 20.6 mg per fl oz is second.

Coming in first is Deathwish Coffee with 54.2 mg per fl oz. Well, now that I hear the name I suppose that it makes sense that they bury the competition.

Why Were These Particular Brews Choosen?

These are the nation’s top consumed coffees. I have to be honest and say that I have consumed all but about 3 of them, so the story checks out for me. It’s important to know what you are putting into your body to see if you are experiencing negative side effects from the coffee. If you are drinking Deathwish Coffee and you get the shakes, based on the study you are able to see that it’s a little high on the spectrum of caffeine infused.

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Who Conducted the Study?

The Center for Science in the Public Interest was the source for the information. They also received some stats from EnergyField.com. Please check out this link for some more caffeine database information. Along with some statistical data there also appears to be some great information on coffee and caffeine in general as it relates to all food. Try not to get too crazy falling down that rabbit hole.

If I Do This Study Will I Get The Same Results?

What an interesting question. First of all, may I ask- are you a scientist? No? Well then why would you do the study? Nevermind, that point aside no you would not. The chain to chain processing and brewing of these cups of java are going to vary based on preparation and the person making them. These figures are only to give an idea of comparison.

Thirsty For More Information About this?

Please follow this link to the original article and infographic (first appearing on The Huffington post) here. Impress all your friends with your vast knowledge of the caffeination of their most beloved coffees.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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