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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 July 8, 2020

18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

1. Understand Yourself Better

Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

2. Keep Track of Small Changes

I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

3. Become Aware of What Matters

As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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4. Boost Creativity

The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

6. Process Life Experiences

When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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7. Stress Relief

In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

8. Provide Direction

Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

9. Solve Problems

Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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10. Find Relief From Fighting

Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

11. Find Meaning in Life

Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

12. Allow Yourself to Focus

Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

14. Let the Past Go

I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

15. Allow Freedom

Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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16. Enhance Your Career

Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

18. Catalog Your Life for Others

No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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