As CreateU raises up its game in the nutrition world, it continues to introduce more interesting products that can be great alternatives to your usual energizers. Today, Brendan Meyers focuses his discussion on caffeine which a majority consumes every day. He educates us on the effects of caffeine and how it has become an ingredient in some energy drinks and why you need to be cautious when drinking them. He cautions that there are foods that may interact with it or it may have varied effects on your body at a hormonal level. Learn why Brendan does not drink coffee and when you can drink it in an acceptable situation.
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Should You Drink Caffeine? (Coffee)
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It’s QuickTime Friday. We answer questions from reviews, Instagram or just I talk about a subject or a topic that I’ve been wanting to discuss from those questions, or something that I’ve been thinking of for quite some time. You can listen to the CreateU Experience on all audio platforms including Spotify. Spotify is one of the best audio platforms that I personally use during my workouts. Also, we do a giveaway. Once you review the podcast on iTunes. You get a few different items from me that I have handwritten. Those meal plans are handwritten from me. They’re registered dieticians. I approved them. We also have Business Builders Startups and so much more.
I’m excited to talk about caffeine for a number of reasons. Number one is CreateU Nutrition. CreateU Nutrition is our brand with a team of fifteen-plus people that are developing. More influencers are coming on board, nutritionists, and formulators. We want to make innovative products. We’re super excited to continue that. The greens products, our CreateU Daily Greens, which you can check everything out at CreateUNutrition.com. Our greens are selling crazy. The reviews are beautiful. Our Probiotics are very high quality. It has 80 billion CFU pre and probiotic formula. It’s absolutely beautiful what we’ve created. Also, our Creatine HCL. We have been formulating a Vegan Protein. We’re going to be going into a pre-workout that no one has ever used before. It’s extremely innovative and we’re excited about that. Maybe come out with energy drinks, coffee and a lot of different things.If you want a little bit more energy without caffeine, do some cardio. Click To Tweet
Caffeine is a very interesting ingredient that we find ourselves taking every single day or the majority of us. I’m going to not use the word majority because the truth is if you go pass by a Starbucks, there’s a line out the door. If you talk to your mom, she had a cup of coffee. You talk to the teacher, she or he has a cup of coffee in her or his hand. It generally comes in the form of coffee. I’m not going to get scientific, but what I am going to give you and talk about is whether or not you should be taking caffeine every single day and if it’s beneficial for what you’re taking it for?
First of all, what is caffeine? Generally, caffeine is a stimulant that creates an effect on the central nervous system. It both raises the metabolism and increases the oxidation of fatty acids, supposedly. Research says it provides us this energy boost and it blocks off these specific things. When you’re tired, you would want to take a nap or you’re exhausted, it blocks that off and gives you that energy and that little spike to be like, “Let’s go.” There are a lot of benefits like raising the metabolism and the oxidation of fatty acids. It can reduce the risk of stroke supposedly as much as 22%.
There are all these different things. There are so many different “research things” that coffee or caffeine in general can help with. The coffee part of it is where I want to tap in. When you go to Starbucks, I’m not a huge believer in Starbucks. Do I drink it sometimes? Yes, absolutely. I love the Nitro Cold Brew coffee. I love the Cinnamon Dolce that’s sugar-free. At the same time, any company that is doing massive numbers. I’m talking about more money than you could ever imagine. Go look up how much Starbucks makes per day. It’s mind-blowing. I’m hesitant towards it because it’s mass-produced. I’m not feeling that. I don’t want to drink something that is mass-produced.
Where are they getting the beans? How are they sourced? That’s big for me. What’s the process to get them in each store and to be producing them at this rate? I wouldn’t think it’s organic. First, you’ve got to look at that. Second, look at why you’re taking that caffeine. Where else is that source coming from? Is it an energy drink? Is it tea? There are different sources that will aid different effects in your body and benefits in your body. There’s much more in an energy drink than there is in coffee. Some of the energy drinks include coffee aren’t beneficial for everyone. It could affect people in different ways.
Caffeine sometimes can affect some individuals with just 100 milligrams compared to others that need 400 milligrams in a day or 500 or 600 milligrams. I’ve met people that need 700 milligrams a day to function. How dependent are you on this caffeine? You have to use this rule of thumb. If I don’t have the discipline without caffeine, then I probably shouldn’t be drinking or taking it. You could take in a pill form. You can take it in many various ways. I should get energy from natural food sources or natural supplements like Vitamin B12. It’s an incredible product and it does help with energy quite a lot. It’s hard because there are so many different products out there and you’re like, “Does this provide energy? How does this help me out?”
A lot of this stuff doesn’t even need to be used because it comes down to our diet. What are you consuming? How are you sleeping? If you want better energy, you need to sleep properly. I’m talking about seven hours or eight hours. I sleep for eight hours every single night. Second, you need to put the correct food in your body. Micronutrients, what type of vegetables are you eating? Variation in everything is important. Are you eating zucchini? Squash? How about cauliflower? Maybe a little broccoli, spinach, kale or mushrooms. There are many different types of vegetables that you could be taking. My point is, increase the volume of your micronutrients and watch how your hormones react. It’s a hormone-balancing act.Coffee is acidic, and acidity affects your hormones and your entire body because your body is made up of water. Click To Tweet
If your hormones are all out of whack, your testosterone is there, your estrogen is there. You’re going to not feel at your best. You’re not going to feel like you have a lot of energy. You might feel a little sick, you might get stomach aches, you might have digestive issues. It can cause that. Make sure you’re getting the fiber that you need in your body. Digestion is so important. Your digestive tract is one of the most important parts of your body because it yields much work. There’s so much energy that is provided to digest your food. If you’re always eating starchy carbs versus potatoes. Like me on this prep, I’m going into my competition in two days or one day, I get a bunch of gas and I feel like my digestive system is funky. I ate so many potatoes, rice, bread and all these other things. I find myself saying, “I have no energy. I need something. I need coffee.”
You don’t want to be dependent on coffee. You want to use coffee or you want to use an energy drink or you want to use caffeine in general as a supplement, as something to assist or support you in a result that you’re wanting to achieve. Maybe you’re going to get a workout and you want a little bit of caffeine because you want to sustain a high level of energy throughout your entire training. For vasodilation, you want a little bit more blood flow, then caffeine is going to definitely be beneficial to your result. Don’t take it if you’re taking it to live a normal life. You need to look at all the other things around you. It could even be your relationship that’s destroying you or it could be in your environment.
There is so much going on that we don’t even see. What’s your water intake? How much water are you taking in? My rule of thumb is to try and get a gallon of water. If you’re 140 pounds, maybe three-quarters of a gallon. If you’re 160 pounds to 170 pounds, I would say a gallon or more of water. I drink a gallon in half a day and I feel incredible. Also, believe it or not, cardio can help you. Should you take caffeine? Yes, for specific reasons. If you want a little bit more energy without caffeine, you don’t have to take it twice a day or not even once a day, once every couple days, my suggestion is to do some cardio. Surprisingly, many people say this to me whenever I bring that up, they’re like, “Cardio makes me more tired.” No, it does the complete opposite. It’s your cardiovascular system. If you have more oxygen in your blood flowing through your body 24/7 because you are training at a higher level. If you are doing more cardio and strengthening your heart, what do you think happens? You don’t burn as much energy as you’re walking. You don’t use as much energy because you’re not as tired. Your body is way more conditioned and used to working, so you’re good.
My point of this QuickTime Friday is not to give you some scientific bullshit. I say bullshit because there’s so much out there. You don’t even know who to trust, what is true and what isn’t. I don’t want to go into the in-depth words to confuse you and you’d be like, “That makes sense because Brendan saying it.” No, I want you to form an opinion and utilize what you want to utilize. The only reason why I’m not a huge advocate on coffee is the acidity. If you know anything about acidity, that’s why people say, “You need to drink alkaline water to balance out your pH in your body.” It’s true because it affects your hormones. It affects your entire body. Your body is made up of water.
That’s the only reason why I steer away from coffee when I can. Even energy drinks, all the crap that’s in there, I’d rather have natural food sources that have a little bit of energy-boosting properties. Our CreateU Greens has energy properties. It gives you a little bit more energy because of the nutrients and everything in there. Also, the Vitamin B12, I take every single morning. I take one milliliter. I take it under my tongue and it helps me every single day. It’s a great source supplement for your body. I want you to take this Quick Time Friday as something different. It’s not about learning whether or not you should drink coffee every day. It’s about are you being responsible and why are you drinking all this caffeine in a day.
If you’re trying to block off your exhaustion all the time, you need to check in with that and you need to back up. Don’t cold turkey caffeine either. It’s very addictive. That’s the truth. I personally have experienced it. The way I work with it is if I was taking a medium coffee every single day, the next day I’ll take a small coffee. The next day I’ll take a small coffee and then I’ll be off of it. That’s how I get off of caffeine without giving me jitters one day or anxiety for a couple of days. It’s worked very well for me.
It is very addictive and if you’ve been taking it a bunch and drinking a lot, you need to look at it from a different perspective. I don’t want to say a drug, but “This is something that I’ve been utilizing.” Yes, there are a lot of benefits from it, but it’s not providing the correct benefits that I need in my life. Get off of it for a little bit and see how you feel. It’s always good to get a little recharge and to allow your body to come back to homeostasis or a basis. Create that foundation so that you can incorporate caffeine but in a different manner. Not for exhaustion, but more so for performance-enhancing. Maybe if you have a big meeting, you want a lot of energy for a long period of time. That’s okay too.
Hopefully, this episode gave you a little bit of insight into yourself. It’s not about the caffeine in general. Whether or not you should take it from a scientific standpoint, but more on a mentality standpoint. Are you fatiguing your mind? You don’t want any adrenal fatigue. You don’t want to be exhausted all the time because that boosts up cortisol levels. If you have high cortisol levels, I don’t suggest a crazy amount of caffeine and coffee as well. That’s my personal opinion. It’s not researched. Cortisol is a stress hormone. If you’re super stressed, you don’t want to put it in something that’s creating that fight or flight response for any period of time. Your body needs to relax. I would recommend CBD. Thanks for tuning in for an episode of a QuickTime Friday. Remember, CreateUNutrition.com for all your greens powder. It’s an incredible product with hundreds of reviews. Also, Creatine HCL and Probiotics. I like to stock all of them first thing in the morning and I jumpstart my day. Thanks for reading another episode. I’ll see you next time.