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Old 07-12-08, 10:23 AM   #1
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Caffeine Pros and Cons

I drink about 2-3 cups of coffee a day, and the occasional soda. I'd hate to give up coffee, but I could let go of soda fairly easily.

Interested in opinions and anecdotes from folks who have given up caffeine. And for those who haven't, what do you think is too much?

And where do I get a cupholder for my handlebars? Doesn't Starbucks sell a Frappiccinocyle yet?
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No caffeine, not even decaf - mucho bad for someone with tendencies towards heart afib. Also, it constricts my entire liquid elimination system - sometimes to the point of bleeding and significant pain.

Without caffeine, I am always alert, full of energy, raring to go. I don't need the kick, I am naturally "kicky."

Years ago I drank a few cups a day. I don't miss it in the slightest.

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I gave it up to see if it was the source of my heart palpitations.

Once the splitting headaches subsided, I didn't really notice a difference in cycling performance.

I've read that caffeine is an ergogenic aid, meaning that it helps the body produce energy, although I don't recall exactly how it does this.

A couple of months after I got on the wagon, someone gave me some nice coffee as a gift - freaking enablers. I'm back on the sauce - one cup a day, in the morning.

And absolutely no change in the palpitations either way - go figure.
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Caffeine with sugar as in a Pepsi or Coke gives me an energy blast on long rides 60 to 90 miles.
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Take the following with a grain of salt or a lump of sugar, but this make you feel better about that cup--or two--of joe:

http://men.webmd.com/features/coffee-new-health-food
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Take the following with a grain of salt or a lump of sugar, but this make you feel better about that cup--or two--of joe:

http://men.webmd.com/features/coffee-new-health-food

How much do you think Starbucks paid for that study?
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Old 07-12-08, 11:46 AM   #7
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And where do I get a cupholder for my handlebars? Doesn't Starbucks sell a Frappiccinocyle yet?

http://bicyclecoffeesystems.com
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Old 07-12-08, 11:49 AM   #8
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I have up smoking years ago.....................................I don't drink anymore (yes, that means less)..............................I try to stay in shape and ride hard...................................


Touch my caffeine and you may loose some fingers. (I don't think it has any effect)..
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I gave up a 4 liter per day Pepsi habit two years ago. Haven't noticed any any problem from not having caffiene. But I hesitate to drink Green Tea because I'm trying to avoid caffiene. Wish I felt comfortable about green tea.

Sugar, giving up Pepsi just made the underlying sugar problem obvious. I'm still struggling with it. Sugar's a b*tch.
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I usually have a COKE on any bike ride over 40 miles, assuming we stop at a place I can purchase one. I just like Coke. If I get a sugar rush, if the caffeine gives me a boost, it's just a happy coincidence. I don't drink coffee.
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"There's also some evidence that coffee may help manage asthma and even control attacks when medication is unavailable, stop a headache, boost mood, and even prevent cavities."
My Asthma Doctor told me caffeine is good for me. Drink all I want.
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Old 07-12-08, 01:14 PM   #12
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Coffee is good stuff. I drink about 4 cups a day, black.
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that's an old wifes tale caffeine and a-fib. mayo docs told me ok to use in moderation as well as most other food intake.
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Old 07-12-08, 02:42 PM   #14
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Coffee is good stuff. I drink about 4 cups a day, black.
Is that All. Depends on the size of the cup but I have 4 an evening- let alone what I have in the day.
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that's an old wifes tale caffeine and a-fib. mayo docs told me ok to use in moderation as well as most other food intake.
Well, it wasn't told to me by an old wife!

But, I just reviewed caffeine/Afib on Google, and the results were mixed. Some say no effect, some say avoid caffeine.

None of the studies seemed to evaluate absolutely no caffeine.

I guess I will err on the side of caution.

You pays yer money and you takes yer choice.

Also, it may depend a bit on the degree and type of AFib.
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Take the following with a grain of salt or a lump of sugar, but this make you feel better about that cup--or two--of joe:

http://men.webmd.com/features/coffee-new-health-food
This makes me very, very happy. I'm with Dr. Dean Edell: Coffee is my drug of choice. And to support my love of a glass of red wine every night: http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/ne...eals-healthier

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I'm not 50 yet, so I hope my posting is OK...

By the time my twins were a year old, I was up to something like ten cups a day of either strong coffee or insanely strong tea.

Coffee stopped working. It now puts me to sleep. (No kidding--it really does.)

Tea still works. I realized on the organized century before last that the reason I had that headache around 2 in the afternoon wasn't dehydration or the warning signs of bonking; it was theophylline withdrawal.

I now keep a tea bag in my wedge pack on centuries, and toss it into my water bottle around mile 60.
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If I stop drinking coffee, will they pay me to sleep at work?
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I started drinking coffee regularly at age 17, working in a machine shop over the summer. For some reason, the older guys in the machine shop drank coffee nonstop all day, and I started too...in a workplace where the temperature was frequently over 100 degrees. I've been addicted ever since. Living in the Land of Starbucks hasn't helped me cut down, at all...
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Is that All. Depends on the size of the cup but I have 4 an evening- let alone what I have in the day.
I've got a nice big mug I got one year for father's day. Think soup bowl with a handle. I don't drink it in the evening though unless I have desert, which is no very often. After the morning coffee, it's unsweetened iced tea.
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Gawd, we humans -Americans anyway- sure love extreme behavior, don't we?
As in: "I won't eat ANY of that" or that, or "I will ONLY eat that or that"
All or nothing, baby.
Me? I'm a firm believer in "all things in moderation".

Gave up the smokes almost 30 years ago... man, was that hard.
I don't have it in me to deal with kicking caffeine.

I've had days when all hell breaks loose at work and I don't get my morning cup until way late...
Ack! The headaches, the malaise. I can't deal with that.

I don't see much harm in 2 or 3 cups a day, really, but I must confess to wondering what effect those 2 or 3 cups have on my BP and what would happen if I did stop.
Fact is, I enjoy coffee. The taste, the texture, the body. Yum...

So, that and the 1 or 2 glasses of wine stay put in my life. I'm no ascetist
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As you believe in "all things in moderation" do you smoke a few cigarettes each day?

To some of us (hey, me especially) the effects of caffeine are so strong they are harmful. So, I don't drink coffee in moderation the same as I suspect you don't smoke "in moderation."
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I tasted coffee once in my life, I thought it was awful.

Since I've occasionally encountered it in cake & ice cream, and hated them too.

I even hate the smell of coffee.

It's just a flavor that I detest.

I do occasionally drink a soda with caffeine, but not often. Maybe a couple of times a month.
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Coincidently there's another study quoted in this week's RBR newsletter (http://www.roadbikerider.com/currentissue.htm) touting the benefits of caffeine, with a caveat for those with heart problems. I have been trying those new (to me at least) caffeinated energy drinks like Red Bull etc on the last couple of longer rides. I didn't notice any heart rate spikes and performance (such as it is) may have been enhanced.
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I gave up coffee a few years ago. Actually, it gave me up. I lost my taste for it after decades of MUST HAVE MY COFFEE in the morning before I would become functional. Immediately I lost a bunch of weight (but that may have had alot to do with what I was eating with my coffee--cakes disguised as muffins). I also found myself strangely calm at a world I had grown so angry at. I can't drink the stuff anymore. It makes me jittery and anxious and kinda paranoid feeling. Strange. I do drink tea in the mornings, but if I run out or forget, it's not like I miss it. No headaches or anything. Orange juice will do just as well.
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