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The Good and Bad Buzz on Caffeine

There's a huge buzz surrounding coffee - teens are choosing a cup of joe over a bowl of cereal in the morning and celebs like Mary-Kate Olsen are rarely seen without a Starbucks in hand. But before you get into the coffee craze, you should know what you're doing to your body every time you take a caffeinated sip.

Caffeine - The Good Stuff

Just thinking about a steaming cup of americano or a caramel macchiato makes your mouth water - they look great, smell great, and best of all, they taste great. Like milk, coffee does a body good - as long as it's in small doses. Since coffee contains caffeine, which raises your blood sugar, it can enhance your mood, increase your energy and keep you awake so you can finish your homework.

Caffeine - The Bad Stuff

However, caffeine is a drug that stimulates the central nervous system, causing rapid heartbeat. Like other drugs, caffeine is addictive, which is probably why you hear phrases such as "java junkie" or "caffeine buzz." Peeps who suddenly stop drinking coffee can suffer withdrawal symptoms, including severe headaches, muscle aches, anxiety and irritability. Many people try to replace meals with caffeinated beverages because according to some, caffeine speeds up your metabolism and suppresses your appetite - but that can lead to some serious health problems, like [kwlink]eating disorders[/kwlink]!

Aside from the addiction factor, drinking coffee at an early age can be bad news. It makes you wired and unable to sleep, which is a huge problem for today's sleep-deprived teens. As well, it can stunt your growth because you lose large amounts of calcium in your urine (caffeine dehydrates your system because it makes you pee frequently). And on a beauty note, it affects your smile - coffee contains tannic acid (the stuff that makes the dark color), which can stain your teeth a nasty dark brown. So, if you want to keep your pearly whites, it would be wise to cut back on your coffee intake.

Caffeine - The Solutions

We understand it's hard to kick the caffeine habit because no one wants to pass up a frothy frappuccino! So the key to coffee is to drink it in moderation. Cut back on your daily cups of coffee, choose decaf and add skim or 2% milk so you at least get some calcium in your diet. And when you're tired, just catch some ZZZ's instead of reaching for more caffeine.

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drowning
drowning posted in Family Issues:
@rainbowpoptart  When I originally talked to my father, I was given the opportunity of good timing to bring it up. Luckily, there was no anger like I was partially expecting and I remained calm, which I definitely wasn't expecting. My fathers main concern was just worry and having seen other teens run away from something later getting themselves in trouble. He even brought up how he had run off at 18 and joined the Air Force, which I already knew. But, with this round, there is no perfect time to bring it up and he's always busy or we're having to do something so it's just very frustrating to find at least alright timing to bring it up, if that makes sense.
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rainbowpoptart
My advice on this may not be the best because I haven't personally dealt with this yet, but... Parents, or guardians, get used to having their children around. You're [usually] with them for 18 years, which is a long time, so of course they - or in this case, your father - is going to feel like he's lost something very dear to him once you move out. To me it seems like he does truly understand that you're growing up. He just doesn't want it to happen. He knows that you're leaving soon - he just doesn't want it to be soon. Parents/guardians who are close to the children usually feel that way. If you're really so concerned, talk to him about it again, in a similar way you have done already. Or perhaps just a "Wow, my birthday is just around the corner". Once you do move out, visit him as frequently as you're able to and feel like. I'm sure he'll appreciate it, and it'll help you maintain a close relationship with him.
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drowning
drowning posted in Family Issues:
Usually I wouldn't come here for advice, but I am really needing it. To sum it up, my birthday is in 21 days. Not only will I be leaving KW, but home as well. My mother has made it to where I have had plans to leave since I was around 11 or 12; so about 7 to 8 years. I won't get into everything, but we'll just say that my mother and I do not have a good relationship at all. My father on the other hand, I am very attached too and always scared of upsetting him. Things are not always very good between us at times, but we rarely fight. When we do, it is always bad nor ends well. So, having plans to move out are very scary to me and causes me plenty of anxiety that fights are going to break out when I have my help to get my belongings out.   For the record, I have talked to my father about leaving, why I want too, etc. But, more in the sense of that I want too, not that I am. Which, in a way, my parents understand I'm moving out as well as already pretty much know where I'm going without my mention. But, I don't think they, my father especially, understands how soon that is despite my saying of I want too when I'm 18 or when I say, "Soon." It doesn't help that my father told another that his "little girl is growing up" on him and that he is scared of the day I go because he will be alone. Which makes me feel guilty despite the fact I won't even be that far away. How should I talk to him once more and go about this or even when? I really want him to understand that I have thought everything through and that I will be in safe hands.
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