Caffeine and adrenaline

I am a regular coffee drinker. At work I usually have one cup in the morning. The days I work from home and weekends I usually have two cups.

A couple of weeks ago I was really tired at work and upped my coffee intake to two cups.

By Wednesday of that week I had a raging headache, which continued for the next three days.

That Saturday morning I skipped the indoor cycling class I planned on taking because a throbbing head while riding just doesn’t work for me.

Pretty much as soon as I had my first cup of coffee my headache was gone.

It was suggested to me recently that there is a  relationship between coffee (caffeine) and our adrenals. From what I understand about exhaustion and adrenal fatigue this makes sense to me. So I did some research.

According to Livestrong, caffeine may trigger the release of adrenaline (a hormone), giving you a quick burst of energy and physical strength followed by a crash marked by fatigue and irritability, in some cases.

Not all doctors agree on how caffeine affects the body’s release of adrenaline or whether it affects it at all.

We all know about adrenaline, right? … Continue reading

My fragrance sensitivity

As I am getting ready to travel my fear of being stuck next to someone on the plane who is wearing perfume, smelly lotion or hair products or cologne or aftershave I start to worry.

According to this Livestrong article, fragrance sensitivity, also called multiple chemical sensitivity or environmental illness, is not technically an allergic histamine reaction, but it can cause uncomfortable, painful or even debilitating symptoms. Common symptoms include headache, nausea and tightening of the throat.

When I encounter someone wearing perfume, smelly lotion or hair products or even fragrant laundry detergent or air freshener for an extended period of time I get a raging headache and feel nauseated.

When we moved into a new building at work the new carpet smell gave me a raging headache and nausea. Even after I left work the symptoms lasted for hours.

I have had to ask people at work who I have closely worked with to stop wearing a perfume or smelly lotion. One time someone said, but it is expensive perfume. Yea, that has nothing to do with it.

An article in Medical News Today says, until the 20th century, perfumes were made from natural ingredients derived directly from plants … Continue reading

The many benefits of coconut water

At some point recently I saw coconut water at Trader Joe’s and decided to buy some. I knew it was all the rage, but I wasn’t sure why.

The other day at the yoga studio they had juice box like container of coconut water for free. I took one.

Yesterday I had a raging headache at work. I figured it was because I was dehydrated, stressed and I am sure my heavy (but delicious) lunch didn’t help. I decided to skip a workout and come home to lounge. When I got home I thought I would have a little bit of coconut milk.

I finally decided to read the information on the container.

Coconut water has so many benefits. It naturally rehydrates the body with electrolytes.

According to Livestrong.com, Electrolytes come in different forms, including chlorine, potassium, phosphate, magnesium, calcium and sodium. You must keep electrolytes balanced within your body to allow it to maintain proper water amounts in your body, balance blood acidity, allow for proper muscle action, and to allow other important processes to occur.

People can lose electrolytes from exercising or while drinking alcohol or caffeine. When we have a cold or the flu we … Continue reading