Finals Week + Caffeine

I think we can all agree that energy drinks aren’t the smartest things we can put into our bodies. However, so many college students resort to these caffeine-packed beverages, especially during finals week.

Lucky for you, I’m here to give you a few healthy alternatives to gaining that extra push you need to get you through the day.

Tiffany Barrett, a registered dietician at Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute, wrote an article for CNN about 8 healthy ways to boost your energy in a healthy way.  She included the following list for readers to keep in mind when they’re feeling a little extra drained:

1. Drink plenty of water

2. Eat breakfast!

3. Don’t forget protein

4. Keep your carbs smart

5. Snacks are important

6. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation, combat depression and improve mood and memory.

7. Magnesium: a mineral important in converting carbohydrates into energy.

8. Don’t skimp on calories

*The entire article, along with descriptions of each tip can be found here

Drinking caffeinated beverages such as coffee or energy drinks is okay in moderation. But it’s important to keep in mind that everyone’s body reacts differently to different amounts of caffeine. For an idea of how much caffeine is in some of the drinks or snacks you’re consuming, check out this helpful chart found here! I think some of the information will surprise you.

Don’t let finals week keep you up all night or cause you to resort to unhealthy amounts of caffeine. Try some of the strategies I’ve provided for you and you’ll do great!

Good luck with finals everyone!

Amanda

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