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02 Jul 2005

Is this new habit bad?
Dear Doc

I have recently quit smoking (about 1 month) and my weight has remained consistent. Because I study and work, I often have to work long hours and am more often than not sleep-deprived. I have discovered sugar-free Redbull that I have started drinking it almost every morning to get a boost. I know it is loaded with caffeine but how much is too much?

My logic is that redbull is better than smoking but I know I cannot compensate for not smoking by drinking excess caffeine! Do you suggest I cut down on caffeine and if so, how much should I be consuming a day?
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Wings
Congratulations for stopping smoking, this will benefit your health a great deal. However, it is not advisable to drink Red Bull every morning to give you the energy to carry on for the day. This is also a negative habit and may make you even more tired in the long run and give you symptoms like palpitations and tremors. You could start substituting that Red Bull with a proper breakfast to get you going, e.g. fruit juice, cereal, milk or yoghurt, wholewheat toast with cheese or jam and a cup of coffee (which will also give you some caffeine). Generally speaking a cup of coffee contains about 100 mg of caffeine per cup, which is similar to the Red Bull, but if you combine your cofee with a meal that is rich in carbohydrates and some protein, it will sustain your energy levels for longer. Give breakfast a try. You also need to do something about your sleep deprivation because the less you sleep, the greater the exhaustion and decrease in concentration. It may help to go for a brisk walk for 30 min a day to improve your blood circulation and oxygen supply to your system, so that you can get some relaxing sleep at least once a day or night.
Hang in there
DietDoc
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