I don’t drink caffeine.
Actually, let me rephrase that.
I don’t drink caffeine very often.
Yes, I’m Mormon so I have chosen not to drink coffee, but caffeinated soda’s are sort of taboo. Some Mormons drink caffeinated pops, others choose not to. That’s not why I don’t drink it though.
You see, my body will NOT LET ME drink caffeine. Not Coca-Cola or Mountain Dew; I can’t even take Excedrin anymore for my constant headaches and migraines, because it contains caffeine.
Do you know what soda also has caffeine in it? BARQ’S Root Beer!
I learned this the hard way.
You see this quarter in school I’m taking 20 credits + an internship. I’m B-U-S-Y and yesterday thirsty too!
On my way out the door I grabbed a can of pop to drink on my way to a meeting, not to stay awake but because I was thirsty. About the time I arrived at meeting I was super dizzy, lightheaded and shaking like crazy. It felt like I was going to pass out at any moment. Somehow I kept my composure and made it through the meeting.
After leaving my meeting I was on my way to work, when I suddenly remembered that one brand of Root Beer contains caffeine. I immediately grabbed my old can of pop, and sure enough I had drank a Barq’s Root Beer and it contained 22mg of caffeine.
You might be thinking, 22mg of caffeine that’s nothing compared to the 320mg of caffeine found in a Starbucks Grande Brewed Coffee. The difference? My body isn’t used to caffeine and my body doesn’t like it! I need to remember to avoid Barq’s in the future.
How long did it take me to feel better? I drank the soda about 3:30pm and I was still feeling jittery when I went to bed nearly 12-hours later at 3:00am. Crazy, huh!