Healthier And Cheaper Alternatives For Caffeine

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Todd S.'s Comment
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While I am waiting to start my time in CDL school, I have been in security for 7 years, and have done my fair share of crazy hours and long shifts. Which means like most truckers, I have had to use something for the occasional pick me up. I see a lot of people that drink a lot of coffee, or energy drinks to get their energy levels up, but these options can be pricey or unhealthy. Here is a short list of some alternatives to help that are cheaper, healthier, can can be just as effective:

Apple - an apple is high in sugar and can provide a quick boost of energy if needed. V8 Energy - Has almost as much caffeine as a regular cup of 8 oz. coffee. Very easy down it quick as well. Amino Energy - My all time go to pick me up. By Optimum Nutrition, it is 20 dollars for 30 servings online, and comes in both power and chewable tablet form (a bit more expensive). 1 serving is two scoops, if this turns out being to strong for you, you can go down to one scoop.

The usual warning applies like any other energy drink. Don't become to dependent on them as the effects can weaken over time if your body gets to used to it. I also don't notice the same crash using these as you do with a Monster. Hope this helps!

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Tractor Man's Comment
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There is NO SUBSTITUTE for COFFEE in my world!!

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Lunchbox's Comment
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The best and only way to overcome your fatigue is sleep. While some of these are good things to perk you up in the morning (after a full night's rest). I personally wouldn't recommend to use them to overcome your body's natural request for rest. Instead, I would say, cut out that movie before bed, or those chapters you were going to read. Don't hang out in the lounge and play games on your computer, use that extra time to get some more sleep. A 20 minute Power Nap on your 30 minute break can give you more energy than a "BFC" of Monster or whatever stimulant you normally go for.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Terminal Rat ( aka...J's Comment
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I tried a few monsters for the first time recently. About all they did for me was make me have to pee every 30 minutes or so. I was definitely awake while I had to pee so I suppose it worked in that regard. LOL!

JJ

Tractor Man's Comment
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I tried a few monsters for the first time recently. About all they did for me was make me have to pee every 30 minutes or so. I was definitely awake while I had to pee so I suppose it worked in that regard. LOL!

JJ

Yup!......Those energy drinks go thru me faster than coffee.......and coffee goes pretty fast!

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Sambo's Comment
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I've wondered about, and.have considered that product called Super Beets.

Obviously, the people who advertise it say it works,.I'd be curious to know own if it actually does.

For now, I'm beefing up on my supplements. I take fish oil, pro biotic, coQ10, multi.vitamins, and a b12 tablet every day. Seems to be helping a little, or at least if it's not, it's cool that I can pee fluorescent yellow!

Pat M.'s Comment
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I've wondered about, and.have considered that product called Super Beets.

Obviously, the people who advertise it say it works,.I'd be curious to know own if it actually does.

For now, I'm beefing up on my supplements. I take fish oil, pro biotic, coQ10, multi.vitamins, and a b12 tablet every day. Seems to be helping a little, or at least if it's not, it's cool that I can pee fluorescent yellow!

Heck you can do that just by living near a nuclear power plant... Lol

Tractor Man's Comment
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Heck you can do that just by living near a nuclear power plant... Lol

Homer Simpson is proof of that. He works in one and his skin is even yellow!

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Joshua J.'s Comment
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Sleeping aside, if energy drinks/coffee aren't doing it for you take two weeks off from it. We drink so much caffeine as a country its not even funny, you get desensitized to it and your body builds up quite the tolerance. Give it a week or two of decaf/no caf, low sugar beverages and after that a cup of coffee will crank you up to 11.

Fatsquatch 's Comment
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There is NO SUBSTITUTE for COFFEE in my world!!

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Some call it "coffee." I call it "my daily blood transfusion." I blame my mother. It's her fault I was born with blood type Colombian.

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