caffeine

We all know that a cup of coffee can provide a much-needed energy boost during a long day of dance. And several studies from the past few months have reiterated that caffeine can improve athletes' performance in endurance activities. According to research from St. Mary's University in the UK, the thought is that caffeine increases the frequency or size of neural transmissions and helps to suppress pain.

We've talked about the benefits of caffeine many times before. It can boost your short term memory and improve your physical performance. But drinking coffee has always come with a warning: Just a few cups can lead to dehydration.

Are you an energy drink fiend? You might want to think twice before getting your next fix. On Monday, the FDA announced that it was investigating five deaths and a heart attack that were allegedly caused by caffeine toxicity after drinking Monster Energy.

 

Published November 24, 2009
Need a caffeine boost before class? Think twice before you grab that can of cola. A recent study in the International Journal of Clinical Practice shows that too much cola consumption can weaken muscles—the last thing a dancer wants to hear. Reach for tea to get out of that afternoon slump, and le…more »