Yesterday's post about a bacon-flavored milkshake really had people talking. Today, we're abuzz about another wacky product: inhalable caffeine. What the what? Apparently, it's a real thing. Harvard University Biomedical Engineering professor David Edwards has developed a product called "AeroShot," which is a lipstick-sized tube of caffeine that delivers a puff of (calorie-free) caffeine into your mouth. Edwards told MSNBC that the product does not contain additives like Taurine (which is popular in most energy drinks) to amplify the effects. Rather, he says, it relies on 100 milligrams of caffeine to provide a boost.
Proponents say that his product is safe and is just a new and exciting way to get your caffeine fix when you're up late studying, on the road, or on a plane. Opponents worry that the product delivers too much caffeine at one time to be safe (the package on AeroShot does warn consumers not to inhale more than three AeroShots per day).
We'll be interested to see how this continues to develop, but in the meantime, we'll stick with coffee for our extra energy boosts! If you're in need of a quick pick-me-up, here are three healthier, more natural remedies we recommend:
1. Take a walk. If it's late in the afternoon and you need to recharge, get up from your desk and take a quick 10 or 15-minute walk. Even if it seems counterintuitive when you're exhausted, any kind of physical activity increases energy.
2. Sip on a green smoothie. This energy-boosting juice recipe includes celery, kale, spinach, and parsley—all of which are superfoods rich in chlorophyll, the green pigment in plants that helps oxygenate the blood, which boosts brain function and physical activity.
3. Try switching up your coffee for green or black tea. If you like the caffeine boost that coffee provides, but hate the jitters that come with it, try changing out your daily cup of coffee for something like green or chai tea.
What do you think? Would you try the inhalable caffeine?