Readers, as far as I'm concerned people fall into two camps. Those that need some sort of amount of caffeine a day to function, and those freaks of nature that go through life caffeine free. Now now, don't get all worked up if you're one of those freaks, I envy you! I want to be a freak of nature like you! Alas, I am not. Caffeine and I are very, VERY close friends. We have parted ways in the past, during pregnancies and bouts of self-righteous New Year's resolution health kicks, but I have always come back to caffeine. Coffee, tea, doesn't matter which one, I just need it at some point in the day. I've even gone the Sugar Free Red Bull route and developed quite a little addiction to it at one point. The issue with me is that I do want to be health conscious but still have my caffeine fix, and the options out there to fit that bill are pretty slim. Green tea is always a biggie for health benefits, but no matter how much I've tried to like green tea I just can't stomach it. Everything I've read about the health benefits of green tea just can't make me force down a cup of it. I've tried all kinds too, flavored, iced, hot with honey, it's just not for me. That's why when I first heard about Element Caffeinated water I knew I had to try it. Element Caffeinated water has just three simple ingredients: purified water, natural caffeine, and purified theanine. Now, the first question I had was, what the heck is theanine? Theanine is one of the natural chemicals found in green tea and is known as one of nature's stress remedies and is used to reduce stress and anxiety without the tranquilizing effects found in many other calming agents. Scientific evidence shows that theanine stimulates the brain's production of alpha waves, making the user feel relaxed but alert and not drowsy. Theanine also helps the body produce other calming amino acids, such as dopamine, GABA, and tryptophan. As might be expected from a calming supplement, theanine may also be able to lower elevated blood pressure. The natural supplement comes from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant which are used to make an extract or brewed as a tea. Theanine is one of the major components of amino acids in Japanese green tea. In Japan, it is added to chewing gum and soft drinks to provide a soothing, relaxing effect without making you drowsy or groggy like other relaxants. The theanine used in Element Caffeinated water is colorless and tasteless, and studies claim it enhances focus, concentration and cognitive performance when combined with caffeine. The natural caffeine used in Element Caffeinated water is colorless and tasteless and extracted from green coffee beans and the 50 mg per bottle is similar to a small cup of coffee or bottle of diet soda. What I love about Element is that I can get all the hydration of a bottle of water combined with a little kick of caffeine and all the benefits of green tea, all with the perfectly crisp taste of filtered spring water! It has no calories, no additives and is all natural. And even better, Element Caffeinated water is the brainchild of a local Saratoga Springs resident! It is the perfect pick me up for a busy Mama on the go (or a tired Mama trying to wake up in order to go...). All of the nutrition facts and other information about Element can be found on their website, and it even has a fun little tool to calculate your hydration. You can order Element online or you can find it locally at the Cupcake Lab, Hungry Spot, the Saratoga Hilton Shop, Gaffney's, EBI Beverages and it will be launching in Price Chopper in 2-3 weeks. You can also get it right HERE on Friday, where we will be giving away a FREE CASE of Element Caffeinated water for our Freebie Friday Giveaway! I know you won't be disappointed by the non-jittery boost of caffeine from Element, and you'll love the added benefits of also getting the hydration of water at the same time, it's the perfect combination to keep you going while going from the library, to preschool, to soccer practice, to the grocery store, to ballet, back to the grocery store to get the ingredient you forgot the first time you were there, to back home!