Caffeine Consumption

What is Caffeine?

Caffeine ConsumptionAs much of an enemy that caffeine is, and knowing all the perils of the stimulant brings, is their any hope of some positive effects of this widely used and accepted drug.  Caffeine is often denoted as bad for you and should be avoided, and there is very strong scientific evidence to support those claims.  Understanding the negative effects of caffeine, as well as the benefits of caffeine, can help a person modify their consumption to a healthy intake.

Caffeine is found naturally in over sixty types of plants, and very commonly found in cola, energy drinks, tea, coffee and chocolate – many of life’s little pleasure that help us survive.  The cliché I cannot function without my coffee rings true for millions of people, and caffeine is a stimulant that is rapidly absorbed and circulated throughout the body within an hour of consumption.  Known as a cardiac muscle, and central nervous system stimulant, the drug is known and commonly used for energy and alertness – the main reason for the over consumption of caffeine.

Caffeine has been linked to many physical ailments and consumers in the medical industry and while some seem minor and not serious enough to warrant elimination of the drug, others raise a red flag for health.  Excessive caffeine consumption increases urine production resulting in dehydration if the fluids are not replaced, and the end result of dehydration or even the onset of dehydration can have very negative effects on the body.

Caffeine, like any drug is addictive and when efforts are made to cut back or eliminate it from their lifestyle completely, withdrawal symptoms may occur.  When people change their regular intake of coffee, they may experience severe headaches – the most common withdrawal symptom.  However, excessive tiredness, and even nausea have been known symptoms when someone is trying alter their intake.  But if you consume too much caffeine at one time, that could result in what is known as a caffeine headache and inability to sleep – which of course ultimately can have detrimental effects on your overall well-being.

Caffeine has been linked to many disorders, including high blood pressure.  There is evidence that shows four cups of coffee raises the blood pressure for several hours and while these are reasonable increased levels, they are still at levels high enough to increase risk of a heart attack or stroke risk.  Further, people who are not regular coffee drinkers that begin consuming coffee or other highly caffeinated beverages can be put at risk for a heart attack.  People who are taking blood pressure medicine should consume caffeine products with extreme caution and moderation.

Caffeine is the common culprit for fibroids of the breast. The fibroids can be small or very large and painful. These fibroids are not cancerous, however, they can become so enlarged that they hide or make it difficult for detection of an actual lump that could be of serious nature.  Many women living with fibrocystic breasts confirm that once they significantly reduced or eliminated caffeine from their diet, the fibroids went away.

But despite all the negative heat coffee receives, there are some positive effects, and even benefits of the drug.  As for as mental and emotional stability, caffeine improves the mood and results in alertness, which is one of the main reasons people consume caffeine routinely.  And there are other positive links that have been found; coffee consumption may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and liver cancer.  And while the jury is still out on those health benefits, there have been some scientific connections between caffeine and those positive healthy links.  Further, there are links that confirm caffeine is good in preventing Alzheimer disease.

In addition, there are antioxidants found, including zinc, potassium and, even fiber that are found in caffeine and beneficial.  Most people assume these are found in tea, and more commonly green tea, however, these are not being linked to coffee as well.

So with all the prevailing facts about caffeine, how is one to know if it is something that should be avoided or consumed?  Bottom line, caffeine in moderation is acceptably fine.  Knowing your body and how it responds can help you make that decision if you should eliminate, cutback or maintain your current consumption.  It is highly encouraged that people with associated heart risks avoid caffeine, and, avoids energy drinks entirely.  They will give you that temporary boost, but they can be dangerously strong.  Many of them have the equivalent amount of caffeine as seven cups of coffee, and extremely unhealthy amounts of sugar – they are not a good resource, and should be avoided.

Caffeine is the one legal drug that has some positive benefits associated with it.  Being cautious and intelligent about your consumption is important.  Always listen and be in tune with your body so you can see the effects that caffeine has on you to determine whether to alter your consumption.

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