Tuesday February 16, 2016
It’s hard to see the harm in a simple cup of coffee. But how often do you get those caffeine jitters? Or even more telling, how often are you late to work because you feel like you can’t function without getting your morning latte?
These are signs that you have become reliant on getting your energy from caffeine, an addiction not taken seriously enough. Coffee addiction might seem minor compared to, say, alcoholism, but it can do slow, steady damage to your body over time.
Here are five of the major risks of caffeine, and some tips to free yourself from a caffeine addiction while still being able to get your boost of energy every morning.
1. Your Addiction
Humans love coffee because of and in spite of its side effects. Over time, our bodies begin to think that these side effects, including pounding heart, racing thoughts, and excessive urination are not only normal, but needed. Suddenly, you’re barely functioning without that daily caffeine rush.
Our nervous system and hormones become used to the torture inflicted on them, and the withdrawal can be rough. Your productivity should not suffer because you didn’t get your coffee fix. You shouldn’t have to question whether your sleeplessness, anxiety, or upset stomach is from too much coffee or a sign of a serious health concern.
But the more coffee you drink, the more of it you need to get the same results, and the more damage is done to your body.
2. Effects on Your Central Nervous System
Because caffeine is a stimulant drug, your cup of coffee has a direct effect on your nervous system. This impacts things like our mental health and our natural sleep cycles.
Not everyone reacts the same way to caffeine. Some people experience restlessness, nervousness, and agitation from caffeine, but endure these effects in the name of energy. Take your mental health seriously. If you feel anxious after taking in caffeine, you need to find an alternate source of energy.
Similarly, caffeine usage can seriously damage your sleep cycle. Taken late in the day, it can delay the onset of sleep and make it necessary to drink even more caffeine to wake up in the morning. But even drinking coffee in the morning can confuse the delicate circadian rhythms that govern sleep. If you struggle to fall or stay asleep, or if you suffer from restless sleep, caffeine could be a culprit.
3. Your Hormones
Caffeine stays in the body a lot longer than you think, during which time it can wreak havoc on hormone levels. Hormone levels are very sensitive to what you eat and drink, including caffeine. People who have too much caffeine in their diet find they’re more susceptible to mood swings and sleep struggles caused by hormonal imbalance.
Pregnant women and women looking to become pregnant should take extra precaution, as studies have shown caffeine directly relating to miscarriages and birth abnormalities in their children due to these hormone changes. This is why a healthcare provider will often tell women to lessen their caffeine intake during pregnancy.
4. Your Coffee’s Best Friends, Sugar, Fat, and Chemicals
Caffeine often has an accomplice, which worsens your addiction, nervous system struggles, and hormone changes. Many people drink their coffee or otherwise take in their caffeine accompanied by unhealthful additives.
Whether you use sugar, cream, or other artificial additives, you aren''t doing your body any favors. Starbucks and energy drinks are perfect examples of caffeine forms that are loaded with fake sweeteners, flavoring chemicals, and preservatives.
5. How Quickly You Can Overdose
As you know, every individual body is unique. Unfortunately, this is something that many studies fail to take into account. Caffeine is in fact a stimulant drug, and your body may struggle with these risks sooner than your family and friends. One cup of coffee is agreed to be safe by most experts, but so many of us obtain additional caffeine elsewhere without even realizing.
For example, say you stay up late one night. The next morning, your usual cup of joe just doesn’t do the trick. The coffee was 350 milligrams of caffeine, and you add to it a 5 Hour Energy, because they advertise being healthier for you than Starbucks. But, it turns out there are over 200 milligrams in that tiny bottle! On top of that, add another 250 in your iced tea at lunch, and even a few milligrams in that dark chocolate you had for dessert. Suddenly, you can barely think straight.
You could very well be surpassing your safe level of caffeine more frequently than you imagine.
An Alternate, All-Natural Energy Boost
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Shop Our Fruit Leather now to get your mornings off to a healthier start! And read this blog post for more tips to start your morning off with high energy, totally naturally.
How do you boost your energy in the morning without resorting to caffeine? Let us know in the comments!