We all have this preconceived notion that only coffee contains caffeine but that is not the case. Other drinks – like coke, and foods – like chocolate also contain caffeine.
A hot cup of coffee with the morning sunshine sounds so tempting and revitalizing. It has the ability to keep you awake and help burn that midnight oil in time of dire need. Coffee becomes a matter for social gathering. It helps you socialise by letting you bump into one of your colleagues in the office which otherwise wouldn’t have happened.
Having coffee can help you remain alert but it is a stimulus which works on your central nervous system by stressing the hormones in the bloodstream and keeping you alert and awake whenever you have it.
This unnatural way of keeping your body alert can take its toll on your body if you regularly have too much. The normal way of functioning gets disrupted due to the intake of coffee or any other product which contains a good amount of caffeine.
Depending on how much you have it is possible to become addicted to caffeine and if you suddenly stop taking it you will face caffeine withdrawal symptoms which can be anything from a headache, irritability, fatigue, constipation, lack of appetite, lack of concentration to even forgetfulness. I once thought it would be a good idea to give up caffeine for lent and had a splitting headache for a full week!
Caffeine can also the cause an abnormal fast, slow or irregular heartbeat and increase blooed pressure.
That said, caffeine can have some positive effects too. For example a cup per day can help to keep your bowels regular, it may lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, lower the risk of certain types of cancer and help to protect against Alzheimers and Parkinsons. It’s also a great source of antioxidants and essential nutrients.
I think the lesson is everything in moderation. You don’t need to give up your daily coffee or other caffeine intake, but if you are finding that you have a lot of caffeine, it may benefit you to cut down. Try switching out some caffeinated drinks for naturally uncaffeinated drinks – like green tea and see if you feel better. Remember, caffeine is addictive, so don’t make any changes quickly.