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Coffee is a very popular drink in our society, but it might not be as harmless as you might think. Read below to find out 8 Dangers of Coffee Addiction
STRESS AND MEMORY PROBLEMS
Coffeeaddiction can lead to adrenal overload, and eventually to adrenal exhaustion. When you drink coffee, your neurons start firing in your brain. This causes your pituitary gland to send a signal to your adrenal glands, and adrenaline is released from your adrenal gland as a result. Eventually, because of the addiction, you are drinking large quantities of coffee each day, and this will cause your adrenal glands to become overworked and exhausted, and you will feel tired even when drinking coffee.“If you continue to drink coffee or other beverages containing caffeine throughout the day, your adrenal glands will be constantly stimulated and you will find yourself in a chronic state of stress. Extra stress, I guarantee, you don’t need-it takes a toll on your body and brain. And even though most people think caffeine makes them mentally sharper, studies demonstrate that, in fact, the opposite is true.” The Memory Solution by Dr Julian Whitaker, page 261 “Caffeine doesn’t add energy to your system, it just burns up your reserves at a faster pace. You get a short-term boost at the expense of long-term jitters and fatigue.” The Unofficial Guide to Beating Stress by Pat Goudey, page 136
Coffee addiction leads to excessive adrenaline production and release from the adrenal glands. As adrenaline production increases, the neurotransmitter Serotonin is decreased in production. This neurotransmitter is responsible for preventing depression, and helping you to relax and stay calm. Coffee addiction can lead to depression and anxiety in many users, and these can be prevented by limiting or eliminating coffee and caffeine from your diet. Many people do not realize that their coffee addiction is causing these symptoms, and may spend large amounts on anti-depression and anti-anxiety medications.
“Caffeinism” is a state of chronic toxicity resulting from excess caffeine consumption. Caffeinism usually combines physical
addiction with a wide range of debilitating effects, most notably anxiety, irritability, mood swings, sleep disturbance, depression, and fatigue. Caffeine Blues By Stephen Cherniske MS, page 36
·Coffee addiction can lead to many dangers and medical problems, including high blood sugar and insomnia
·If you suffer from coffee addiction you may experience withdrawals for a few weeks after you stop drinking coffee
·Coffee addiction can lead to depression and anxiety
ARE YOU ADDICTED?
“Telling whether you are addicted to caffeine is simple,” says Dr. Griffiths. “Just give up your caffeine sources-coffee, tea, soft drinks -for a couple of days and see if you feel tired, headachy, unmotivated, grumpy and depressed. Headaches and fatigue are the classic signs of caffeine deprivation.” Food Your Miracle Medicine by Jean Carper, page 277
Coffee contains the stimulant caffeine. This is dead caffeine, unlike bio-active caffeine found in green tea, black tea, yerba mat, guarana, and kola nut. Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant that is followed by a depressed phase resulting in exhaustion, nervousness, irritability, fatigue, and often headache. Caffeine constricts blood vessels of the brain and causes decreased flow of blood which cuts the oxygen supply to the brain, resulting in gradual brain damage. It also increases your heartbeat 15% and makes your lungs work 13 times harder than normal. It greatly plays a role in fatigue as well.
It is also interesting to note that several studies have found caffeine intake to be extremely high in individuals with psychiatric disorders. Another interesting finding is that the degree of fatigue experienced is often related to the quantity of caffeine ingested. In one survey of hospitalized psychiatric patients, 61% of those ingesting at least 750 mg/day (at least five cups of coffee) complained of fatigue, compared with 54% of those ingesting 250-749 mg/day, and only 24% of those ingesting less than 250 mg/day. Textbook of Natural Medicine Volumes 1-2 by Joseph E Pizzorno and Michael T Murray, page 433
HIGH BLOOD SUGAR/ DIABETES
People who are addicted to coffee have much higher risks for high blood sugar. When coffee is used to provide energy, you will crash after a couple of hours and normally reach for something sweet to bring you back up. In addition many of us use sugar in our coffee, or flavored sugar syrups, and this can also elevate your blood sugar. When you first start drinking coffee your blood sugar levels may actually go down, but after a short time of daily coffee consumption the opposite is true, and your blood sugar levels will go up significantly.
“Watch out for coffee. The caffeine in coffee can upset blood-sugar levels, leaving you fatigued and longing for a quick-pick-me-up snack. Limit coffee to two cups a day.” Food & Mood By Elizabeth Somer MA RD, page 57
“Avoid caffeine — it increases the stress hormones and adrenaline, which causes a spike in blood sugar.” Ultraprevention by Mark Hyman MD and Mark Liponis MD, page 306
INSOMNIA/ ABNORMAL SLEEP PATTERNS
Coffee addiction can lead to disturbed sleep patterns, and even insomnia. Because caffeine addiction leads to ever increasing doses due to a tolerance being built up, your adrenal glands may produce so much adrenaline that you find yourself tossing and turning, waking frequently, or even being unable to sleep. When adrenaline is released into your system, your body goes into fight or flight mode, and complete relaxation may become completely impossible. When you are trying to cut back and wean yourself, the physical and mental cravings may have the same effect for a few weeks.
“Caffeine raises levels of adrenaline, causes overexcitation, increases stress, and impairs the relaxation response. It’s hard to be at peace when you’re revved up on caffeine.” Ultraprevention by Mark Hyman MD and Mark Liponis MD, page 241
One danger of coffee addiction that many do not even think about is dehydration. Coffee contains caffeine, which is a diuretic that causes your body to eliminate more water. Drinking large amounts of coffee can cause dehydration in a couple of different ways. Excessive coffee consumption causes excessive water elimination, and this can cause dehydration. In addition, coffee addicts drink this beverage in place of healthier fluids that help keep you hydrated, like water and fruit juices. Between the extra water loss caused by coffee drinking and the lack of enough other fluids you can become very dehydrated very quickly, without even realizing it.
An addiction to coffee can cause malnutrition, if excessive amounts of this beverage are used and they dampen hunger. Many times coffee is used in large quantities all day long if you are severely addicted. This leads to cravings for sugary foods, which usually have very few nutritional benefits if any. These junk foods may cause you to gain weight while suffering from malnutrition, because your body is not getting the proper nutrition needed for optimum function. Additionally, the volatile oil in caffeine called caffeol is an irritant to the lining of the stomach and causes poor digestion so nutrients are not absorbed properly into the body.
“Caffeine depletes the body of B vitamins, which you need for proper brain and nervous system functioning and for converting food to energy, says Michael Murray, N.D., a naturopathic physician in Seattle and author of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Getting Well Naturally. To make matters worse, it also prevents iron absorption, says Dr. Murray, which can lead to anemia, a condition in which you have too few oxygen-carrying red blood cells and which is a major contributor to fatigue.” The Complete Book Of Alternative Nutrition by Selene Y Craig, page 389
“Although relatively safe, long-term use in excess of 250 to 300 mg daily may cause numerous health problems. Caffeine has been known to raise blood-cholesterol levels, deplete B vitamins, irritate the stomach and bladder, exhaust the adrenals, and possibly lead to breast and prostate problems.” Off The Shelf Natural Health How To Use Herbs And Nutrients To Stay Well By Mark Mayell, page 112
CAFFEINE TOLERANCE AND WITHDRAWALS
Caffeine affects your body just like any drug: addiction and withdrawal. Withdrawals can be a big danger for any caffeine addict. Over time you will build up a tolerance to caffeine, and more coffee is needed to get the same benefits as before. After a while, when you try to cut down on coffee or quit completely, you will suffer from withdrawal symptoms. These can include a headache, irritability, insomnia, and many other problems.
“Caffeine is the most widely used drug in the world. Studies show that abstinence induces a withdrawal syndrome of fatigue, headache and drowsiness within 24 hours and lasts about a week, on giving up the habit.” Bartrams Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine by Thomas Bartram, page 83
SO WHAT CAN BE DONE IF YOU ARE A COFFEE DRINKER?
Instead of reaching for your morning cup of coffee, you can do your body a big favor by eating a healthy breakfast instead. A good breakfast, maintained by a healthy lunch, will keep you energetic all day.
If you absolutely must have coffee, here are some important keys to stay healthy. 1. Drink organic coffee. Chemicals and pesticides magnify the negative effects of caffeine and are poisons added.
2. Moderation is key. Keep your coffee consumption to 8-14 ounces a day (1 mug of coffee)
3. After lunch is the best choice–and not on an empty stomach. The acids are more caustic on an empty stomach and food in your stomach slows the absorbtion of the caffeine into your system. Also, if you have had a healthy breakfast and lunch, you are more likely to have gotten needed nutrients and fluids into your body.
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