A drink of Pepsi is one way to give yourself a boost. In many cultures, it is appropriate to offer a cup of tea when your friends drop in. It seems like a safe way to put them at ease. I used to fix my boss a cup of coffee, with sugar and cream each morning before he could begin his day. A box of chocolates is often preferred over flowers on some occasions. But there is a downside to drinking or eating these foods. The active ingredient found in these seemingly innocuous concoctions is caffeine. It is a white powder that has a bitter taste. It was first separated from coffee in 1819. It claims to be able to stimulate your brain and lift your mood.
Irregular Heart Beat
Although I used to drink a Coke, Pepsi or Dr. Pepper regularly, I have since quit for various health reasons. One of the reasons I stopped drinking caffeine laden drinks is because I have an irregular heart beat, otherwise known as arrhythmia. I take beta blockers to keep my pulse regular.
Another reason I lay off the caffeine is because I have had urinary bladder surgery. If I should drink a full glass of Pepsi, I better know where the closest bathrooms are. I like the taste of Pepsi, but it usually isn’t worth the trouble with my bladder urgency later.
Fine Motor Coordination
I get tremors in my hands when I drink caffeine, which makes me feel like a Parkinson’s disease patient. I feel jittery and nervous. The extra boost of energy does not bode well when I already have anxiety issues.
The main reason I do not take caffeine is because I have insomnia. I avoid all stimulants so I can have a reasonable amount of sleep each night.
I know people who drink a quart or more of caffeinated drinks on a daily basis. If they run out of their favorite drink or skip their usual dose, they get caffeine headaches. It is because the body becomes immune to it and needs more over time to achieve the same effect. This is known as “tolerance.”
Forbes Magazine explains what caffeine really does to your brain. Their research showed that caffeine doesn’t really jack up the volume in the brain, but it is an impersonator which mimics a neurochemical known as adenosine. It blocks the receptors by pretending to be adenosine, disrupting the nervous system and giving a false high. Depending on your age, weight and body type, caffeine effects vary from person to person.
Many people continue to use caffeinated products on a daily basis, but as for me, I look for alternative choices.