If you are addicted, you’re not alone. Addiction to caffeine is widespread in our workaholic society. It makes us ignore the body’s requests for some downtime and allows us to drive ourselves ever more frantically. When we continue to rely on stimulants for energy, we never get to check in with how we really feel. Are we sleeping well? Eating well? Giving our bodies the raw materials they need to sustain our energy levels throughout the day?
Although most of us ingest caffeine on a regular basis, it is in fact a drug and one with profound effects on the human body. Caffeine is a naturally occurring alkaloid found in a number of leaves, seeds, and fruits such as coffee, tea, cola nuts, and cocoa beans. Caffeine can also be produced synthetically and added to food or drug products.
The impact of caffeine on the body can be positive, neutral, or negative, depending largely on how much is being consumed and how often. In small amounts caffeine can actually improve athletic performance by temporarily increasing muscle endurance and strength.Caffeine can also help us think more clearly and feel more alert, but this effect is only for a short duration. we quickly build up tolerance with regular use.
Too much caffeine can cause a rapid or irregular heart rate, dehydration, nausea, vomiting depression, anxiety, tremors and insomnia. Heavy doses of intake also has an impact on birth defects and reproductive problems.
The simple answer I gave up caffeine is because I started to have almost 80 percent of the symptoms I spoke about here.