As a woman in her 40s, I suddenly became acutely aware of the fact that I could no longer take for granted what I put into my body. From sleeping issues to changes in my metabolism, I had to re-evaluate. So after a little research into better health, I found out some information I hadn’t counted on: caffeine wasn’t as harmless as I had thought. It was then that I decided that giving up caffeine may actually be one of the best decisions I could ever make.
Caffeine Interferes with Proper Body Function
Caffeine can cause or exacerbate a number of health issues, including insomnia, reduced fertility in women, an unhealthy rise in blood pressure, an increase in gout attacks, and an increase in incontinence. In fact, a University of Alabama study showed that women who consumed 329mg or more of caffeine per day were 70 percent more likely to see an increase in incontinence problems, which leads to a whole host of other health issues that go along with it.
Elevated urination levels and/or bladder leakage do not generally come across as being significant problems; however, when you consider the excess mineral loss (like calcium, magnesium and potassium) every time fluid is expelled, it becomes much more serious. Proper balance is essential, and in addition to the mineral loss, excess urination and frequent leakage can cause dehydration, which leads to an electrolyte imbalance, and which ultimately means the there is a virtually endless domino effect on your body just from incontinence alone.
Long-Term Effects of Caffeine Include Cognitive Challenges and Depression
In additional to basic functional problems linked to the consumption of caffeine, there are also cognitive conditions and mood-related disorders that may surface. For instance, depression and anxiety disorders like panic attacks and social anxiety are likely to increase with the consumption of caffeine. Likewise, cognitive issues like memory loss may also occur, though not always as a direct result: memory loss and other cognitive issues are related to caffeine use, but only in the regard that caffeine may contribute to sleep deprivation, which is the ultimate underlying cause of most caffeine-related cognitive challenges.
Caffeine May Cause Misdiagnosis of Other Conditions
Since caffeine is a stimulant, hitting toxic levels may cause people to be misdiagnosed with conditions that actually don’t exist. It has been theorized that those who maintain caffeine toxicity may be misdiagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in as much as 10 percent of the cases, due to caffeine toxicity’s ability to mimic the symptoms of these two conditions.
With so many bad things associated with caffeine consumption, giving up caffeine should have been something I had done a long time ago. So I’m giving up caffeine for good. The little kick I get from it just isn’t worth it.