The Eye Opening Side Effects of Caffeine
Caffeine is one of the most commonly used ingredients in the world. I’ll go further in saying that it’s the most widely used psychoactive drug. As a nervous system stimulator, caffeine speeds up messages between the brain and body, causing the physiological effects of feeling more awake or alert. It’s no wonder billions of people worldwide start their day with a caffeinated beverage like coffee.
Naturally occurring in roughly 60 plants, caffeine can also be created synthetically in a lab using petroleum derivatives. Did you know that caffeine containing plants use it as a mechanism to poison predators? Much like plant lectins cause digestive distress in predators, caffeine works as a pesticide that can trigger paralysis or death in insects that pose a threat to the plant’s survival.
Needless to say, caffeine use poses many questions. Is it OK in moderation? Should you avoid it all together? These thoughts also beg the question, what is the alternative when you need an energy boost? To help make these decisions, let’s look at the effects of caffeine on the body.
Side Effects of Caffeine
Caffeine affects people in different ways, so even a small amount could create trouble for some, while others can tolerate more. And here’s a double whammy to your health - caffeine is often blended with unhealthy ingredients like dairy, sugar and toxic artificial sweeteners found in most “energy” and soft drinks. Consuming this concoction hikes your risk for weight gain, cardiovascular and blood sugar problems.
Caffeine is also the leading ingredient in over the counter stimulant tablets and pills intended to keep you awake. If you consume any amount of caffeine, it’s important to consider the risks.
As a central nervous system stimulant, people seek caffeine to provide them with a short-term energy boost. It is believed to block the receptors of Adenosine (a neurotransmitter), resulting in brain excitability.
Caffeine’s SHORT TERM EFFECTS can include increased:
- Breathing/Heart rate
- Blood pressure
- Urination – diuretic effect could lead to dehydration
Again, the threshold for experiencing these side effects is individual. In general, heavier caffeine intake over longer periods poses a greater threat to long-term health.
Among the list of Caffeine’s LONG TERM EFFECTS are:
- Chronic or acute Insomnia – Find out how much sleep you really need here
- Dizziness/Ear ringing
- Muscle tremors
- Rapid heart rate
- Withdrawal symptoms (headaches, lethargy, loss of appetite)
- Muscle tension/pain
- Dry mouth
- Erectile dysfunction
Caffeine Side Effects - Beyond the Jitters
There are more health effects to consider when consuming caffeine, especially in excess.
1. NUTRIENT DEPLETION
Caffeine’s diuretic effect leads to more frequent urination. This could not only affect your sleep at night, but your hydration and nutrient levels as well. You most certainly cannot count drinking caffeinated beverages as water. Certain nutrients like B vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium, zinc, calcium and potassium tend to be depleted by caffeine.
2. HORMONE IMBALANCE
Caffeine causes your adrenal glands to pump out more epinephrine and norepinephrine. These are the same flight or fight hormones released when your body is under extreme stress. This action weakens the adrenal glands over time and if your stress level is chronically high, you’re really at risk for health problems. Research has also indicated that caffeine influences estrogen levels, especially during childbearing years. Abnormal estrogen levels are linked to cancer, endometriosis and osteoporosis.
3. ADDICTIVE QUALITIES
Caffeine is addictive just like other drugs. Your body tends to build up a tolerance to caffeine and over time, you’ll require more to produce the same energy effects.
Boost Your Energy Without the Side Effects of Caffeine
Based on research and in my opinion, relying on caffeine for an energy boost can certainly cause problems. Tampering with the health and function of your adrenal glands can cause a condition known as adrenal fatigue. This is perhaps the greatest concern with chronic caffeine use. Adrenal fatigue is created by long-term physical or emotional stress and marked by serious symptoms that interfere with the quality of life and future health.
With all of this in mind, I created an energy-boosting alternative to caffeine that is both effective and good for you. Naturally, I had to name it Super Energy Boost. It contains everything your body needs to support your energy - without any red-flag ingredients. It is formulated with 31 carefully chosen and sourced ingredients that work synergistically to provide you with energy support. It boasts nutrients that are key to energy production, such as B vitamins, CoQ10, amino acids, minerals and plant extracts that support mental and physical endurance.
Super Energy Boost does contain caffeinated Yerba Mate extract, which provides a similar energy boost to coffee, but with less caffeine and side effects. What makes this formula unique and effective is that it contains all the vitamins and nutrients that support healthy energy.
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