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Health Effects of Caffeine

The marketing of coffee has been phenomenal, and like tobacco in the 1950’s if you don’t do it you just ain’t with it! Movies are full of cafe's and coffee drinking, let’s face it, coffee is hip!

Do you absolutely have to have that morning coffee or energy drink or else you just can’t function?

Crave that social catch up with friends who will all try the latest trend in coffee/energy drink because that’s what we do?

I can’t walk down the street on my way to work without seeing 80% (this is the actual statistic), of the population carrying a coffee or waiting in line to order a take-away coffee these days. The marketing of Coffee certainly has achieved world domination!

BUT …. There is a down side to all this coffee drinking. Some of the side effects of caffeine include;

digestive problems

heart palpitations


nervousness and restlessness

nausea and vomiting

increased heart and breathing rate


anxiety and

ringing in the ears

Caffeine is a drug, and like all drugs it can alter your brain’s chemical makeup. Soon after you drink (or eat) something containing caffeine, it’s absorbed through the small intestine and dissolved into the bloodstream. Because the chemical is both water- and fat-soluble (meaning that it can dissolve in water-based solutions—think blood—as well as fat-based substances, such as our cell membranes), it’s able to penetrate the blood-brain barrier and enter the brain. Hence it is addictive (just like sugar).

You may say, ‘Well it’s a harmless drug really!’ and in a way you are correct, unless you are suffering from any of the side effects. Caffeine is obviously not as addictive as cocaine, you only need to get through about 7-12 days of symptoms without drinking any caffeine to kick the addiction. Withdrawal symptoms include, mental fog, fatigue, headaches, and nausea.

Caffeine can dehydrate your body causing premature aging too, so try to kick this habit and remove it from your daily intake. When I first gave coffee the boot I substituted it with dandelion coffee that I brewed in the plunger pot and made a latte with cinnamon on top so I didn’t feel too deprived.

Now I love my herb teas or coconut milk turmeric, or cacao and cinnamon lattes (use your imagination), and feel so much better for it.

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