Caffeine: The Pluses and Minuses
Caffeine: there are a lot of people that like to start the day with a cup of coffee. Our minds and bodies rely on it after a while. But is that a bad thing?
It turns out that consuming caffeine has some significant benefits, but has a few downsides, too.
Let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages.
Some real advantages:
1. Safe stimulant when used at the appropriate dosages. This is one of the reasons many people love a cup of coffee in the morning. Sure, coffee tastes great, but we also love the feeling of alertness and focus that the caffeine from coffee provides.
2.Ggood for your mood. A mood-booster for many people. You feel more capable and the day looks a little brighter.
3. Blunts your appetite. Also used in many appetite suppressants. You’re not as hungry after consuming that.
4. Increases fat oxidation. It doesn’t burn fat to any noticeable degree, but it does release fatty acids into the bloodstream where they can be burned by the body for energy.
5. Boosts the effect of painkillers. Some painkillers, like Excedrin, contain caffeine, because it boosts the effects of the other ingredients. Many painkilling medications simply work better in the presence of caffeine.
6. Decreased risk of type-2 diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, and some types of cancer. No one is 100% sure why, but consuming caffeine regularly seems to reduce the likelihood of contracting these diseases.
Consider these disadvantages, too:
1. Upset stomach. Caffeine can irritate the stomach lining and stimulate the intestinal tract. It’s possible to cause nausea and diarrhea.
2. Insomnia. The stimulatory effects of that can make it challenging to fall asleep at night. Some people are more sensitive than others. Be careful about how much you consume after the afternoon. You might have a long night.
3. Heart palpitations. Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Caffeine can over-stimulate the heart and lead to heart palpitations. The dosage needed to create this effect varies greatly from person to person.
- Too much can also increase heart rate and blood pressure, sometimes to dangerous levels.
4. Nervousness. Too much stimulation can create nervousness and anxiety. We’ve all known that jittery feeling that too much caffeine produces.
5. Pregnancy complications. Caffeine can cross over from the mother to the fetus. Even breast milk can contain if the mother consumes caffeine.
6. Death. It’s possible, but not easy, to consume enough caffeine to cause death. It would be difficult to consume enough through beverages to cause death unless the person is highly sensitive. Here are some of the symptoms of overdose:
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain
In moderation, caffeine can be a good thing for those who aren’t highly sensitive to it. If you believe that caffeine is having a negative impact on your health or life, cut back.
It can be challenging to reduce the amount you consume. Headaches and fatigue are common complaints of those reducing their intake.
However, if you’re doing just fine with caffeine, there’s no reason not to continue. The FDA recommends that intake should not exceed 400 mg per day. That’s about 3-4 cups of coffee. Be sure to check with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.