How caffeine affects your body
No one talks about the ill effects of caffeine because it is such a part of our life and because no one is talking, you don’t realize that it is a potent drug that has side effects and withdrawal symptoms. Just try going off it for a couple of days and you will feel the withdrawal symptoms like disorientation, irritability, anxiety, depression, increases in blood pressure and stress hormones, headache, etc. It can take three weeks or more after quitting caffeine before stress hormones return to normal.
When scientists do their studies, the “Normal” consumption of caffeine is considered to be 200-300 mg/day this “standard” is measured as 6 fluid oz so the caffeine content on this is 85 mg per cup. Most people drink way more than the standard 6 oz; a cup is more like 12-14 oz.
Ill effects of caffeine:
The effects on children are even worse it stays in a child’s system much longer than adults and can cause cumulative stress and addiction. They are also less able to detoxify the drug. According to Caffeine blues, no scientific study has ever shown that coffee is good for you; the discussion only concerns the degree to which it will harm you. The half life of caffeine can range from 3-12 hours which means there is a very real cumulative effect since most people have additional cups before the first one is even metabolized.
Caffeine is a biological poison used by plants as a pesticide. The caffeine gives the seeds and leaves a bitter taste which discourages insect consumption. If pests persist eating it, the caffeine can cause central nervous system disruptions and have lethal side effects so pests learn to leave the plant alone. Even with this, the plant can develop insect infestations so enormous amounts of pesticides and herbicides are applied to control the infestations. Coffee is the most heavily sprayed food or beverage.
Decaffeinated coffee is not much better! There is still caffeine in the finished product which undergoes an extraction process that usually uses chemicals that typically leave a residue. The bean is different from regular coffee beans so it is higher in acidity and they still use a lot of pesticides and herbicides.
What can you do?
Start weaning off coffee. Replace a little at a time with an alternative. There are actually a few...Roasted Dandelion root tea, Chicory root coffee alternative and Teechino. Teechino is my personal favorite. This one can be brewed like coffee or steeped like tea and they have many flavors., all of them are naturally caffeine free.
I've been off coffee for over 20 years, the first few days are the worst, but so worth it in the end! I want to hear from you! Let me know your successes in weaning off coffee.
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