11 Effects of Caffeine on The Body

Caffeine is big business. There are new coffee shops popping up

all over the place. You can’t go far without running into a

Starbucks. “Let’s get together for coffee. Time for a coffee

break. Coffee pot goes off before my feet hit the floor. Travel

mugs for sipping coffee on your way to work. I’ll just have this

chocolate bar to pick me up this afternoon.” Caffeine – It’s

everywhere! It’s everywhere!

Many people have grown so accustomed to having their morning

coffee or soda that they don’t even consider the damaging effects

caffeine has on the body. On the contrary, most will tell you

that they NEED their jolt to get them moving in the morning or to

keep them upright throughout the day. Caffeine is present not

only in coffee, but also tea, soda, chocolates and in certain

pain relievers, such as aspirin or acetaminophen. It is also

sometimes used in combination with an antihistamine to overcome

the drowsiness caused by the antihistamine.

If you don’t think it’s addicting, try going off caffeine, cold

turkey. See if you don’t have a headache for two to nine days.

That’s caffeine withdrawal! You don’t need to be a coffeeholic

to experience negative physical symptoms. Even as little as one

to two cups a day can negatively affect you.

You may be experiencing a number of physical ailments that could

be caused solely from caffeine. The most common side effects of

caffeine include dizziness, headache, irritability, muscle

tension, nausea, nervousness, stuffy nose, unusual tiredness and

jitters.

Too much (overdose) of caffeine can give you all sorts of grief

such as stomach pain agitation, anxiety, restlessness,

confusion, seizures, dehydration, faster breathing rate, fast

heartbeat, fever, frequent urination, increased sensitivity to

touch or pain, irritability, muscle trembling or twitching,

vomiting, sometimes with blood, fibrocystic breast disease,

ringing or other sounds in ears, seeing flashes of “zig-zag”

lights, and trouble in sleeping. If you are diabetic or insulin

resistant, caffeine causes your body to produce more insulin and

you don’t want that. Caffeine makes all aspects of a menstrual

cycle worse. Isn’t that bad enough some months?

The next time you experience any of the above symptoms, try

cutting back on caffeine. That may be all it takes to take care

of the problem. Reduce caffeine intake gradually to prevent any

symptoms of withdrawal. Cut back on your intake or combine a

mixture of caffeinated and decaffeinated beverages until you’re

totally weaned off. People can, and do, survive ridding their

bodies of all caffeine. And they’re feeling much better for

it!

The information contained in this article is for educational purposes

only and is not intended to medically diagnose, treat or cure any

disease. Consult a health care practitioner before beginning any

health care program.