All About Caffeine
You sit down and pour yourself the usual cup of coffee every single morning before you start your day just to wake yourself up. Then by lunchtime you find yourself purchasing a soda from the vending machine to keep you going through the rest of your workday.
By the time you get home, you’re so exhausted that you barely have enough energy to cook dinner or clean house. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone.
Caffeine, an alkaloid found in certain plants, is often used as a stimulant in many man-made products. In its truest form the plant is very bitter and must be altered in some way in order to disguise the taste. The substance can be found in tea, coffee, soft drinks, cocoa, nuts and even medications. For most of us it is highly unlikely that we haven’t consumed the stimulant at some point in our lives.
Caffeine has been around since the dawn of time. As a matter of fact it was first noted around 2700 B.C. where our ancestors chewed the bark, seeds and leaves of the plants for energy. It wasn’t until sometime later that they began steeping the leaves in hot water to create what we know as tea.
Soon after coffee was discovered, followed by cocoa in 600 BC which could be found mixed with chili pepper and other spices for a deliciously spicy drink. In the 1700’s Spain introduced Europe to the delectable treat known as chocolate and by 1880 the world was introduced to soft drinks.
The substance is so popular that by 1958 the FDA had declared the stimulating drug as “safe.” Yet just how safe is it really?
While it’s a well-known fact that a caffeinated beverage such as coffee can give you an energy high, it can also cause heart complications, increased blood pressure, bone loss and miscarriage, if it is taken in large quantities.
Too much of the stuff can also leave you with irritability, fatigue, headaches and stomach aches. And for others it can cause numbness to the face and jitteriness in as little as one cup.
Yet the worst part is, many caffeinated beverages are now easily available in very high doses to almost anyone who wants one.
In small doses it seems it may very well be worth it. However, consuming anything more than 2 cups of coffee per a day in adults and you’re more than likely asking for trouble. So for the sake of your health, you’re better off just giving the stuff up.
A better idea is to feed your body the vitamins and minerals it needs to give you the energy you need the way Mother Nature intended.
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