The Effects Of Caffeine To Your Health: The Good And The Bad
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Do you rely on caffeine for an energy boost? Whether it be coffee, tea, or a chocolate drink, as long as it has caffeine on it, then it’s an energy boost.
What is it in caffeine that it can increase your energy level?
Caffeine is a natural stimulant found in coffee, tea, and cacao plants. It works by stimulating the brain and the central nervous system to help you stay alert and prevent you from being tired.
Caffeine is tasteless and doesn’t have any nutritional value on its own. But it also has good and bad effects on the body if we take too much of it.
Here are the good effects of caffeine on our body:
It improves mood and brain function. Since it can block the brain’s adenosine, it will cause increase dopamine and norepinephrine. It has been said that drinking two to three cups of caffeinated coffee per day reduces the risk of suicide, and three to five cups of coffee per day may reduce the risk of brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.
It boosts metabolism and speeds up weight loss. It has been said that it increases metabolism to 11% and burns fat by 13%.
It enhances exercise performance. It may also improve muscle contractions and increases tolerance to fatigue; that is why they said that caffeine might increase the use of fat as fuel.
It also protects the liver, decreases cancer risk, protects the skin, prevents gout, and supports gut health.
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But too much of everything also has its harmful effects.
It can cause headaches, insomnia, nervousness, irritability, frequent urination, increased heart rate, and muscle tremors.
It can cause anxiety. The American Psychiatric Association listed in their DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) said that caffeine-induced anxiety disorder is one of the four caffeine-related syndromes in the United States.
It may worsen GERD (Gastro-esophageal reflux disease) in some people. It may also lead to loose stools because caffeine itself seems to stimulate bowel movements increasing peristalsis. Peristalsis is the contractions that move food through your digestive tract.
High blood pressure. This is because of its stimulatory effect on the nervous system. But this effect may only be temporary; it’s better to monitor your caffeine intake and your response to it.
Like any other food, beverages, or fruits, having too much of it may cause harmful effects to our health. Too much of everything is not good. There should always be a balance.
It’s not necessarily that you stop drinking coffee or stop taking in caffeine because it also has its good effects. But put in mind the harmful effects it can give to your body once you have an excess of it.
So, bottom line. Take on moderation and with precaution.