Should You LOVE or HATE Caffeine?

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While there is no conclusive evidence yet to say that caffeine is harmful to health, we cannot fully ignore the negative effects associated with it. And, despite the rising number of unfavorable news about it, a lot of people still depend on caffeine to fight fatigue and keep their energy levels up.

How Caffeine Works
Should you love or hate caffeine then? The first step towards the answer to this question is to understand how it works.

Caffeine can be easily absorbed by the body once ingested. Inside the body, caffeine goes to wherever it finds water, which means almost everywhere. It quickly stimulates the brain which gives you all the positive effects you love about it. It makes you feel less tired, increases your alertness, quickens your reaction time, and enhances all your motor tasks or coordinated movements. It also causes an increase in heart rate and relaxation of certain muscles. When it comes to digestion, caffeine facilitates quicker movement of food through the digestive system and produces larger amount of stomach acid. It also has a diuretic effect which increases urine output. This explains why caffeine is known for its beneficial impact on sports performance.

However, the body does not recognize caffeine as a nutrient. It perceives it as a foreign substance and so, it will work on flushing it out quickly soon after it is consumed. Nonetheless, it takes about 14 hours before caffeine is totally eliminated from the body and its stimulating effects last until it has been completely flushed out.

Small doses of caffeine like the amount found in a cup of coffee a day can already bring about several unlikely effects. These include restlessness, irritability, nervousness, shakiness, headache, lightheadedness, sleeplessness, nausea, vomiting, and upset stomach.

When taken in greater amount, caffeine can cause excitement, agitation, anxiety, confusion, eye problems, unusual sensitivity to touch, unusual sensitivity of other senses, ringing in the ears, frequent urination, muscle twitches, heart arrhythmias, rapid heartbeat, flushing, and even convulsions.

Caffeine Addiction or Dependence
Increased amount of caffeine intake can lead to dependency. This is due to an increased tolerance which resulted from taking caffeine on a regular basis. Your body would require a higher dose of caffeine to gain the same kind of stimulating benefits it experienced before.

If you feel like you need caffeine to energize you daily, you might have crossed the healthy zone of caffeine intake already. You are nearing the other end of the line where it becomes hazardous to your health. Your current health condition should also be considered. Caffeine may cause problems for people with medical conditions like peptic ulcer, heart palpitations, heart disease, high blood pressure, liver disease, insomnia, anxiety or panic attacks, and premenstrual syndrome.

Take in Balance
The safest answer would be to take caffeine at guarded levels. An average cup of instant coffee contains about 80 to 100 mg of caffeine. The recommended safety level for a person without other medical condition is at 500 mg per day. The key factor about whether caffeine is a health hazard or a health support is in knowing and understanding the real need of your body. It is not bad to give yourself a lift from time to time, having lived in the modern and stressful times. However, you have to keep a lookout when it is already taking the whole of you. Caffeine intake is no different with anything else in life that could go beyond the healthy levels. Anything too much is bad for you.

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India HerbsJul 4, 2011
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celinaMay 29, 2011
"Thanks alot for the information. In fact I can say that I experience some of the effects listed such as stomach upset and nausea each time I something that contains caffein. I have now learnt how to take care of myself my reading the explanations given in this news letter. Thanks once again for this information."

EvelynMay 20, 2011
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