In today’s age drugs and alcohol are prevalent. But one of the least talked about but heavily consumed drugs is caffeine. Think about for a second. How many people do you know that DON’T consume caffeine on a regular basis. I can bet you currently drink some form of caffeine yourself. And if you don’t, I bet you know someone that does. Women go to Starbucks to chase the newest latte or frappuccino while guys are chugging down their favorite energy drinks. Not to mention that most of the U.S. population has to have their morning coffee in order to get their morning started. So let’s face it, we are all addicted to caffeine. But wouldn’t it make sense to know a little bit more about this chemical and what’s potential side effects are on our bodies. Well lets analyze and look further into caffeine.
So caffeine is derived from many different sources. These include both natural sources and artificial sources. Natural sources include tea, coffee beans, and cocoa plants. However, artificial sources of caffeine are more prevalent in many more products than just energy drinks and sodas. They can also be found in weight loss pills, ice cream, and some pain medicine. In fact caffeine is also found in decaffeinated coffee. Kind of ironic don’t you think?
Since caffeine can affect your body like other stimulant, this drug should not be taken lightly. But I’m pretty sure no one ever second guesses themselves to another 12 oz soda in the middle of they drink in the day. In fact most people, consume more caffeine throughout the day in order to survive and get through their workday. It might sound like common sense but be aware of the amount of caffeine you consume daily. Caffeine does target your nervous system which causes you to be more alert and also increases your heart rate. This is why you get a case of the jitters after drinking a heavy amount of caffeine. Keep in mind caffeine can cause headaches as well.
Although overdosing on caffeine is hard to do unless of course you consume caffeine at it’s purest form, in caffeine powder (Which I might add is pretty easy to buy online however I wouldn’t recommend you open that can of worms). So just because its hard to overdose on caffeine doesn’t mean you can’t become addicted to this substance. Again, think about yourself or someone you know and their dependency on caffeine. Ask yourself, could you quit using caffeine in a heartbeat? If the answer is no then you’re definitely hooked. I myself am included with the rest of the U.S. population. However, I will say that I have limited the amount of caffeine to about 80 mg per day. I have even given up caffeinated products out of my life cold turkey. If nothing else, I do this to prove to myself that I still am the master and not the servant to this powerful substance and I strongly recommend you give yourself a caffeine check sometime.
I know I might not be able to influence you to quit drinking or consuming this substance but I will say that it’s time you show who’s the sheriff in town. Especially to this chemical. Otherwise, in the future you might not have a choice but to give this drug up in order to keep your life going. So make the investment in yourself now and begin to wean yourself off this addictive drug. Help spread the word by sharing this message to your friends and loved ones. Or send them my way on via twitter.