For many people, their day just doesn’t start without a cup of coffee which gives them a pooping burst of energy. But to talk only good about Caffeine won’t be fair enough. Excess of everything is bad, and Caffeine is no exception.
Caffeine is naturally found in certain leaves, beans, and fruits of several plants worldwide. Caffeine is in tea, coffee, chocolate, many soft drinks, and pain relievers and other medications. It is one of the most popular drinks available today.
Caffeine tastes very bitter in its original form. But most caffeinated drinks go through enough processing to camouflage the bitter taste. Caffeine is also produced synthetically and added to food, beverages, supplements, and medications.
Caffeine can be considered as a drug because it stimulates the central nervous system, causing increased alertness by blocking adenosine.
Caffeine is recommended by doctors for the treatment of:
Diabetes (Caffeinated products that are not sweetened)
Stimulate nervous system
Experts consider 200-300 mg of caffeine daily to be a moderate amount for adults. It is not suggested for children below 12 years of age.
Teens should try to limit caffeine consumption below 100 mg of caffeine a day.
After the high amount of caffeine, the bad things that caffeine is known for sets in:
Diarrhea, nausea, indigestion
Can cause a person to urinate more
Can aggravate certain heart problems
In the case of pregnant women, overdose may cause miscarriage
Caffeine is considered to be safe in moderate amounts. Consuming as little as 100 mg of caffeine a day can lead to its addiction.
To be safe, it's probably a good idea to stay away from too much caffeine in hot weather, during long workouts, or in other situations with exhaustive physical activities.
To get rid of its addiction, the best way is to cut back slowly. Replace caffeinated sodas and coffee with non caffeinated drinks like water, decaffeinated coffee, caffeine-free sodas, and caffeine-free teas.
Black as devil, hot as hell
Sweet as love, pure as an angel
Only moderation is the key.