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How Your Daily Caffeine Fix Is a Silent Killer of Success

Thu, Nov. 17, 2016 Posted: 11:43 AM


“What’s better than a steaming & delicious cup of joe on a crisp fall morning,” asks Blueprint Registry.“In our minds, very little. That caffeine boost at first light is our favorite daily ritual, especially when we’re able to greet the day with our partner. Life is just better when you take the time to savor the little moments like those.”

This is a very common consensus among Americans who love their daily caffeine fix. There are a lot of great things about caffeine, especially for the sleep-deprived individual. Staying awake through school, work, or church sometimes feels impossible without a cup of coffee. Love for coffee is by no means unique. It’s become a huge part of our society, and the use continues to grow as coffee shops pop up and new drinks are created daily.

Research goes back and forth on the positive and negative health effects of drinking caffeine daily. In some situations, it can provide advantages for the drinker. Caffeine has its downsides too, but do they outweigh the good?

American Caffeine Statistics

Coffee is the most prevalent form of caffeine consumed, according to research from Health Research Funding, with 70 percent of all caffeine consumption being attributed to coffee. The United States consumes more coffee than any other country with 971 tons consumed in a year. Amazingly, 54 percent of Americans over 18 consume coffee on a daily basis

Caffeine in any form is a huge part of daily living. More than 90 percent of the world consumes at least one meal or beverage containing caffeine each day. Too much caffeine can lead to losing too much calcium and magnesium through your urine, and drinking too much coffee or other highly caffeinated beverages can be lethal, though you’d have to drink about 40 cups of coffee in four hours to achieve that result.

Caffeine Positives

On the other hand, there are some good things that come from drinking caffeine daily. For starters, caffeine can be a big health booster. It’s made of antioxidants, which repel free radicals, the agents that cause chronic diseases and cancer. Studies reveal that consuming coffee daily can decrease the risk of mouth and throat cancer by 50 percent and the risk of stroke by as much as 22 percent.

Caffeine is famous for offering a much-needed burst of energy in order to complete important tasks. One John Hopkins study also indicates that it can provide a powerful boost in memory consolidation, helping people to keep their mental stability longer.

Caffeine detoxes the liver, stimulates hair growth, relieves post-workout muscle pain, improves mental wellness, and can even increase fertility in men. There are many positive health effects of caffeine when it’s consumed in moderation, and some doctors even suggest caffeine pills for boosted health.

Effects of Too Much Caffeine

However, as the old adage goes, too much of a good thing is a bad thing. That’s very true with caffeine. When consumed in moderation, it can be a very positive health aid, but when over ingested, it can be life threatening.

A huge problem with caffeine is its addictive properties. Surveys indicate that approximately three out of every four regular caffeine users are addicted. For some, addiction can come from as little as 200 mg of the substance, which is the equivalent of two cups of black coffee.

The withdrawal symptoms of caffeine addiction are severe, so many people stay addicted rather than dealing with the issue. Symptoms include severe headaches, anxiety, panic disorders, muscle twitching, irregular heartbeat, depression, and even slurred speech.

Though addiction is the primary problem, there are other effects of excess caffeine as well, including dehydration, mental instability, and intense cravings for the substance.

Conclusion

All in all, there are many benefits to consuming caffeine aside from the delicious taste of many drinks. However, it’s important to avoid overconsumption. Like any strong substance, caffeine has the power to become addictive and can seriously impact everyday quality of life.

Understanding the negative health effects and consuming coffee in moderation can keep people happy and healthy.

Sophia Mixon