In order to be healthy it’s important that your body is alkalised. One of the biggest acid forming chemicals is caffeine. Caffeine is found in coffee, tea, cola, cocoa, chocolate and many other sources. It can even be found in some medications and food products such as protein shakes and diet supplements.
There are numerous problems with caffeine:
Dehydration – even though when you have a coffee you add water it causes the body to excrete more water than you take in. This less water than you started with causes a variety of health problems, which include, dry skin, constipation and bladder infections. It also depletes the body of your nutrients.
Release of hormones – caffeine stimulates and therefore weakens the adrenal glands, which disrupts your hormonal system. It also irritates the liver and gallbladder. By stimulating the adrenal glands it increases cortisol which then increases the level of fat around the abdomen. Caffeine also increases the nervous system by increasing nerve firing in the brain. The pituitary gland that is located at the bottom of the brain reads this activity and thinks there is an emergency happening, therefore it releases hormones that stimulate the adrenal glands to produce adrenalin – hence the increase in energy. Adrenalin is for the fight or flight situation, its to tell the body when there is an emergency situation, and effects the body in numerous ways:
When the body is operating under normal conditions these side effects are not appropriate, under a dangerous situations they are very appropriate, so the body is in this constant alert situation, which causes unnecessary pressure on the body systems.
Calcium deficiency – caffeine leeches calcium from the body and creates acidity in the body. The place in the body where you have the most abundant amount of calcium is in your bones therefore it can lead to conditions such as osteoporosis and degeneration.
Wakefulness – caffeine in commonly used to keep alert when there is a shortness of sleep. Rising concentrations of the chemical adenosine is for wakefulness and a decline reflects the need for sleep when the energy reserves have been used up which slows down nerve cell activity. Adenosine in the brain causes vessels to dilate to let more oxygen in during sleep. Caffeine to a nerve cell looks like adenosine; therefore caffeine binds to the adenosine receptor in the brain. The cell does not bind to the adenosine because it is taken up with caffeine so that the brain doesn’t slow down and instead speeds up. It causes the blood vessels to constrict in the brain, which is why some headache medicines contain caffeine, which will close the blood vessels relieving the vascular headache.
Caffeine depletes half of its quantity in your body for 6 hours, if you drink 200mg of coffee at 3pm you will have 100mg of coffee in your body at 9pm, you may be able to sleep but you will miss out on your important deep sleep, causing you to feel the need for caffeine again in the morning because of the lack of the restful deep sleep.
Addiction – caffeine increases dopamine levels just like amphetamines do. Dopamine is a powerful neurotransmitter that activates the pleasure centre. Caffeine is not as powerful as amphetamines but has the same effect.
Caffeine can also:
Two cups of brewed coffee contains 300mg of caffeine, this can also cause digestive and bowel problems.
Caffeine also contains methyxanthines or xanthines, which cause:
Withdrawal – the bad effects of caffeine mean that you end up in a cyclic loop of dependence and once you decide to come off caffeine you end up in withdrawal, which is unpleasant. Caffeine is a drug so coming off it is just like any other drug dependence there will be withdrawal symptoms such as fatigue, tired, depression, and headaches. These negative effects can cause you to want it to take the drug again. 90% of people consume caffeine everyday, one cup may be okay but more than that can create major adverse reactions. The reason so many sodas and colas contain caffeine is to get you hooked in the same way nicotine causes addition in cigarettes.
Getting off caffeine also means teas, coffee, and chocolate. If you want to have decaf you have to have an organic water-pressed decaf coffee as commercial ones contain toxic chemicals, which are used in removing the caffeine. Green tea is a good substitution; it has some caffeine but has an anti-caffeine effect. Natural herbal stimulants don’t have caffeine but stimulate you without burning your adrenal glands; these include ma huang, guarana, gotu kola and kava.
Limit your caffeine intake to one cup a day, it’s better to completely eliminate it, substitute with green tea or dandelion coffee, eat plenty of green leafy vegetables, rice milk, nuts and seeds, take a good multivitamin to replenish your nutritional stores, you can get that from here.
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