Today we’re discussing the positive and negative effects of caffeine on the brain and body. We feel it’s an important issue to discuss, particularly given how addictive it is.
Let’s not beat around the bush, caffeine is a drug, albeit a legal one. We are all guilty of needing our morning fix and with a cafe’ on every corner, it’s hard to give it the slip!
What Caffeine Does To Your Body
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To be fair, caffeine has plenty of positives. It’s simply a matter of putting things into perspective. It’s also important to note it has a dark side.
Caffeine is filled with antioxidants and is known to be a natural diuretic.
If you wonder why you feel the sudden urge to poop after a coffee, it’s because it affects your digestive system so quickly.
Caffeine Keeps You Awake
Caffeine is a stimulant which is why many have insomnia and sleep issues. Did you know it takes 12 hours to leave your system?
If you can’t sleep, you are drinking coffee too late in the day. The ideal time is in the morning.
To see if your sleep is being impacted, eliminate caffeine from your diet and monitor the results.
How Much Caffeine In Drinks
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The infographic above breaks down the amount of caffeine contained in a range of drinks.
So, what is the recommended daily amount of caffeine?
According to the FDA, it’s 400mg for healthy adults.
That’s roughly the amount of caffeine in four cups of brewed coffee, 10 cans of cola, or two “energy shot” drinks.
We’re sure that if you were consuming this amount on a daily basis, you would soon be suffering a raft of problems.
In today’s video, which can be found at the end of our post, Dr. Mandell suggests 2-3 cups a day is safer.
The Effects Of Caffeine
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Caffeine is also a primary ingredient in supplements, chewing gum, hot chocolate, and tea.
It is also known to cause stomach acid which results in heartburn. If you suffer from this condition, limit your consumption or avoid it altogether.
Another problematic link to caffeine is it can heighten cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
It may also be an underlying cause of your red and flushed face.
Healthy Ways To Drink Coffee
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The healthiest way to drink coffee is organic and black. Filtered is also an excellent option.
The above infographic has some excellent alternatives for bio-hacking your coffee and making it healthier.
You can add turmeric, ginger, cayenne, maca, extracts and more.
Caffeine Dehydrates Your Body
These nutrients have healthy fats and stop you from feeling hungry.
Something else to consider is that caffeine hugely dehydrates the body.
Be sure to follow up your coffee with a large glass of water.
On a positive note, studies have found that caffeine lowers type 2 diabetes.
Caffeine Effects Video
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Are you ready to hear what Doctor Alan Mandell has to say? He’s here with honest, fact-based information.
He explains the positives and negatives so you understand how much is too much. To view, click Play above ^