Posted on Feb 18, 2009 | Comments 0
With all the health benefits that are attributed to coffee, it is difficult to find resources that discuss some of the hidden problems associated with coffee and tea.
First, there are the additives. While some people drink their coffee black, others dump cream and sugar into their coffee and tea in order to mask the taste.
There have also been reports that coffee can damage your arteries.
The increased blood flood that is caused by coffee can stiffen your arteries, making it more difficult for your heart to pump blood.
What is even more harmful is when coffee consumption is combined with smoking.
Studies have shown that consuming coffee with cigarettes much more greatly increases the risk of artery damage than cigarettes or coffee alone.
But really, it comes down to the caffeine. One of the worst effects of coffee is the caffeine. For one, caffeine doesn’t help fuel the body in any way.
You might think that caffeine gives you the energy that you need, but all caffeine really does is inhibit signals sent through your body that tell your body to slow down and rest.
Often, your body interprets all of this excess activity as a fight-or-flight situation and your body starts producing adrenaline.
This might give you an additional added boost of energy, but your adrenal glands will eventually become exhausted and unable to produce any more adrenaline.
Slowly, your adrenal glands will lose their ability to produce adrenaline, which is why your body eventually crashes when you caffeine binge.
Since your adrenals also play a role in your immune system and metabolism, you might put yourself at risk of illness or exhaustion.
Another reason for the caffeine crash that you might have already experienced is that caffeine causes a surge in your blood sugar levels. Not only is this bad for your blood pressure, but it also causes your body to produce insulin and start storing all excess sugar as fat.
The reason why your body attempts to store all this sugar as fat is because your body understands why excessive sugars are harmful.
As your body makes an effort to conserve energy, you might feel your energy level plummet.
Also, the way that caffeine raises your blood pressure and increases your heart rate can lead to excess strain on your heart. Caffeine can increase your chance of a heart attack and can even cause coronary artery vasospasms, which are often fatal.
If you are suffering from hypertension, your heart is already pumping hard enough to give your cells adequate nutrients. You need to give your body a break.
The elevated mood that you might experience from consuming caffeine is only temporary. As your body enters into a fight-or-flight response, you might feel high levels of anxiety and irritability.
As the caffeine effects wear off, your decreased level of energy can cause depression.
This depression is not only caused by fatigue, but also the uncomfortable and even painful digestive problems that caffeine can cause.
Caffeine increases the production of hydrochloric acid in your stomach, which can cause acid reflux.
Also, most drinks that contain caffeine, such as fizzy drinks and coffee, are already acidic.
These drinks only burn your insides and give you a false sense of energy that is eventually replaced with a harsh reality. This harsh reality is that your adrenal glands have been depleted, as well as your energy reserves.
Caffeine also dehydrates your skin and kidneys, which can increase your aging. The worst part of all is that caffeine can inhibit your liver’s ability to detoxify your body.
And with all the toxins that are floating around today, you definitely do not want a liver with a decreased ability to detoxify. If you are searching for an increased amount of energy, you are better off doing it the natural way.
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