Caffeine is often believed to be an incredibly healthy beverage given that its ingredients can boost metabolism, stabilize moods, and alert a person. However, too much of anything has always been undesirable, and it’s the same case for coffee! Have too much, and the same ingredients work against you. Here’s how:
1. Caffeine-Induced Anxiety
Caffeine is known to promote alertness in a person by blocking the effects of the brain chemical that makes you feel tired. However, simultaneously it also releases adrenaline in your brain, the hormone associated with increased energy. At higher intakes, these effects become pronounced, leading to anxiety and nervousness in a person.
This has also been proven medically given that caffeine-induced anxiety disorder is one of four caffeine-related syndromes listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) published by the American Psychiatric Association.
2. Induced Insomnia
We get it; almost all of us, be it a student, a parent, an employee, or whoever, we have all had coffee to say awake because it genuinely helps in doing so. But too much caffeine can actually reverse that and make it difficult to get any sleep at all.
Medical studies have found that higher caffeine intake increases the amount of time it takes to fall asleep. As a consequence, it can also decrease the total sleeping time. By contrast, low or moderate amounts of caffeine don’t seem to affect sleep very much in people. This means coffee won’t disturb your sleep as long as you take it in a controlled amount!
3. Digestive Issues
People usually opt for coffee also because a good morning cup can get the bowels moving. Coffee has a laxative effect, which is courtesy of the release of gastrin, a hormone the stomach produces. Moreover, caffeine also stimulates bowel movements by increasing peristalsis, the contractions that move food through your digestive tract.
However, too much caffeine can lead to loose stools or even diarrhea amongst people. As aforementioned, the good qualities of caffeine are only best reaped when taken in a controlled amount.
It is addictive. We know that we have experienced it, and we have witnessed it. Medical studies have proven that coffee triggers brain chemicals, similar to what drugs do. Though it does not cause the type of addiction drugs to do, it creates a psychological dependency or even a physical one. Again, as a cause of high dosages.
The moral of the story then is: have coffee every day but make sure you are having coffee, not the other way around!
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