Side Effects of Caffeine
and The Side Effects of Coffee

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Learn about the side effects of caffeine and/or the side effects of coffee. 

It's time to spill the beans on coffee!

Drinking coffee seems to be one of the most popular things to do these days.  However, the side effects of coffee can dehydrate you as coffee will definitely promote an electrolyte imbalance in your body because that's what coffee does.

And one of the major side effects of caffeine is wearing out your adrenal glands, so you may want to cut down on your consumption of caffeine or switch to a better alternative.

The Side Effects of Coffee

Most people know that coffee is a strong diuretic and it will make you urinate more than usual due to increasing the blood flow through your kidneys.

Therefore, it can dehydrate you too! And it takes water and minerals out of your body's cells.  Coffee can cause your body to lose minerals like magnesium and potassium.  

However, it can help people with certain breathing problems with its effect on respiration, by increasing blood flow through the lungs and increasing the supply of air.

On the flip side, some people experience tremors after drinking coffee...due to the over-stimulation of the central nervous system.  Also, too much coffee may not be good for complex reasoning tasks, but on the flip side it can improve mental speed related tasks (especially the tasks you don't really want to do).

It's important to note that coffee can affect your hormones as coffee is a chemically complex beverage that contains many compounds that can affect your estrogen levels.  Estrogen dominance anyone?

And how your coffee is roasted and prepared alters how much it may contribute to estrogen dominance symptoms.  Boiled coffee may offer more protection than filtered. And Robusta coffees may contain more "estrogen" than Arabica coffees.

The Side Effects of Caffeine

Caffeine is a psycho-stimulant which means it speeds up the action of your brain and also makes you more alert.

Studies have shown that as little as 100 mg. or just 1 cup of coffee - can cause caffeine dependency.

The half life of caffeine in the human body is about 6 hours.

So that means that if you drink a cup at noon and it contains 100 mg of caffeine........at about 6:00 pm your body would have metabolized 50 mgs. - and you would have 50 more to go.

PLAN ON SLEEPING AT MIDNIGHT!

Bottom line, the side effects of caffeine can produce insomnia when drank too late in the day.

So maybe have a cut off time for this stimulating beverage.

Also, lowering the amount of caffeine you consume by switching to a lower caffeine type of coffee should be of great help!

Caffeine's Effect on Your Neurotransmitters

To a nerve cell, caffeine looks like adenosine.

The chemical adenosine is produced by your brain and is responsible for slowing down nerve cell activity.

When caffeine binds to the receptors instead of adenosine, problems will start to happen.

Especially if you want to sleep in the near future!

With caffeine blocking the adenosine receptors, you will have increased neuron firing in the brain.

Your pituitary gland sees all of this activity and thinks some sort of emergency must be occurring!

So adrenaline is produced by your body to take care of the emergency.

Adrenaline is the "Fight or Flight" hormone.

And the side effects of caffeine will leave you feeling depressed and fatigued after the adrenaline rush wears off.

Adrenaline has a number of effects on your body:

  • Glucose is Released into Your Bloodstream
  • Your Heart Rate Increases
  • Your Pupils Dilate
  • Cortisol Hormone Spikes
  • And You Can Forget About Digestion

Caffeine is also big contributor of oxidative stress and inflammation.

Every cup of coffee is like an injection of adrenaline

I know it feels like you need that injection of adrenaline just to get going every morning, but that "cup of stress" will add up.

Neutralize that Cup of Stress!

I read an article that someone wrote that referred to coffee as being a cup of black magic.  I think that's taking it little too far, but it feels that way when you're actually trying to quit.

Coffee is a very addictive drink and it can feel like it has cast a spell on you.  Especially when there is a coffee shop around every corner these days - luring you back in!

Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in America and it appears to be one of the most popular drinks in the world - no wonder the world is so stressful!! 

Reishi Coffee can help with the over-stimulation and side effects of caffeine.  I'd give it a try if you want to feel better about consuming this drink.  And the reishi mushroom has a spiritual quality that is of the "light".

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