Timeline and Symptoms of Caffeine Withdrawal

Caffeine is hands-down the most widely consumed and unregulated psychoactive drug. For years, the term addiction was used sparingly when referring to caffeine and was only used when referring to the likes of cocaine and heroin. However, an increasing body of research is finding links between continued caffeine consumption and a number of health problems, including addiction (Meredith et al., 2013).

Development of Caffeine Addiction

Adenosine is a chemical element produced in body cells. In the brain, adenosine works as a central nervous system depressant that helps your body wind down in preparation for sleep. When consumed, caffeine binds to adenosine receptors in the brain and confers the opposite effect. It makes cells excited and blocks any adenosine from being absorbed, which makes you more alert. This is why many Americans depend on their morning cup of coffee to start the day.  [Read more…]

Energy Drinks: Risks and Dangers of Excessive Caffeine Consumption

Back in 2007, multi-award winning musician Robbie Williams was admitted to a rehabilitation center for treatment of caffeine addiction. Apparently, he was doing something like 36 double espressos and 20 Red Bull cans per day (Gordon, 2007).

Ever since Red Bull hit the market in 1997, the energy drink business has exploded into a multibillion-dollar industry. An aggressive marketing campaign has seen energy drinks become one of the most popular performance-boosting supplements in the market.

Despite their perceived benefits, energy drinks have been associated with a number of health issues. Energy drinks often contain high levels of caffeine, for instance, 80 mg in Monster energy drink. 500 mg of caffeine is considered an overdose, so, if you were to take about 6 cans of Monster, you would be putting your health at great risk. [Read more…]

Caffeine Addiction and Abuse: The Stats

Caffeine is the active ingredient found in everyday beverages, but most commonly in tea, coffee, and soft drinks. Millions of individuals worldwide depend on it for normal function – and for good reason. Caffeine has been associated with a number of health benefits, including weight loss, improved brain function, memory, type 2 diabetes, and has even been shown to have some anticancer properties.

However, caffeine also comes with its darker side. Excessive consumption of caffeinated beverages has been associated with blood sugar issues, depression, gout, insomnia, headaches, and reproductive issues. When caffeine is mixed with alcohol or energy drinks, the potent mix can cause heart palpitations, vomiting, cardiac arrest, or even death. [Read more…]

Soda Addiction: The Other Side of a Popular Summer Beverage

Around the globe, millions of individuals gobble up cans and bottles of soda each day. Some crave the fizzle of a carbonated drink, others stock up on easily accessible caffeine to stay awake while others only drink for the fun of it on a sunny day. Whatever the reason, close to half of the entire American population (48%) consumes an average of 240 pints of soda each year (Saad, 2012).

The one thing most Americans crave on a hot afternoon is unanimously a cold soda. That and the need to get high on caffeine and sugar are pretty much the only reasons many people take sodas. When consumed sparingly, sodas can help fulfill daily calorie requirements and also provide an energy boost at the time of need.

Otherwise, sodas are unhealthy for the most part, with a combination of ingredients that can pose significant health risks when taken without moderation. Some of these ingredients and their effects on health are described below. [Read more…]

How to Naturally Break Caffeine Addiction

Most of us cannot function without our daily cup of coffee or tea in the morning. Others can’t imagine a day without a can or two of Red Bull or Mountain Dew. What do all these have in common? Good old caffeine. Caffeine is the most popular psychoactive drug, with millions of people around the world taking it in some form every day.

While the caffeine in your cup of coffee packs up a ton of health benefits, sometimes it may be necessary to cut back or quit altogether. Among the reasons for breaking the habit include caffeine-related health problems, doctor’s orders, excessive caffeine consumption, or caffeine dependence.

Caffeine dependence is a common effect of excessive caffeine consumption and may lead to other deleterious effects on your health. If you are already caffeine dependent, it won’t be easy to quit without the withdrawals. It’s not impossible, however, and with good management, you can avoid the withdrawals completely.  [Read more…]

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