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…]

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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