Most of us love a good cup of coffee or two (or four) in the morning to get us going. You probably often also have a cup or two in the afternoon to give you that push to make it through the rest of your day. It's possible that in between your cups of coffee, you're also consuming tea or soft drinks. With this in mind, have you ever stopped to think about how much caffeine you're consuming each day? Chances are, you rarely think about how much coffee, caffeinated tea or soda you consume in a day's time. If your love one needs the quality alcohol and drug rehab in Greensboro NC this holiday season, call Legacy Freedom for help.
Unfortunately, caffeine is a naturally derived chemical that comes mostly from coffee beans. It also comes from tea leaves, cocoa beans and a few other natural plants. Often, it is synthetically added to foods and beverages to give you extra energy. Caffeine has the ability to alter your metabolism, make you more alert, give you more energy, and alter your mood. These reasons are primarily why they are added to foods and beverages.
A popular assumption today is that caffeine is addictive. However, technically this is not true. Why? Those who abuse caffeine have no characteristics of an addict that is dependant on drugs. Caffeine abuse is in no way similar to drug or alcohol abuse.
That doesn't mean, however, that caffeine doesn't cause a chemical dependency. The World Health Organization considers caffeine an addictive substance. But, because it does not have any characteristics of drug or alcohol addiction, it is not addictive, per se. It is only considered a dependency.
All of this information might be confusing and disheartening for someone who relies on caffeine each and every day. In order to better understand the difference between a dependency and addiction, it's best to take a look at the facts.
According to livestrong.com, "When you first start ingesting caffeine, you’ll likely experience increased alertness and perhaps some shakiness or anxiety. But with continual use of caffeine, your body begins to develop a tolerance for the drug, which means the negative side effects of caffeine might diminish. For example, the shakiness and anxiety you experience when you first ingest caffeine might disappear with regular use, making it easier to continue with the habit."
As caffeine becomes a dependency, minor withdrawal effects will happen when caffeine intake is lessened or stopped. Morning grogginess, headaches, fatigue and other temporary effects can't happen without typical consumption of caffeine. There are also more severe withdrawal symptoms, as well. Lessening or missing your typical dose of caffeine can cause blood vessels to constrict within your brain. Because your brain is expecting you to drink or eat caffeine throughout the day, it's slightly dilated in anticipation of the substance. This increases blood flow and leads to a major headache or a migraine.
According to smithsonian.com, "Like many drugs, caffeine is chemically addictive, a fact that scientists established back in 1994. With the publication of the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), caffeine withdrawal was finally included as a mental disorder for the first time—even though its merits for inclusion are symptoms that regular coffee-drinkers have long known well from the times they’ve gone off it for a day or more."
This might be discouraging for some, especially those that claim to live on coffee or Coke. However, take a look at the signs of caffeine dependency below. These can come when caffeine isn't consumed for a day or a couple of hours, depending on how badly one might be dependent upon it.
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle pain or spasms
- Lack of concentration
- Inability to focus
- Heart rhythm abnormalities
- Flu-like symptoms
- Brain fog
For those who are considering stopping all caffeine intake, it's best to slowly decrease it over time. In the best cases, taking 2 to 3 weeks to wean off caffeine is easier and makes withdrawal symptoms less difficult.
So, before you get excited about ceasing caffeine intake or cutting back on a few cups of joe in the mornings, be sure to follow a tapered schedule so you won't get any of the hard to deal with side effects of withdrawal.
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