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Dangers of Caffeine

It is often remarked that familiarity breeds contempt. However, an eloquent example of an item that completely seems to defy this rule is caffeine and the reason for this is despite the fact that it happens to be one of the most prolifically consumed drugs in the world, and has a range of potential health risks, people ingest it routinely and do so, in large quantities.

To most people, they will either derive their caffeine intake from one of two primary sources:

  1. Carbonated soft drinks (fizzy soda)
  2. Coffee of all varieties

Part of the problem with these two sources of caffeine is that it would seem that whilst people have at the very least a rudimentary understanding of the potential risks associated with the items per se, (for example, fizzy drinks are bad for your teeth) they do not appreciate the danger that caffeine itself specifically poses to them.

With that in mind then, let us now turn our attention to this very issue.

First off, caffeine is classified as a drug because it is an item that can and indeed is, ingested by people in order to provide a stimulating effect. Caffeine is classified as a stimulant because it provides people with an increase of energy (which is only temporary). Of more direct concern, caffeine directly interferes with the blood pressure and the heart rate of the person because it will increase the rate at which both of these work at.

People who drink too much coffee often report that they suffer the very uncomfortable and unpleasant side effect of heart palpitations (whereby they suffer dizziness, light headedness and an increased sensation of their heart beating).

Drinking too much caffeine in any guise can also be problematic because of the direct effect it has on our stomach, and whilst some people drink coffee because it provides a mild laxative effect (useful for when you suffer from constipation), it can also irritate our stomach lining. The reason for this is that caffeine is acidic and so the excessive presence of acidity in the stomach cases causes disharmony in there.

Excessive caffeine consumption, where that consumption is short or long term will also often cause the person to suffer rather painful migraines. If you do find that you suffer this, make sure that you drink a glass of water to reduce the painful effects.

Of graver concern, is the fact that caffeine ingestion will have a directly prejudicial effect on the ability of the body to actually absorb the various nutrients contained within food. Specifically, the body will suffer a capping effect which limited the amount of nutrients that are extracted from the food we eat at any given time.

Earlier in the article we identified that caffeine serves as a laxative agent. This can be a negative as well, as it means that because our food is excreted from the body sooner, the body has less time to get the nutrients and minerals it so desperately requires. This is also of concern.

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