The thought of a steaming hot cup of coffee is enough to get most Americans out of bed each day. It has become a part of our culture, and now it’s one of the most heavily traded commodities in the world.
In fact, 90 percent of the U.S. population consumes caffeine in some form every day. While it is naturally found in chocolate, coffee, and tea, caffeine is also added to many soft drinks and medications. On average, more than half of adults in the country consume 300mg per day. But it is wreaking havoc on our health and, some would say, diminishing our zest for life.
Caffeine disrupts the natural hormonal cycles in the body. It starts by blocking adenosine receptors in the brain, which tricks us into feeling less tired. Then, it triggers your adrenal glands to release adrenaline. This false sense of energy accelerates aging and weakens our body’s ability to heal itself during sleep.
The intense stimulus that caffeine demands of our bodies make us less happy and more anxious because of a reduction in dopamine and serotonin. It causes oxidative stress in the body and inflammation, which can lead to chronic disease and illness. The body’s PH is also thrown off balance, causing acid reflux, osteoporosis, and imbalances in the microbiome.
Our hormones are greatly impacted by caffeine. Testosterone decreases, leading to reduced muscle, hair, and sex drive. Estrogen increases, which causes gynecomastia (“man boobs”). And, in women, it can cause early menopause and irregular menstruation cycles. Human growth hormone and IGF are lowered, so it becomes challenging for your body to create new cells and it exacerbates aging. And melatonin decreases, which makes it harder to fall asleep and heal during sleep.
It may take some time for your body to adjust if you cut caffeine out of your daily routine. But you will be encouraged by the physical, mental, and emotional health improvements. It may bring you a level of calmness, clarity, and overall wellbeing that you have been searching for.
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