Caffeine is in a lot of things that we drink. Some people cannot start the day without having a cup of coffee first and coffee drinkers often have quite a few cups a day. Caffeine is also in energy drinks, some soft drinks and to some degree in the teas we drink so you do need to read your labels. It affects everybody differently but mostly it has the effect of making you feel more ‘awake’.
During a workout caffeine can enhance physical performance and at work it can help boost productivity and mental focus throughout the day. Caffeine however, can also have some negative effects on our health when drunk in large quantities, this is why we need to limit our caffeine intake.
We need to not only be mindful of how much caffeine we are consuming but also of when during the day we drink it. This is because caffeine can have an effect of our sleep. Being a stimulant, it can be quite difficult to calm down and fall asleep after drinking caffeinated drinks. Lack of sleep then leads to other health problems such as anxiety and depression. Drinking an excessive amount of caffeine can also trigger anxiety. In people who suffer from anxiety drinking it can cause them to become jittery and may also cause involuntary body movements as well as tremors in the body.
Consuming a lot of caffeine can cause you to gain weight as it causes fat storage in the body. Caffeine in coffee causes a spike in cortisol and this is what makes the body store fat however in tea it is bound with antioxidants which make it take longer to digest which means you don’t get a spike in cortisol therefore it doesn’t cause the fat storage to occur. Sometimes drinking just a small amount of caffeine can help boost your metabolism.
Caffeine can also in some cases have a negative effect on your bones by stripping away calcium thus causing a loss in bone density. It can also often cause high blood pressure. Drinking caffeine is addictive but even though it can cause a lot of problems when drunk in excess there are also some benefits that come with drinking a cup or 2 of coffee a day.
It can boost brain health and help you concentrate better. Some studies also show that it can also help with lowering blood glucose levels. It is important to keep in mind that when you drink coffee to so in moderation so you can enjoy a few of the benefits.