Caffeine: Should You Give It Up?

coffeeIt may surprise you to know that the most commonly used drug in the world is caffeine. 

While caffeine may seem harmless enough and can be a great pick me up to help you get through the day; studies have suggested that there are serious consequences from excessive use.
   
Its stimulant properties can have negative effects on the heart including high blood pressure.  Its diuretic effects may cause calcium loss, leading to osteoporosis.  In addition, it’s been suggested that caffeine can raise cholesterol, cause stomach irritation and may even be linked to certain cancers.  While most of this research is inconclusive and linked to high consumptions of caffeine, it’s something to think about.

Caffeine has not only been linked to low birth weight and miscarriages but some suspect that it could prevent conception.  If you’re pregnant or trying to conceive, you should seriously consider giving up caffeine. 

Too much caffeine can make you nervous and shaky.  It can also cause your heart to race and even affect your breathing.  Plus, caffeine can make you feel more stressed during the day, even if you haven’t had too much.

Your afternoon caffeine boost may be to blame for your insomnia.  A lot of people think caffeine won’t keep you as long as you don’t drink it before bedtime but the stimulating effects of caffeine can last up to 6 hours.  If you cut back your afternoon caffeine consumption, you may find yourself more rested in the morning. 

While research suggests that caffeine may be bad for you, quitting is ultimately a personal choice.  If you feel you just can’t get through the day without your coffee, try to drink less throughout the day.  You may experience withdrawal symptoms at first but you’ll be much better off in the long run.

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