Caffeine Addiction: What Does it Mean?

How many of us reach for the coffee first thing in the morning? We might see it a part of the routine and a little pick-me-up to get the day going, but what exactly can caffeine addiction do to our bodies?

High blood pressure

Studies have found that when you have too much coffee, your blood pressure stays high for two to three hours after your dose of caffeine.

Heart attacks

Researchers have pointed that young males and females who suffer from a slightly high blood pressure and who consume up to 4 cups of coffee daily are up to 4 times more likely to have a heart attack than people who consume less coffee.

Stress, anxiety and depression

Caffeine elevates the level of stress hormones (catecholamines) in your body, and caffeine addicts have shown lower levels of serotonin in the brain. This has been known to make you feel sleepy, stressed, anxious and depressed.

Insulin insensitivity

Caffeine tolerance makes the insulin receptors less sensitive to the hormone, which makes it difficult for your body to lower your blood sugar levels. High blood sugar damages your arteries and causes many cardiovascular diseases.

Headaches

Although regular caffeine doses can relieve headaches, too much can have an adverse effect and be a reason for headaches.

Insomnia

Caffeine alerts the nervous system, which makes it that much harder to go to sleep.

Digestive problems

Drinking too much caffeine can give you digestive problems, mainly heartburn, especially on an empty stomach.

 

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