More than 80% of people use caffeine every morning to help wake them up. However, did you know that you can actually get used to caffeine, so much so that it starts to become an addiction? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labels caffeine as not only a food additive, but also a drug. It’s the “drug” part that you want to be aware of, and as a drug, you always want to know exactly what it’s going to do to your body.
When you think of the most common drug used in the world, you probably don’t think of caffeine. However, this psychoactive drug is the most commonly used stimulant both in the United States and around the world. However, it is completely unregulated and legal everywhere. The FDA does recommend the limit on this drug to be between 300 and 400 milligrams a day.
Caffeine is found naturally in some foods and drinks like chocolate and tea. That’s because it’s found in leaves, fruit and seeds of many foods that grow such as coffee beans and dola nuts. In modern times, this substance is added to many foods and drinks such as soda, coffee, gummies, snacks and water.
Caffeine affects every person differently based off of their height, weight, and if they consume caffeine often. The more you consume it, the more accustomed you become to it. After having something with caffeine in it, people often feel more alert and active, but they may also feel more jittery and anxious. It is shown to cause irritability more frequently in people who consume it. Caffeine can also cause dehydration if a person isn’t drinking enough. It can cause headaches in some people, but it can also help them go away. The latter is why caffeine is added to some painkillers.
Often, because of their excited state, consumers may have diarrhea more frequently as well as digestive upsets, faster breathing and a faster heart rate. This is because it’s a stimulant drug, or one that irritates the body into action. Over time with frequent consumption, consumers can become addicted to caffeine, to the point where it is needed every day just like any other type of drug. Your body will also become accustomed to it because it is a drug, meaning you may need more and more of it to feel awake.
Children and infants should have zero caffeine. If you are pregnant, it can cause adverse side effects and mess with development. If too much caffeine is consumed, you can overdose on it. This can cause you nausea and vomiting, seizures, panic attacks, very fast and irregular heartbeats, tremors and severe insomnia. Never have caffeine powder, as you can die from taking too much. Regular heavy use of caffeine is linked to problems with osteoporosis, ulcers, heartburn, infertility, anxiety, addiction, high blood pressure and mood disorders.
Many people use caffeine as a means of combating drowsiness and tiredness that comes from a lack of sleep. Some studies show that it can improve alertness and can help you power through a workout. However, it can also have negative long-term effects, especially with pregnancy and fetal development.
What your body needs is actual sleep. This is the best way to get some natural energy, even if you just take a power nap. Yoga and moderate exercise can also release endorphins into your system, which can make you feel good and more energized. Other ways you get get some energy is through stretching, standing up and walking around, meditating, socializing with others and drinking a full glass of water. Cutting out sugar and processed foods can help you feel more energized. If you struggle with your eating, we can help you with nutritional counseling.
Oftentimes, people think they are putting healthy foods, drinks and substances into their bodies, when they actually aren’t. Figuring out how to diet right can take people years to accomplish. Sometimes people eat right, but they still don’t feel healthy and strong, or they don’t lose the weight they want to. Other times, people are eating really healthy but they are missing out on key nutrients. A great way to know how you are doing with your nutrition is to get a nutritional assessment done.
This is a service we provide patients that does full blood testing to find key nutrients that are present and that are missing. If you are missing nutrients that cause deficiencies, we can find that in your blood samples. These findings are wonderful for your health because you can know exactly what you need to feel healthy and to be healthy. Getting enough vitamins, minerals, water, fats, carbs and proteins in your diet is essential if you want a slim, healthy body that lasts for many decades.
Start with your nutritional assessment and then you can move onto your electricity tests. These are gentle tests that run electricity through your body, painting a picture of where your fat deposits lie. These deposits can tell us where you need to focus your diet and exercise. Too much stomach fat can lead to major health problems. If you know it’s there, you can work on it with nutritional counseling, Laser-Like Lipo and other services.
No matter if you are trying to kick a caffeine addiction or you’re simply trying to do better with your diet, getting professional help will enable you to better reach your goals. Whether it’s dieting, exercise, work, or getting projects done at home, being accountable to someone can help you achieve your goal quicker than you thought possible. For all of your dietary questions and needs, or to get help with your caffeine intake, call Olathe Chiropractic today at (913) 732-0087!