WHAT CAFFEINE DOES TO OUR BODY
Most people drink coffee in the morning to boost up their energy throughout the day. Are you one of those people who drink caffeine to wake them up? How many cups of coffee do you drink in a day? How many bottles of soda do you consume everyday? Did you know that you could actually die from caffeine overdose? Caffeine can have many different effects on the body depending on the amount of consumption. So better limit your daily caffeine intake!
Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant of the methylxanthine class. It is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug. Unlike many other psychoactive substances, it is legal and unregulated in nearly all parts of the world. Caffeine is a bitter, white crystalline purine, a methylxanthine alkaloid, and is chemically related to the adenine and guanine bases of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and ribonucleic acid (RNA). The most common beverages that contain caffeine includes coffee, tea, energy drink and soda. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends a maximum intake of 400 mg a day, or two to three cups of coffee. Caffeine has both a good and a bad side effect to our body. Let us first know the negative side effects of caffeine on our body. Caffeine is known to increase our alertness meaning it can trigger our anxiety and nervousness. It increases the amount of acid in our stomach and can cause heartburn or an upset stomach. People may develop rhabdomyolysis, or the breakdown of damaged muscle, after they ingest large amounts of caffeine. Consuming more than 400 mg of caffeine a day can lead to: jitters and shakes, disrupted sleep, fast or uneven heartbeat, high blood pressure, headaches, nervousness or anxiety, dizziness, dependency, dehydration, diarrhea, nausea, and muscle tremors. Now let’s head on to the positive effects of coffee in our body. Modern intake of coffee can boost weight loss and also prevent weight gain. Research has found that consumption of caffeine may reduce the risk of developing an Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and less likely lower the risk of having stroke. Caffeine can help increase our attention and alertness. It can improve our mental alertness and our memory. Studies show that drinking coffee may help enhance thinking skills and slow the mental decline that comes with age. Caffeine can also lower the risk of endoscopy or colonoscopy, cataracts, skin cancer, kidney stones, mouth, throat and other cancers.
There are a lot of positive and negative effects of caffeine in our body. It just depends on how consume it and how we limit our daily caffeine intake. Caffeine is the most widely used drugs in the world.