Caffeine is a bitter, powdery substance that occurs naturally in fruits, seeds and leaves from over 60 types of plants. It is considered a drug because it changes the way the body works by stimulating the central nervous system. Caffeine affects your nervous system by stimulating the nerve endings throughout your body and increases your brain functions. This nervous system stimulation can result in a better mood for some, it gives people the energy boost they need, and helps people to think clearly. These effects are desired by 90% of the population. This is why an estimated 12,000 tons of caffeine is consumed each year. Caffeine has proven to be a safe stimulant as long as used in moderation (<500mg per day). The <500mg recommendation per day is for a healthy adult, who does not have a sensitivity to caffeine or take any medications that could have an adverse effect when taken with caffeine. Children’s brains are continuing to develop and their bodies are still growing, limited caffeine is recommended. No more than 100mg per day for teens 13-18. It is recommended that children 12 and under do not have any caffeine products. There are also restrictions on amounts of caffeine for people with certain medical conditions and pregnant women. (I will be covering this in more depth in my weekly newsletter). There are many risks from caffeine as well. Such as high blood pressure, stroke, insomnia and increased heart rate and respiration. You can also build a tolerance to caffeine, as many people do. The more you drink, the more you get immune to it, just like many other addictions in the world.
All people are unique, not everyone would feel the same effects from caffeine.
So, the choice is yours. Some will choose to continue using caffeine, and some will not. Either way, as long as you are doing what you feel is right, you have made the correct decision for you. When it comes down to it, you have to take care of you, because your wellness counts!