Caffeine A lot of people often wonder what caffeine is. When isolated in pure form, caffeine is a white crystalline powder that tastes very bitter. The chief source of pure caffeine is the process of decaffeinating coffee or tea. Caffeine is used to provide ” boost energy” or a feeling of heightened alertness. It is often used to stay awake longer and late into the night. Many people feel as though they “cannot function” in the morning without a cup of coffee to provide caffeine and the boost it gives them.
Caffeine is an addictive drug. It operates using the same mechanisms that amphetamines, cocaine, and heroin use to stimulate the brain. Caffeine effects are more mild than amphetamines, cocaine, and heroin, but it is manipulating the same channels, and that is one of the things that gives caffeine its addictive qualities. If you feel like you have to have caffeine everyday and cannot live without it, then you are considered addicted to caffeine. Caffeine also increases dopamine levels in the same way that amphetamines do (heroine, and cocaine also manipulate dopamine levels by slowing down the rate of dopamine reuptake).
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that, in certain parts of the brain, activates the pleasure center.
Caffeine’s effects are obviously much lower than heroin’s, but it is the same mechanism. The long term problem with caffeine is the effect it has on sleep. The half life of caffeine in your body is about 6 hours. That means that if you have a big cup of coffee with 200 mg of caffeine in it at 3: 00 pm, by 9: 00 pm about 100 mg of that caffeine is still in your system. You will still be able to fall asleep but your body is going to miss out on the benefits of deep sleep. The next day you are probably going to feel worse, so to make yourself feel better, you will need caffeine as soon as you get up and out of bed.
Introduction Caffeine is the most widely consumed behaviorally active substance in the world. Almost all caffeine comes from dictrary sources (beverage and food), most of it from the coffee and tea. Acute and specially, chronic caffeine intake appear to have only minor negative consequences on health. For this reason and because for caffeine users report loose of control over their caffeine ...
This cycle can start to continue day after day. This is why 90% of Americans consume caffeine everyday. Once you get in the cycle, you have to keep taking the drug (home. howstuffworks. com).
Caffeine raises adrenaline levels and heavy coffee consumption can lead to a state of adrenal gland exhaustion where the adrenal glands are no longer able to adequately respond to stress by releasing enough adrenaline.
Adrenal insufficiency can then lead to a host of other problems, including a weakened immune system response, anxiety and panic attacks. Caffeine also interferes with adenosine, a brain chemical that normally has a calming effect, and raises the level of lactate, a biochemical known to produce panic attacks. Caffeine raises the production of the adrenal hormone cortisol, another stress hormone. Cortisol causes the blood vessels to constrict and the heart to pump harder, which leads to high blood pressure. Coffee is known to worsen the symptoms of persons with high blood pressure and can cancel out the effect of high blood pressure medications, making expensive drugs useless. During pregnancy and breast feeding, all caffeine should be avoided.
Fetuses and newborns cannot metabolize caffeine in their livers, so it remains in their bodies for up to four days, stimulating their nervous system the entire time, causing irritability and sleeping difficulty. There is also an increase in the rate of miscarriages, stillbirths, breech births, and low birth weight. Pregnant women are also three times slower to metabolize caffeine than non pregnant women. PMS symptoms including tension, irritability, anxiety, fatigue, sleep disturbance and breast tenderness is increased if caffeine is in the system during the menstrual cycle.
The results from my three day intake some of the food s in my recorded daily intake that provided protein were bananas, burrito, Popeye’s chicken, pizza hut stuffed crust, whole milk, spitz sunflower seeds, Cheeseburger, chocolate muffin just about everything I ate had protein in it my Carbohydrates were hand and hand with my protein the list was the same as for the lips it was also pretty close ...
The caffeine oils and acids in coffee irritate the stomach lining, which can cause excessive production of stomach acid and can lead to a variety of digestive disorders. Drinking coffee causes a significant loss of several vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B and C, calcium, iron, and zinc. Coffee including decaf, contains a significant amount of vitamin K which is an important factor for blood coagulation. People at high risk for blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks should avoid coffee and decaf for this reason (healthy.
Cutting down to 1/2 a cup of coffee a day is a start when you want to cut down on your coffee intake. This is known as caffeine fading. You might want to try reducing coffee intake in discrete steps or two-five cups of coffee less per week (also depending on how high your initial intake is).
Cutting down isn’t easy and there are symptoms of withdraw when you are trying to quit or slowdown. When caffeine intake is reduced, the body becomes oversensitive to adenosine. In response to this, your blood pressure can drop causing an excess of blood to the head, leading to a headache. Often people who are reducing the intake of caffeine are most likely to be irritable, unable to work, restless, nervous, and feeling sleepy, as well as having a headache. In extreme cases, nausea and vomiting can also occur (James).
Quitting coffee “cold turkey” can cause mild to severe headaches as well as nausea, anxiety, fatigue, and depression, lasting for several days.
One method used to avid this is to gradually decrease the amount of coffee you drink by half each day. Another way is to keep your usual amount of coffee and gradually increase the amount of decaf until you are finally drinking decaffeinated coffee. Eventually you will start to feel more awake and will have more energy throughout the day than when you were drinking coffee. After you have quit and a few weeks or months have gone by, you will feel better and you will realize that you don’t need coffee to have energy. Some people can enjoy a cup of coffee on occasion without triggering a reoccurrence of that craving feeling and not feel the need to have more (healthy. com).
For three days I had an assignment to do regarding my three day food intake on which I had to eat fast foods and record what my results were. I chose ChooseMyPlate. gov to document my food intakes, and it was very interesting to see what my report had revealed from my three days of eating. The foods that provided me with protein were chicken strips, chicken breast, a sausage link, chocolate chip ...