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Caffeine Dependency

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Self Care Tidbits | 0 comments

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Caffeine from a natural coffee bean is completely fine.  The problem is when you take it, chemically process it and put it in soda pop or sports drinks, it becomes an addictive drug.  This is very different to coffee’s “natural caffeine”.

Coffee is not addictive; people do not go through withdrawal symptoms because of it. Instead it is an emotional routine. People love waking up to coffee in the morning because of the feeling they get from it.  It also helps create “movement at the station”!

Most big, popular coffee houses use ‘infused’ coffee beans.  It’s best to look out for establishments that offer organic coffee beans, naturally brewed for your daily coffee fix.

Avoid processed caffeine such as that contained in commercial coffee, black tea, soda, mass-produced chocolate etc. when you’re trying to recover from anemia or fatigue, because processed caffeine inhibits iron absorption.  One drink of processed caffeinated soda a day can also decrease your chances of becoming pregnant. It decreases fertility in men and womenbut not in a healthy way, if that’s what yer lookin’ for.

Eliminating processed or infused caffeine from your diet is a must. It is a direct stimulant of the GI tract, and it can trigger or aggravate irritable bowel syndrome. So your best bet is to stay away from processed caffeine whether it is in infused coffee beans, tea, cola or chocolate.

Processed caffeine is a powerful drug, and it works its fatigue-banishing, brain-clearing wonders by stimulating your adrenaline, the hormone that launches your nervous system into action. But that hormone is pure stress, a biochemical emergency button installed by nature for threatening situations and the constant, unnatural over-drive can wear out your body from your brain cells to your bones. What’s worse is that your body soon grows accustomed to its dose of caffeine so you need more of the drug to produce the same energized effect.

If your body doesn’t get its caffeine quota, it can go through a week or two of withdrawal symptoms, including headaches, fatigue and intense cravings for caffeine. Constipation, anxiety and a dim bulb where you used to have bright ideas are also withdrawal symptoms.

Alternative healers say that there are some healthy, natural stimulants that you can use instead of caffeine both during and after the withdrawal period.

Inhaling stimulating Essential oils can give you that heady feeling. Take a quick sniff of oils such as rosemary, peppermint, basil or juniper. Sniffing an essential oil is the fastest route to the bloodstream and can provide an instant brain boost.

If you use real, non-messed with coffee beans…..

  • Drink 2-4 cups in the morning and let it go.
  • No-more until tomorrow – you’ll be fine.
  • Make it yourself – make it weak.

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