indicated by a current report distributed by the American Foundation of
Pediatrics, almost three-fourths (75%) of children, teenagers, and the adolescence
devour caffeine, a stimulant drug—in the form of soda, and other caffeinated
Mollifies your body to
Caffeine addiction is
considered to be as bad as nicotine and recreational drugs, and it affects your
body the same, causing you to drink more since your beginning dose is not
enough anymore. Your body becomes dependent on caffeine, leading to an
increased consumption; therefore, if you stop drinking coffee, your body
becomes weak and shows several downside effects.
Escalates blood pressure — High
blood pressure is
one of the most common risk factors in coronary heart disease.
Increase in blood
pressure is caused by vascular resistance, and not by an increase in your heart
rate or blood flow. Indicating
that caffeine makes your heart work harder to pump blood through your body.
Increases acid production — Particularly hydrochloric and gastric acids.
Both of these acids are essential to break down the food in your stomach.
However, too much acid can cause complications in your stomach.
that the roasting of the coffee is most likely accountable for the increased
gastric acid release. The acid leads to the formation of holes in the stomach
lining (causing ulcers), or it may increase your risk of acid reflux,
especially if consumed on an empty stomach.
Causes stomach/digestive troubles — Digestive problems are not necessarily experience by each individual, but most people suffering
from IBS, ulcerative colitis, gastritis, peptic
ulcers, and Crohn’s disease will find that the coffee irritates their digestive
system worsen their digestive problems.
When you drink coffee, you increase the
production of acid in your stomach. This increase in acid weakens your stomach
lining, making it simpler for bacteria (such as the H. pylori bacteria
responsible for ulcers) to warren into the stomach tissue. Coffee can also
irritate your small intestines, causing cramps, abdominal spasms, and
alternating constipation and diarrhea–a condition known as IBS.
Contributes to heartburn/acid reflux — Have you ever felt a burning, stabbing pain
in your chest or stomach after drinking coffee? If so, coffee may be causing
acid reflux or heartburn.
Caffeine relaxes the
lower esophageal sphincter, the muscle that stops food from coming back up your
throat once it hits your
stomach. When the sphincter
relaxes, it allows food and acid to come back up the esophagus, and the acid
burns the unprotected tissue of your esophagus.
isn’t the only drink that can cause
heartburn and acid reflux–caffeinated sodas and teas are also responsible.
Still, if you’ve got that stabbing, burning pain, perhaps it’s time to give
your body a break and cut coffee/caffeine for a week or two.
Affects brain and central
— We all know that coffee
makes us feel awake, but do you know why?
Coffee doesn’t actually
cause your body to produce more energy; instead, it shuts off the part of your
brain that registers tiredness.
Coffee antagonizes the receptors in your
brain that recognize adenosine, the chemical that signals fatigue. By turning
off these adenosine receptors, coffee tricks your brain into thinking that you
are more alert, awake, and focused than you really are.
This blocking of the
adenosine receptors will make you feel awake and alert, but woe to you when the
caffeine wears off. Because these receptors have been shut off, they become more
sensitive when the caffeine stops blocking them. Hence, you feel the
also affects your central nervous system, and it can cause problems like:
— One of the most notable
examples is coffee’s effect on calcium absorption. Coffee essentially interferes with your body’s
ability to absorb calcium, preventing it from reaching your bones.
Excessive caffeine intake
can lead to bone thinning and osteoporosis.
Stay Away From Caffeine?
Drinking a cup of
coffee, or eating a bar of chocolate, is usually not a big deal. But there are
alternatives to caffeine if you’re looking for an energy burst but don’t want
to get that jittery feeling caffeine sometimes causes. Here are a few
alternatives you can try to feel energized without overdoing the caffeine:
may sound obvious, but getting enough sleep is important. Teens need 9
hours of sleep a night.
Eat regularly. When
you don’t eat, your glucose (sugar) levels drop, making you feel drained.
Some people find it helpful to eat four or five smaller meals throughout
the day instead of fewer big meals.
Drink enough water. Since our bodies are more than
two-thirds H20, we need at least 64 ounces of water a day.
Take a walk. If
you’re feeling drained in the middle of the day, it helps to move around. Working
out is a great substitute and has many benefits too!
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