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4 Reasons To Kick Your Coffee Habit…

March 30, 2008 by  
Filed under Health, News

(Akiit.com) Are you the guy or gal that has to stop at Starbucks every morning to get that liquid rush? Would you just have the most terrible day if you were running late for work and had to skip it? If you are, than you make up an estimated 90% of Americans that need that fix everyday!

Despite recent controversy about alleged benefits of drinking coffee, you may want to reconsider your position upon considering some not-so pleasant long term effects.

Coffee contains nearly 200 chemicals. Many of these chemicals are oil based and therefore put an added stress on liver function. One chemical, caffeine has several different ill-effects on the body. Here are 4 reasons to kick your coffee habit:

REASON #1: In large amounts, caffeine can interfere with normal sleep patterns as well as become difficult for liver metabolism.

REASON #2: Caffeine in coffee consumed during mealtime, fools the stomach’s ability to secrete the needed amount of Hydrochloric Acid. This reduced Hydrochloric Acid often times contributes to an Acid Reflux response.

REASON #3: Caffeine stimulates adrenaline, the “fight of flight hormone”; however once it wears off, you face fatigue and even mild depression. So then you have to take more and more to get the adrenaline going again. That’s the typical addiction that you want to stop!

REASON #4: Although some studies have shown coffee may reduce your risk of developing breast cancer; coffee drinkers are also more likely to increase their risk of stomach cancer and leukemia.

These are just a few of the known effects that coffee can have on the body, but understand that coffee, with its hundreds of chemicals, affects each person differently and it is still a drug – even if legal!

Just like with any other drug, it is very addictive and as is the case with all other drugs, “the damage that drugs can do, will outweigh it’s hoped for benefits”!

Here are some suggestions if you are looking for that pick me up:

1) Drink More Water. Every morning when your feet hit the ground out of bed, drink an 8oz glass of cold water. Doing this first thing in the morning will help jumpstart every bodily function and elevate energy levels.

2) Get The Proper Rest. Make sure that most nights you are getting to sleep between the hours of 10 pm – 2am. When you get recuperative sleep at night, it will be much easier to arise well rested in the morning.

3) Find An Alternative. Find a suitable energy drink without caffeine that contains no added artificial flavorings, colorings or artificial sweeteners. There are many herbal based tonics that are safe to consumer regularly without adverse side effects.

Written By Makeisha Lee

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