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Health Hazards of Caffeine

What do you experience when you first wake up in the morning – with the cold mist covering everything you see. In these cold mornings, all you need is a good cup of coffee, caffeine early in the morning to keep your mind working. The amount of caffeine you intake is directly proportional to how active you remain the entire day. As winter sweeps in, everyone becomes lazy and most of the times you are daydreaming about a cozy bed, warm blanket, hot coffee/tea, and warm peanuts. While winters are there to enjoy and snuggle inside a cozy blanket with sweaters and socks on, it is also about taking care of health and choosing the right diet for yourself to keep you healthy at the same time. This means no extra cups of tea and coffee!
The health effects of caffeine have been extensively studied.  Caffeine can increase blood pressure in non-habitual consumers. High blood pressure is associated with an increase in strokes, and cerebral vascular disease, which in turn increase the risk of multi-infarct dementia. Caffeine may reduce control of fine motor movements.  Caffeine can stimulate urination as in the person would need to go to the washroom even during the night. It can increase cortisol secretion, some tolerance is developed. It can also contribute to increased insomnia and disturbed sleep patterns. It can produce headaches, fatigue and decreased alertness. High doses of caffeine can cause anxiety. Sciences have revealed that as few as five cups of coffee a day could trigger hallucinations in any person.

One of the major problems with caffeine is that it can severely impact sleep patterns. Yes, if you have a morning cup of coffee, 75% of it will clear your body by the time you go to bed. But if you have a couple of cups of drip coffee in the morning, that means you will still be going to sleep with some 50 mg still percolating in your veins — more than enough to disrupt the depth and quality of your sleep. And if you drink coffee throughout the day, or as an afternoon pick-me-up, the level in your blood at bedtime will climb dramatically. So while, yes, you may yet fall asleep, it is likely the quality of that sleep will not be up to par.

Caffeine is naturally found in certain leaves, beans, and fruits of over 60 plants worldwide. Its bitterness acts as a deterrent to pests. The most common sources in our diet are coffee, tea leaves, cocoa beans, cola, and energy drinks. Caffeine can also be produced synthetically and added to food, beverages, supplements, and medications. Product labels are required to list caffeine in the ingredients but are not required to list the actual amounts of the substance.

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