Caffeine is a plant product that is most commonly found in coffee, tea, soft drinks, energy drinks, cocoa and chocolate. Caffeine is also found in some drugs, including cold, allergy and pain relievers. Here we will discuss about the Effects of Caffeine on Health.
Caffeine is a stimulant by exerting an effect on the central nervous system. The effects of caffeine on the body may begin as early as 15 minutes after consuming and last up to six hours.
Caffeine is recognized as an addictive substance by WHO.
When consumed in moderate doses (about 1-2 6-oz cups of coffee or no more than 200 mg), caffeine can help people feel more alert and less sleepy. People who consume moderate amounts will experience few, if any, negative side effects.
Caffeine may increase body temperature, heart rate, blood flow to the skin & extremities, blood sugar levels, blood pressure, stomach acid secretion and production of urine (diuretic). Troubled breathing, dizziness, thirst, anxiety, hypoglycemia, fruit-like breath odor, muscle tremors, nausea, diarrhea, increased urine, ketones in urine, drowsiness, confusion, irritability, insomnia, changes in appetite, dry mouth, blurred vision, and cold sweats may be experienced.
Consuming moderate amounts of caffeine does not seem to have long-term detrimental effects, consuming larger amounts of caffeine (about ten 6-oz cups of coffee a day or about 1000 mg) on a regular basis may be linked to increased episodes of heartburn, conception problems, and changes in bowel habits.
Too much caffeine may lead to sleep deprivation also. Caffeine does not prevent emotional fatigue or replenish energy; food and sleep are the only remedies for these. Mood depression may occur when normal sleeping patterns are continually disrupted. Too much caffeine may also lead to sweating and tremors, anxiety, excessive nervousness.
People who take medications for depression high blood pressure, heart problems or kidney disease etc. should limit caffeine.
If you want to avoid some of the annoying side effects of caffeinated beverages (ex: sleeplessness), switching to decaffeinated drinks may help.
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