How much coffee do you drink a day? It’s a question I ask all my clients, regardless of the initial reason they are with me. The effects of caffeine can compound all areas of issue, be that weight loss, anxiety, stress, depression, insomnia and more.
Coffee contains three stimulants: caffeine, theobromine and theophylline. Although caffeine is the strongest, theophylline is known to disturb normal sleeping habits and de caffeinated coffee isn’t stimulant free either.
The reason that people get hooked on coffee especially in the morning is that they think it makes them feel better, energised and alert. Coffee is addictive so all you are doing is feeding your addiction. Research has shown that coffee drinkers don’t feel any better than non coffee drinkers after that first important cup in the morning. All you are really doing by drinking coffee in the morning is relieving the symptom of withdrawal, much like a smoker after the first cigarette of the day.
Caffeine: Is a stimulant that speeds up the nervous system and other body systems. Within fifteen minutes of drinking a cup of coffee the level of adrenaline in blood rises, which means an increase heart rate, breathing rate, urinary output and the production of stomach acids.
The more caffeine you consume, the more your body and brain become insensitive to its own natural stimulants, dopamine and adrenaline. You then need more stimulants to feel normal, and keep pushing your body to produce more dopamine and adrenaline. Eventually the body cannot cope and an inability to produce these important chemicals of motivation and communication sets in which result in apathy, depression, exhaustion and an inability to cope.
The average person should aim to have no more than 100mg of caffeine per day.
- Cup of instant coffee 55mg
- Cup of brewed coffee 105mg
- Can of coke 32mg
- Can of diet coke 42mg
- Cup of tea 35mg
There are a few simple steps you can take to reduce your caffeine intake to balance your body and moods. Complete withdrawal is preferable but you will get withdrawal symptoms only for a few days, these are usually in the form of headaches. Try cutting down, if you have 4 cups a day, have 3 for a week, then down to 2 cups a day ect. Try Green Tea instead for your morning fix, with 20-30mg in each cup you have the added benefits of important anti oxidants which are beneficial for health and weight loss.
The irony is coffee makes you tired, a simple change can release you from the vicious cycle of stress and stimulants. Try making that change, today.