I scream, you scream, we all scream for CAFFEINE!

Why is a little caffeine ok, but too much caffeine dangerous? 

For many people the day doesn’t truly begin before that first cup of coffee. The rich, bold flavor, the deep aroma and the warmth of the cup in your hand are often a deeply ingrained comfort. Coffee can give us that little energy boost that we need to get the day going and sometimes to get through that afternoon meeting, but when is it too much of a good thing?

Coffee is a stimulant. Most people have experienced the shakiness they get after one too many cups of the dark stuff. The reason this happens is that caffeine, a major component of coffee, works to enhance our sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system is what runs our “flight or fight” response, kicking our body into high gear in case we need to run away or fight for our lives. A little bit of this can be useful, but when used continually through out the day and in high amounts it can start to affect our body’s responses to situations.

Over time, high coffee and caffeine use deplete our body’s ability to create cortisol, the hormone that is released in response to stress. Lack of cortisol leads to decreased reaction time, disturbed sleep and irritability. Lower cortisol will result in greater amounts of fatigue leading to needing more of a jolt from your coffee fix to get through the day; thus beginning quite the vicious cycle.

Reducing coffee consumption will not only help reduce those after cup jitters but also improve energy over time. And to be honest, who couldn’t use a little more energy? For help with reducing coffee consumption, set up an appointment with your naturopath. They will be able to help you on the path to better energy and sleep as well as freedom from the addiction to coffee.

If your interested in learning more about how caffeine might be affecting your health, contact us today for an appointment.