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Exploring the Effects of Caffeine on Your Well-Being

Now let’s be honest how much caffeine are you having every single day? I know for myself I am having 4-5 cups of coffee every single day that is a total of 770mg of caffeine, but how is this affecting my health? Let’s have a look into why having high levels of caffeine could affect your wellbeing.



What Happens When You Have Caffeine First Thing in The Morning?

If you are an early morning coffee drinker just like me this is more likely to be having a negative effect on your health. In the morning our body naturally produce a hormone that is called cortisol, cortisol levels are at its peak when we first wake up it allows our body to feel alert and ready. When having caffeine first thing in the morning interferes with your natural cortisol release and messes up the body’s internal rhythm which makes our body dependant on caffeine first thing in the morning.


Caffeine is a diuretic, this specifically promotes urine production, especially when you have a coffee first thing in the morning this can lead to fluid loss and cause the feeling of dehydration first thing in the morning. This is very important as our bodies are already dehydrated from the night’s sleep that has just been had.


Can You Tell When You Have to Much Caffeine?

If you are a person consuming only three cups per day there is a very low risk of noticing anything at all, but if you are on medications or have a health condition just having a minimum of 2 cups could arise some problems. A main side effect is that chest pain arises when blood flow to the heart becomes blocked, this is a result once you start consuming to much caffeine throughout the course of a day. Another instance that could show that you are having to much caffeine is the fact that it would be affecting your sleep, Caffeine affects the brain by blocking adenosine receptors.


Adenosine is a sleep-promoting chemical that is naturally produced within the brain during our waking hours. Normally adenosine builds up in the brain the longer you are awake, when this builds up over time the sleepier you become. When you have a cup of coffee or any sort of caffeine this blocks the process, you remain alert and vigilant. This is why your sleep has been affected and it feels like it takes forever to get yourself to sleep.


Now, knowing high levels of caffeine consumption can have negative effects on your well-being. If you rely on caffeine first thing in the morning, it will interfere with the natural cortisol release and disrupt your body's internal rhythm, leading to dependence on caffeine to feel alert. Additionally, caffeine's diuretic properties can contribute to fluid loss and dehydration, this is especially important to consider in the morning when your body is already dehydrated from sleep. You need to remember that not everyone has the same caffeine tolerance, so it's crucial to listen to your body and find a balance your caffeine consumption to better your overall well-being.

Contact Adam Harford (click here) from Harford Health & Fitness to discuss any nutritional information today

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