Caffeine: Heartburn, Stress, Aging & More

 
Caffeine might get you through morning rush-hour traffic and the afternoon slump. But there’s a high price to pay over the long term for a quick pick-me-up, which renders caffeine as a big let-me-down.

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Here are 10 good reasons to eliminate caffeine from your daily routine:

Emotional roller coaster

 
We’ve all been annoyed by coworkers who are so jacked up on caffeine that they completely blow presentations for executives with incoherent 90 mph rambling. But caffeine’s effects go far beyond annoying anxiety jitters. Caffeine instigates irritability, depression and attention disorders. People drink caffeine to feel more alert and high-functioning, but in reality it decreases blood flow to the brain by up to 30 percent; this compromises memory and cognitive performance. Caffeine can also cause depression after its stimulating effects wear off.
 

Nutrient deficits

 
Caffeine forces the body to excrete excessive amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and trace minerals in the urine. It also interferes with optimum absorption of other vital nutrients.
 

Chronic heartburn and ulcers

 
Have you ever felt a burning sensation in your stomach after drinking a cup of java? That’s because coffee—including decaf— lessens pressure on the valve connecting the esophagus and the stomach; this allows stomach acids to flow upward into the esophagus, causing heartburn and even gastro-esophageal reflux disease. Also, coffee increases the production of hydrochloric acid. And excessive levels of hydrochloric acid are linked to a higher risk of developing ulcers.
 

Blood sugar roller coaster

 
Caffeine intake causes blood sugar to spike dramatically. And what goes up must come down. This spike causes the body to respond by overproducing insulin, which then causes blood sugar to plummet within just a few hours. A blood sugar crash can leave you feeling weak, shaky and entirely unable to concentrate. It can also make you crave candy and refined carbohydrates, starting the vicious cycle all over again. Insulin tells the body to store excess sugar as fat, so the caffeine blood sugar roller coaster leads to weight gain. If you are diabetic or hypoglycemic, you should avoid caffeine.
 
Love, Health and Success,

Suzanne Monroe is the Founder of The International Association of Wellness Professionals and Director of the IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification & Training Program. The IAWP has given away over $100,000 in scholarships to support people who are passionate about health and wellness. If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Wellness Coach, you can chat with an Admissions Advisor by scheduling your appointment here.

 

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