Are You Addicted to Coffee?
Coffee is the world’s most popular drink; however, many people consume it completely unaware of the dangers if consumed excessively.
Did you know that coffee is actually a highly addictive drug?
Whilst some may say that coffee benefits them as they feel more alert, energised or happier after a cup – some experts believe that this is actually just your body responding to the period of withdrawal ending.
Withdrawals can cause coffee drinkers to feel tired, anxious, irritable, depressed and experience headaches. Physically, coffee withdrawals can also cause nausea, constipation and muscle soreness.
These physical symptoms are largely related to coffee’s laxative effects and large quantities of acid. The result causes disruptions to the digestive system and can upset your stomach. It has even been linked to irritable bowel syndrome and acid reflux for these reasons.
Another part of the body which is harmed by the excessive consumption of coffee is the central nervous system. Coffee is a central nervous system stimulant – which is how you experience feelings of alertness or happiness. However, this is also significant to the feelings of anxiety that coffee can produce – as it triggers a ‘flight or fight’ response in your brain. This can lead to increased aggression, irritability, depression and cause some to become withdrawn. This is made far worse when coupled with the symptoms that follow the caffeine ‘high’ and withdrawals are experienced.
The most concerning aspect of high levels of coffee consumption is when a dependence is formed. When you feel reliant on coffee, this is the time to reassess your consumption and to find a way to make change.
We all know how hard it can be to break habits – especially when they are associated with such an addictive substance – however, the benefits of reducing your caffeine intake are enormous. You will lower your blood pressure, improve sleep quality, decrease anxiety levels, heal your digestive system and decrease your risk of certain heart conditions.
This is easier said than done though, which is why we recommend replacing your habitual morning coffee with one of our revitalising teas. Our premium tea range is carefully curated with only the finest ingredients to target many different mental and physical concerns. By maintaining regular rituals, it is easier to break from the cycle of addiction.
Not only will you benefit from reducing your coffee intake, you will also experience all the incredible healing powers of our teas. Tea has no known negative impacts on our mental and physical health. Studies have found that some teas may help with cancer, heart disease, and diabetes; encourage weight loss; lower cholesterol; and bring about mental alertness. Tea also appears to have antimicrobial qualities, protecting your body from bacteria and viruses.
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