Understanding the Effects of Caffeine on Your Body

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Taken in large doses (5 or more cups of coffee a day), caffeine can affect the body by making it hyper. Consuming a lot of caffeine can cause nervousness, headaches, anxiety, upset stomach, and even insomnia or trouble sleeping. Since caffeine is a stimulant, it increases the body’s metabolism by causing your nervous system and cardiovascular system it to have to work harder. When you take in large amounts of caffeine, your body has to work overtime and stays at that increased energy level until the caffeine buzz is gone. Every time you take in caffeine, your body responds with an increased heart rate, faster blood flow, and higher respiratory rate. This kind of constant pressure on the body to work hard is a great health risk and can affect your heart, liver, and other vital organs.

Caffeine is great for when you need a pick-me-up, but the crashing effects can be tough on our bodies. If you drink a lot of coffee per day (5 or more cups) you may find that unless you constantly keep caffeine in your system, you come down hard when the caffeine buzz is over. Coming down from caffeine can be tough on the body and cause irritability, depression, and even poor concentration. You can be left feeling sluggish, tired, and achy, including increased headaches. This is all considered caffeine withdrawal and can usually be handled with more caffeine, but who wants to do that to their bodies? It’s best to steer clear from caffeine or at least limit your intake slowly each day to avoid these crashing symptoms.

Caffeine depletes the body’s essential vitamins and minerals consumption such as calcium which prevents osteoporosis (weakening of the bones). Calcium, like other minerals in the body, is excreted by the intake of caffeine and passed through the body during urination. Caffeine is considered a diuretic, meaning it helps to eliminate all the natural water and fluids from the body, including the water you need. During this elimination, caffeine also helps to pass out vital minerals that your body needs to stay healthy and strong. Putting caffeine into your body risks the chance of losing vitamins and minerals that keep your body well nourished. This also means that any multivitamin you take is also excreted when you drink large amounts of caffeine. In other words, you set your body up for being vulnerable by taking in too much caffeine.

Conception may be delayed by caffeine intake. Excessive amounts of caffeine in the body has been known to prevent the act of getting pregnant for many women. When vital nutrients are stripped from the body due to caffeine consumption, women find it more difficult to conceive children. The healthier your body is, the more apt you are to be able to get pregnant. This isn’t to say that all women who drink coffee daily will not conceive. Many women have no trouble getting pregnant when they consume caffeine, even in larger doses. However, if you’ve been having a hard time getting pregnant and you take in a lot of caffeine, you may want to limit your caffeine consumption and see if that helps. Since caffeine decreases the amount of water in our systems because it is a diuretic, you may find that your body is not quite nourished enough to support a child. Try drinking more water and limiting your caffeine intake to keep vital minerals in your body and to replenish nutrients.

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