Saturday, December 16

Caffeine is The a Global Addiction

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Coffee is second only to sex on the priority list for both men and women. The majority of respondents would give up chocolate, sex, and the Internet — in that order — before they’d substitute water, juice or tea for the most popular beverage in the world. No other substance can claim the equivalent for sexuality and lawful voluntary consumption as coffee. Alcohol and tea do not even come in at a close second.

80 to 90% of us drink coffee on a daily basis, but while caffeine is one of the most widely studied ingredients in the food supply, safely used for centuries, it is still prey to some misconceptions. Caffeine is a stimulant, and over the centuries, coffee and sex have somehow become inextricably entwined.Both you and your date know exactly what is inferred when coffee is mentioned, so think about it next time you want to hit on someone.

In a recent study on sexual function, it was found that elderly people with a consumption of at least one cup of coffee per day had significantly higher rates of sexual activity in women and increased potency rate in men. An independent national survey discovered how serious consumers are about their morning coffee when it asked – if you had to give up one of the following for a month, which would it be? Coffee – Sex – Internet access at home – Chocolate? Nobody was willing to give up caffeine.

Drinks associated with sex include alcohol, water, soda pop, tea and coffee. Coffee consumption has been proved to have links to improvements in sexual function. Many would like to get their date drunk on alcohol but ninety percent of the people on first meeting say “Want to get a cup of coffee?”

Legend has it that coffee was discovered in 850 AD by an Abyssinian goat-herder named Khalid, who noticed that his goats seemed extra perky after eating the red berries of a strange bush. He took them to a local holy man, who threw them onto a fire, calling them ‘the devil’s work’.

The smell of roasting coffee soon brought priests flocking in, and reluctantly, the holy man had the roasted berries immersed in water, bidding the priests drink, so he could see what happened.The priests all proclaimed their delight at how stimulated they felt, and because they were near the holy city of Mocha, the new drink was named in the city’s honour. into

Did you know that Turkish people once claimed coffee to be an aphrodisiac and husbands kept their wives well supplied. If the husband refused, it was a legitimate cause for a wife to divorce!

The world’s first Coffee shop, called ‘Kiva Han’ opened in Constantinople in 1457, after an Ethiopian sheik had discovered its ‘magical healing powers’ back in 1450, and started to spread the word.

When Venetian Traders brought Coffee to Europe in 1615, some members of the Church in Italy considered it the Devil’s work, but after Pope Clement VIII tasted it, he baptized it to make it a “True Christian Drink”. Sold by lemonade vendors, coffee was initially considered to be, and sold as an expensive medicinal beverage.

The first Venetian coffee house, Bottega Del Caffé, was opened in 1683. One of the most famous and expensive of the coffee houses is Café Florian, opened in 1720. The first London coffee house opened in 1652, but the most famous one in the UK is Mol’s Coffee House in Exeter, Devon where Sir Walter Raleigh used to be a regular.

Coffee houses made their way to America in the early 1700’s, notably in New York and Boston. Some of the oldest are the London Coffee House, and the infamous Green Dragon, where the Boston Tea Party was put together in discussions. Today, they are among the most popular places for meeting friends, and many relationships start there.

Today Coffee is the subject of many investigations, asking if caffeine is really a miracle drug – it is a drug after all – or is drinking it harmful in the long run?US research found that a skin lotion containing caffeine reduced skin cancers in laboratory mice, at the same time as German research found traces of potentially cancer-inducing chemical, acrylamide, in coffee.

Caffeine does cause mild stimulation, increasing heart rate and giving you a burst of energy, which helps you stay alert in certain situations, but the effects are short-term and can lead to drinking more coffee. Contrary to popular belief, caffeine will not sober you up after a night of drinking. A strong coffee will just make you a wide-awake drunk.

Caffeine also causes the valve at the top of the stomach (pyloric sphincter) to relax, giving rise to acid reflux for some people. It acts as a diuretic so it has a potential dehydrating effect, too, because you need to urinate more often.

No genuine health risks associated with average levels of consumption have been discovered. People do though clearly consume too much, without knowing. Caffeine (1,3,7-trimethylxanthine) is a natural substance found within at least 63 plant species worldwide. Most common sources are coffee and cocoa beans, tea leaves and kola nuts, but it is also added to various foodstuffs and medication.

The amount of caffeine in food and beverages depends on the preparation method and plant variety. Coffee has 30 to 180 milligrams per cup, depending on type – instant or filtered. Tea averages 70 milligrams per cup – Cocoa 4 milligrams – Milk chocolate 3 to 6 milligrams per ounce; dark chocolate 25 milligrams – Cola has 50 milligrams per can – Red Bull a massive 80 in a single can

Caffeine is not addictive, but it can be habit forming with drawbacks to drinking too much. Too much caffeine causes things like restlessness, insomnia, heart irregularities and delirium, but symptoms are individual, depending on factors such as amount ingested, frequency of consumption, individual sensitivity and metabolism.

Many people who stop drinking coffee report suffering from headaches, fatigue or drowsiness. These symptoms can last from a few days to weeks, so weaning yourself off gradually is important. Remember too that caffeine causes your body to lose water more quickly, and is also on the list of controlled drugs set by the International Olympic Committee.

Essentially considered an illegal drug in the athletic world, it is n recommended not to be imbibed before doing exercise.Improved performance will not be found in that can of Red Bull. A sound diet and good training program are the only sensible answer

Do not be fooled into believing that an extra cup of coffee or an herbal pill instead of breakfast is going to aid weight loss. When it comes to losing weight and keeping it off, there is still no substitute for a healthy diet and exercise

Most experts agree that three cups of coffee a day, for healthy individuals, is a moderate intake. Pregnant women should drink no more than two. Each cup contains about 100milligrams of caffeine and 300milligrams per day is considered to be moderate.

It is very easy to consume more, since a since a two coffee and one coke are all it takes to reach your limit. If your days average caffeine intake is greater than 1,000 milligrams, you might consider deceasing your intake.Remember also that many pain medications contain caffeine. One dose of an over-the-counter pain relief capsule can contain the same amount of caffeine as one to two cups of coffee.

We live in a society driven by the need to get things done quickly, and coffee is a great help in that department.It keeps us pepped up and lively, but you have to ask how sensible it is to give in so easily to this ‘caffeine culture’?This is, after all a drug, and drug addiction is the curse of modern society, not its salvation, surely?


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