Benefits vs. Risks of Drinking Coffee
Before we move on to coffee addiction, let us briefly summarize the positive aspects that may occur when drinking coffee on a regular basis. Coffee reduces the risk of Alzheimer and Parkinson diseases, increases short term cognitive performance, may be used as a pain killer in a few cases of headaches and prevents constipation.
When used excessively, some effects may appear, such as: incipient gastritis and ulcer, teeth stains, high blood pressure, stillbirths (if drinking occurs during pregnancy) and others.
However, I do not wish to debate here whether coffee is, all in all, good or bad for your health. Rather, I want to explain how coffee progressively acts as a drug and causes addiction:
Each time you drink coffee, even if you start with only one cup a day in the morning, that amount of coffee you are drinking forces your heart to produce adrenaline. Hence the “well-off” effect you have for a few hours after you drink, during which you may, indeed, be more productive in your activities.
Nevertheless, if your heart continuously receives coffee and is continually “ordered” by your drinking coffee to produce adrenaline, your adrenaline glands will gradually start not react otherwise than when you drink coffee. That is to say, you body produces less and less adrenaline until the production itself becomes dependent on drinking coffee. This is when you become coffee addicted.
How Can You Tell If You Are Addicted to Coffee?
Basically, we have at our disposal a lot of natural ways that can if we are off the beaten track or not:
- A first symptom is the quality of your sleep. If, in the evening, you fall asleep the minute you close your eyes and, in the morning, you get up extremely slow and with great difficulty, chances are that you have a coffee addiction;
- Secondly, if you feel that you must drink coffee before you begin doing anything in the morning, chances are – again – that you have a coffee addiction;
- Finally, if you stop drinking coffee and you are unresponsive to shocking events or to situations which require you to act fast, you may be coffee addicted.
Live well and drink responsibly!