11 Effects of Caffeine on The Body
By: Emily Clark
Caffeine is big business. There are new coffee shops popping up
all over the place. You canít go far without running into a
Starbucks. "Letís get together for coffee. Time for a coffee
break. Coffee pot goes off before my feet hit the floor. Travel
mugs for sipping coffee on your way to work. Iíll just have this
chocolate bar to pick me up this afternoon." Caffeine - Itís
everywhere! Itís everywhere!
Many people have grown so accustomed to having their morning
coffee or soda that they donít even consider the damaging effects
caffeine has on the body. On the contrary, most will tell you
that they NEED their jolt to get them moving in the morning or to
keep them upright throughout the day. Caffeine is present not
only in coffee, but also tea, soda, chocolates and in certain
pain relievers, such as aspirin or acetaminophen. It is also
sometimes used in combination with an antihistamine to overcome
the drowsiness caused by the antihistamine.
If you donít think itís addicting, try going off caffeine, cold
turkey. See if you donít have a headache for two to nine days.
Thatís caffeine withdrawal! You donít need to be a coffeeholic
to experience negative physical symptoms. Even as little as one
to two cups a day can negatively affect you.
You may be experiencing a number of physical ailments that could
be caused solely from caffeine. The most common side effects of
caffeine include dizziness, headache, irritability, muscle
tension, nausea, nervousness, stuffy nose, unusual tiredness and
Too much (overdose) of caffeine can give you all sorts of grief
such as stomach pain agitation, anxiety, restlessness,
confusion, seizures, dehydration, faster breathing rate, fast
heartbeat, fever, frequent urination, increased sensitivity to
touch or pain, irritability, muscle trembling or twitching,
vomiting, sometimes with blood, fibrocystic breast disease,
ringing or other sounds in ears, seeing flashes of ďzig-zagĒ
lights, and trouble in sleeping. If you are diabetic or insulin
resistant, caffeine causes your body to produce more insulin and
you donít want that. Caffeine makes all aspects of a menstrual
cycle worse. Isnít that bad enough some months?
The next time you experience any of the above symptoms, try
cutting back on caffeine. That may be all it takes to take care
of the problem. Reduce caffeine intake gradually to prevent any
symptoms of withdrawal. Cut back on your intake or combine a
mixture of caffeinated and decaffeinated beverages until youíre
totally weaned off. People can, and do, survive ridding their
bodies of all caffeine. And theyíre feeling much better for
The information contained in this article is for educational purposes
only and is not intended to medically diagnose, treat or cure any
disease. Consult a health care practitioner before beginning any
health care program.
About the Author
Emily Clark is editor at Lifestyle Health News and Medical Health News
where you can find the most up-to-date advice and information on
many medical, health and lifestyle topics.