Over 80% of the population uses the mood-altering stimulant 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine. But let’s just call it by its common name: caffeine.
So many rely on daily doses of this powder taken from plants in the tropical or subtropical regions of the world. The caffeine found in these plants contains a naturally occurring pesticide that is toxic to insects and a variety of other common pests.
Regardless of your source, the caffeine you “may” depend on in the morning helps you wake up, stay alert, and push you through another day. This is because caffeine stimulates your feel good hormones to increase your “get up and go” feeling.
When reviewing a patient’s medical history, I frequently see side effects of caffeine that result in unwanted health complaints that depend on your level of tolerance and sensitivity. Removing or reducing the amount of caffeine has resulted in a dramatic reduction on symptoms.
Here are a few:
Jitters: Too much caffeine can cause moderate to severe shaking.
Insomnia: Consuming caffeine in late afternoon. Although in some patients this can be as “late” as drinking caffeine at 12:00 noon causing difficult sleeping.
Addiction: Since caffeine can be addictive, withdrawal headaches are common
High Blood Pressure: Caffeine releases stress hormones resulting in elevated blood pressure.
Anxiety: Increase in nervousness or sense of heightened anxiety.
Caffeine Doses: see chart below..
You may have heard of the term adrenal fatigue or adrenal burnout, this may also be a side effect of excess caffeine consumption. What is excess? It depends…..there are too many personal variables . You’ll have to determine this yourself if you are stuck on the caffeine habit.
A good adrenal complex support supplement will help recharge your system if you find yourself exhausted. If this doesn’t help, give us a call to look further into the root cause of your fatigue.
If you are trying to cut back on caffeine, do it slowly. Try to reduce your daily intake by 10% every 2 weeks.
Remember, this article doesn’t address the added ingredients to your morning caffeine shot such as sugar, high fructose corn syrup HFCS (loaded with mercury) and other sweeteners.
I know, you're saying to yourself……”one more thing I can't eat or drink.”
Remember......if you are suffering from a health condition then you have to begin somewhere…Moderation is the key.
Change The Way You Heal,
Dr. Aristotle Economou
Dr. Aristotle understands the difficulties patients go through when dealing with a personal health challenge. In 2006, an event occurred that turned his life upside down and put his years of clinical experience in wellness healthcare to the ultimate test. Over a short period, the muscles in Aristotle’s body unexpectedly became paralyzed with only the ability to slightly move his hands at the wrists and blink his eyes.
Aristotle ended up in an intensive care unit (ICU), followed by a 72-day stay in a local hospital. He was told he may never walk again. Throughout the year, his healing journey continued while confined to an electric wheelchair and requiring around-the-clock care.
With help and determination, Aristotle combined modalities from Functional Medicine, Eastern Medicine and unique techniques in Chiropractic and Tui Na. This resulted in the ability to rebuild his body mind and spirit, which was the foundation to his miraculous recovery including the ability to walk again.
Aristotle then wrote the book, Change the Way You Heal: 7 Steps To Highly Effective Healing. No matter how big or small your health problem, this inspirational book shows you how to maximize your healing abilities and resources using the same methods he implemented in his own recovery.