Addiction to caffeine is no laughing matter. While it is more common to find coffee addiction, it does not have the same life-threatening consequences but can still have a serious impact on a person’s overall health and functioning. Find out more about the nature of coffee addiction and how it affects a person’s health.
Caffeine raises the level of stress hormones in the body (cortisol) which can lead to stress in the body building up over time. High levels of cortisol can lead to clogged arteries and many types of heart disease. The immune system may be lowered also. The following effects may also be felt:
When a person decides to quit caffeine, withdrawal symptoms may begin. Some people experience mild symptoms while others may go through more severe challenges (flu-like symptoms). The most common side effects a person experiences after quitting caffeine includes:
Withdrawal from caffeine may last different amounts of time depending on the ability to metabolize caffeine, age, weight or gender. If a person takes medications, smokes or has other issues this may also have an impact. The worst of the effects should be over within two days to a week, but possibly up to 12 days.
Some of the positive alternatives to drinking caffeine may include some healthier beverages or actions which can support a better lifestyle such as:
Caffeine in moderation may have some health benefits but addiction can wreak havoc on one’s mental and physical state over time. The vicious cycle of being tired, needing caffeine and experiencing insomnia can be detrimental over time to feeling healthy. Finding a way out of the cycle can be beneficial in many areas of a person’s life and help balance the body to a natural state of calm and peace.
Hired Power helps individuals with caffeine and other addictions through information and resources designed to support a healthy lifestyle. If you or a loved one struggle with addiction, call us to see how we can help you recover from addiction.
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