Caffeine is a bitter, odorless drug. It has been used for thousands of years all around the world. It is found in many plants including coffee beans, tea leaves, cocoa beans, and cola nuts, which we use to make coffee, tea, chocolate, and soda pop. Because caffeine is in so many things that we consume daily, and there is no age limit to buy it, it is easy to become addicted to caffeine.
We, as people, always consume caffeine, and we have come to not even think think of it as a drug. It is, and it has negative effects within our body, just like any other drug would. It is also addicting, like any other drug. It changes the way we think, feel, and behave. Caffeine speeds up the way the brain and the body work. It increases the body’s heart rate and breathing. Because the foods containing caffeine are unhealthy and sugary, users of caffeine often don’t consume healthy foods and eat sugary foods instead of the healthy foods that will keep them going all day. Because of all of this, caffeine can be extremely dangerous.
So, if it is so dangerous, then why are people still using it? Well, the first reason is because many don’t know the dangers of caffeine if it is not used in moderation. They figure that it can’t be that dangerous if people can obtain caffeine any local grocery store. The reason it is avalible anywhere is because if it is used in moderation, it is safe. However, if it is used in excess, it can become addicting and bring great harm to the body. Since caffinated foods are often sugary, the combination of sugar and caffeine gives people a sudden boost in speed. But soon the speed wears off and begins to make people feel tired and drowzy. Then people want more speed. They want more of that sudden burst of energy. Users begin to want more and more of a boost more frequently. As you might expect, users begin to intake more and more caffeine, henceforth creating a dangerous addiction.
The causes of caffeine on your body from caffeine can be mild, such as making it harder to concentrate, giving you bad headaches, and making you very nervous and jittery. Even though these side effects from caffeine may be mild, they can become painful and irritating. They may also lead to more dangerous things that can be long term and stay with you for the rest of your life. Some of these major effects include heart disease, stomach problems, and even cancer. Adults should have no more than three hundred milligrams of caffeine per day. Younger people should consume much less.
Even though caffeine can have fatal effects, it has been proven to be perfectly safe if not overused. Therefore, it is okay for occasionally using it for pleasure and relaxation. Just do not overuse it. If you feel you are consuming too much caffeine, and you want to reduce your daily cansumption, try to ween yourself off of it. Sidetract yourself with something you enjoy doing. Try to switch to decaffinated coffee. Try to switch to decaffinated tea or even green tea. Suck on some hard candy when you feel the urge to use caffeine. Also, tell your friends and family that you are trying to quit or reduce your use of caffeine, ask them to support you, and let them know that you may become very irritable. Also, when you feel the urge to use caffeine, remind yourself why you started trying to stop using caffeine and what all it can do to your body. Try to gain support from your peers, for that will greatly increase your chances of succeeding.