Jump Start Your Day With EnergeiaIn the most recent statistics on coffee consumption, it was found out that the annual consumption of coffee worldwide is over 400 billion cups. The United States make up for about 35% of that, consuming around 400 million cups of coffee everyday.

Yes, many of us are addicted to coffee whether we admit it or not. And the addiction is more than just about the aroma and the taste; it’s something more.

What Coffee Does to Your Brain
An 8-oz brewed coffee contains around 80 to 135 mg of caffeine. Caffeine doesn’t actually make you superactive; what it does is mimic the neurochemical adenosine.

Adenosine acts as a central nervous system depressant. Its levels are continually being monitored by the brain through A1 receptors. As an impostor of the neurochemical adenosine, caffeine fits perfectly into these receptors. By blocking the A1 receptors, it allows the other neurotransmitters, dopamine and glutamate, to do their job. As stimulants, these brain chemicals allow you to stay up all night.

The Downsides of Excessive Coffee Drinking

If you’re a regular coffee drinker, you know too well what tolerance is. It’s what makes you increase your coffee intake from a cup to three in a day. But just like anything else, too much coffee isn’t good; it can take a toll on your health.

Here are some of the downsides of excessive coffee drinking:

    1. Anxiety and Psychosis

In a report published in Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, it states that excessive coffee ingestion can lead to symptoms that overlap to those of psychiatric disorders. The report also notes that caffeine can exacerbate anxiety, sleeping and eating disorders. And because caffeine triggers dopaminergic activity, it can exacerbate psychosis symptoms.

    1. Muscle Spasms

Caffeine doesn’t just trigger a stimulant effect in the central nervous system. The stimulant effects can also be felt in the motor activity.

It’s not uncommon for a heavy coffee drinker to experience palpitations and agitation. Too much coffee drinking may also lead to eyelid twitches and leg muscle spasms.

    1. Osteoporosis

Several studies have been conducted to determine the effect of caffeine to the development of osteoporosis. However, results of these studies are inconclusive.

Some researchers suspect that caffeine can be a risk factor in developing this bone condition as it hinders the ability of the digestive tract to absorb calcium. In one study, it suggests that caffeine intake among elderly women with low calcium level puts them at higher risk for bone loss.

Caffeine Withdrawal

Caffeine Withdrawal: The Natural EnergyCaffeine withdrawal is what keeps many people from quitting coffee. The intensity of the withdrawal symptoms can vary, depending largely on how much coffee you consume on a daily basis.

Some of the symptoms of caffeine withdrawal include headache, irritability, lethargy, constipation, depression, muscle pain, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, dizziness, and abnormalities in heart rhythm.

Alternatives to Drinking Coffee

The boost in energy from caffeine is what makes coffee an addicting habit. But if too much coffee has been taking a toll in your health lately, then you may want to consider the following healthier alternatives:

Green Tea
Green tea is a healthy source of caffeine. It may contain less caffeine than coffee but a cup of it is enough to give you a boost. Plus, it’s packed with catechins, powerful antioxidants that help fight diseases.

Chai
A drink native to India, chai is a combination of black tea, milk, and spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger. Aside from giving you your needed caffeine without the jitters, chai’s creamy flavor can also make you think you’re drinking coffee.

Food Supplements
There are food supplements that can provide you with your needed boost in energy without the dreaded sugar crash common among sweetened caffeinated drinks.

Energia contains caffeine but it’s zero sugar and zero calories. It is also packed with vitamins that helps maintain your natural energy level.

To make the most of its benefits, it’s best to take Energia as directed by the healthcare professional. It is often recommended to take these supplements twice a day - 1 capsule in the morning and 1 capsule in the afternoon.

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