CAFFEINE



Half of all American adults consume more than 300 mg of caffeine per day.

Caffeine is found in food and drinks like coffee, about 100 mg per 6-ounce cup, regular strength brewed tea, 70 mg per 6-ounce cup, sport drinks, vary depending on brand, chocolate, approximately 6 mg per ounce, Cola’s, and other soda drinks range around 50 mg per 12-ounce can.

Over the counter medications like Anacin contains 32 mg per tablet. No-doz contains 100 mg per tablet. Vivarin and Dexatrim contain 200 mg per tablet.

Caffeine is an addictive drug. It operates using the same mechanisms that amphetamines, cocaine, and heroin use to stimulate the brain. Although milder than amphetamines, caffeine manipulates the same channels, and that is one of the things that gives caffeine its addictive qualities. If you feel like you cannot function without it and must consume caffeine every day, then you are addicted to caffeine, not to the action of having that cup of coffee or tea.

It can be very helpful to gradually eliminate caffeinated beverages from one's diet. Caffeine is far too stimulating, causes restless sleeping, irritates the stomach, and is hard on the adrenals. Weakening the adrenals by drinking caffeinated beverages regularly can contribute to the development of significant health problems over the years.

Please remember that cutting caffeine out of the diet too quickly can cause severe reactions. A gradual reduction and elimination of caffeine is the best way to go.

Replace with herbal teas, water or fresh vegetable juice. Do not replace with decaffeinated coffee. Decaffeinated coffee is an imbalanced, unhealthy beverage processed with synthetic chemicals.


UPDATE

New information is out on coffee.

The newest recommendation is that one cup of organic coffee per day is beneficial to ones health. The average person in North America tends to get the majority of their antioxidants from the coffee they drink.

Organic coffee does not contain the chemicals in processing making it the wisest choice.



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This information is not designed as or intended to be used as medical diagnosis or advice. Patients should consult their physicians about diagnosis and treatment.