Caffeine and being in love with it like an addict
Updated: Oct 29, 2019
There's a reason caffeine is so addictive.
Caffeine effects your body and brain in many ways, caffeine consumption can somehow change the way how your brain works.if you feel like you can't start your day without a serious dose of caffeine, you are not the only one.
The discoveries by The Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health indicate that 62% of Americans consume coffee every day.
this is a daily ritual born out of a habit or love for the beverage, or it might be a serious dependency on the agitating effects of caffeine on us.
Caffeine has many effects on our body.
caffeine is a natural stimulant which can be found in many things around us and we consume them daily, for instance, tea, chocolate, soft drinks, and more.
According to Healthline, caffeine is a psychoactive substance that is most commonly consumed.
It is well known and beloved for its effect on boosting mood, gain metabolism, and athletic performance enhancement as well as increase concentration, vigilance, and motivation.
In particular, it changes the way how the brain works.
According to Smithsonian.com, as soon as you drink coffee , it's dissolved into our bloodstream and quickly reaches our brain.
Next, caffeine blocks adenosine receptors in our brain and this is how caffeine barricading the adenosine from making you tired, according to Healthline.
there are more to know, but this process simply causes blocked receptors in our brain to take action and release other types of stimulants and enhance their effects.
Continued caffeine consumption changes your brain chemistry
Consuming caffeine on a regular basis for a long period of time can cause change to the chemistry of our brain, for instance, the brain might repair those blocked adenosine receptors, but create more receptors. Thus, when we have more receptors, we have to drink even more caffeine than before to get the same effects.
According to Healthline, If you stop consuming caffeine cold turkey , you would have great number of unblocked receptors for adenosine which ultimately leading to tiredness.
That would certainly makes you to desire that good feeling, a cup of joy, and you would end up consuming more and more to receive that good feeling of being alert, according to Smithsonian magazine.
The good news is that according to WebMD, caffeine only causes a gentle physical dependence. Caffeine can not pose a threat to physical , social , occupational, or economical health and for this reason it can not be termed as addictive.
There are some serious uncomfortable symptoms for a day or more if you decide to suddenly stop drinking coffee or quit caffeine, according to WebMD.
depending on your previous intake, withdrawal effects might include headache, anxiety, depression,difficulty concentrating, and irritability.
"People who consume caffeine regularly will become dependent on it - if you take caffeine away from them, they will function below par," Peter Rogers, professor of biological psychology at Bristol University and a leading expert on caffeine, told The Daily Mail.