Coyote Chronicle

Caution too much caffeine is not a good thing

Nine out of 10 adults in North America consume some form of caffeine on a daily basis.

We are too dependent on caffeine and it is not as beneficial to us as we think.

According to the Mayo Clinic, taking in 200 to 300 milligrams of caffeine equivalent to about two to four cups of coffee a day is not harmful.

Christine Weinkauff, a psychology professor on campus, is an avid coffee drinker but said, “In life, moderation is key. There are benefits to a couple cups of coffee a day but getting beyond two or three cups, the benefits begin to become outweighed by the consequences.”

Healthy amounts of caffeine has shown to be beneficial.

According to caffeineinformer.com, caffeine has been linked to increases in memory, helps ward off Alzheimer’s, detoxes the liver and cleanses the colon, stimulates hair growth, and can ease depression by increasing dopamine.

Many coffee drinkers do not know the difference between a healthy and unhealthy amount.

Consuming too much can pose detriments to our health.

More than 600 milligrams a day can cause insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, an upset stomach, increased heart rate and muscle tremors.

IMG_0349Student Jessica Carra said she drinks an average of six, sixteen ounce caffeinated beverages a day, which are a mixture of both teas and coffee.

“I like how it makes me feel jittery and awake,” said Carra.

Carra admits to having experienced episodes of insomnia and the crash that comes once the caffeine wears off.

In an article published by malayasiandigest.com, the public is informed about a study co-authored by a professor at American University in the nation’s capitol.

The research revealed that people become so dependent on caffeine that they suffer from withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms make them unable to reduce consumption.

Student Barbara Herrera said that she doesn’t drink coffee but her source of caffeine is Coca-Cola and teas. She drinks about two to three cans of Coca-Cola a day.

Herrera tries to substitute soda with teas because they are healthier and she can still get her dose of caffeine.

IMG_0350Although this research is recent, caffeine reliance is not a new phenomenon.

In 1876, John Harvey Kellogg, co-founder of Kellogg’s cereal, opened a sanitarium dedicated to help people with their diet, exercise, and health. He argued that caffeine was unhealthy and that it caused liver failure. He treated many individuals in his sanitarium to overcome and live without caffeine consumption.

We need to keep a closer eye on the amount of caffeine we consume a day. We also need to keep in mind that moderation is key.

Originally published on coyotechronicle.net (January 31, 2014)

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