It’s not unusual to wake up in the morning and grab a cup of coffee before heading out the door, or at least waiting until your on your way to work and then picking up a cup at your favourite coffee shop.
In fact, in most TV shows, this is part of the ordinary routine of characters, but what does caffeine actually do to your body? And, what are the after effects of drinking this stimulant?
Well, when you drink a cup of coffee the caffeine that is present in the coffee beans takes effect within minutes.
When the caffeine takes affect it starts to block the chemical signals in your brain which tell you that you are feeling sleepy, which is why its such a handy pick-me-up in the morning before work. However, it also has other affects too.
The coffee itself will take 3-5 hours to break down completely. In this time it is perfectly reasonable to assume that you may have had another caffeinated beverage.
When you drink too much caffeine however, the body starts to react. These reactions include but are not limited to, an increase in heart rate and blood flow, restlessness, insomnia, tremors, dehydration and digestive problems.
These reactions are due to the fact that caffeine is a stimulant, a word readily associated with drugs. Often seen as a legal high, caffeine affects your body and mind in many ways, yet in moderation it can be a handy tool for getting through modern life.
One of the main things to remember when drinking coffee however is that moderation really is the key.
Drinking it every morning for an extended period of time can lead to dependency.
This dependency can cause coffee withdrawal symptoms that manifest themselves through headaches, drowsiness and a loss of concentration that leads you to believing that you need more coffee to function.
Coffee is an easy solution, however remember, a balanced healthy diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle can often give you the same effects in a much healthier way.