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Caffeine is a drug.
I weigh the pros and cons to help me decide what path to take. Shall I give up coffee? Not!
I so much enjoy a good cup of coffee, cappuccino, latte, or frappuccino. I do not like espresso. Coffee and lemon water are the only beverages I drink.
I do not have to give up coffee entirely; I could enjoy a cup on occasion? This option is no good either because I am so addicted to this wonderful beverage.
Everyone knows that coffee is loaded with caffeine and caffeine is considered a drug. I do not care. The real truth is I can drink coffee late at night or go without my coffee, and I have no side effects like others seem to get, such as a severe headache or a shaky feeling. Coffee does not seem to affect me either way. I truly embrace the taste of a good cup of coffee.
I do not need caffeine.
I do not need a caffeine fix!
Many people say they must have their caffeine fix in the morning to get going with the day. I have never felt that I needed a coffee fix to get going in the morning, thus requiring caffeine. If I do not get my cup (s) of coffee it is OK. I miss my cup of coffee, but I do not fall apart going without.
When I drink coffee, I never think of coffee as a way to get caffeine. I have always just enjoyed the taste of a good cup of coffee and enjoy all the 'foo foo' coffees on the market today. I enjoy starting the day on my front porch, in a gentle, balmy breeze with my one, (two, three, never mind) cups of coffee.
When I started my nursing career so many years ago, I never drank coffee. I could not understand how anyone could like this beverage. I started working nights after graduation and everyone drank coffee. The others I worked with said, "If we did not drink coffee all night we could not make it through the night."
I did well at night until the fateful hour of four AM. This is the hour that most people who work the night shift complain most about getting through. I was no different. Trying to get through that hour was difficult, so I started drinking coffee. Not easy at first, and then I began to appreciate my coffee. I developed a taste for this beverage and the fact that I felt it helped chase the heavy eyes aways
Is coffee considered nutritionally sound?
Having a nutritional website and enjoying writing articles on all sorts of dietary subjects prompted me to do a little more research on coffee. I weigh the pros and cons of coffee products by researchers. I read that some people consider coffee a health food, but I would not go that far.
The last thing I do in my kitchen at night is to get the coffee pot ready for the morning so that all my husband has to do is flip the on the switch.
I especially enjoy grinding my own coffee beans because it serves a fresher cup of coffee. When I purchase coffee, my husband and I appreciate the flavored coffees such as blueberry, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, and most of the combinations offered on the market today such as Chocolate Caramel Brownie. I use a natural sweetener, such as Stevia, in my coffee, vanilla, or caramel coffee syrup, and no creamer.
Caffeine is a drug.
Most people do not consider caffeine a drug, but it indeed is every bit a drug that requires careful consideration before consuming coffee on a regular basis.
Many drugs on the market today require tapering if the person wishes to get off the medication. It is a good idea to lessen your coffee rather than to go "cold turkey." In this way, if caffeine does cause any side effects, the tapering will help decrease these side effects when you decide as I did to eliminate coffee from the diet. Removing coffee from my diet is a definite no.
The following is a list of pros and cons that I found in regards to drinking caffeine-laden beverages, including coffee. Some pros and cons are just assumptions, and others are keen facts.
Like any other medicine on the market today, caffeine affects people in different ways. How caffeine affects one person, caffeine may not affect the next person in the same way. This holds true for those who drink a lot of coffee and suddenly go without coffee. This may cause unwanted side effects for some, yet another it may not effect.
Pros of Drinking Coffee:
- Decreases the risk of skin and prostate cancers
- Protects a person with Type 2 diabetes
- May safeguard persons from Alzheimer's disease
- May protect persons from Parkinson's disease
- May safeguard persons from bladder cancer
- Increases energy
- Lowers risk of heart disease
Cons of Drinking Coffee:
- Caffeine is a drug and is an addictive stimulant
- Drinking too much coffee or missing a daily fix of coffee can cause jitters, insomnia, mood swings, long-term memory deficits, heart palpitations, headaches, nausea, anxiety, restlessness,
- Coffee is considered a diuretic and can cause dehydration
- Can increase blood pressure
- Can contribute to panic attacks
- Can cause stomach irritation
- Can cause signs and symptoms of depression
What is decaf coffee?
Let us look at the cons of drinking decaf coffee (Robusta beans verses using Arabica beans in caffeinated coffee. Some people feel that it is better to drink decaf coffee. I did hear at one time that the chemical put into coffee to remove the caffeine is worse than drinking the caffeinated coffees.
Pros of Decaf Coffee:
- Contains a fair amount of antioxidants
- Cons of decaf coffee
- Raises cholesterol levels increasing risks for heart disease (reasons unknown)
- May cause gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea
- May cause heartburn
- May cause Ulcers
- May cause GERD placing the person at high risk for esophageal cancer
- Weight gain from sugars and cream added
- Coffee Dehydrates the Body
One thing that I have found when I drink a lot of coffee is I do not drink enough water. Water in coffee does not count towards the 64-ounces of water everyone needs to drink every day to keep their body hydrated.
Coffee acts as a diuretic and removes water from the body. If I do not drink plain water, I am at a higher risk for dehydration.
I have on my desk every day a large cup of fantastic coffee and a large glass of ice water, which do I reach for first? You got that right, the coffee.
Why did I decide to give up caffeine?
I am giving up coffee based on my high risk for dehydration and because of the long list of cons for coffee drinkers. Being an advocate of good nutritional common sense dictates I give up my coffee, or at least cut my consumption of coffee a great deal and drink more water.
I have agreed to reduce my use of coffee, but I cannot give it up. Instead of a whole pot of coffee every day, I cut my cups of coffee to four cups a day, and whenever I desire to have another. That is the best I can do.
Am I addicted to caffeine?
**Talk to your doctor about your coffee consumption.
Does caffeine affect any medications you take?