The Harmful Effects Of Energy Drinks

September 20th

Energy drinks are sold at any gym on a daily basis. These energy drinks are known to give its user an extra boost to give energy and help extend workout. Recent studies have shown that energy drinks might pose a problem to us than we would have thought it would.
In a study done by an Australian medical team, thirty young adults were subjected to an experiment meant to test the effects of caffeine and energy drinks on the human circulatory system.

The volunteers were tested with one can of sugar free Red Bull and their blood was tested one hour before the test and an hour after the test. The result showed that one hour after they drank the energy drink their blood systems were above normal. The results showed like that of a person having a cardiovascular disease or a person suffering from a heart attack. Researchers highly disapprove of people who have high blood pressure or any other forms of cardiovascular disease to ingest energy drinks since it has been found out that energy drinks and its contents aggravates the blood pressure and elevates the heart rate.
These stimulant drinks have been banned in Norway, Uruguay, and Denmark for their derogatory effects to the human health. There has been an incident concerning an Irish student who drank 3 cans of Red Bull after a series of workouts and died. 3 more people died in Sweden in 2001 right after drinking energy drink with alcohol. After that incident, the product was reviewed. There was also a report in BBC Northern Ireland about some guidelines when consuming an energy drink. The Food Safety Protection Board or the FSPB sponsored the report for everyone’s protection.
Some of these recommendations include:

  • Children below 16 years of age are not allowed to drink such beverages.
  • Caution should be applied when drinking together with other stimulant drinks or alcohol.
  • Energy drinks should not be consumed during a workout session or in any sports event.
  • They are to be classified together with certain beverages that have high caffeine content.

There are a lot of substitute drinks for these stimulants. Green tea and ginseng are just an example. So, the next you are faced with a dilemma on whether you would drink an energy drink or not – the answer is quite simple. It is a NO.

Caffeine Overdose Symptoms – Have You Gotten Too Much Caffeine?

September 4th

Caffeine is widely accepted as the world’s most widely used psychoactive drug. It is taking the world by storm and has taken over the lives of many people because of its benefits. Coffee breaks are known to be coffee breaks because it is reserved only for coffee. Students are now taking it to make sure they stay awake during the dead of the night. Fast food beverages usually have caffeine. Chocolates and chocolate-containing beverages and products are just a few sample of the food we crave every now and then.

Caffeine is a natural substance found in the leaves, seeds, and fruits of more than 60 different types of plants including coffee beans, cocoa beans, kola nuts, and tea leaves. They are usually derived into different types of beverages like coffee, chocolate drinks, cola, and tea. These beverages are consumed to perk up the brain and are classified as stimulants. The effects of caffeine can manifest as fast as 15 minutes after consumption and can remain inside the body for hours and hours. After approximately 6 hours after ingestion, half of the amount taken is eliminated in the bloodstream through urine.

The effects of caffeine differ from individual to individual. It also depends on the amount consumed throughout the entire 24 hours. Beneficial effects are enjoyed when caffeine is taken at a considerable amount. Such positive effects are alertness, sociability, and increased well-being. But, when taken in large amounts of more than 200 mg or more, the effects become deleterious to the body. Examples are nervousness, anxiety, and even seizures.

Because of its different side effects to the body, consumers should know how to moderate themselves in consuming the substance. There are a lot of conditions that pertain to caffeine and some of them involve around psychiatric conditions. Caffeine withdrawal, caffeine intoxication, caffeine addiction or dependence, caffeine-induced sleep disorders, and even caffeine-induced anxiety disorders are just a few of the conditions brought by caffeine overdose.

Caffeine intoxication is the result of too much consumption of caffeine. Insomnia, anxiety, nervousness, tachycardia, frequent urination, muscle cramps and twitching, tremors, seizures, gastrointestinal upset, and even psychomotor agitation are just a few symptoms when a person is intoxicated with caffeine. There are also reports of people having fever, irritability, headaches, and tachypnea for patients with caffeine intoxication. These symptoms manifest to patients who have consumed more than 500 mg of caffeine.

These manifestations would still differ from individuals. It differs from the person’s sensitivity to caffeine and tolerance to the psychoactive drug. For Example, a person who has low sensitivity and higher tolerance of caffeine than others might find it hard to perk up with just a single dose of caffeine. Therefore, a person would have to consume more caffeine for him to experience the effects.

Caffeine anxiety disorder and caffeine induced sleep disorders are just a few other conditions that manifest together with caffeine overdose. Recent studies have shown that there are instances of increased anxiety levels and episodes of panic attack after consumption of over 200 mg of caffeine. People who have past history of panic attacks and increased anxiety are more prone to the effects of caffeine.

It has long been known that caffeine is connected to sleeplessness. It can interrupt with sleep, reduce the total number of sleeping hours, alter the normal flow of sleep, and decrease the quality of sleep. Studies show that caffeine not only affects sleep when taken before sleeping hours. Caffeine consumed within the 24 hour period can still affect the normal pattern of sleep.

However, there is also caffeine tolerance. Generally, tolerance refers to the decrease in response of a certain individual to a certain drug after multiple exposures. Doses of more than 750 mg per day can make an individual caffeine tolerant – the effect is gone, but the negative health effects still there! Incomplete tolerance is achieved when there is a relatively lower dose and can only cause sleep disruption.
Caffeine may not be regulated by any board of food and drug safety. But, it is up to us to use it moderately to give us the benefits we need to help us through the day.

Caffeine Can Be Found Everywhere

August 26th

Dear Friend,

I am very thankful and happy about all the positive and active input and feedback I am getting from this block. It really motivates me that many people are getting value out of the blog that we are putting together – not only the comments, but also a good number of e-mails that I have received from readers.

Thanks to all of you!

Today I don’t have an entire article that I want to share with you, but I have a very important point to make nonetheless.

Some people are irritated that we almost always (and exclusively) talk about coffee when we talk about drinking caffeine and caffeine addiction.

To those of you that might have wondered, why we keep on mentioning coffee all the time: that is because most studies show that coffee is by large the most commonly used source of caffeine for most people out there.

But of course: the information that we are sharing applies equally to other sources of caffeine (like Energy Drinks, Sodas, chocolate…).

A great number of other people get their daily “caffeine dose” from sources like this:
- Energy Drinks
- Sodas
- Chocolate or candy bars
- Caffeine Pills

Caffeine pills are an especially fascinating topic to me since they have not been around for too long but are growingly becoming more and more important and common among adults – especially young adults like college students.

Just for clarification – the point we are trying to make here is that caffeine addiction is bad, no matter what your primary source of caffeine may be.

Not only that, I also believe in the idea that caffeine is generally bad. That does not mean that we need to quit entirely or that caffeine is a big evil out there if it is taken in moderation. But I don’t want to endorse the view either, that caffeine “is not harmful”.

Caffeine in small dose simply does not harm you as much, but just because you don’t drink too much of it doesn’t make it any better. It just means that you don’t suffer from as many of the negative effects than you would suffer from if you drank more of it.

Truth is however, if you are seriously reading this blog, then I am quite sure that you probably consume more than “a little caffeine” and its time we acknowledge this. Don’t worry if you are at this point at the moment.

You are taking active steps and searching information on how to quit your dependence and that is a great and important step to take. You are already closer to quitting caffeine (as far as you want) than most people will ever be who talk about it, but never do anything about it.

Once again, I am honoured and thankful to have you as a reader of my blog and my commitment is to keep on sharing with you the best articles, information and lessons that are being made on caffeine addiction and around caffeine in general.

Best Regards

Chrisi Brand

Caffeine – A Danger From The First Cup

August 16th

We all know just how good a hot cup of coffee feels in the morning when we are groggy. For so many of us, taking our daily cups of coffee is a hard to break habit. Making do with less sleep and more work seems a tough job indeed without a cup of coffee to the rescue!

However, there is one thing to be kept in mind while drowning one cup after another. Coffee and other stimulating beverages like it contain caffeine. Although it helps keep the mind attentive and lets a person put in more physical labour, it is imperative to keep a tight lid on caffeine consumption.

Now the first thing that any person who cannot live without his or her morning coffee will ask is – why? Before answering that, let me tell you a little more about caffeine. Caffeine is not just your lifeline to a wakeful morning but a potent psychoactive stimulant drug. It is not a harmless chemical that helps you stay awake. Being a drug it can do as much damage to your body as the misuse or overuse of any other drug can.

Caffeine mainly works by stimulating your Central Nervous System and thus helps mask fatigue. But in large amounts, caffeine can make your nervous system really go haywire. The most obvious consequence of an overdose of caffeine is the disruption of sleep. It is highly ironic that while you first consumed caffeine to help keep you awake, the same will keep you from getting quality sleep and cause you to resort to consuming more of it to stay awake.

Caffeine consumption also impairs memory. While long-term caffeine intake can damage long-term memory and learning abilities, even short-term memory impairment can occur with lower doses. Caffeine is also known to cause heart palpitations. For older post-menopausal women, taking in too much of caffeine can increase the rate of bone loss and lead to a painful disease – osteoporosis. Even weight-loss supplements are not beyond risk. Many such supplements contain caffeine which is present to aid the burning of “fat”. The problem is that the large quantity of caffeine present in these supplements exposes consumers to the dangers of caffeine-overdose. Caffeine can also increase the need to urinate in people who have less tolerance for the drug.

The saddest thing is that even children are not spared. More and more youngsters prefer their colas, sodas and energy drinks, all of which contain considerable amounts of caffeine to milk. As a result their growing bodies are being deprived of the healthy nutritive elements present in milk while being overloaded with caffeine. It has been found that high caffeine intake makes children hyperactive and prone to diseases like ADHD.

The tendency of caffeine to become addictive is most dangerous and that is precisely why lowering intake is always recommended. Remember that giving up caffeine for good is a personal choice left to you, but doing so would only help you preserve the gift of good health.

Caffeine Addiction – How You Know You Are Addicted To Caffeine And What You Can Do

August 7th

Most people cannot go about their day without a steaming cup of coffee. Coffee and tea are among beverages that contain a stimulant called caffeine, which is the substance that keeps drowsiness at bay.

However caffeine is no ordinary stimulant. It is a psychoactive drug that works on your nervous system to keep you lively. And as caffeine is a drug, it is also addictive. Too much of caffeine consumed over a long period of time can lead to a condition called caffeinism, where a person experiences dependency on caffeine along with unpleasant withdrawal symptoms during the period of abstinence.

If you have ever tried abstaining from your daily cup of coffee you might have experienced headaches, drowsiness and fatigue. You may also have noticed that these disagreeable sensations usually start taking effect within 12 to 24 hours of abstinence.

They also last from a period between two to nine days. So as a caffeine addict who is trying to abstain, you would be in for a rather tough time trying to control your caffeine cravings as caffeine addiction is difficult to shake off.

Now you might wonder why anyone would want to abstain from caffeine if doing so is this uncomfortable. The thing is, caffeine is not a nutrient required by your body and can damage it if consumed in excess over long periods of time. Even a small amount of caffeine can wreak havoc with your sleep cycle if you are not used to drinking coffee daily. Not only that, caffeine over-consumption damages your nervous and digestive systems, heart and muscles.

For post-menopausal women it can even result in the painful loss of minerals, mainly calcium, from bones. And children who trade caffeinated sodas for milk are affected even more badly since their developing bodies lose out on essential nutrients while being pumped with caffeine, which makes them hyperactive.

If you wish to avoid falling into such a pit, then cutting down on caffeine is the way to go. Although the best solution would be to quit caffeine altogether, limiting your daily consumption to a reasonable amount might be better at first. The thing to remember is that you must give your body time to adjust to changes that you are inflicting in its normal routine.

Here are some ways to work on reducing your caffeine intake:

1. Take note of the caffeine that is present in the different kinds of food you eat to know what to avoid.

2.Reduce gradually. If you drank five cups of coffee each day, try reducing it to four cups a day for a week, then three, then two and so on. This will let your body get used to lower intake and lessen the severity of withdrawal symptoms.

3. Opt for decaffeinated beverages.

4. Consult your doctor if you need painkillers instead of buying them “over-the-counter” as some of these contain caffeine.

Your health is precious. While it is not mandatory to completely quit caffeine moderation is definitely a must!

Caffeine: How Bad It Really Is

August 5th

When you wake up and reach for that steaming mug first thing every morning, you do not wonder about what it contains. Knowing that it will help you stay awake and alert is enough and so you take another swig before heading off to work.

People from all over the world usually do not think twice about the chemical that courses through their veins from the moment they take their first sip. Yet, caffeine, present in almost all popular “morning beverages”, especially coffee and tea, is a “psychostimulant” – a drug. And shockingly most of us have this drug every single day.

It does feel a little unnerving to think of that apparently harmless liquid that mornings would be incomplete without as a drug, right? You never suspected your morning cuppa to be of the same level as cough syrup!

But caffeine is nothing but a drug and thus, can cause a lot of damage to your body if taken in excess.

Your body can easily absorb caffeine and the job is usually completed within 30 to 45 minutes. This is why you can feel its effects pretty quickly. Also the effects of coffee can be felt even up to three hours after its consumption.

The feeling of wakefulness that accompanies caffeine consumption is not the only thing that you experience. In fact, caffeine also affects your mood, the flow of blood to your brain, your stamina as well as your digestion.

Now caffeine is not something that your body requires. Although it has some apparent benefits – the ability to keep you from being drowsy in the morning, for instance, like anything that is “unnecessary”, its consumption can be problematic if not controlled.

A heavy ‘dose’ of caffeine everyday can make you more irritable, restless, nervous, and cause sleeping disorders, headaches, muscle tremors and digestion problems. In fact, the interruption of healthy quality sleep is one of the major damaging effects of caffeine.

Imagine this: you drink at least three cups of coffee during the day to stay awake after a sleepless night. Yet the caffeine in your system prevents you from falling asleep at night and hinders you from entering a state of deep sleep. Thus you end up sleeping badly. With a daily pattern of caffeine consumption this vicious cycle only continues to repeat itself every day.

Another thing is that different people have varying degrees of sensitivity to caffeine. For someone who is well-accustomed to heavy caffeine consumption, three cups may not seem like too much of a big deal. Yet another person may be more vulnerable to even one cup of coffee. Children, for instance are more likely to become hyperactive if they drink coffee.

The key to caffeine consumption, like everything else is to exercise moderation. Although it is not an absolute requirement to give up caffeine for good, it is always better to quit something that can become addictive and harm your body than even cut down to around one or two cups per day.

Welcome To Get Rid Of Caffeine!

August 3rd

Welcome to Get Rid Of Caffeine.

My name is Chrisi Brand and it is my pleasure and intention to share with you the best information on caffeine dependence and caffeine addiction, as well as the best tips on how to “kick the caffeine” habit so you can quit caffeine for good and live a happier and healthier life instead.

I’ve decided to put this site together because I saw that there was a lack of good information out there and after I suffered from a strong caffeine addiction myself it took me quite a while to “get rid of caffeine”, but eventually it did work.

Ever since I wanted to have a place for people with the same interest and problem to help them – YOU – more effectively with quitting caffeine and building understanding and clarity about the real effects that caffeine can have on its consumers.

I invite you to subscribe to my free newsletter where you will get the best tips and updates on caffeine addiction and how to quit. Also be sure to check the link to my ebook “Get Rid Of Caffeine & Have More Energy Instead” for a total step-by-step guide that will help you quit caffeine fast and effectively, without withdrawal symptoms or setbacks.

Best Regards

Chrisi Brand

Caffeine Contents Of Beverages And Drinks

August 2nd

Here is a list of how much caffeine you can find in the most popular and common beverages and drinks. How much caffeine is in coffee, espresso or Red Bull? Find it below.

Name Ounces Caffeine (mg) mg/oz
Afri Cola 12 89 7.42
Chocolate Milk 8 5 0.62
Coca Cola 12 34.5 2.83
Coca Cola Zero  12 34.5 2.83
Coffee (Brewed)  8 107.5 13.44
Coffee (Decaf, Brewed)  8 5.6 0.70
Coffee (Decaf, Instant)  8 2.5 0.31
Coffee (Drip) 8 145 18.12
Coffee (Espresso) 1.5 77 51.33
Coffee (Instant) 8 57 7.12
Diet Coke 12 45 3.75
Lipton Iced Teas 20 50; 2.50
Nestea Iced Tea 20 50 2.50
Pepsi Cola 12 38 3.17
Red Bull 8.3 80 9.64