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Caffeine: How Does it Measure Up?

By Virginia Laird

There has always been, and continues to be, a great debate about the good and bad of caffeine. Many preach that is it completely bad and the effects of it are far worse than anyone could imagine. Others claim that caffeine is harmless. Still others suggest it is best to use caffeine in small doses. No matter which side of the debate you may be on, it is important to have the facts.  Three facts that are highly important when knowing the difference between myths and truth include:

  • Caffeine is not addictive
  • Caffeine can alter sleep
  • Caffeine cannot cause dehydration

Caffeine is Not Addictive

Caffeine can have an effect on the body. However, there is little to worry about when it comes to getting addicted to it. Although some may argue that the body can grow accustomed to caffeine. While this is true, addiction is not an issue. Caffeine is not powerful enough to have this effect. Sure, it can cause a headache when you are drastically reducing your intake, but that is about the end of it.

Caffeine Can Alter Sleep

Because caffeine stays in the body for up to seven hours after it is consumed, it can make it difficult to fall asleep right away. The general recommendation is to stop having caffeine five to seven hours before you plan to go to bed. Although there are many who suggest caffeine causes insomnia, this is a simple scare tactic, it can only make people slower to get sleepy.

Caffeine Cannot Cause Dehydration

Though many parents insist caffeine is the culprit to dehydration, this simply is not true. Many caffeinated drinks can have a diuretic effect on the body, which can cause dehydration issues. The main problem with caffeinated beverages is that many do not choose to drink enough water with the alternate drink of choice. This can cause serious hydration issues. Water should always be the first drink of choice. Other beverages should be consumed in small portions along with the water needed for the day. Hydration is the key to great health.

There is no way I am suggesting you should start drinking caffeine more, but it is important among all the myths, that you have an opportunity to know the truth and make you own educated decision.

To learn more about your health and wellness, visit your local The Joint Chiropractic.

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