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Is Caffeine OK to Consume?

By Genevieve Cunningham

Caffeine is an incredibly common substance in our modern world. We live busier lives than ever before. We rush from one thing to another. We participate in numerous activities and events. We're exhausted! And to combat the self-inflicted exhaustion, we turn to our best friend: caffeine. But is caffeine really safe for us? Or are we unintentionally harming our health? If you would like to make sure your caffeine addiction isn't contributing to poor health, take a look at this information.

Why We Love It

There's no denying that we absolutely love caffeine. But why? Mostly because it's a stimulant. It gives us energy in a world that completely zaps us. It gives us that burst that we need to keep going during the day. And with that burst of energy, we also find it easier to focus and complete tasks. We live in a busy world, and caffeine keeps us fueled. Who can blame us for our love affair?

Why It's Dangerous

Though caffeine is legal and consumed regularly by almost everyone, it definitely has some risks attached. For some people, caffeine is dangerous. It raises the heart rate too much too quickly, and can unfortunately lead to seriously dangerous heart problems. This usually happens when we consume large amounts of caffeine in a short amount of time, which is becoming much more common with the introduction of energy drinks. Caffeine also has a dehydrating effect, which makes water consumption even more important. And of course, it's addictive. When you decide to quit, you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, cravings, and severe fatigue.

How to Consume It Safely

So what's the verdict? Can we consume caffeine or not? Most of the time, it's OK to consume some caffeine. The key is to keep it in moderation. Too much is dangerous. Pay attention to how much you're taking into your body, and keep it at a level that works for energy but doesn't bring the negative side effects to your health.

Caffeine has been around a really long time, and it's unlikely that it's going anywhere anytime soon. But if you're careful, you can enjoy this substance without ruining your health. Be careful. Do your research. Practice self-restraint. With a healthy approach, caffeine can continue to help you through your day every day.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Chesterfield, Mo.

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