Caffeine is a drug with legendary powers to revive our energy. Some people just can’t get going in the morning without lots of strong coffee. Others keep the buzz going throughout the day, with coffee, tea, caffeinated beverages, and energy drinks. But did you know that too much caffeine can actually sap your energy and produce other, negative health effects? Caffeine is an addictive stimulant and diuretic that revs up your nervous system as though you were facing a life-and-death emergency. Staying in that condition continuously, over time, by consuming lots of caffeine will eventually burn you out.
Other negative health effects have been associated with too much caffeine, including high blood pressure and increased cancer risks. But the studies here are not definitive. Nevertheless, I have eliminated coffee, caffeinated beverages, and energy drinks from my diet. I stick with tea (usually green or red) in moderate amounts. Red Rooibos tea from South Africa has no caffeine — naturally. I enjoy knowing that my energy is my own and is not being chemically induced. Better to rest, when tired, than to reach for another cup. Take control of your energy by minimizing caffeine. Even the strongest addicts can dry out in two weeks or less. But step down gradually to avoid headaches and other symptoms of withdrawal.
May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.
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