Coffee, is said to be the most popular drink in the world and owes it to Caffeine, an alkaloid that is present in it, which is also found in tea and many other natural sources like nuts and cocoa. Its action when consumed by us humans is of that of a stimulant’s – particularly on the central nervous system. The perceived effects are a sense of wakefulness and an increased sense of mental activity – just the things that make it attractive to millions around the world to help them wake up each day. The Americans drink the most coffee in the world but in India, tea has been the favourite all the while, which of course has caffeine, but in lesser concentration.
What happens when you drink it?
Upon consumption, Caffeine is rapidly spread throughout the water in the body in about an hour’s time. It stimulates the heart muscles and relaxes the smooth muscles, increases the excitability of the neurons present in the central nervous system, has diuretic properties, increases the blood plasma glucose and stimulates gastric acid secretions. These result in those perceived sense of wakefulness and increased concentration which of course, is quite fair to assume that everyone reading this knows already knows about.
The one off the top of the list would be dehydration. Caffeine causes the body to increase the production of urine and unless the lost amount of water is replaced, dehydration is bound to set in. This sets in more severely if the person is in an air conditioned or a dry environment. Caffeine also suppresses the appetite. Caffeine should be avoided by those suffering from chronic fatigue, cardiac arrhythmia, kidney stones, iron deficiency, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers and PMS – the list is not comprehensive. It is also good to know that increased caffeine consumption has been linked to elevated cholesterol levels, rapid heart beat, fibrocystic breast disease and even to certain forms of cancers. Caffeine is perhaps harmless if you do use it in moderation which would be less than 200mg a day which roughly translates to 1 cup.
What to do then?
If you are an avid coffee drinker who couldn’t really function well throughout the day without more than 4 cups a day, it is suggested that you cut down slowly. If you’re the kind who is accustomed to having something warm to drink at specific times of the day and have been having coffee or tea at those times, you could replace them with beverages without caffeine. It is not the decaffeinated drinks that should come to your mind now, but instead should be those beverages which have no caffeine in them and also totally natural. They are more beneficial to the body of course and now to ease your shopping woes, are conveniently available online. AVA Care’s Ginger coffee is a great option really and so is Dhania coffee and Thulasi coffee. Incredible flavour in there! And there is something remarkable about our ‘coffees’ – no coffee beans in there! Beyond just the usual not-so-safe decaf beverages, these beverages have a very herbal feeling about them and are worthy substitutes – just the right kind of taste you’d like to have in the mouth, right out of bed, especially if you’ve always been a right-out-of-bed coffee drinker all your life. It would indeed be a good idea to buy some today at our page – http://www.avacare.in/ava-store/sanjeevanam/food-products/natural-drinks-sweeteners.html Drink on, caffeine free, guilt free!