How To Know You Are Addicted To Caffeine

Yashasvi SaxenaFeb 3 . 7 min read



Morning peeps!

Mm... I feel so tired and sleepy. If you could wait for a sec and lemme quickly grab by Americano…I’ll just be back.

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Wooh, hello again guys :D

How is my fam today??? All fresh and full of energy, isn’t it?


Okay, so let me see the topic of the day. It says “How to know you are addicted to Caffeine”. Hah, I think the title has a type. Instead of L O V E, I've typed this A word. Did you spot the glitch too? 

I bet you did….. Hah, what did you say, you didn’t? Do you seriously think it is a valid question? 

Alright alright, I’ll quit messing with you and keep my caffeine obsession aside. Let us address the question of the hour. Do you have your cappuccinos handy?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               


Disclaimer: Please consult a doctor or registered medical practitioner before attempting any of the cures suggested on vedifly.com.






What’s Caffeine?

Caffeine has shot its shot on my CNS and I’m all set to talk science first.

Caffeine is a CNS stimulant that is the most widely used psychoactive drug worldwide. It belongs to the methylxanthine family and has the chemical formula C8H10N4O2.  

The basic function of caffeine is to attack the points that control our blood pressure directly and make us feel hyperactive. It is the best naturally obtained CNS activator that is available across the world legally. 






Daily Intake Limits

The health federations and institutions across the world have specified certain amounts of caffeine that are considered safe for consumption on daily basis. Here’s a chart for the same.






Children

4-6 years - 45 mg

7-9 years - 62.5 mg

10-12 years - 85 mg






Adolescents

2.5 mg per kilogram of body weight






Adults

400 mg (max)





Sources Of Caffeine

Alright, let us talk about what are the foods other than your cup of freshly brewed arabica that can make your CNS hyperactive. The Sources of Caffeine in food and drink are even more abundant than your agitated senses can think. Let us categorize them on the basis of foods and drinks.






Foods

  1. Dark Chocolate
  2. Guarana Seeds
  3. Cocoa beans
  4. Kola Nut
  5. Chewing Gum






Drinks

  1. Coffee
  2. RedBull
  3. Cola
  4. Green Tea
  5. Soda
  6. Espresso
  7. Tea
  8. Matcha
  9. Energy Drinks



Pro Tip: Want instant energy but don’t want caffeine to tint your system? Hop on to Berries instead! Also, Vitamin C tablets and gummies are one of the best alternatives to give you a quick energy boost. And I don’t find the necessity to mention Glucose. Who doesn’t know about it, right?





Pros And Cons Of Coffee

We all unite on the fact that Coffee is Love. But, is it really as good for our system as it feels? Let us find out by seeing some health benefits and disadvantages of coffee. C’mon!





Pros

Okay, here are the positives lined up for you.





  1. Caffeine increases mental activity. You’re no fool grabbing a Starbucks every now and then, you obviously know what it does to you.
  2. It narrows the blood vessels that cause headaches. So it can be of relief when hungover.
  3. It can make you poop if you’re constipated.

Cons 

Now, let us see some of the side effects of caffeine. This is probably why you’re here, aren’t you?





  1. You can become an insomniac.
  2. It causes an agitated gut as well. If you’re not constipated and poop well, caffeine can make you poop extensively accompanied by an enormous amount of gas and farts.


Ahh… my stomach. I’ll be back in a moment.

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Sorry, My Americano is the one to blame here. Alright moving forward…






  1. It can make you dizzy sometimes, kinda tipsy but productive at the same time.
  2. It contains a lot of free calories that act as a calcium blocker as well.
  3. It can cause dental decay.
  4. A large amount of caffeine cause the blood pressure to rise, which in turn can make you feel anxious or (rarely) can give you a panic attack.
  5. Not to mention, your wallet has a limit. So, dropping down on caffeine can be a financially wise choice.

Caffeine Addict Person- How To Spot One?

Do you have this urge to run to your French Press first thing in the morning? Or is grabbing a coffee or a coffee wait line a non-negotiable part of your daily routine. Then, My friend, you are dependent on caffeine. 

Some other signs of caffeine dependence are:





  • Fatigue
  • Low Energy And Activeness
  • Lack Of Sleep
  • Decreased Alertness
  • Drowsiness
  • Overall “Bad Mood” And Discontent
  • Depressed Mood
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Feeling Foggy


You are likely to encounter these symptoms in 24 to 48 hrs of your de-attachment with caffeine. But again, this time is tentative and depends from person to person.

Now, the gradual question that comes to mind is how to undo caffeine dependence. Here’s one of the best solutions that I came across while surfing the web one day. It said, start replacing one of your caffeinated drinks with a non-caffeinated alternative every week. 

This will gradually help you to minimize your caffeine consumption without any signs of withdrawal.

I hope this works for you! See you soon.



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