Can’t Live Without Your Coffee?
Caffeine – the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world, according to the American Psychological Association. It’s in coffee, tea, soft drinks, energy drinks, chocolate, fat burning supplements, etc. Some of us say we can’t live without our coffee or soda each morning and the energy boost the caffeine brings us. In fact, did you know coffee is the most commonly consumed beverage in the world?
Caffeine blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter in your brain, which causes a stimulant effect. This improves energy levels, mood and various aspects of brain function.
Thousands of studies have been done on caffeine, and the positive or negative effects it has on our bodies. Let’s look at what some of the research shows…
Benefits of Caffeine (Sources: Heathline.com)
Energy boost, as caffeine stimulates the central nervous system
Boosts metabolic rate, thus increasing fat burning
Increases adrenaline levels in the blood, preparing you for intense physical exertion and improving physical performance
Studies show people could be less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease
Drawbacks of Caffeine
While some people are more sensitive to the effects of caffeine, it can cause health problems such as
Difficulty sleeping or insomnia
Rapid heart rhythm
How to Boost Your Energy Without Caffeine
This Chowhound.com article offers the following ideas to boost your energy in the morning if you are trying to cut back on caffeine. Click the link to learn more about them.
Lemon Water and Ginger
Crossfit and Caffeine
Google “caffeine and CrossFit” and you’ll find tons of results discussing how caffeine may improve performance during a WOD. This article from Boxlife Magazine discusses the Athletic Benefits of Caffeine. Check it out if you are interested in learning more.
Author: Heather M.