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Caffeine is the number one most widely consumed drug in in the world, appearing in coffee, tea, pop (soda), chocolate, sports drinks, and other products. Caffeine is a potent, psychoactive central nervous system and metabolic stimulant. In fact, caffeine affects the brain and nervous system very much like cocaine and both interfere with some of the same signalling activities in the brain. Caffeine overdose can cause tremors, and restlessness, nausea, vomiting, tachycardia, confusion or delirium, seizures, supra-ventricular and ventricular tachyarrhythmias, hypokalemia(severe drop in potassium levels), and hyperglycemia.

Caffeine is also a highly addictive substance, and like any addictive drug, people require more with each additional dose to achieve the same effect as the previous dose, stressing the body more and more as time passes. Caffeine is also a diuretic, causing depletion of essential minerals and depletion of the B-vitamins inositol, biotin, and thiamine.

Daily consumption of caffeine-containing food or drink can contribute to adrenal gland stress or "burn out", leading to fatigue, anxiety, and other mood disorders, and thyroid gland dysfunction.

Caffeine is a also considered a nervous system irritant, and is contraindicated for cases of chronic viral infection (shingles or herpes), depression, hyperactivity, osteoporosis, autoimmune disease, those wishing to preserve reproductive health, and athletes.

And coffee is the worst way to take your caffeine because it contains two additional potent central nervous system stimulants, theobromine and theophylline, along with over one hundred other volatile compounds. Coffee consumption is linked to gastrointestinal problems, anxiety and sleep disorders, high cholesterol, iron and other mineral deficiencies, and increased inflammation.

The bottom line is that it is best to avoid caffeine, period.

Suggested Reading:

The Mood Cure by Julia Ross

Caffeine Blues: Wake Up to the Hidden Dangers of America # 1 Drug by Stephen Cherniske

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