As a caffeine addict that has drastically cut my coffee intake I know how addicting caffeine can be, and after suffering some unpleasant side effects, I did a little research and found enough reasons to quit it. That little spurt of energy may be taking years away. Even worse, it may be making you more tired in the long run.
Caffeine messes with your hormones
Caffeine does a good job at stimulating some hormones. One in particular, cortisol is a stress hormone that commonly intensifies the effects of the premenstrual cycle. From personal experience, this is not something to mess with. Who wants to be moody, tired, and stressed? I sure don’t, and I notice that if I drink too much coffee before my menstrual cycle, the cramps are worse and are accompanied by extreme moodiness. Even one Starbucks coffee proves to be too much caffeine to recover from, even with drinking plenty of water.
Most people know water is a must to hydrate your body and skin, but even if you are drinking your six cups, your daily coffee may be counter-acting its benefits. Coffee dehydrates, and if you don’t increase your water intake significantly, you will be more prone to wrinkles. Staying hydrated improves your skins elasticity, which minimizes wrinkles. On the days when I drink too much coffee, and slack on the water, I feel the skin around my eyes shrivel up and wrinkle. When I look in the mirror the horror sets in as I see the bags and fine lines more than usual.
High blood pressure runs in my family on both sides, but I never thought it would be an issue considering mine was always perfect. This changed after having hypertension in pregnancy. I would see the “stars”, and get horrible headaches. After having my daughter, this didn’t change, so now I am faced with high blood pressure. I noticed the symptoms would get worse after drinking some coffee, and even my heart would race. After doing some research, I discovered coffee strains your heart by increasing the stress hormones, which leads to increased blood pressure.
Coffee is known for handing out “jitters”, but for me it goes beyond those when it contributes anxiety. If I drink too much, or a cup of strong coffee, I feel like I can’t settle down. I move way too fast, and worry about everything. It makes me feel a constant anxiousness, and if I try to calm down by resting–it makes my heart race and chest hurt. It truly is awful, and that alone is the biggest reason I am able to cut my addiction down