So, I am a coffeeaholic. I LOVE frozen mochas, frappes, and frappachinos. They have been my life. Up until my wonderful hormonal change and thyroid debacle.(I’m trying to treat this naturally, but I’m pretty sure I will be put on medicine. Ah,those genetics.) I was only drinking one per day, usually a Venti iced coffee in the morning to wake me up.
Over the last couple of years, I have lost my ability to sleep. I just can’t sleep through the night anymore, be it from having to go to the bathroom, or ‘jerking’ awake. I blamed it on stress. It had to be that, right?
I’ve been lucky to never have high blood pressure. It’s always been very low. But with all this hormonal stuff going on, and the lack of sleep, I started developing high blood pressure, and began getting dizzy. It was high enough that it scared me. I slowly got off my caffeine, figuring it wasn’t helping with my anxiety, either.
These are the things that happened after I quit coffee. I was surprised how small they were. PAY ATTENTION TO YOURSELF! I am convinced that caffeine can cause all types of problems you don’t even realize. It not only raises your blood pressure, but other things as well.
1. Hair grows in better; caffeine gets locked in the hair follicles and causes frizziness and breakage. It’s also thicker, and shinier.
2. Dehydration, which can make one look older, and possibly even a heart attack!
3. Anxiety(of course).
4. May change the medicine requirements that one is taking and their effectiveness.
5. Cause heart palpitations, which can eventually cause a stroke!
6. Causes adrenalin fatigue, which causes a myriad of hormonal problems.( Visit a website for more info.)
7. Can increase cortisol(can also be from adrenalin fatigue also), which can cause diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
8. Better, more sound sleep.
So do you think that caffeine is so harmless? I admit, I still drink iced tea, which of course, has a small amount of caffeine, but never again will I drink large amounts again. Actually, it has approximately 1/4 as much as coffee. (I only drink some tea occasionally with my meals.) And you know what? I DO feel better, and my mind doesn’t need the ‘rush’ in the morning any longer. Try it for a month, I bet you will feel better!