Caffeine is a stimulant found in many beverages and foods. The uses and applications of this compound are many. It may be used for an increase in energy, pain management, thermo genesis and weight loss. Along with these uses it can also cause some potentially dangerous conditions in the human body.
Caffeine is a stimulant that works by increasing the activity level of the central nervous system (CNS). This increase raises the heart rate and contraction rate of muscles in the body. It also causes an increase in thermo genesis which is your body’s metabolic rate. This translates into the release and utilization of stored energy which is derived from fat cells.
The many effects caffeine has on the human body make it a very desirable ingredient to put into the body. Along with the perceived positive effects also come some negative and potentially hazardous side effects to over usage.
Caffeine is a diuretic and can cause the body to lose water at a rapid rate. Hydration is the most important health factor to consider in the human body. Using caffeine for weight loss or an energy boost causes the body to enter a state of dehydration. Most common uses of caffeine suggest using it before and during exercise. This puts the body into even more of a dehydrated state. Always match your caffeine beverage intake with equal parts water to help stave of dehydration.
Using any stimulant can create a mental and physical addiction in the human body. Caffeine increases energy levels in two ways. It causes an increase in CNS activity and mental acuity. This in turn provides an energy boost during physical activity and lessens the physical symptoms of fatigue.
The dependency that occurs is based on the effect caffeine has on the body. With daily usage, the body will build a tolerance to the effects caffeine provides. This will create the need for using more and more caffeine to achieve the desired effects. Limiting caffeine to occasional usage for an energy boost will lessen the body’s dependency.
Considering the factors that caffeine has an effect on it is a moderate stimulant that provides some desirable effects. Most people can use caffeine and have no undesirable reactions. People with any sort of hypertension, high blood pressure, or cardiac concerns should avoid caffeine.
The simple effect it has on raising the heart rate puts the risk factor way to high. Also, any person using medications should consult with their medical professional on the contraindications caffeine may have with the medicine.
A cup of coffee or a diet soda contains enough caffeine to obtain the effects caffeine offers. When the daily consumption of caffeine becomes abusive and constant that is usually when the body suffers from the negative effects that caffeine can cause.
The most probable success pattern for caffeine usage is to limit yourself to one caffeine source a day. Or use it only when you feel the need for an energy boost.