March 12, 12
How many of you here consider yourself caffeine addicts? How much soda do you drink a day? One can? Two cans? More? Caffeine is mandatory in our society these days and every few months we hear about how a study has shown that it is bad for us, or good for us. What are we to believe? Today I'd like to give you some of the facts about caffeine and its effects on your body. It may not cause you to change your coffee consumption but at least you'll be better informed about what you are putting into your body. I'm going to talk about the beneficial effects of caffeine; the negative ...view middle of the document...
Calling this a health benefit may be stretching it, though staying awake while you are driving a car is definitely a benefit to your well-being. Caffeine also contains antioxidants, which have been shown to have cancer prevention qualities. The negative effects of caffeine are largely dependent on how much you consume.
When consumed in small quantities, for example when you have one cup of coffee or one soda, caffeine can cause your heart rate to increase, you urinate more which can cause dehydration, and your digestive system produces more acid. According to a Medline article on the National Institutes of Health website, having caffeine in your diet is not of any benefit to your health but moderate consumption is also not considered harmful. In larger amounts, caffeine can cause you to have headaches, feel restless and nervous, be unable to sleep, and even, in very large quantities to have hallucinations. When larger amounts of caffeine (over 600 mg per day) are used over long periods of time you can develop sleep problems, get depressed and have problems with your digestive system.
You can see that caffeine can have both positive and negative effects on our health and well-being but the bottom line is that if you drink coffee or sodas in moderation, you don't have to worry too much. So, the next time you are wondering whether you should have that second cup of coffee or soda to perk you up, relax. At least now you know what it is and isn't doing to you!