Caffeine is likely the world's most-used mood-altering drug and it does produce mood changes and physical dependence and withdrawal. It needs to be recognized as a drug” according to Roland Griffiths, caffeine expert and professor of psychology and neuroscience at John Hopkins University. He continues and says "caffeine withdrawal can trigger headaches, lethargy, inability to concentrate, irritability, depression, mood changes, and in some cases: nausea, vomiting or achy flu-like symptoms.
For this weeks health goal we are focused on the affects of caffeine on our body and society. Some interesting statistics in the United States: http://www.toponlinecolleges.com/blog/2011/10-surprising-caffeine-stats-that-every-coffee-drinker-should-know/)
-Forty percent of workers aged 18-24 say they struggle to concentrate without coffee -Pregnant women who consume 200 milligrams of caffeine per day may double their chances of miscarriage -Thirty-two percent of workers say they depend on coffee to make it through the day.
As Be BETTER woman, lets make sure that our bodies are not addicted to caffeine to “get through a day.” More than that, lets make sure we are not merely “getting through days,” but feeding our body with natural healthy energy. This week try not to have caffeine. Find alternatives to your morning coffee and mid day energy drink.
If you are a coffee drinker, please read tips to wean your coffee intake: This is appropriate for soda drinkers too: http://www.livestrong.com/article/512999-how-to-counteract-coffee/
Plus 50 ways to Boost Energy without Caffeine http://noedb.org/library/features/50_ways_to_boost_your_energy_without_caffeine