This Article is About
beverages
diet soda
restless sleep
coffee in the morning
energy drinks
sleep patterns
herbal tea
cup of coffee
medical field
Caffeine In Beverages And Food
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

Is there such a thing as caffeine addiction? In one of my articles I came down pretty hard on coffee and the caffeine that it has. Tea, chocolate, energy drinks, and soda, all of our favorite things contain caffeine. That is unless we go decaf in coffee and tea and turn to diet soda. Chocolate is just wonderful the way it is.

I explained earlier that caffeine is a substance called an alkaloid and is grouped in a class of substances known in the medical field as psychoactive medications. When you take any medication in this group, side effects can develop. It really depends on the particular medication about what side effects that the patient will develop. Many side effects come about when the medication is stopped suddenly. Patients have to have these medications slowly tapered, to help curb side effects. Are these medications addictive? In my opinion I would have to say yes.

Is caffeine additive? In my opinion I would have to say yes to this also. I have often heard that people who do not have their coffee will develop a bad headache. If my husband does not have his cup of coffee in the morning he will often develop a headache. People who are switching to decaf beverages often complain of headaches. I have also heard of complaints of excess fatigue, irregular sleep patterns, irritable disposition, unable to concentrate or work if they do not get their coffee.

I do not particularly enjoy soda and will probably drink soda about six times per year. I am also happy with drinking an herbal tea. If I don't have my coffee a particular day I find a substitute such as herbal tea or just flavored water. I don't seem to develop a headache. Sometimes I notice fatigue, and sometimes a restless sleep. Some people who consume caffeine daily sometimes tend to build up a resistance to its effects. Not everyone reacts the same and the way our systems react or don't react to caffeine can be very different.

Since caffeine is a stimulant it no doubt affects the heart and circulatory system. It probably affects the blood pressure in that it rises the blood pressure. How much caffeine does one consume who are taking a prescribed blood pressure medication? What if that person cut out caffeine totally, would their blood pressure become more normal. I have to think that it probably would help a great deal. I have heard of people who have quit caffeine and soon their doctor was able to stop their blood pressure medication. I sure don't recommend anyone to do this except under their doctors recommendations only. Many people cannot drink caffeine past 6:00 pm due to it tends to cause sleeplessness.

To manufacture or produce decaffeinated beverages, chemicals must be used. In turn we consume these chemicals when we drink the decaffeinated products. What are these chemicals? One is Carbon Dioxide. Carbon Dioxide is used in various foods and drinks from wines, to soda pop to candy you name it. It is also used in fire extinguishers, to put out fires. Carbon dioxide is a gas. To decaffeinated beverages it takes even more chemicals such as meth, chloride, ethyl acetate, meth and water.

In my opinion I don't think that the chemical process is all that alarming or harmful to us. If you are thinking that you want to switch to a decaffeinated beverage, do it slowly and taper yourself off caffeine to help avoid the side effects.

To find out more on this process do an internet inquiry on *coffee and caffeine..*


Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
Edgestar Beverage Cooler - What Kind Of Beverages Should You Keep In One When Entertaining Guests?
Having an Edgestar beverage cooler in your home keeps your fridge free from clutter. But what kind of beverages are good to keep in one for when friends come around? In this article we will look at a few different beverages and the reason why you should always try and…
By: Greg Rogers in  Food and Drink  >  Wine Spirits   Feb 27, 2012  
1
  Likes: 1

Old Age In America: Beverages for Healthy Aging
As a full time Rver I travel a lot, and since my relatives live in Florida, God’s waiting room, I spend a fair bit of time in the state. Now I guess my view of the aging population is tainted as Florida has lots of folks over the age of…
By: Franz Williams in  Health and Fitness  >  Nutrition   Dec 23, 2011  
0
  Likes: 2

Daily Diet Soda Habit Can Increase Your Heart Attack And Stroke Risk
The obesity trend numbers have sent people rushing for their cans and bottles of diet soda, thinking that they are making a choice that is better for them than their regular drinks. After all, diet soda has zero calories which should make it better for dieters. But, a number of…
By: amie nogrady in  Health and Fitness  >  Heart Disease   Feb 03, 2012  
0
  Likes: 2

Diet Soda is Dealt A New Blow By Two Separate Studies
Researchers have confirmed what has been discussed at great lengths in recent years: diet soda is just as bad for your health and waistline as regular soda. According to Dr. Helen Hazuda, a Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, diet sodas might…
By: Cara M in  Health and Fitness  >  Nutrition   Jul 05, 2011  
1
  Likes: 1

Is Diet Soda Bad for You?
Are we talking Coke Zero, or diet Pepsi? All jokes aside, this is a topic that has been beaten to death the same way edible fat was once believed to be the evil villain in the world of nutrition. So back to the question, is diet soda bad for you?…
By: Nick M in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Mar 04, 2012  
1
  Likes: 2

Diet Soda Facts – What is In Diet Soda?
Ya, Franz here! Hilga and I were in the grocery store yesterday, and as usual, we can’t help but observe what other people are buying. We also observe what they look like in relationship to what they have in their grocery cart. I can’t help it! Optimal nutrition is my…
By: Franz Williams in  Health and Fitness  >  Nutrition   Dec 05, 2011  
0
  Likes: 4

Diet Soda Makes You Fat
Have you ever noticed that all fat people drink soda? Well, may not all, but certainly most overweight people do. Coincidence? Or cause and effect? Diet Soda Makes You Fat New studies show that those who drink the misnamed "diet" sodas are visibly larger than those who do not. Their…
By: Jane Eyre in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jan 08, 2012  
0
  Likes: 2

Looking for Healthy Weight Loss Products? Scratch Diet Soda Off Your List
People determined to lose weight often choose diet sodas as a step towards a healthier body. Alas, they may be making a big mistake as the evidence is strong that among the many effects of diet soda is that often it promotes the very health conditions these folks are trying…
By: Celeste Smucker, MPH, PhD in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Feb 27, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Loose stomach fat
“I have this little ‘pouch’ on my stomach I will never be able to get rid of,” my co-worker said to another employee. “It’s because I had to have a c-section.” Really? That’s what you’re telling yourself? Maybe it’s because you’re drinking diet soda and popping peanut M&M’s in your…
By: Travis in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Aug 09, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Losing Weight is A Way Of Life
Losing weight can be very difficult for some people, yet very easy for others. One thing to remember is dieting and exercise should not be a chore, but should become a way of life. Whether you want to lose 5 pounds or 100, it can be a very frustrating process.…
By: Jami Snook in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   May 07, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Does Drinking Soda Cause Cancer?
Ya, Franz here again! Today I am going to try and scare you a little! I am opinionated when it comes to optimal nutrition! I hate to see people putting food in their mouth that does not help their body heal itself, but possibly creates disease. There is lots of…
By: Franz Williams in  Health and Fitness  >  Nutrition   Nov 22, 2011  
0
  Likes: 2

Old Age In America: Beverages for Healthy Aging
As a full time Rver I travel a lot, and since my relatives live in Florida, God’s waiting room, I spend a fair bit of time in the state. Now I guess my view of the aging population is tainted as Florida has lots of folks over the age of…
By: Franz Williams in  Health and Fitness  >  Nutrition   Dec 23, 2011  
0
  Likes: 2

Diet Death Soda - Aspartame
Although statistics show a decline, Americans are still the number one consumer of diet soda in the world. Marketed as an alternative to the fattening sugar contained in regular soft drinks, the consumption of aspartame contained in diet soft drinks (and other foods) is a dangerous mistake. To think that…
By: Robert Paul in  Health and Fitness  >  Eating Disorders   Aug 19, 2013  
4
  Likes: 1

How is Sleep Apnea Effecting Your Life?
A lot of my clients have been asking me how exactly is sleep apnea effecting there life's. I have wrote this article to explain just how it is ruining your life. Sleep apnea has to many conditions to name, so I will be just listing a few of them down.…
By: Steven Sanders in  Health and Fitness  >  Sleep Snoring   Jun 21, 2014  
0
  Likes: 1

Simple Food Recipes
Sometimes, cooking seems to be too tiring. You just don’t feel like cooking and you end up ordering food from hotels. The best way to avoid such a situation is prepare simple recipes which get ready in minutes. I know, it is too confusing to think about such simple recipes.…
By: niks1 in  Food and Drink  >  Recipes   Jun 06, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 1732    Report this Article