Caffeine: What Happens? by Fiona Waring.

What is Caffeine? Caffeine is a naturally occurring product that is found in beans and leaves of many plants around the world. It is present in many of our everyday foods and drinks, and can also be harvested and sold as a supplementary drug, often used by students, sports people and those with busy and hectic lifestyles.

It acts as a stimulant and alters the function and physiology of the brain and nervous system primarily but can also interfere with digestion and vitamin absorption.

If you drink coffee, you may be a special candidate for magnesium deficiency.

Since magnesium and calcium all work together to make your heart muscle contract in a regular rhythm, one of the first signs of a magnesium deficiency is an irregular heartbeat.

As a result of calcium/magnesium imbalance, calcium deposits may form on the heart muscle. If this happens, the heart cannot contract properly.

Magnesium is also important in breaking down fats you eat into fatty acids that can be useful in building body parts like nerve sheaths and cellular membranes. If those fats are not broken down properly, they begin to collect in deposits, which lodge on damaged arterial points. Thus a magnesium deficiency can increase you risks of contracting the two major degenerative heart diseases: atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis. Another point to remember in this regard is that magnesium is necessary for the synthesis of lecithin, which also helps break down those fats.

Coffee floods nutrients out of your body via the urine. This includes Vitamins A, D, E, K and essential fatty acids. This diuretic effect which is created when drinking coffee can also interfere with your absorption of iron simply because so many nutrients pass so quickly through the kidneys.

Although coffee contains water, it causes the body to excrete more water than it actually takes in. The result is a fluid deficit, which, over time, can lead to a variety of health problems, including dry skin, constipation and bladder infections.

Coffee can lead to a chronic deficiency of B vitamins.

Coffee can cause a build-up of toxins within the body, which increases your need for vitamin C and other antioxidants.

Two cups of coffee may contain 108 mg of caffeine. This is enough to raise your blood pressure and pulse rate significantly.

It has been shown that drinking two and half cups of coffee can more than double the stress hormone adrenaline.

The liver is forced to detoxify the caffeine from coffee; this puts more strain on the liver.

Please be aware that coffee is not the only drink that contains caffeine. Many soft drinks contain more caffeine than your average cup of coffee. Beware that you may think giving your child a sugar free beverage is healthy (now sweeteners that’s another newsletter) watch out for the caffeine.

Brewed Coffee: 108mg

Instant Coffee: 54mg

Coca Cola: 46mg

Diet Coke / Pepsi: 45mg

Pepsi Max: 69mg

Lucozade: 46mg

So a simple way to improving your health is reducing that caffeine consumption. It still surprises me how sometimes all people will drink is coffee or tea. With no water consumption at all. Set yourself a challenge to reduce those cups of coffee or tea to just once a day. Then try and reduce it to one day off and one day have a coffee/tea. I will say that some people do suffer from caffeine withdrawal, which can be a horrendous headache. Please persist though as it does not last forever.

Please do not start supplementing with any of the supplements mentioned in this newsletter before consulting a health professional.

For any questions please email or call. I also have a contact page on my website www.fionawaring.com.

Once again I have a detox offer on for December and January. Please see my website for details. Gift Vouchers available for that special gift.


Fiona Waring

Nutritional Therapist

Mob: 07957 267 964

Tel: 01747 855 934

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