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29-07-2015

What Happens If You Drink Coffee In The Morning?

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Let’s face it, most of us can’t function in the morning without a strong cup of tea or coffee to wake us up. We walk around like zombies until that first sip passes our lips, making us feel human again. As you probably know, it’s the caffeine in these drinks that we crave when we first wake up and that keeps us going for the rest of the day. Others may rely on cups of coffee and energy drinks to stay up late at night, perhaps if they have a big deadline coming up at work or university. It’s a common phenomenon, but why does caffeine have such an effect on us, and what happens to our bodies after we finally get that cup of coffee first thing in the morning? We have a look at how caffeine affects us and how this varies at different times of the day.
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The effects of caffeine

Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, meaning you feel more awake and alert after consuming it. In small doses this can have an abundance of positive effects such as improved concentration and productivity. However, excessive amounts of caffeine can lead to side effects such as headaches and jitters in mild cases, to more serious consequences like digestive problems over an extended period of time. On the other hand, it has been found to help in the prevention of conditions such as Parkinson’s disease. It also increases blood flow around the body, which helps to deliver oxygen more efficiently to your muscles and organs. Generally speaking, the amounts of caffeine the average person consumes have positive effects; it is when people consume caffeine in excess that problems may arise. Everyone has different tolerance levels to caffeine, depending on our age, weight and the amount of caffeine we are used to consuming. This means that a cup of coffee will affect us all in different ways. One person may need a couple of espressos each morning to feel awake, whereas another might feel wired for hours after a small latte.

Why do we need coffee in the morning?

Caffeine is a drug, albeit mild and legal. This means, like with most drugs, you experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking it. Caffeine withdrawal can seriously affect your mood whilst also producing physical side effects. Overnight, if our bodies are used to consuming certain levels of caffeine then they start to experience these symptoms of withdrawal, meaning we wake up feeling cranky and overtired. Plus, the more caffeine we drink, the more tolerant we become to it. This means that your morning cup of coffee will have less of an effect on us than it used to, so we’ll reach for another and another until we start to feel the effects we are craving. Another reason caffeine is so addictive is because it prevents dopamine, a chemical which makes us feel pleasure, in your brain from being reabsorbed. So, chemically speaking, coffee makes us feel good! After the effects of caffeine have worn off, we crave this feeling and therefore crave coffee.
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