7 Dangers of Coffee Addiction


  • Coffee addiction can lead to many dangers and medical problems, including high blood sugar and insomnia
  • If you suffer from coffee addiction you may experience withdrawals for a few weeks after you stop drinking coffee
  • Coffee addiction can lead to depression and anxiety

1. Adrenal Exhaustion

Coffee addiction can lead to adrenal overload, and eventually to adrenal exhaustion. When you drink coffee, your neurons start firing in your brain. This
causes your pituitary gland to send a signal to your adrenal glands, and adrenaline is released from your adrenal gland as a result. Eventually, because of th addiction, you are drinking large quantities of coffee each day, and this will cause your adrenal glands to become overworked and exhausted, and you will feel tired even when drinking coffee.

2. High Blood Sugar

People who are addicted to coffee have much higher risks for high blood sugar. When coffee is used to provide energy, you will crash after a couple of hours and normally reach for something sweet to bring you back up. In addition many of us use sugar in our coffee, or flavored sugar syrups, and this can also elevate your blood sugar. When you first start drinking coffee your blood sugar levels may actually go down, but after a short time of daily coffee consumption the opposite is true, and your blood sugar levels will go up significantly.

3. Insomnia And Abnormal Sleep Patterns

Coffee addiction can lead to disturbed sleep patterns, and even insomnia. Because caffeine addiction leads to ever increasing doses due to a tolerance being built up, your adrenal glands may produce so much adrenaline that you find yourself tossing and turning, waking frequently, or even being unable to sleep. When adrenaline is released into your system, your body goes into fight or flight mode, and complete relaxation may become completely impossible. When you are trying to cut back and wean yourself, the physical and mental cravings may have the same effect for a few weeks.

4. Natural Serotonin Reduction Leading To Depression

Coffee addiction leads to excessive adrenaline production and release from the adrenal glands. As adrenaline production increases, the neurotransmitter Serotonin is decreased in production. This neurotransmitter is responsible for preventing depression, and helping you to relax and stay calm. Coffee addiction can lead to depression and anxiety in many users, and these can be prevented by limiting or eliminating coffee and caffeine from your diet. Many people do not realize that their coffee addiction is causing these symptoms, and may spend large amounts on anti-depression and anti-anxiety medications.

5. Dehydration

One danger of coffee addiction that many do not even think about is dehydration. Coffee contains caffeine, which is a diuretic that causes your body to eliminate more water. Drinking large amounts of coffee can cause dehydration in a couple of different ways. Excessive coffee consumption causes excessive water elimination, and this can cause dehydration. In addition, coffee addicts drink this beverage in place of healthier fluids that help keep you hydrated, like water and fruit juices. Between the extra water loss caused by coffee drinking and the lack of enough other fluids you can become very dehydrated very quickly, without even realizing it.

6. Malnutrition

An addiction to coffee can cause malnutrition, if excessive amounts of this beverage are used and they dampen hunger. Many times coffee is used in large quantities all day long if you are severely addicted. This leads to cravings for sugary foods, which usually have very few nutritional benefits if any. These junk foods may cause you to gain weight while suffering from malnutrition, because your body is not getting the proper nutrition needed for optimum function.

7. Caffeine Tolerance And Withdrawals

Withdrawals can be a big danger for any caffeine addict. Over time you will build up a tolerance to caffeine, and more coffee is needed to get the same benefits as before. After a while, when you try to cut down on coffee or quit completely, you will suffer from withdrawal symptoms. These can include a headache, irritability, insomnia, and many other problems.

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