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25 March 2017

Caffeine

Every day we see patients needing support to regain their energy and focus.

There are many ways we can help people with their vitality and concentration but a great place to start is by suggesting they reduce caffeine consumption. This, however, is often easier said than done.

The good really isn’t that good

Most people start drinking caffeine because it makes them feel more alert and improves their mood. Many studies suggest that caffeine actually improves memory and attention span in the short-term. Unfortunately, these studies fail to consider the participants’ caffeine habits.

New research from Johns Hopkins Medical School in the USA shows the benefit that we feel after having a coffee is simply because we have quietened the effects of caffeine withdrawal.

When we suffer this withdrawal, the only way to get back to normal is to drink caffeine, and when we do drink it, it feels like it is taking us to new heights. In reality, the caffeine is just taking our performance back to normal and it isn’t long before the next roller coaster begins.

Drinking caffeine triggers the release of adrenaline. Adrenaline is the source of the “fight or flight” response. This response makes us less rational and often is responsible for us over-reacting to many circumstances at work and at home.

Sleep is affected by caffeine as well. It makes it hard for our minds to switch off and can be responsible for frequent waking through the night.

The long and short of all this is to be mindful of how much caffeine we consume. Consider whether a nice herbal tea may be the soothing warm drink that will hit the spot instead of reaching for a caffeine fix.

We know that most of us will have a little bit of caffeine; our Western society has this habit well entrenched into our daily routine.

At the clinic, we can offer strategies to reduce your caffeine, introduce healthier habits, and work with nutrients that can have your wellness and vitality back in no time. Give the clinic a call to arrange your appointment.

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