Written by: John Schaser 12-13-14
It was a cold and dark December night. I woke up and found myself behind a Starbucks jones-ing for another cup of joe. My pants were missing and all I had was a coffee thermos firmly gripped in my hand. At this point I had an epiphany, I am a coffee addict...
Even though the beginning of this post was a little dramatic, I was at one point addicted to coffee. It never really hit me until I noticed whenever I was driving I thought about every coffee shop that was near by that I can just pull into. It's like this little bug in my head was hypnotizing me to drink more..."Yesh John coffee is good, yesh drink more DRINK!"
At one point I was at least up to 3 cups of coffee a day. For some coffee lovers that may not sound like much, but for me I was pretty wired from it. As a side effect I was suffering from being tired, not being able to cognitively think, and the worst of all...brain fog. So after being tired of my addiction I did some research to find out how my coffee consumption was effecting my brain.
Adenosine is the chemical compound that is created in our brains to cause drowsiness, and it slows down nerve cell activity. Adenosine is created in the brain and attaches to adenosine receptors. Since the caffeine in coffee looks like adenosine, it fits into the same receptors. Basically when you drink coffee the caffeine cock blocks the adenosine and attaches to the receptors which then speeds up your nerve cells. That is when an individual begins feeling awake and pumped. The downfall of this is a massive crash. When constantly consuming coffee the brain is creating more adenosine receptors. Once the caffeine is out of the individual's system the adenosine does a blitzkrieg to all of the receptors causing a massive case of drowsiness.
The reason I kicked my coffee habits was because of massive drowsiness and brain fog. The second big concern of mine was the possibly high amounts of pesticides and fungicides I could have possibly been consuming. Coffee beans are one of the most heavily sprayed crops on the market due to it's constant high demand.
So what should you do?
I downsized to one cup of organic coffee a day. So far I have felt great and suffer from zero side effects like I did in the past. If you are a heavy coffee drinker, and you are tired of feeling like shit I would highly recommend cutting back on coffee and switch to organic.
If you guys want to read more about adenosine I'll leave a link to a pretty cool article from "How Stuff Works." science.howstuffworks.com
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