Caffeine Can Do No Wrong


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I became a coffee addict at a young age. At first I tried it because my parents drank it and I thought it made me more mature. It didn't take long for me to become hooked on it and now there's no turning back. As I became older I looked back at my coffee drinking habits and was a little frightened by the fact that I had become addicted so quickly. In order to make sure I was safe I came across the following video.

The above video was enough proof for me and since then I have not felt guilty about my addiction. Now that I am taking this class I thought it would be a great time to learn a little bit more about what exactly is going on in my brain.

Caffeine is a mimic of the neurochemical called adenosine. Adenosine is prevalent throughout the body and is important in the function of normal nerve cells. It controls cell growth and acts as a signal of inflammation. As we produce more adenosine our body's nervous system will begin to slow down. Our bodies monitor adenosine levels by using receptors that are found throughout the body including our brain. Caffeine's neurochemical mimic enters the adenosine receptors without activating them. This blocks the receptors causing the adenosine chemical to pass through instead of powering down our nervous system. This in turn stimulates the nervous system offering many benefits that we have come to love that include increased energy and focus.

I mentioned in my previous post that the first thing I do when I wake up is listen to music, but a close second would have to be my rush to grab some coffee. There are very few things that beat the feeling of drinking a freshly brewed cup. It seems like coffee is a miracle drug that can do no wrong. In my search to find out how caffeine affects the brain I came across numerous different 'discoveries' about new caffeine benefits. These led me to wonder, are people manipulating data in a way that tells them what they want to hear or is coffee truly as great as everyone thinks? 

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I live off of coffee, so I found this blog, and the video very interesting. However, I've read around that coffee does not actually give you any real energy, that it just makes you feel that way. The question I'm trying to get to is will coffee help me run longer distances, or will it just let me stay awake an extra hour while I'm studying for a math test?

I remember the first time I saw that video I showed it to anyone who would watch it! It definitely made me feel less guilty for my coffee addiction. It has earned it's nickname for me as my 'homework juice'. I can tell I am addicted, but coffee is so accessible nearly anywhere that I don't mind the burning for more. It's as if the world gets brighter after that first sip! Have you had any negative effects from the caffeine? Do you feel like you're not as productive without the coffee?

I find this to be pretty true, for the most part, seeing as even without coffee there is caffeine in plenty of things we eat or drink. Could there possibly be any negatives with being an avid coffee drinker? I know that at some point my mom when drinking coffee would get a headache beause of it. And in one of my blog posts, coffee/caffeine was mentioned as a cause of migranes.
Also if there are no other negatives to drinking caffeine, is it possible to become addicted to get and will you experience bad side effects if you were to cut back on how often you drink it?

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