caffeine is a three–headed monster that yields both positive and negative effects.
Starting with the good:
- caffeine can increase your short-term memory and alertness while also altering your overall mood
- The caffeine in one cup of coffee can stimulate the central system as it simultaneously lowers blood sugar, thus creating a temporary lift
- “caffeine taken two hours before exercise enhanced the performance of athletes in marathon running.
“people who drink coffee on a regular basis have up to 80% lower risks of developing Parkinson’s disease.”
On the contrary, caffeine does have a dark side.
- Caffeinated foods can contribute to a person’s struggle with either weight gain or hunger
- The stimulant itself is known to increase appetite, to increase cortisol levels, and to increase levels of insulin
- Any of these factors may combine with a caffeine-induced stress that often affects the results of dieters, being that caffeine is a natural diuretic which can lead to water retention
- Caffeinism, as it is often referred to, can come in waves of migraine headaches and sickness, which in turn can cause nervousness and a rapid heartbeat.