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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. 
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