National Caffeine Awareness Month sparks the question: is it good or bad for you?
There are arguments for both sides. While there have been many studies linking the consumption of this natural stimulant to health problems, there has also evidence that list many benefits of a few cups of coffee or tea each day. It can get confusing to know whether it’s something you should be including in your diet, so let’s break it down. Caffein is a chemical naturally found in everything from coffee to tea to chocolate, and in its purest form is a bitter powder. When consuming foods and beverages such as a cup of coffee, tea or soda with the stimulant awakens the central nervous system; providing you a little boost of energy.
Humankind’s hunger for caffein isn’t a new phenomenon. Records of the energizing effects of coffee date back to over a thousand years, and it has been used in natural medicine even longer. And, even though humans have been consuming this common stimulant for a long time, there are indications it might not be the best thing for us long term.
Over use of caffeine has been linked to increased anxiety, having a negative effect of sleep quality, and a strong trigger for increased food cravings.
It’s easy to get into a vicious cycle of self-medicating with caffeinated drinks, instead of getting enough sleep and eating a healthy and balanced diet. As a stimulant, caffeine has similar properties to addictive drugs, but it will most likely leave you dependent rather than seriously addicted. In fact, you might be spending more money than you’d like at the local coffee shop than doing any serious harm to your health.
Despite studies claiming that caffeine isn’t ideal for your health, there are a good number of positive benefits to consuming caffeine daily, as long as you don’t overdo it. Moderation is key, right? For instance, people who drink coffee regularly lower their risk for Parkinson’s disease, colon cancer, gallstones, and possibly even Alzheimer’s. If that weren’t enough, a cup of joe can help treat asthma and headaches. There’s also some evidence that this natural energy boosting ingredient might help you lose weight!
Overall, caffeine is a double-edged sword, and the effects depend on the person. Only you know how you body reacts when you have that cappuccino with an extra shot or steaming cup of green tea!
Whether you prefer decaffeinated or full-bodied, Georgie’s breakfast and dinner menus both include coffee, and have an option for juice if you’re cutting down on caffeine. Georgie’s menus are completely customized, so whether you’re a caffeine friend or not, Georgie can cater to your specific needs.