If just reading the word makes you want a cup of it, this blog is especially for you.
It is known worldwide that coffee is the most effective and most used stimulant in the office or other workplaces. But does that mean it is scientifically approved for regular intake?
Let’s face the fact that we all sometimes feel tired or grumpy. But does that call for a cup of coffee?
Coffee as a side-kick
Being a popular beverage, there has been much research on coffee and how its popularity increased.
Many people in the states and other parts of the world do not even know the amount of coffee they consume on a daily basis. As a result, caffeine consumption has become a side-kick for them to make them active, especially at workplaces.
Many researchers have also confirmed that coffee addiction is genetic and it can transmit to your kids. Precisely, it can very well change how your body and your children’s body gather the energy to stay active.
Understanding the critical nature of coffee consumption leads us to the question of how much coffee is too much coffee.
Preferred Amount of Caffeine
If seen from a researcher’s perspective, the desire to drink coffee is the desire for caffeine intake. There is caffeine in all stimulants, whether coffee, sodas, chewing gum, energy drink, or so on.
These products increase the adrenaline rush by reducing the sleep chemicals. This means a regular intake of caffeine or coffee can lead to a tremendous decrease in sleep. Biologically, sleeping and resting are the natural ways the body revitalizes itself and restores energy.
Coffee or caffeine plays with the natural processes and can adversely affect the body’s chemicals.
You must be thinking about why government bodies still allow coffee intake if so many downsides exist. Well, there are good sides to caffeine as well:
- It helps the preterm babies when it is concerned to apnoea (when the premature babies are not able to have stable oxygen levels in their body on their own)
- It stabilizes the oxygen level in the blood.
- It also provides pain control in some conditions.
- It increases energy in adults.
- It improves cognitive ability by reducing fatigue.
- It also enhances physical and motor activities.
- It boosts focus, attention, and reasoning.
However, these benefits of coffee can become drawbacks for people with some underlying conditions. Therefore, the medical experts suggest having a limited coffee consumption. Instead, drinking coffee occasionally or when it is really required is the preferred way to consume caffeine.
Coffee Addiction – The Office Drug
Many researchers and scientists also address coffee as an office drug. It is because caffeine is mostly required to focus on work, increase active boosters, and avoid drowsiness. In addition, the workplace may have a great environment but also stress and pressure levels.
Caffeine, like other drugs, can increase an individual’s general anxiety and fear levels. Therefore, it is suggested to avoid coffee during panic attacks or anxieties to avoid worsening it. In some instances, caffeine became the reason for anxiety strokes.
People with frequent cases of nervousness, panic attacks, fear, nausea, feelings of restlessness, or palpitations are suggested not to drink coffee. The medicines to reduce such feelings have benzodiazepines as the treatment agents. However, caffeine, together with benzodiazepines, can have adverse reactions on individuals.
Coffee withdrawal and the ways to ease it
By now, you must have understood the reason to reduce coffee intake, but being an addiction, it could be challenging.
Don’t you worry, because we have the solution for that too.
We have noted some points that can bring your desire for coffee withdrawal to realization.
- Know the ingredients
Check the ingredients when you order a drink that makes you feel active. Whenever you are going for a pain reliever medicine, check what the details say. If caffeine is one of the ingredients, try to avoid such products and medicines.
- Monitor the caffeine intake
Completely stopping drinking coffee is a far-fetched dream, so we are not going to advise that AT ALL. Instead, monitor your intake and the time when you drink coffee. Check if it is in short intervals and if you crave it around the same day every day. Try to replace the caffeine intake with substitutes like tea.
- Start with smaller changes
If you used you drink a large cup of coffee, make it a medium-sized cup now. If you drink 3-4 cups a day, make it 2. Start with smaller goals and make them happen because you and your body need that detoxification.
- Rest well and plenty
Caffeine desire arises when the mind feels inactive or drowsy. This brings us to our fourth solution: reducing coffee intake at the office. Rest plenty when you can but rest well. Make sure your body gets the rest it deserves after the long, tiring day at work.
- Drink water
Water is the answer to reducing caffeine consumption. When you feel a desire to order or make yourself a cup of coffee, drink a glass of water. It will put your craving at bay for the time being. Try it now and then to make it a habit.
The Final Words
Coffee intake on a regular habit becomes an addiction which is why it might take time for the body to accept the withdrawal. But if you really, truly and heartily desire to reduce the coffee intake at workplace, keep trying until you succeed.
The reasons for increased coffee intake at the office can include work stress. So, here’s a bonus from our end. We suggest you go through the ways to reduce work stress rather than getting addicted to this office drug called caffeine.
Written by- Priyanka Rampal
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