Aisles to avoid at the grocery store – Soft Drinks & Coffee

This is another aisle that should be avoided when going to the grocery store. IMG_20140301_144056_960 Soft drinks are full of sugar,caffeine and a lot of other words that I can’t pronounce, which are probably not good or healthy for a persons body.

Below are some of the negative effects of caffeine, which I researched and found online.  Thanks goes to the following websites for the information; American Fitness Professionals & Associates and Caffeine Informer.

1.  The physiological effects of caffeine can begin as early as 15-45 minutes after ingestion. Its maximum central nervous system effects are reached in about 30-60 minutes. Caffeine increases heartbeat, respiration, basal metabolic rate, and the production of stomach acid and urine; and it relaxes smooth muscles, notably the bronchial muscle.

2.  Studies of the effect of caffeine on sleep have shown that one strong cup of coffee, drunk 30-60 minutes before going to sleep, can cause restlessness and difficulty falling asleep, increased body movements, a tendency to be awakened more readily by sudden noises, and a decreased quality of sleep.

3.  Caffeine can increase the secretion of both acid and pepsin in the stomach, which could exacerbate an existing ulcer.

4.  Caffeine has been shown to cause cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats) in certain individuals; often persons with heart disease are told to avoid caffeine altogether.

5.  Caffeine can cause incontinence, which is involuntary urination or bowel movements.

6.  Caffeine could reduce fertility in women.  A study from The University of Nevada School of Medicine showed that caffeine can reduce a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant by about 27%.

Some these side effects are listed above but on a moderate to severe level here is how negative effects rate:

Moderate effects include:

  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Increase in breast tenderness
  • Restlessness
  • Mild insomnia
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood sugar
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Mild stomach upset
 
Severe effects include:
  •  Panic Attacks
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Continuous stomach problems
  • Prolonged depression
  • Sleep disorders

The best advice I can offer is to just steer clear of caffeine.  I don’t drink soft drinks at all and I’m still a functioning human being, so the excuse…but I need it, is a load of baloney.  It’s another one of those situations where you want it, you don’t need it.

I would suggest something like Ginseng, an herbal supplement, which helps to boost energy levels.  Something that is natural is far better for you than caffeine that is found in soft drinks, tea and coffee.  Another option would be to drink more water, which your body needs in order to survive.

Some things to think about for sure.  If you can’t cut out caffeine completely at least cut back.  Don’t you owe it to yourself to take care of the body you have?  It’s not like you can trade it in for a new one.

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