Is Caffeine Fueling Your Anxieties?

Caffeine may be useful for some people with energy boost and concentration but may cause problems in people with general anxiety disorder. Caffeine is more widely used in the world than any other drug. It is a powerful stimulant and helps to keep you alert and energized. Although caffeine has many health benefits but consuming too much caffeine can cause or increase anxiety. Anxiety promotes our body’s “fight or flight” response.  Actually it is our body’s response to threatening and worrying situations.

This response can be triggered by caffeine and make you overreact to such situations that are not really dangerous. Caffeine can also make you agitated in some circumstances that normally would not affect you.

Effects:

The extreme effects of caffeine may be

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Mood changes
  • Restlessness
  • Sleeping problems

Link between anxiety and caffeine:

According to research, Caffeine is linked to anxiety in following ways

Increase stress hormone:

Caffeine increases the blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormones. It affects the body like stress and increase stress hormone like epinephrine and cortisol.

Neurotransmitter balance:

Caffeine increases the motivation and brain power. But for people with anxiety it is a downside. Regularly consuming caffeine leads to serotonin depletion which a neurotransmitter and closely related to happiness.

Cause insomnia:

Getting proper and enough sleep is the most important thing for brain and mental well-being. Caffeine can cause sleep disorder and decrease the stages of sleep.

Hypoglycemia:

As caffeine cause the stress hormones to release and lead to dropped blood sugar level. As a result this too much low blood sugar level lead to hypoglycemia.

Psychiatric disorder:

The symptoms caused by consuming too much caffeine are similar to psychiatric disorders. Caffeine is linked to many mental disorders like depression, eating disorder, and anxiety.

Deprive brain of essential nutrients:

Caffeine caused the extraction of essential nutrients from body. Some of these nutrients are specifically necessary for mood and brain health. One of these is B complex vitamins(anti-stress vitamins)

And also magnesium which is linked to

  • Depression
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Schizophrenia
  • Addictions

Caffeine leads to anxiety by many mechanisms. But first of all check your daily habits to find the real culprit of anxiety. Or you can limit or use alternatives such as decaffeinated coffee. If you want to limit then delay the first cup and consume when you really need it.

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