A week ago, while feeling lazy I was doing some research on the internet in order to push myself to go out and get a nice coffee. I went deep into it and I started finding some articles that were not following the norm of “coffee is harmless dude, come on”.
I decided to experiment.
After gathering some information I decided to do my own empirical research. So I decided to quit coffee, cold turkey. After reading so many articles and watching so many videos I thought I knew what was coming.
The articles were listing these caffeine withdrawal effects:
- Muscle Pain, Stiffness, Cramping
- Lack of Concentration
- Flu-like symptoms
- Nausea and Vomiting
Luckily for me, I only had most of these symptoms and a general feeling of awfulness that made me realise something…
Caffeine is a drug and not a soft one.
Obviously, I am not comparing caffeine to heroin or cocaine but the withdrawal effects are not as far from the ones from alcohol.
The second day without caffeine I had the same symptoms of a hangover. Huge headaches, sleepiness, depression, nausea… Honestly I don’t know why I even started drinking coffee on the first place because I should’ve never started.
Furthermore, I had these same symptoms for about a week until I started feeling only a bit better. If we take alcohol instead of caffeine, the symptoms only last for a day or two in weird cases.
Short term vs long term effects.
When you first introduce caffeine to your life it really feels like a cool breeze on a hot summer day. You start feeling better, sleepiness goes away and you feel like if life was a miracle. Simply, you feel amazing.
After that first encounter you try to replicate the same feeling everyday. Coffee gives you a boost for a while but then it becomes a necessity to drink it in order to fell ok.
At that stage is when the graph below starts making sense.
This graph belongs to an article written by Ari Whitten that you can find here->https://www.theenergyblueprint.com/why-does-coffee-make-me-tired/.
The image basically shows how long-term caffeine consumption leads to dependency and on average less energy that when you started it with it.
This graph really showed me the truth. The truth was that a lot of us are basically addicted to caffeine and unconsciously this substance has decreased our energy levels severely.
Like with heroin, caffeine give us a huge boost when we first try it but after a while we just take it in order to feel normal.
I think coffee is enjoyable and it represents a lot in many countries of the world but is more because of the social aspect than for the drink itself. We all tend to use coffee as an excuse to meet with friends, work colleagues and so on…
But when it comes to being productive coffee really takes a hit on your body if you are using it daily. Also the withdrawal effects can hit you for really long so is difficult to quit it.
I don’t think is a harmless substance, not at all. It is proved that coffee consumption can lead to nervousness, jitteriness and increased blood pressure creating heart problems in the long-run.
Caffeine also being highly addictive is an easy business model as people will buy the product just because of the addiction it creates. There are huge companies financing ‘scientific’ studies to show how caffeine can be beneficial to your health.
After reading this brief article you can already tell that the cons outweigh the pros of drinking coffee massively and remember that profit does not always has to be ethical.
Just a note
I know that this topic may sound a bit controversial so feel free to comment and to give your opinion about the topic, specially if you disagree.
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