One of the daily mainstays of man would probably be coffee, regardless of the continent he is residing in and the culture he is accustomed to. Whether a corporate animal working around the city’s business district, or a college student preparing for exams and finishing papers, or simply a homebody who kills time watching television and surfing the net, coffee serves to be a partner of almost everyone. It cuts across regions, cultures and places. It may be said that people from different walks of life have a common experience, the effects of too much coffee. Others may sugarcoat it by saying, “I’m not taking coffee at all, just tea”. Well, sorry to disappoint you, but even tea carries caffeine, giving you the same addiction others get out of coffee. Below is a list on how you would know if you are already addicted to coffee.
- The intake. First step in determining whether you are addicted to coffee is by looking into the amount of coffee you take everyday. Taking 2 cups of coffee everyday would be fine. But taking it too much, too much means taking it more than 2 cups a day, may cause addiction and consequently, harm to your body. So if you’re taking 2 cups at most a day, you may not be addicted to it at all.
- Fatigue. Fatigue is one sign that you are addicted to coffee. Too much caffeine in our system may cause fatigue.
- The illnesses. Taking too much coffee may cause a number of illnesses and disorders such as insomnia, ulcer, heart problems and diabetes. It you are experiencing any of these, given that you are taking coffee more than 2 cups a day, it may be said that you are addicted to coffee.
- Exhaustion and migraines. Exhaustion and migraines are signs that a person is addicted to coffee. Observe yourself if you are experiencing exhaustion and frequent migraines. This happens because caffeine dehydrates a person. Moreover, it gives our adrenal glands over stimulation that may also cause exhaustion and migraines. Consequently, a person may feel some sort of crash in his energy. This incident is also an effect of too much caffeine. Most coffee drinkers view this as a signal to take another cup. But this is wrong, doing so only aggravates the negative effects that you are already suffering.
- Other steps. There are other steps that a person may take to gauge whether you are addicted to coffee. One is by observing whether you are experiencing heartburn, headaches and even mood swings. These may indicate your addiction to coffee. Also, see if you are having difficulty concentrating to what you are doing without a coffee on your side. Do a similar observation to your hand. Trembling hands, which you do not feel before, is a sign that you have the addiction.
Coffee in itself is not bad. What is not good is when you are already at the point of addiction. Whether you are taking the world’s most expensive coffee like the kona coffee, or you have it made as cappuccino or dressed it in an Italian way or simply having it in café for a Turkish coffee, the bottom line is, all of it contain caffeine. It carries harm to our body; it makes us weaker and causes a number of illnesses. Nobody is suggesting you stop taking coffee, but what is asked is to take it moderately. Now keep your distance from those bean grinders, coffee makers and espresso machines.