We all know coffee to be a stimulant. Consuming coffee speeds up your central nervous system, which makes us feel more alert. Aside, from the jitters and sudden increase in energy caffeine blocks the adenosine receptors in the brain. Adenosine receptors typically function to promote sleep under normal conditions.
We often get addicted to the feeling of alertness and become dependent on it as a daily pick me up. Once you develop a habit of drinking coffee it can be difficult to stop. If you find yourself in this situation- this blog post is for you. (continue reading)
Why do you crave coffee?
If coffee has become a part of your morning routine you could simply be craving coffee out of habit. You may be consuming coffee for social purposes as well. Whatever the reason may be it stems from a psychological dependence on caffeine. This means “you” think you need it, when in reality you really don’t or just may just simply enjoy it. When you are psychologically dependent on something it can a hard habit to stop.
- Coping Mechanism for Stress
Stress has a major effect on our bodies and sends various signals to our brain. Some of the effects of stress include: anxiety and fatigue. Many individuals seek chemical boosters like caffeine in order to cope with managing during stressful times. While it is normal to clutch to coping mechanisms to deal with stress it does create habits- which can be difficult to overcome.
- Low Iron Levels
Coffee cravings can be associated with iron deficiency anemia. Having low iron will cause you to experience fatigue and weakness. As a result to this feeling, we tend to seek beverages that will supplement us throughout the day when we dip into those periods of tiredness.
If you suspect that you have a iron deficiency I highly recommend you to consult with your Physician. It may be helpful to begin a iron supplement in order to regulate your iron levels. This will definitely assist with resolving the fatigue and weakness that you may be experiencing. Addressing the underlying issue is crucial, since coffee contains natural compounds called tannins that prevent iron absorption. While, coffee assists temporarily with overcoming tiredness it is not a long term fix.
- Pica Cravings
You may be wondering what these terms mean. Pica is a disorder that I am sure a great majority suffer from. Pica is when you crave things that have no nutritional value. Characteristics of these cravings is when you want food simply to enjoy the experience (taste, smell, chewing, etc.). These cravings are often associated with low iron levels as previously discussed.
As a coffee drinker I have identified that I enjoy coffee for the taste and smell. Something about the smell of a fresh brew makes me happy. I don’t necessarily drink coffee for the temporary energy jolt- since it is short lived.
- To Avoid Withdrawal Symptoms
The most popular withdrawal symptoms from caffeine are headaches. Naturally, it can be harder to stop consuming something if we are going to experience adverse reactions (headaches). To cope with these symptoms, we sometimes unknowingly are driven to consume more. Consuming caffeine often aids to suppress headaches, increasing our craving. Other withdrawal symptoms include tiredness and lack of focus; which we also aid with coffee consumption.
To have an addiction means something slightly different than dependence. To have an addiction means you continue to use a substance if though it is not good for you or is causing you problems. Caffeine dependence is more common than having an actual addiction. However, if you suspect that your have an addiction- seek medical advice.
I hope you enjoyed today’s post. I will be discussing in the coming weeks how to deal with coffee cravings, and coffee health benefits.
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