Chemical dependences are detrimental to physical health and academic performance. The addiction to caffeine is no exception to this fact. While caffeine can have many health benefits, overuse to the point of reliance has long-term side effects.
Here are five alternatives to drinking caffeinated beverages.
Caffeine leads to dehydration and can actually leave you more tired after the initial energy boost. Water can actually give you more energy in the long run.
If you miss the taste, but don’t want the side effects, remove the power that soda, tea or coffee has on you. Make it your choice. Start with half-caf or eat dark chocolate, though, because quitting cold turkey results in symptoms of withdrawal.
Endorphins relieve tension and give you a rush that lasts longer than the synthetic energy provided by the typical morning coffee.
Another way to get ATP to your brain (rather than inhibit it) is to eat. Simple sugars and lean proteins are often referred to as “brain food.” Blueberries, anyone?
Your brain is being tricked into believing that you are alert, when, in fact, you have had better days. Even a short nap will help you in the long run.
I don’t believe caffeine is always a bad idea, but just like anything else in life, use everything in moderation.
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