A Word About Caffeine
Caffeine is the most widely used drug in the world. It is a potent stimulant and may be consumed in a multitude of forms. These include: coffee, tea, cola drinks, chocolates, cold remedies, pain relievers and dozens of other over-the-counter drugs.
Caffeine also is a powerful stimulant to nerve tissues. It affects the higher centers of the brain, producing a wakening effect and a more rapid flow of mental processes. It assists the body in overcoming the sense of fatigue, however, it does not relieve it.
•Two cups of coffee will cause an increase in hydrochloric acid (HCL) in the stomach for at least an hour. This is a problem for anyone suffering from an ulcer or over-acidity problem.
•Caffeine slows the rate of healing of stomach ulcers.
•One cup of coffee will cause a rise in blood pressure.
•Caffeine decreases the body’s ability the handle stress.
•In pregnant women, caffeine will enter the fetal circulation in the same concentrations as the mothers. May be related to birth defects.
•Withdrawal symptoms tend to discourage people from giving up caffeine.
•Continued use of caffeine may lead to insomnia, nervousness, restlessness and even tremors.
•Caffeine masks fatigue when the body needs to rest.
•Caffeine increases respiration rate, urine output and an increase of fatty acids into the bloodstream.
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•Caffeine will increase the production of cortisol. The omentum houses cortisol. People who have abused caffeine for many years can develop an over distended omentum. This is the fat that sits in front of the abdominal area. It is often times hard and compacted.
•Chronic caffeine intake will directly influence poor production of the thyroid gland and adrenal glands.
Birth Control Pills
Because of the estrogen content in oral contraceptives, studies have shown that women on the pill have lower than normal blood serum levels of Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C. Daily supplementation should be 50-75 mg. of B6 and 1000-2000 mg. of Vitamin C. A time release C would be best.
Smog- All major cities in the Unites States have some form of chemical air pollution. This pollution will affect your lung’s capacity to deliver oxygen efficiently to the cells of the body. The antioxidants (Vitamins A, C, E, selenium, and betacarotene) may prove to be effective in combating some of the effects of smog.
Smoke- Second-hand smoke of cigarettes, cigars and pipes all have a detrimental effect on the oxygen carrying capacity of the red blood cells. Smoke contains carbon monoxide which may adhere to the site on the red blood cell that should be carrying oxygen.
Sugar requires B vitamins and minerals to enable the body to metabolize it into glucose, yet it contains none of these. Therefore, it must take the nutrients away from other body functions that may need them.
Sugar may also increase the rate at which we excrete the mineral calcium, making bones more fragile and may even weaken heart action.
Oxalate, contained in chocolate, unites with calcium carrying it through the intestines as an insoluble compound.
Theobromine in chocolate may reduce the absorption of protein through the intestinal wall.
Note High sugar intake reduces the effectiveness of the body’s healing mechanism, causing a prolongation in the healing time.
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Daryl Conant, M.Ed