Yes - Coffee is a drug - it makes you feel different, affects your mood, is addictive and has many, many harmful characteristics!

How Much Caffeine is in coffee chocolate tea

Fact 1
Decaffeinated Coffee 250ml 1-8mg
Chocolate Milk 250ml 2-7mg
Milk Chocolate 30g 1-15mg
Hot Cocoa 250ml 3-30mg
Green Tea 250ml 8-30mg
Dark Chocolate 30g 5-35mg
Soft Drinks 375ml 30-60mg
Expresso 60ml 40-70mg
Iced Tea 375ml 65-75mg
Instant Tea 250ml 40-80mg
Coffee Ice Cream 1 cup 8-85mg
Brewed Tea 250ml 35-175mg
Instant Coffee 250ml 50-190mg
Brewed Coffee (perc) 250ml 65-275mg
Cappuccino 250ml 160-280mg
Fact 2
Coffee, America's Favorite Drug

© Michael Traub N.D.
Published by American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

America's Favorite Drug

America's favorite drug is grown right here on the Kona coast. In fact, this is the only place in the U.S. where it is grown. So it's not pakalolo, alcohol or tobacco. You may have guessed it by now. That's right. Kona coffee. Over half the population of the U.S. drinks at least two cups of coffee a day. 25% of coffee drinkers consume about five cups daily, and another 25% drink ten or more cups a day.

Coffee is not just a beverage, it's a drug. Hundreds of thousands of law abiding citizens are physically addicted to coffee. But relax. This article is not out to persuade you to give up coffee. It is intended to help you become aware of how coffee affects you, how it can damage your health. After reading this, some of you may continue your coffee drinking habits. Others, however, may decide to make changes and move from addiction to conscious choice in determining your coffee consumption.

If you're a coffee addict, I understand how you feel. It smells so good, it tastes so good and it gives you such a boost, at least for a while. I know that it is hard to give up, and that you may not want to. But maybe you will. Or maybe you'll prefer to moderate your use and at least not drink it habitually.

It is the caffeine in coffee which makes it addictive, and which accounts for most of the known adverse effects of coffee. However, there are hundreds of other chemicals in coffee. Caffeine is a carcinogen, but coffee contains numerous other ones, created by the high heat of roasting, such as creosote, pymdine, tars and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. The darker the roast, the greater the potential hazard. Studies linking coffee consumption with cancer are conflicting and inconclusive at this point, but there is a suggestion of a higher incidence of cancers of the pancreas, ovaries, bladder, and kidneys in coffee drinkers.

Caffeine raises adrenaline levels and heavy coffee consumption can lead to a state of adrenal gland exhaustion, where the adrenal glands are no longer able to adequately respond to stress by releasing enough adrenaline. Adrenal insufficiency can then lead to a host of other problems, including a weakened immune response, anxiety and panic attacks. Caffeine also interferes with adenosine, a brain chemical that normally has a calming effect, and raises the level of lactate, an biochemical known to produce panic attacks.

Caffeine also raises the production of the adrenal hormone cortisol, another stress hormone. Cortisol causes the blood vessels to constrict and the heart to pump harder, which leads to high blood pressure. Studies have shown that coffee seems to worsen the symptoms of persons with high blood pressure, and can nullify the effect of high blood pressure medications, making expensive drugs useless.

Some cold and sinus medicines contain phenylpropanolamine and ephedrine, which can increase blood pressure, to the point of causing strokes in research animals. Drinking coffee after using these medications can increase blood pressure even more, and significantly increase the risk of stroke.

Coffee should absolutely be avoided during pregnancy and breast feeding. Fetuses and newborns cannot metabolize caffeine in their livers, so it remains in their bodies for up to four days, stimulating their nervous system the entire time, causing irritability and sleeping difficulty. Animal studies have linked high blood levels of caffeine to premature birth, delivery complications, low birth weight and birth defects. Human studies have found an increase in the rate of miscarriages, stillbirths, breech births and low birth weight. Pregnant women are also three times slower to metabolize caffeine than nonpregnant women.

Research also indicates that women who drank more than one cup of coffee a day reduced their likelihood of conceiving by 50%, and men who drank two to three cups of coffee a day had an increased incidence of abnormally formed sperm. Having five cups a day appears to make sperm sluggish as well.

Several studies have linked caffeine consumption to a higher incidence of PMS symptoms including tension, irritability, anxiety, fatigue, sleep disturbance and breast tenderness. Research into whether cutting out coffee reduces or eliminates the lumps and pain of fibrocystic breasts has usually found that it does. Some of coffee's components have a mild estrogen-like effect on the body. Since estrogen is responsible for premenstrual syndrome and breast tenderness, this may be one reason why coffee aggravates these conditions.

The caffeine, oils and acids in coffee irritate the stomach lining, which can cause excessive production of stomach acid and lead to a variety of digestive disorders. Decaf will also bring on a similar increase in stomach acid. Research has shown a definite link between coffee drinking and ulcers. Some anti-ulcer drugs, like cimetidine (Tagament), slow down the rate at which the body metabolizes caffeine. So not only does coffee increase the acid, but the drugs extend caffeine's effects by keeping it circulating longer. Coffee affects the lower esophageal sphincter and thus contributes to the reflux of stomach acid into the throat (heartburn). Research has also shown that drinking coffee causes a significant loss of several vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B and C, calcium, iron, and zinc. Coffee, including decaf, contains significant amounts of Vitamin K which is an important factor for blood coagulation. People at high risk for blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks should avoid coffee and decaf for this reason.

It almost goes without saying that coffee decreases the quality of sleep and is one of the leading causes of sleep disturbance. Coffee drinkers are sleepier and groggier than non-coffee drinkers when they get up in the morning, causing them to depend on coffee to get them going. This grogginess may be the result of their entering caffeine withdrawal during the night, or that drinking coffee kept them from sleeping well in the first place, or both! A homeopathic dose of coffee, known as Coffea, is an effective remedy for insomnia.

Excessive coffee intake will also exacerbate the withdrawal symptoms when quitting smoking and make it all the more likely to fail to stay off cigarettes. Quitting coffee "cold turkey" can cause mild to severe headaches as well as nausea, anxiety, fatigue and depression, lasting for several days. One method to avoid this is to gradually decrease the amount of coffee you drink by 50% each day. Another way is to keep to your usual number of cups and gradually increase the amount of decaf until it reaches 100%. Eventually you'll feel more awake and have a more even energy level throughout the day than when you were drinking coffee. A few weeks or months after quitting, most people come to realize that they feel much better without the coffee habit. Then most people can enjoy a cup of coffee on occasion when a boost is really needed, without triggering a recurrence of the craving that one feels when it is consumed regularly.
Fact 3
Coffee raises the adrenaline level in your body, heavy coffee drinking can cause a state of adrenal gland exhaustion. This can lead to a host of problems like weakened immune response, anxiety and panic attacks. This adrenalin 'rush' can be a trigger for a recovering drug addict / alcoholic to go on a binge.

It is also a
diuretic making it easier for you to become dehydrated and contributes to heartburn by stimulating the secretion of stomach acid. It also increases blood pressure increasing the risk of stroke and can make expensive medications useless.
It is the leading cause of lack of sleep, coffee drinkers being much more groggy and sleepy in the morning, causing them to
depend on coffee to get going.

Quitting coffee
cold turkey can have adverse affects including depression, anxiety, nausea, headaches and fatigue. Coffee also increases the symptoms of quitting smoking increasing your chances of failure.
Facts More! (click)
Coffee is a stimulant, increasing metabolism and heart rate and can cause headaches, insomnia, nervousness and migraines. For every high there is a lower low!
Are you addicted? No? That's what addicts say!
You just enjoy it? Addicts say that too!
You can stop anytime? hmm you really are starting to sound like your totally addicted!

So why are you drinking coffee? TIf you are addicted - your brain will make up all kinds of reasons & excuses as to why you
shouldn't quit - it's the same for most addicts of hard drugs.

When do you crave coffee? when bored? with other people? when you wake up? Think about this - you will find there is a pattern. Maybe you can't get going in the morning without it - maybe you feel nervous around people so coffee is a pick me up & crutch - get to the
root cause.

You see we all have parts of our mind that cause us to do things without our knowing. The
reasons behind these simple choices can expose our true state of being.

true self may be in pain, bored, anxious, stressed, lonely, depressed etc and you don't even know - you just keep doing things to avoid it.


If so - you're not alone & probably never knew!
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you don't have to always can find what your true self is
really looking for.

You want (crave) something because you are missing something or trying to avoid something.

Are you lonely, scared, in pain, bored?

What you
really need is below.
Life will never be fulfilling - it will always be empty - until you discover the reason why you were Created. Sure you can get a small fix from what you are looking for - but it doesn't last and leaves you wanting more. You need to be freed from this meaningless life.

Only God can free you. Don't switch off now - I'm not talking religion or some silly chant...but the most profound truth you can realize. You were
designed to be close with God. The One True God - Jesus!. Until you are at one with Him you will be empty, addicted, hopeless and condemned.

Believe it or not you are already on a journey with Jesus! The fact that you are here proves that. It is not coincidence or luck or google that is responsible but God. He loves you & wants you to be free & wants to be your friend, protector, father and wants to save you from a place you probably don't think exists.

He knows what makes you tick, what pains & hurts you have suffered and what is just around the corner.

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