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2/21/08 4:29 A

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PURPLEOKIE makes a good point that has been backed up by science. Caffeine does not give you energy, you feel low in energy when you don't have it because of the addiction and going through withdrawal. I feel the same when I gave up smoking. I thought I was a naturally anxious/sensitive person and cigarettes made me feel at ease. Only it was the exact opposite,the ciggarettes had a hold on me and MADE me anxious and sensitive (withdrawal). When you are addictied to something you are almost constantly in withdrawal execpt for when acutally consuming the drug and for a very short period after.

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I am addicted to caffeine. I have headaches when I don't drink a Dr. Pepper. Every time I try to quit & I have several times in my life I get extreme headaches. I can drink half a can & within 10 minutes my headache is completely gone. I have tried to stop drinking them completely & I have done fairly well. However, after about 2 days without one I have to have one. I think my last one was 3 days ago. So it is improving in between the headaches. I actually crave them though. I am hoping in time that the craving will go away. My basketball coach said it wasn't the sugar that was the problem when I was in high school that it was the carbonation. Carbonation actually dehydrates you so I try to drink a full glass of water before & after I have a Dr. pepper.
It takes time to not feel tired & lethargic when you stop drinking sodas. That is the caffeine addiction speaking!

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I'm with you SAMIJO !! For anyone to say coffee DOES NOT give you energy, I believe is wrong. I have tried the "no caffeine" for a few days and I had no energy and I didn't feel like doing anything.
I have my two cups of coffee in the morning, one diet green tea in the afternoon and water the rest of the day. I have energy and I get done what I need to get done.
No jitters, no high blood pressure, and I am focused all day.

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It may be wrong but I still LOVE my coffe! All two cups I get a day now that I have had to cut down in order to get 8 cups of water a day! And my Skinny Latte only has 90 calories!

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In my teeenge years I drank 10+ cups of tea a day. It was a routine, its what we did, both my family and my best friends family all drank lots of tea. In my 20's this went down to approx 5 cups a day give or take a couple. When I started learning about healthy living I started to replace my tea with herbal teas. I now only have 'real' tea maybe once or twice a month and usually because its social and there isn't a herbal alternative. A couple of weeks before I got married I spent the day organising things with my mother and had about 3-4 cups of tea. When I was driving her home I told her I was feeling weird, like anxiety but for no reason. She said 'its probably the tea'. I had no idea caffeine could have that kind of effect on you. Now I notice it EVERY time I have even ONE cup, I start to feel anxious and I get a headache. Crazy right? But caffeine is much more harmful than we are led to believe. Read these extracts to see how:

Important Reasons
to Avoid Caffeine
by Stephen Cherniske

1. Caffeine is an addictive drug that contributes to a long list of diseases. It can cause anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, eye and vision problems gastrointestinal disease and even miscarriage.

2. Caffeine DOES NOT give you energy.
This is the greatest myth that has been perpetuated by the caffeine industry. Scientifically, you cannot measure any increase in energy provided by caffeine. You can measure higher levels of stress, as evidenced by spikes in stress hormones, elevations in blood pressure and heart rate, but no one would claim that these are positive benefits.

3. Caffeine DOES NOT improve learning or memory.
In fact the exact opposite is true. I have scientific studies showing that caffeine as normally consumed can reduce cerebral flow by as much as 30%. That means less oxygen to the brain and reduced memory and cognition.

4. Caffeine DOES NOT give you a lift.
Caffeine is referred to as a mood elevator but this is inaccurate. If you take a person who doesn't drink caffeine and give them some, it doesn't elevate their mood. It makes them uncomfortable and tense. In habitual users, caffeine appears to elevate mood, but research clearly illustrates that it's simply enabling them to avoid the depression and fatigue associated with withdrawal. It's a classic addiction scenario. If you deprive a smoker of their cigarettes, they feel miserable. You give them a cigarette, they feel much better. Does that mean cigarettes give you a lift, or are somehow good for you?

5. Women's Health.
Caffeine is far more damaging to women, the effects of caffeine in women can include effects on bone mass and fracture risk, heart disease, anxiety and panic attack, menopause, PMS, anemia, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, depression, fertility and conception disorders and complications of pregnancy and childbirth.

6. Ecology: pesticides, rain forest destruction and land use issues.
Coffee is the largest agricultural commodity in the world. More coffee is grown and traded than wheat rice, corn or livestock. More than fruit, vegetables or any staple of the diet, COFFEE is number one. In fact, it's the third leading commodity after petroleum and strategic metals. More than automobiles, steel, and technology. Add all of those together and it couldn't touch coffee. Why? Because coffee is addictive.

There's another problem. Coffee is also the most heavily sprayed of all agricultural commodities. It is grown in regions where there are very few restrictions, regulations or protections regarding pesticide use. The environmental impact is tremendous. Coffee doesn't grow in Kansas, it grows in and around the rain forest. In fact, rain forest has been destroyed to plant coffee farms.

The fact is that coffee is a terribly inefficient and incredibly labor-intensive crop. Coffee is the seed of a cherry from a tree. Coffee cherries ripen at different times, so they have to be picked by hand. It takes approximately 2,000 Arabica cherries to produce just one pound of roasted coffee. Since each cherry contains two beans, your one pound of coffee is derived from 4,000 coffee beans. The average coffee tree only produces one to two pounds of mastered coffee per year and takes four to five years to produce its first crop.

Do the math. The world demand is 6 billion kg per year. That's 13 billion pounds. If the average tree produces one to two pounds of roasted coffee per year, this 13 billion pounds of coffee requires at least 7 billion coffee trees. The average farmer gets about 100 trees per acre, which means that 70 million acres of the most fertile land on this planet is devoted entirely to growing a product with no nutritional value; one that actually has proven and significant anti-nutrient properties, that is addictive and that contributes to a long list of disease states.

From another writer..........

Excessive caffeine can give you the shakes, lead to anxiety, upset your tummy, and keep you from sleeping. Drinking caffeine in the form of coffee can become habitual. Regular consumers can get a pretty nasty headache if they miss out on their morning java. A recent study (Pediatrics, 2003) suggests that drinking too many caffeinated soft drinks might be preventing some adolescents from getting a good night's sleep. This is a good enough reason for some parents to insist that their children's schools should not have soft drink vending machines

To reduce the amount of caffeine in your diet you could:

Drink 1/2 cup of coffee less a day.
Mix decaffeinated coffee half and half with regular coffee.
Have a café latté with lots of milk instead of coffee
Try herbal teas instead of regular teas or brew regular tea for shorter amounts of time.
Read food, drink and medication labels to check for caffeine.
Caffeine Content of Popular Foods and Beverages

Coffee, 250 mL*
Brewed, drip method 85
Instant 75
Espresso, 30 mL 40 40
Caffe Latte, short (250 mL) or tall (375 mL) 35 35
Caffe Mocha, short (250 mL) or tall (375 mL) 35 35
Coffee, short (250 mL) Starbucks 250 250
Caffeinated soft drinks 24 24
Brewed black tea, 250 mL 40 40
Iced tea 25 25
Chocolate milk 5 5
Milk Chocolate (30 g) 6 6
Dark Chocolate (30g) 20 20
Cocoa beverage 6 6

* the amount of caffeine varies based on the type of coffee and method of preparation.

Caffeine is an ingredient in more than 1000 over-the-counter drugs, as well as prescription drugs. Read product labels and ask your pharmacist if you are concerned about caffeine intake.

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