The dark side of coffee

Caffeine can be described as a life or GPA saver on college campuses across the nation, but students who are caffeine drenched and lacking sleep are at a higher risk for an emotional meltdown.
With the exception of the those students that never study and seem to never sleep but somehow makes all As, people in general do not perform to their full potential in any aspect of life with lack of sleep and the caffeine jitters.
According to research from The Bastyr Center for Natural Health, caffeine has been known to have some bad side effects.
“Caffeine leeches calcium from the body, which is especially problematic if you are at risk for osteoporosis,” the Bastyr Center research states. “If you don’t get your usual fix at the usual time, you will likely experience caffeine withdrawal symptoms, including fatigue and severe headache.”
Research has also shown that excessive consumption of caffeine increases blood pressure, causes bad cholesterol levels to rise, and disturbs heart rhythms. Caffeine causes gastrointestinal problems, including gastric reflex and acidic stomach.
Caffeine can also contribute to fibrocystic breast disease and can impair fertility.
When academic stress is at an all-time high, with deadlines, projects and exams, it can seem that there are not enough hours in the day. Many students turn to caffeine in order to make it through a late night, but instead of coffee, energy drinks or sugar-filled sodas, there are natural alternatives that may benefit overall wellness.
The most recognized healthy alternative is green tea – an excellent source for an energy boost. You can make a hot cup or sip on iced, green tea throughout the day. Chocolate, with a high percentage of Cacao (72 to 90 percent), can provide a pick-up, as well as antioxidants. Before grabbing that cup of coffee or a soda and gaining the calories and negative side effects, make a healthy choice for your body and choose a cup of green tea. Also, have a bite of dark chocolate.

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