Does Coffee Really Work?
While walking to my classes each morning most everyone I pass has one thing in common. They all hold some kind of coffee in their hand. Whether it is from Starbucks, Au Bon Pain, or even the commons most college students have their much needed coffee in hand for surviving their morning. Everyone I know who drinks coffee says they could not live without it. My Mom has gotten to the point where she needs my Dad to actually bring her a cup of coffee in the morning to drink before she gets out of bed. I personally have never drank coffee and have always wondered how effective drinking coffee in the morning really is. Does it really energize you? Do you become addicted to it? Because I’m pretty sure everyone I know that drinks coffee is also addicted to it. When I typed in the question, does coffee really give you energy?, on google I was given many links to articles about the effectiveness of coffee. I found one that matched up perfectly with my question that talks about if caffeine really gives you energy, click here for article.
What I found
Hansen, a wellness coach that specializes in treatment of adrenal fatigue, explains the science behind why coffee becomes less and less energizing the more often you drink it. Basically, when drinking coffee there’s a signal sent to your brain that makes your adrenal glands create adrenaline and cortisol. If you’re not an addictive coffee drinker and only have coffee every now and then these two stress hormones will be activated and cause you to feel energized by the coffee you drank. On the other hand, if you are drinking coffee every day and multiple cups of it you are not going to feel this from just a cup of coffee. Your adrenal glands are not going to have the response they would if you drank coffee less often. There was research done where people were given no caffeine, 300 mg and 600 mg over a week. To no surprise when those that were given no caffeine that week were finally given a dose of caffeine their body produced large amounts of cortisol. But, when the people who were given doses of caffeine were given more their body had no response to the caffeine.
What Does This Mean?
Caffeine is clearly addictive and when people are drinking multiple cups every day they are dependent on the stimulant. When all this coffee is consumed it takes so much of it to not feel the fatigue that is happening to coffee addicts bodies. Those who are drinking many cups of coffee each day, and are dependent on this coffee to get them through the day should cut back on their intake. If you are able to have a cup of coffee just a few times a week, your body will feel the effects of it you will not have to drink three or four cups just to stay awake.