National Coffee Day was Yesterday but do you feel like you drink too much Coffee? The Signs & Symptoms of Caffeine Addiction

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Over the years, there has been an extensive health debate over whether coffee is really good or bad for our bodies, with strong arguments and research coming from both sides of the fence. Some research suggests that coffee can prevent strokes, delay the onset of diabetes and heart disease. Other findings indicate it might lead to  some forms of cancer and adversely affect the metabolism.

The most recent studyfrom the Mayo Clinic published on August 15 reveals that drinking more than 28 cups a week can harm your health considerably, with those consuming more than four cups a day twice as likely to die than those who are non-drinkers.

Based on data collected from the Aerobic Center Longitudinal Study, the research measured the coffee consumption habits and lifestyles of almost 45,000 people ages between 20 and 87 years over a 17-year period.

The study specifically found that men aged 55 years or younger who consumed more than 28 cups of coffee a week were 56 percent more likely to have died from any cause than those who were non-drinkers, and younger women doubled their risk of mortality with consumption.

However, there is no need to ring the alarm bells just yet. The study did not find any significant link between coffee consumption and heart disease deaths and there were no increased mortality risks associated with less than three cups a day as co-author Carl J. Lavie, a cardiology researcher at the Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans explained. “There continues to be considerable debate about the health effects of caffeine, and coffee specifically, with some reports suggesting toxicity and some even suggesting beneficial effects,” he  said.

The latest research conflicts with the findings of a number of previous studies on the health effects of coffee, such as a 2012 study by the National Institutes of Health which found that older adults who drank more coffee had a lower risk of death overall. It’s safe to say there are positive and negative qualities about drinking coffee but of course in moderation. Here are the signs that you might be affected by too much caffeine and you might need to cut back or be prick to everyone in your workplace.

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IT CAN MAKE YOU HEAR THINGS.

According to a study by the University of Melborune, coffee is “the most commonly used psychoactive drug,” and drinking more than 5 cups a day can have you hearing things.

Researchers gave 92 subjects large amounts of coffee and then had them listen to white noise.

From The Daily Mail:

Professor Simon Crowe, of La Trobe University in Melbourne, said: “We also told them that within the white noise there may be parts of the song White Christmas and if you hear it, press a button. We didn’t include White Christmas in the white noise but found that more people who were very stressed and had high levels of caffeine thought they heard the song. The combination of caffeine and stress affect the likelihood of an individual experiencing a psychosis-like symptom.”

IT CAN DAMAGE YOUR LIVER.

According to studies by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, while moderate amounts of coffee can help the liver to detoxify the body, too much can have to opposite effect and hinder your liver’s function. This is especially true if you’re taking high doses of common over-the-counter pain medication.

IT CAN RAISE YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE.

That’s according to a Carnegie Mellon study which also says that coffee can stimulate the heart and cause shallow breathing.

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IT CAN MAKE YOU IRRATIONAL AND IRRITABLE.

The shallow breathing caused by too much caffeine can stymie oxygen’s flow to the brain, which in turn harms the decision making process.

IT CAN CAUSE INSOMNIA.

This varies from person to person, depending on how well your body can process caffeine. Coffee  has a 6 hour half life so it takes 24 hours to work its way through your system (on average).

That means coffee right before bed (like when you’ve been pulling an all-nighter) is no way to get good quality sleep. Studies show that it reduces valuable REM sleep time.

IT’S ADDICTIVE.

According to research done by Johns Hopkins University, caffeine only gives you that focused energy because it gets you over caffeine withdrawals in the first place.

From Forbes:

John Hopkins researchers found that caffeine-related performance improvement is nonexistent without caffeine withdrawal. In essence, coming off caffeine reduces your cognitive performance and has a negative impact on your mood. The only way to get back to normal is to drink caffeine, and when you do drink it, you feel like it’s taking you to new heights. In reality, the caffeine is just taking your performance back to normal for a short period.

IT CAN MAKE HARD WORKERS SLACK OFF.

The University of British Columbia did a study in which it gave 40 rats amphetamines and caffeine. The amphetamines made lazy rats work harder and hard working rats more lazy.

The coffee, on the other hand, did nothing for the slackers. It didn’t do anything for the workers either. 

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IT CAN INCREASE YOUR RISK FOR OSTEOPOROSIS.

You can get vitamin D from the sun.

This is according to research by the Oregon State University. To combat this, make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D and calcium when you’re drinking coffee.

WITHDRAWAL CAN GIVE YOU A HEADACHE.

Withdrawal is about 12-24 hours after your last cup, according to the American Heart Association.

WITHDRAWAL CAN ALSO MAKE YOU DEPRESSED.

You can add anxiety, fatigue and drowsiness to those symptoms.

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BONUS: DRINKING CAFFEINE CAN LEAD TO A LEAKIER BLADDER.

A study from the University of Alabama showed that in some men and women, drinking coffee exacerbated to bladder problems that already existed.

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Happy National Drink a Beer Day!!! – Beers that you should STOP drinking Immediately!!!

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Here’s some harmful ingredients that are commonly found in beer:

  • GMO Corn Syrup
  • GMO Corn
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Fish Bladder
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
  • Natural Flavors
  • GMO Sugars
  • Caramel Coloring
  • Insect-Based Dyes
  • Carrageenan
  • BPA
  • & lots more!

Here are the 8 beers that are commonly found in bars in United States that you should stop drinking immediately.

1. Newcastle Brown Ale

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The Newcastle beer has been found to contain caramel coloring. Class 3 and 4 caramel coloring is made from ammonia, which is classified as a carcinogen. “The one and only” beer with cancer causing qualities.

2. Budweiser

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One of the most popular beers, or most advertised is Budweiser. Budweiser contains genetically modified (GMO) corn. In 2007, Greenpeace discovered experimental GMO rice in Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser) beer.

3. Corona Extra

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I used to love Corona’s commercials. They were so peaceful and relaxing. That is until I found out that the beer contains GMO Corn Syrup and Propylene Glycol. Propylene Glycol is controversial, and is said to may be potentially harmful to your health.

4. Miller Lite

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This is another very popular beer in America that contains GMOs. Miller Lite contains GMO corn and corn syrup. It’s “GMO time”.

5. Michelob Ultra

michelob-ultra-gmoLess popular but still readily available Michelob beer, should be eliminated from your choices. This beer has been found to contain a genetically modified sweetener (GMO dextrose).

6. Guinness

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Guinness is often praised for it’s smoothness.  However, several investigations proved that Guinness ingredients are quite disturbing. The beer  contains fish bladder and high fructose corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup has been long banned from many stores and drinks.

7. Coors Light

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Coors light is a drink that is very popular at bars and among college students.  Mostly because its cheap. The beer contains GMO corn syrup.

8. Pabst Blue Ribbon

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Pabst Blue Ribbon contains GMO corn and GMO corn syrup.

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Knowledge is Power – 5 Crazy Facts about Coca-Cola

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According to World 5 List : 

5. In Business with the Nazi’s

Coca-Cola had a controversial relationship with Nazi Germany. During World War II, a division of the company actually continued to operate in Germany. Several of the top executives there being public members of the Nazi Party. In fact, when German Coca-Cola plants could no longer acquire ingredients to make Coke, they instead created Fanta just for Germany.

4. This can’t be good!

Coca-Cola is known to be effectively(!) used to: Repel insects, kill snails and slugs, clean car battery terminals, easily clean the burnt stuff from pans, loosen rusty bolts, make old pennies shine again, make chrome shine again, clean car engines, clean tile grout, strip paint from metal and to remove oil stains on garage floors among MANY other things. Cheers!

3. It started as a Nerve Tonic

After being wounded in the Civil War, Colonel John Pemberton became addicted to morphine, and sought a safe substitute to the opiate. The first Coca-Cola recipe was then formulated at a drugstore in Columbus, Georgia as a coca wine. In 1885, the substance was registered as a nerve tonic, and the following year, Coca-Cola was sold as medicine that could supposedly cure several diseases, including morphine addiction, neurasthenia, dyspepsia, headaches, and impotence.

2. This can’t be good either

In 2003, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) of New Delhi announced that water used by Coca-Cola in the production of their beverages contained toxic pesticides that could cause cancer and the breakdown of the immune system. More specifically, Coca-Cola’s beverages were found to contain thirty times the amount of pesticide permitted under EU regulations.

1. Mexico all the way

Mexicans LOVE their Coke! They drink more coke products than the USA, UK and France combined! More than 2 glasses a day on average. Or maybe, just maybe, the people in Mexico have known about all the cleaning purposes that Coca-Cola can be used for, for a while… These researches are based on sales after all! ;)

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Fitness Fridays – Graphs showing why people are getting FAT (Science is Awesome)

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1. People Are Eating More Junk Food Than Ever

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Source: Dr. Stephan Guyenet. Fast Food, Weight Gain and Insulin Resistance.Whole Health Source.

People are eating more calories than before… but pretty much all of the increase has come from processed foods.

In the graph above, you see how the population changed its eating habits in the past 120-130 years.

At the turn of the 20th century, people were eating mostly simple, home-cooked meals. Around 2009, about half of what people ate was fast food, or other foods away from home.

This graph actually underestimate the true change, because what people are eating at home these days is also largely based on processed foods.

2. Sugar Consumption Has Skyrocketed

Sugar Consumption in the UK and USA

Source: Johnson RJ, et al. Potential role of sugar (fructose) in the epidemic of hypertension, obesity and the metabolic syndrome, diabetes, kidney disease, and cardiovascular disease. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2007.

Added sugar is the single worst ingredient in the modern diet.

Numerous studies show that eating excess amounts of added sugar can have harmful effects on metabolism, leading to insulin resistance, belly fat gain, high triglycerides and small, dense LDL cholesterol… to name a few (12).

There is also a plethora of observational studies showing that the people who eat the most sugar are at a much greater risk of getting type 2 diabetes, heart disease and even cancer (345).

Sugar is also fattening, partly because it doesn’t get registered in the same way as other calories by the brain, making us eat more. It also has adverse effects on hormones related to obesity (6789).

Not surprisingly, studies show that people who eat the most sugar are at a high risk of future weight gain and obesity (10).

3. People Gain Lots of Weight During The Holidays, Which They Never Get Rid Of

Holiday Weight Gain in the US

Source: Dr. Stephan Guyenet. Why do we Overeat? A Neurobiological Perspective.2014.

Most people don’t gain weight overnight… it happens slowly, over years and decades.

But the rate is uneven throughout the year and spikes dramatically during the holidays, a time when people tend to binge on all sorts of delicious holiday foods and eat much more than their bodies need.

The problem is that sometimes people don’t lose all the weight back. They might gain 3 pounds, but only lose 2 after the holidays are over, leading to slow and steady weight gain over time (11).

In fact, a large percentage of people’s lifetime weight gain can be explained just by the 6 week holiday period.

4. The Obesity Epidemic Started When The Low-Fat Guidelines Were Published

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Source: National Center for Health Statistics (US). Health, United States, 2008: With Special Feature on the Health of Young Adults. 2009 Mar. Chartbook.

There was an epidemic of heart disease running rampant in the U.S. in the 20th century.

A lot of scientists believed fat, especially saturated fat, to be the main dietary cause of heart disease (although this has since been disproven).

This led to the birth of the low-fat diet, which aims to restrict saturated fat. Interestingly, the obesity epidemic started at almost the exact same time the low-fat guidelines first came out.

Of course, this doesn’t prove anything, because correlation doesn’t equal causation.

But it does seem likely that putting the emphasis on saturated fat, while giving processed low-fat foods high in sugar a free pass, may have contributed to negative changes in the population’s diet.

There are also massive long-term studies showing that the low-fat diet does NOT cause weight loss, and does not prevent heart disease or cancer (12131415).

5. Food is Cheaper Than Ever Before

Food Price Trends as Percentage of Disposable Income

Source: Dr. Stephan Guyenet. Why do we Overeat? A Neurobiological Perspective.2014.

One factor that has most likely contributed to increased consumption is a lower price of food.

From the graph above, you see that food prices have dropped from 25% of disposable income to about 10% of disposable income in the past 80 years.

This seems like a good thing, but it’s important to keep in mind that real food isn’t cheap… it’s processed food.

In fact, real foods are so expensive that a lot of people can’t even afford them. In many poor neighborhoods, they don’t even offer anything but junk food, which is often subsidized by the government.

How are poor people supposed to stand a chance if the only food they can afford (and access) is highly processed junk high in sugar, refined grains and added oils?

6. People Are Drinking More Sugary Soda and Fruit Juices

Caloric Beverage Consumption in USA

The brain is the main organ in charge of regulating our energy balance… making sure that we don’t starve and don’t accumulate excess fat.

Well, it turns out that the brain doesn’t “register” liquid sugar calories in the same way as it does solid calories (16).

So if you consume a certain number of calories from a sugary drink, then your brain doesn’t automatically make you eat fewer calories of something else instead (17).

That’s why liquid sugar calories are usually added on top of the daily calorie intake. Unfortunately, most fruit juices are no better and have similar amounts of sugar as soft drinks (18).

Studies have shown that a single daily serving of a sugar-sweetened beverage is linked to a 60.1% increased risk of obesity in children (19).

Sugar is bad… but sugar in liquid form is even worse.

7. Increased Food Variety Contributes to Overeating and Weight Gain

Food Variety and Weight Gain

Source: Dr. Stephan Guyenet. Why do we Overeat? A Neurobiological Perspective.2014.

One factor that contributes to overeating is food variety.

The graph above shows a study where rats were split in 3 groups… one group got regular healthy chow, the second group got one type of junk food, but the third got multiple types of junk food at the same time (20).

As you can see, the rats eating one type of junk food gained more than the ones eating rat chow, but the rats eating multiple types of junk food gained the most… by far.

There is some evidence that this is true in humans as well. When we have more types of foods available, we eat more… and sometimes more than our bodies need (21).

8. People Don’t Burn as Many Calories When Working

Trends in Occupation-Related Physical Activity

Source: Church TS, et al. Trends over 5 Decades in U.S. Occupation-Related Physical Activity and Their Associations with Obesity. PLoS One, 2011.

A lot of people blame obesity on decreases in physical activity, that we’re just burning fewer calories than we used to.

Although leisure time physical activity (exercise) has increased, it is also true that people now have jobs that are less physically demanding.

The graph above shows how people are now burning around 100 fewer calories per day in their jobs, which may contribute to weight gain over time.

Credit: Authority Nutrition

No Woman (Or Man), No Cry – Are you a crazy cat lady? (Red Flags for Women)

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A REAL man? Aren’t all men real?

A woman who begins a sentence with “A real man would….”

This is super annoying

“If you loved me you’d…”

This isn’t a damn test.

Keyword: Girls

Girls that verbally abuse their SO in public

Girls that try to embarrass guys that hit on them

Girls that use sex to make people like them

Girls that need to snoop

Girls with multiple baby daddies

Girls that need the group to make decisions for them

Gold diggers

Girls in their upper-20s and 30s that still only ever apply to part time jobs and spend the rest of the time partying despite being completely qualified and capable of landing a proper 9-5 with good pay and benefits while still complaining how they never have money for stuff. And in almost every case they are looking for a guy with solid career and good income (who they will complain can’t come out partying all the time) to sweep them up.

Constant hate

I’d even throw in girls that use the word, “haters” in a, “serious” tone. Using it in a joke is fine though.

This is not good

I know a girl that can only go 1-3 months between boyfriends. She doesn’t know how to be independent and self-sustaining, both mentally and physically.

That’s not going to fly

Obese and tries shaming me into finding her attractive.

Bad attitude

A “what can you do for me?” attitude.

Not being able to hold up their end of the conversation, or basically sitting there and expecting to be entertained.

Their living space looks like complete shit. I’m not a neat-freak by any stretch of the imagination, but if your room still looks like it does when you were 15 you need to reevaluate your life.

A general lack of self-awareness, or just an inability to recognize that their actions have consequences.

Being comfortable and casual is one thing, but showing up to a date in pajama bottoms is weapons-grade loser.

Using the pussy pass.

Proclaiming how much she gets along with her “friends” while tearing them down behind their backs.

Using sex as means to get attention.

Placing their sense of self-worth an getting attention from men.

Crying feminism when it benefits them, crying misogyny when it doesn’t.

Talking too much about their exes.

Perpetual victimhood.

Proclamations of “I don’t like drama.”

A general inability to take “no” for an answer.

Performing mental backflips in order to rationalize bad decision making in hindsight.

Being “proud” of their inability to handle basic food preparation or lack of domestic skills.

Wondering why they feel like shit all the time when their diet consists of mostly Cliff bars, flavored vodka, and Vitamin Water.

A lack of self discipline.

A preoccupation with what celebrities are doing with their lives.

Princess syndrome

Expects everyone else to carry her through life. Aka daddy’s little princess.

Complains about things and shows no interest in changing them.

Being 20+ and acting like 16.

Leeches

A random girl that approaches insisting that I should buy her and her friends drinks. Sorry, if that’s what you’re going to lead with, you’re probably not very interesting as a person and are a money pilfering leech. I don’t buy girls that aren’t my SO/friends drinks, anyways.

Women with awfully negative personalities and then blame all of the men around them for their single status. You want to know why you’re single? Because few men want someone who is a complete drag to be around 99.999% of the time.

It’s going to get ugly real fast

For me its a woman who’s only existence seems to be with you. She has no life outside you.

That’s not fair to guys

Women who, when a man finds them attractive but she doesn’t find him attractive, automatically labels him ‘creepy.’

A hollow shell

Women creating drama and whoring for attention when they’re older than 16

Women constantly complaining about how all the men they date are assholes

Women doing nothing with their lives, only existing through their trophy husband

Women who always present themselves as victims to justify their incapacity at being successful and interesting

Women having a huge amount of interest in reality TV and celebrities life

Women who only listen/watch the movies/music that the radio/TV feeds them. (Passive attitude with culture and information)

You’re their life support

If their parents pay all their bills and keep them up in a lavish lifestyle. I don’t want to become her next support.

Drama, drama, drama

Girls who say they don’t have many female friends because they cause drama. Almost invariably, it means they cause a shit load of drama but can’t take it when dished out to them.

No future

No job/career – my biggest red flag.

Awful, awful, awful

Women who are cowardly and overly dependent on others but think that acting like a bitch makes them “strong and independent”.

Women who treat every guy they don’t know like he must be some sort of creep even if he’s done nothing to justify it.

Making stupid-ass excuses

Women who use that obnoxious (and possibly misattributed) Marilyn Monroe quote about “handling them at their worst,” usually as a way to excuse their deplorable behavior and their unwillingness/inability to do something about it.

Super judgemental

Being super judgemental about people makes them a loser to me. Especially if it’s a snap judgement, or based of some preconceived notion.

If a girls on a high horse about everything and can do no wrong, she might as well have loser stamped on her forehead.

Not a good sign

A girl who has a new set of girlfriends about every six months to a year. You know that girl is going to end up being a big meanie with low self-esteem.

Major red flag here

“I have a long series of ex-boyfriends were assholes, abusive, alcoholics, etc…”

Only constant in your relationships is you.

Credit: Thought Catalog

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