Caffeine Is a Powerful Drug
Vegucation Over Medication
Dr. Bobby Price
Plant-Based Pharmacist; Fitness & Nutrition Expert
Caffeine Is a Powerful Drug
Caffeine. According to the Mayo Clinic, chronic constipation is infrequent bowel movements or difficult passage of stools that persists for several weeks or longer. This definition, although more accurate than most, does not help us understand when an infrequent problem becomes chronic. Nor does it inform the patient of the severity of the issue. The truth is, your bowel movements are one of the greatest predictors of your overall health, and the number of bowel movements should be directly associated with the number of meals you eat. The shape, texture, odor, size, color, and buoyancy are direct indicators of your diet and gastrointestinal functionality. These features can provide clues related to the disease process. Fecal matter is comprised of fiber, 75% water, both live and dead bacteria, dead cells, and mucus. The SAD diet is deficient in fiber, lacking in foods with digestive enzymes, and water deficient. These are key components that contribute to a healthy digestive system. Attempting to treat constipation with both prescription and over-the-counter laxatives only further complicates the issues because these medications lead to more severe dehydration.
Caffeine. There are no shortcuts: just drink the perfect solution! These are just a few of the side effects of chronic dehydration that mimic themselves as misdiagnosed illnesses. Being that our very existence is comprised of 75% water, it would appear rightly justified that our internal biology would initiate what appears to be an alarm system, alerting us to our dehydrated state. A body in a dehydrated state will immediately begin rationing its deficient water supply based on the hierarchy of the organ system. The brain will take priority over all other systems; this is due to the fact the brain is 85% water, receives 20% of the body’s blood supply, and is the master control center. At this point, you might question, why aren’t the normal signs of thirst sufficient for the task: dry mouth, chapped lips, dry skin, dry eyes, dark urine, or the sensation of thirst itself? As I said before, dry mouth is often a last ditch effort to alarm you of dehydration. After prolonged neglect, your thirst mechanism is eventually silenced. Many people believe because they are drinking any beverage, it means they are hydrating themselves. This is a common misconception.
Caffeine. There’s an assumption that drinking coffee, teas, sodas, sports drinks, and juice drinks can serve as a comparable substitute for an already perfect solution. When in fact those beverages are actually dehydrating in nature. There are many beverages that are dehydrating, like sodas, coffee, caffeinated teas, and juices that contain massive calories and chemicals that cause toxic buildup. Water is the only sugar-free, zero-calorie beverage you can have. With no offense to the Starbuckers of the world (I know how you feel about your morning’s brew), Starbucks does a magical job in marketing and promotions. People line up in a ‘Pied Piper’ fashion to consume its tasty beverages. According to a 2010 survey conducted by the National Coffee Association, 54% of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee every day, drinking roughly three nine-ounce cups daily. A December 2012 report by the FDA titled “Caffeine Intake by the U.S. Population” stated the average amount of caffeine consumed in age groups 20−45 years old was roughly 300 mg per day per person. For those of you unaware of why it seems to be impossible to start your day without a caffeinated beverage, or why kicking the habit of drinking those beverages often elicits withdrawal symptoms, it’s because caffeine is considered a drug.
Caffeine. It’s classified as a central nervous system stimulant because of the temporary boost in energy and alertness. But like any drug, the abuse of its limitations can prove detrimental. A tablespoon or 10 grams of caffeine will kill you. Naturally extracted caffeine is separated from coffee beans when exposed to high temperatures. However, the majority of caffeine in soft drinks is produced synthetically in Chinese pharmaceutical plants. And now the American population’s love for caffeinated coffees and teas has been partnered with caffeinated energy drinks. Many are drinking them under the assumption of ‘all things in moderation’; however, let’s examine why this is not a philosophy to guide your health. In 2010, Sunkist orange soda had a disastrous miscalculation of caffeine label content. The label read 41 mg of caffeine per 12 ounce serving while the actual content was 240 mg, six times the amount of caffeine. That would be the equivalent of three Red Bulls or 16 ounces of strong coffee. As a result, 40,000 cases of hyper-caffeinated Sunkist were voluntarily recalled. This explains why caffeine is so dangerous because it overstimulates the kidneys to produce a diuretic effect leading to dehydration. This why your thirst can never be quenched by these dehydrating caffeinated beverages.
Caffeine. It’s like attempting to fill a bucket that has a large hole at the bottom. This constant loss of fluids creates a severely dehydrated individual, and carbonated water is not capable of hydrating the body. The sugars in soft drinks have been replaced with the synthetic neurotoxin aspartame (sold as NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, Equal Measure, etc.), as I mentioned in the previous chapter. This poison is concealed behind the promotion of zero calories; however, it’s 180 times sweeter than natural sugar. How Much Water Should You Drink? The common recommendation is that you should drink 8−10 glasses of water daily. However, this one-size-fits-all prescription is a bit inaccurate. It does not account for strenuous exercise, hot and humid temperatures, medical conditions, or whether you are prone to sweating profusely. Two to three liters per day can be used as a baseline recommendation, but if you are involved in any activities that result in additional fluid loss, like exercise, you will need additional water to meet the demands of your body. Generally speaking, drinking half your body weight in ounces of natural spring water is a good measuring tool.
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