Caffeine Side Effects

Modern societies consume a lot of caffeine, mostly from coffee, cola drinks, chocolate, teas and diet pills.  Are there negative effects of caffeine on the body?  People seem to have more energy after taking it, but is it healthy, or just a false source of energy?

Negative Effects of Caffeine

There are two negative effects of caffeine.  The first is that its a diuretic, which means that you lose more water when using coffee and colas, than you gain by drinking them, and even mild dehydration can be a fatigue factor.
The second caffeine side effect is that its a stimulant.  Stimulants are not vitamins, or minerals, or anything else that actually feeds your body or gives it some raw material needed to make energy.  Stimulants like caffeine actually work by chemically triggering your body's stress response.  This is the same effect as being chased by a bear, or having someone point a weapon at you.  Your body adapts to that threat by stealing energy and nutrients from any system that isn't absolutely necessary for immediate survival.  That's why your skin gets pale or you don't digest well when stressed.

The problem is, this caffeine induced reshuffling of resources and robbing one system to pay another, is a short term strategy at best.  Its a credit card approach to energy production, and in the body's economy debts must always be repaid.  For true sustainable energy you want to improve the quality of your nutrition.  That gives your body the tools it needs to make energy the right way, without the bad caffeine side effects.  And the better nourished you are, the easier it is to taper off the stimulants.

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