Do you NEED a cup of coffee or two to get
going ? Worried that you could be a java junkie ? Well, you may feel like you “need” a
cup of coffee to make it through the day, your body may not appreciate you failing to
top it up with caffeine, but this is not true addiction. Addiction is typically associated
with your whole world coming unglued. Let’s be honest – have you heard of someone losing
their house, their job, their spouse because of caffeine. Mmm, I know clandestine meetings
at the coffee house may be grounds for a divorce, but caffeine cannot bear the responsibility
for human infidelity. Physiologically speaking real addictions involve disruptions to an
area of your brain responsible for controlling your “rewards”, called the nuclear accumbens.
Now, normal caffeine doses do buy tickets into the nuclear accumbens theme park, but
you don’t get enough tickets, to trigger dependence. That said, you will need to progressively
increase your dose of caffeine, because your body gets accustomed to the caffeine, so you
need more caffeine to produce the same response. The problem is tolerance, not addiction. Join
us for this episode of Better Body Chemistry TV as we explore how to put the fun back into
your caffeine habit, even if you’re a bit of a java junkie. Better Body Chemistry TV
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Remember, small things can make a big difference to your health. Think of your brain activity
as a see-saw. When you are “normal” then the stuff turning you on is balanced by the
stuff turning you off. Until, you drink a cup of coffee, now because caffeine is a stimulant,
it turns you ON, increasing the excitatory pathways in your brain. And you are buzzing.
Now, your body doesn’t like to be out of balance so it works hard to restore things
back to normal , by increasing the inhibitory signals. Mmm so, now you can drink a cup of
coffee and feel nothing ! You are considered to be tolerant. Of course there is little
value in drinking your caffeine fix and getting nothing, so you adjust and increase the dose,
either by adding a second spoon to the first cup of coffee or a second, or third, or fourth
cup to the first. The see saw swings down again , thanks to the extra caffeine and once
more you are buzzed. Unfortunately the compensatory mechanism pulls everything back to level.
And the cycle continues… Until, your annual vacation arrives and you leave the cell phone,
the laptop and the coffee pot and head to a quiet tranquil beach to vegetate in the
sun. Well this is the plan. You develop the headache from hell and an unspeakable listlessness
sometime on the first day of your vacation. It hangs around pretty much for the first
few days of your holiday – in fact it finally lifts on Friday, as you are packing your bags
to return home. You are facing the “backlash” – caffeine withdrawal. The headache is due
to blood vessels in your head dilating. If we go back to the see saw. Remember your body
had learned to compensate for the extra excitation by increasing the inhibitory signals. Everything
was balanced , until you missed the cup of joe. The see saw swung down with a thump.
Too many inhibitory signals produces the extreme fatigue, as well as the headache. But your
super efficient body machine quickly begins to work at restoring the balance and by the
end of your weeks holiday you’ve got your groove back. You feel normal. So helpful tip,
when planning a few days off, from your regular routine, one should begin tapering the daily
dose of caffeine since suddenly stopping is likely to precipitate problems. If the thought
of facing the day without a little pharmacological stimulation is impossible to contemplate,
then make sure you take a supply of coffee on your vacation. Be a card carrying member
of the java junkie club. Stop stressing about being a java junkie and enjoy the numerous
benefits of the little bean. The use of caffeine is self-regulating – when you start to swing
from the ceiling, you’ve had one cup too many, so STOP ! That way, you can enjoy BETTER
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Thank you so much for watching and I will see you next time. Remember, small things
can make a BIG difference to your health.